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Accession Number: 14-004


Joyce Anderson fonds. -- 1851-1954. -- 32 cm of textual records. -- ca. 60 photographs.


Joyce Anderson (nee Grant) was born 13 May 1938 in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. She married Douglas Anderson in 1960 and they lived in Bobcaygeon on their farm, “Sunnybreeze,” The Andersons had two children, Kim and Mark. Joyce Anderson worked as a music and piano teacher. Her mother was a Cairnduff.


Fonds pertains to the Cairnduff family and McWilliams family of Nogie’s Creek, Ontario. Items include two photo albums, two Bibles, and a handwritten music book for violin. Also included are two envelopes, one containing postcards pertaining to Buckhorn and the surrounding area with postmarks dating from 1907 to 1949, collected by Clayton Grant, the other containing a newspaper clipping, photograph, and colour scripture book. Also included are two books: My Bookhouse Through Fairy Halls, and The Standard Horse and Stock Book.


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

Condition: Some of the books are fragile and have loose bindings. Please handle with care.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Joyce Anderson in 2012.


Additional information about the Cairnduff family is available at Wellington Archives and in the book Harvey Township: An Illustrated History by Alan Brunger (p.75).

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1. Newspaper clipping titled “Oldest Floating Bridge” (Gannon’s Narrows) by Pete McGillen, 18 March 1954; photograph of George McWilliams (blacksmith) taken by Roy Studios, Peterborough; scripture book titled Ever Upward, published in London by J.E. Hawkins & Co. Ltd. and printed in Bavaria, n.d.

2. Postcards (81):
Images on the postcards depict several Ontario locations including: Alvinston, Balsam Lake, Bobcaygeon, Buckhorn, Burleigh Falls, Burlington, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Lakefield, Lindsay, Nogie’s Creek, Orono, the Otonabee River, Owen Sound, Peterborough, Whitby, and Young’s Point; also featured are local landmarks such as hospitals, churches, schools, stores, Jackson Park (Peterborough), Peterborough Lift Lock, and the Lift Lock (Victoria Road); one postcard features “Benjamin West’s Painting of William Penn’s Treaty with the Indians.” While some of the postcards are blank, many are addressed to various Grant family members; postmarks range from 1907 to 1949.

Loose in Box

The Standard Horse and Stock Book, published 1902. This belonged to Herbert A. Cairnduff, purchased 30 September 1907.

My Bookhouse Through Fairy Halls edited by Olive Beaupre Miller, 1920. The names inscribed inside the front cover are Marion Ward (Lakefield) and Joyce Grant.

Music book for violin (handwritten), which belonged to J.S. Cairnduff and has his name in gold lettering on the front cover; spine is titled “Sacred Music”, undated. The first few pages contain handwritten explanations on the differences between harmony and melody as well as a vocal scale. Half of the book contains handwritten musical compositions for violin and the remainder of the book is blank. There is an index in the back of the book where the names of the compositions (which are generally place names) and page numbers are recorded. (Note: J.S. Cairnduff was from Picton, Ontario where he had a shop selling shoes and harnesses; he moved to Nogie’s Creek (Mill Line) near the Oliver property which is now owned by Trent University; Cairnduff was married to a Yarwood).

Holy Bible (brown in colour) which belonged to J.S. Cairnduff (Auburn: Published by Alden, Beardsley & Co., Rochester: Wanzer, Beardsley & Co., 1851). Interspersed are marriage, birth, and death records for names such as Cairnduff, Yarwood, Tait, and Wilson, dates ranging 1826-1937. Inside is a newspaper obituary for Manley Cairnduff, who died at age 29 in Bobcaygeon.

Holy Bible (gold leaf) which belonged to J.S. Cairnduff, Published by A.J. Holman & Co., Philadelphia, 1892. The following items are loosely inserted: 1873 letter to Cairnduff from the Conservatives of the Township of Athol; a photograph of three girls taken by W.B. Ewing Photographer, Picton; various pressed leaves and flower. The writing at the back of the Bible reads “Presented to Mr. and Mrs. Cairnduff by their loving neighbours and friends, Athol January 25th 1873.” There is also a merchant’s label on the back of the Bible which reads “R.A. Foster & Co. Booksellers, Stationers and Dealers in Fancy Goods Picton ON.”

Photograph album (cream colour) which belonged to Margaret McWilliams, great-grandmother of Joyce Anderson. The album contains 43 photographs of unidentified people. Also inside is an obituary card for Frank Crowe, who died 21 February 1904, with handwriting that reads “Aunt Maggie and Uncle Nat,” as well as a handwritten note that reads “To Mother from Ida and Frank with love and Christmas greetings.”

Photograph album (red velvet) containing 14 photographs identified as members of the Cairnduff and Tait families, Charles Crowe, and Queen Victoria; a fringed double-sided Christmas greeting card; a T. Beall business card (copyright 1876) with Stanley Cairnduff noted on the reverse; a calling card from Mary Vera Renonf; a calling card from Charles N. Lowey.