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Accession Number: 12-010


Kenneth Brown fonds. -- 1906; 1925; 2012. -- 12 cm of textual records. -- ca. 50 photographic reproductions.

Biography / History

Kenneth Brown was born 21 January 1949 in Toronto and moved to Peterborough in 1974. He is married to Kathleen Brownscombe and has three children. Brown attended the Haliburton Scout Reserve for boy scouts in 1965-1967 and became a leader there. He was founding president of Kawartha Jazz Society (founded in 1989) and a partner at Stow Brown and McLeod where he worked until 2011 in public accounting. Interested in local history, Brown has extensively researched his wife's family, the Brownscombes, and is author of: The Invention of the Board Canoe, 2001; The Peterborough Potteries, 2003; and The Canadian Canoe Company, 2011. He also published a poster entitled "View of Ashburnham from the Tower of St. John's Church c. 1874."

Scope and Content

Fonds is primarily comprised of copies of research material. Included are reproductions of genealogical materials related to the Brownscombe family of Peterborough, Ontario, beginning with William Brownscombe (1830-1893), a descendent of Kenneth Brown's wife, Kathleen Brownscombe. Also included is material related to the Haliburton Scout Reserve, the Canadian Canoe Company and the Wm. English Canoe Company.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Kenneth Brown before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2012.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Kenneth Brown in 2012.

Restrictions: Items in this fonds may be reproduced, except for photocopied newspaper clippings and other photocopied published materials; in these instances, copies must be obtained from the original source.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Folder 1.
Haliburton Scout Reserve (est. 1947 in Haliburton, Ontario):
Program guide, games sheets, ca. 1966; also the following publications:
The Scout's Book of Gadgets and Dodges, C. Arthur Pearson, Ltd., Strand, 1947
Tenderfoot to Queen's Scout, Canadian General Council of the Boy Scouts Association, 1953
Fun Around the Campfire, Boy Scouts of America, 1952
Camp Cook Book: Fire Lighting & Fire Woods, Boy Scouts of Canada, revised 1966

Folders 2-14.
Brownscombe family, Peterborough, Ontario: genealogical research materials; materials include copies of photographs, newspaper clippings, historical documents, etc.
2. "The Brownscombe family in Peterborough": biographical account and research summary by Ken Brown, May 2012
3. William Brownscombe
4. Felix Brownscombe (son of William)
5. Pottery (includes a copy of The Peterborough Potteries by Ken Brown, an Occasional Paper published by the Peterborough Historical Society, 2003); William Brownscombe was a potter by trade and is discussed in this publication.
6. Brownscombe/Borland
7. Leta Brownscombe (daughter of Felix); Leta was associated with the YWCA
8. Ernie Brownscombe (son of Felix)
9. Jack & Norma Brownscombe & family (son of Ernie)
10. Allin, Yelland, Northey, & Carveth families (these families are related to the spouses of William and Felix Brownscombe)
11. Brownscombe - Stony Lake
12. Jennie Brownscombe (first cousin of William Brownscombe)
13. Fifth generation Brownscombes
14. Views of the Brownscombe home on Murray St., Peterborough

Folders 15-16.
Canoe companies research
15. Canadian Canoe Company: photographic reproductions
16. Wm. English Canoe Company: photographic reproductions

17. Miscellaneous items:
Two postcards: "The "Y" Pageant, 1925" (Peterborough, Ont.); "YWCA"
Photographs: Peterborough YWCA Pool; Murray St. Baptist Church under construction
Christmas card: No. 8 Co., 57th Regiment, 1906