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Accession Number: 74-020


John E. Belcher letter book. -- 4 July 1907-3 Nov. 1913. -- 1 item.

Biography / History

John E. Belcher was an architect, civil engineer, and a surveyor who lived in the Peterborough region at the turn of the century. He was involved in the construction of the Chemong Floating Bridge, the Peterborough Public Library, the Bradburn Opera House, the Wallis memorial in St. John's Church, the Canadian General Electric Company and the Anglican Christ Church in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

Custodial History

This item was in the custody of B.K. Van Buren before the Trent University Archives acquired it.

Scope and Content

This item is a large letter book kept by John Belcher, architect, of which only 296 pages are written on. The correspondence relates mostly to the design, specifications and construction of bridges, schools, hospitals, and industrial buildings. The letters give insights into Tory patronage in Peterborough, and Tory/Grit political dealings. The fonds is accompanied by alphabetical index to the correspondents and statements of account are included.


Title based on contents of the fonds.

Some of the correspondence in the letter book is faded and difficult to decipher.

The fonds was donated by B.K. Van Buren, Port Hope, Ontario.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

There is an alphabetical index of clients in the back of the book and another handwritten index folded inside the front cover. Names of people and institutions in these lists include:


Hamilton Co.

Otis Mfy. Co.

Dickson Bros.

Langford and Sheehy



Roy, R.M.



Dr. Cameron

Senator G.A. Cox



Toronto Loan and Savings

Hudson's Bay Co.

Peterboro Bridge

Don Valley Brick

Peterboro Club

St. John's Church

Grafton and Co.

Lakefield School

Board of Education

Bank of Montreal

E.H.D. Hall

Canadian General Electric

Peterborough Public Library

J.J. Turner

Chief Joseph Whetung

Petrola Bridge Co.

Peerless Water Supply