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Accession Number: 13-002


Paul James Delaney fonds. Additions. -- 1964-2012. -- 1 m of textual materials. -- ca. 500 photographs. -- ca. 440 slides.


Paul James Delaney was born in 1944 and lived at Gore's Landing, Lakefield and Midland. He was a student at Trent University from 1964 to 1968 and is listed in the first student register. A member of Trent University’s first graduating class, Delaney became a teacher and went on to win numerous awards, including the Alumni Spirit of Trent Award, TVOntario Teacher of the Year, Pope’s Medal, YMCA Peace Medal, and the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History. He was the first Director of Ste. Marie Among the Hurons and taught summer courses in India and Sierra Leone. “Uncle Paul”, as he became known to Trent University's international students, served as Alumnus-in-Residence at Trent, volunteered his time with the Trent International Program, and became a mentor to hundreds of Trent students. Delaney died in 2012. (Taken in part from a March 1, 2013 posting titled "Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Paul Delaney" located on the Trent University web site).


Fonds consists of photographs, slides, correspondence, memos, Alumnus-in-Residence reports, awards and certificates related to Paul Delaney's experience as a student and Alumnus-in-Residence at Trent University. Some materials relate to Delaney's association with students of the Trent International Program and also to his philanthropic/educational efforts to improve the life of people living in Sierra Leone.


Custodial History: Fonds was donated by Mary and Anne Delaney to Trent University via Lee Hays, Alumni House and was subsequently transferred to Trent University Archives.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Alumni House, Trent University.

Restrictions: N

Accruals: This fonds is an addition to 01-015.

Outsized materials are located in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 52.

Box 1TVOntario Teachers' Award, 1999: scrapbook of photographs, congratulatory letters and cards, correspondence

Trent correspondence, memos, photographs, Alumnus-in-Residence reports: three binders and 2 folders, 1978-2011

Trent student essays binder, 1965-1968

Senate appointment recommendation, 1998: one binder of correspondence, newspaper clippings
Box 2Sierra Leone: four binders of correspondence, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, and photographs pertaining to Delaney's involvement with the people of Sierra Leone through the Canadian Teachers' Federation and CUSO; documents reveal Delaney's efforts to help improve the quality of life for residents of Sierra Leone, 1980s, and are of a philanthropic/educational nature; also booklet titled "Kids Can Make a Difference", 1996

Trent University photographs, ca. 1964-2012: one binder (ca. 240 photographs) images include Trent's opening ceremony, Paul Delaney with his parents at Convocation; various Trent personnel and students, 1960s including Charles Omole and Harry Hobbs, international students, Athletic "Bubble", Delaney at various Trent events

Trent University slides, ca. 1964-2012: one binder (ca. 440 slides)
images include Trent's opening ceremony, Rubidge Hall, Peter Robinson College and Sadleir House, students and faculty such as Charles Omole, Harry Hobbs, Richard Sadlier, Michael Treadwell, Denis Smith, Robert Lightbody, Norman Moyer, Paul Delaney, Richard Johnston, Professors Green, Hodgins, Dart, Kidd, Glassco, Robson, Schonleber, Hagar, and many others, Champlain College cornerstone laying, Anne Delaney, Mary Delaney, first Ordre de Bontemps, Jamie Benedickson, President Thomas H.B. Symons, President Bonnie Patterson, Margorie Lightbody, Martha Kidd, Bill Byrick, Jodi Aoki, Montreal House, Alumni staff, Camp Wanapitei, Chris Hadfield, Orange Hall at Nassau, Power house, campus scenes and buildings including Champlain College, DNA building, Traill College, swing bridge, Gzowski College, Otonabee College, Trent International Program students and faculty, Catharine Parr Traill's home in Lakefield

Charles Olayiwola Omole 2012 Calendar (each month depicts Omole with various people from Trent/the Delaney family)

A History of Gombe Emirate / by Paul J. Delaney, [2009], 3rd revision

After the Fire: Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons Since 1649 / Paul J. Delaney and Andrew D. Nicholls, 1989

Book of handwritten notes to Paul Delaney ("Uncle Paul") by Trent International Program students, 2009. Inscription on inside cover: "Presented at TIP Formal on Sat. March 28/09"

Autographed Trent University yearbooks, 1964-1965, 1965-1966, 1966-1967

Trent [Fartnightly] issue, April 1, 1974 (a spoof of the University publication, Trent Fortnightly)

Guest book from memorial service held at Champlain College March 1, 2013 for Paul Delaney

Material added 2014:

Trent Magazine, 36.1, February 2005 (includes article about Paul Delaney)
Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 52Various outsized/framed photographs and awards:
Queen's Scout certificate, 1962
YMCA Canada Peace Medal by Midland YMCA International Services, 1998
Golden Jubilee Medal, on the occasion of the fiftieth Anniversary of the Accession of Her Majesty the Queen to the Throne, 2002
Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, 1992
Trent University first graduating class photograph, 1967
Paul Delaney photograph [convocation portrait, 1967]
Trent University Bachelor of Arts degree certificate, 1968
Photograph of Delaney and TIP students, undated
TVOntario Teachers' Awards: Award of Excellence certificate, 1999
Trent University Alumni Association Spirit of Trent Award, 2011
Invitation to Her Majesty's Garden Reception, 30 June 2010; includes two photographs with Queen Elizabeth II
VaultTrent University academic hood worn by Delaney