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Accession Number: 74-1003


Serpent Mounds Foundation of Peterborough fonds. -- Jan. 1956-May 1956. -- 1 folder.

Biography / History

The Serpent Mounds Foundation of Peterborough was founded March 22, 1956, as a non-profit organization. The founding members of the foundation all had a common belief in the ethnological and archaeological importance of the Peterborough Serpent Mounds and wanted to create a group whose interests would lie in protecting the site. In the past, the Serpent Mounds had incurred irreparable damage by well and not so well intentioned persons digging for relics. The purpose of the foundation was: to promote the systematic and sustained archaeological investigation of the Rice Lake Serpent Mounds; to assist in the development of the site as an educational and tourist centre; to co-operate with the Royal Ontario Museum and the Parks Division of the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests in these endeavours; to be a local focus point to stimulate interest in the work and support for it; and to provide and administer funds which would enable a thorough archaeological "dig" and study to begin in the summer of 1956 and to continue for four years following 1956.

Custodial History

The fonds was created by, and belonged to the Serpent Mounds Foundation of Peterborough.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of mimeograph and typescript copies of minutes, an outline of history and purposes of the Foundation, and two papers on the Serpent Mounds, at Rice Lake, one of which is by William Richard Adams of Bloomington, Indiana.


Title based on the organization which created the fonds.

The fonds was donated by Professor Kenneth E. Kidd, of Trent University, one of the founding members of the Serpent Mounds Foundation of Peterborough, to the Trent University Archives.

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