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Accession Number: 84-005


Peterborough Historical Atlas Foundation fonds. -- 1974-1978. -- .35 m of textual records and other material.

Biography / History

The Peterborough Historical Atlas was created by the Peterborough Historical Atlas Foundation which started in 1974. The Foundation was formed to produce and to publish an Illustrated Historical Atlas of Peterborough County 1825-1875 in the 19th century manner in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Peter Robinson settlers. The Foundation was chaired by Jane Deyman and A.O.C. Cole was the general editor. Jean Murray Cole was a co-editor. Professors Alan Brunger, Bruce Hodgins, R.B. Johnston, Elwood Jones and Gordon Roper, all of Trent University, helped to write various parts of the Atlas. When the Atlas was published in 1975 it received a number of awards such as a communications award from Heritage Canada; a local histories award from the Canadian Historical Association; and a local societies award from the Ontario Historical Society. The Foundation donated a number of copies of the Atlas to schools and, from the proceeds of the sale of the Atlas, the Foundation was able to give a number of gifts. The Foundation gave financial gifts to Hutchinson House, the Peterborough Historical Society, the Peterborough Public Library, Lang Pioneer Village, the Journal for Canadian Studies and Trent University. Trent also received an endownment fund called the Peterborough Historical Atlas prize which an undergraduate student would be able to win with the best written paper or project on a Canadian topic. The prize was to be awarded in Canadian Reference books. Not only did the Foundation publish the Atlas but it helped publish Kawartha Heritage in 1981. The Foundation wound up its activities in 1985.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of the members of the Peterborough Historical Atlas Foundation before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds contains galley proofs, correspondence, art work, page proofs, boards for deluxe copy and cover, clippings, press releases and research data collected prior to the publication of the Peterborough Historical Atlas.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Jane W. Deyman, President of the Peterborough Historical Atlas Foundation.

Restrictions: Y. Permission from the Clerk of the County of Peterborough is required for access.

Copyright for the Peterborough Historical Atlas was turned over to the County of Peterborough.

Finding aids: Y

Additions to the fonds include: 87-016 and 94-017.

For related records see: 83-1026 and 84-006.

Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 28.

Finding Aid

Map Cabinet: Drawer 8

Cheese factories of Peterborough County before 1930 104 cm X 16 cm, scale 1:100,000

Box 1


/1 applications for grants and related correspondence

/2 contributors file-organization and direction

/3 draft Ms: introduction and prehistory

/4 draft Ms: forward and acknowledgements

/5 draft Ms: prehistory

/6 draft Ms: geology

/7 draft Ms: early settlements

/8 draft Ms: churches

/9 draft Ms: education

/10 draft Ms: writers

/11 draft Ms: communication

/12 draft Ms: forest industry

/13 draft Ms: canoes

/14 draft Ms: militia

/15 draft Ms: county lists

/16 Town of Peterborough

/17 Town of Ashburnham

/18 Otonabee Twp

/19 Asphodel Twp

/20 Smith Twp

/21 North Monaghan Twp

/22 Ennismore Twp

/23 Douro Twp

/24 Dummer Twp

/25 Harvey Twp

/26 Belmont and Methuen Twps

/27 Burleigh, Anstruther and Chandos Twps

/28 Galway and Cavendish Twps

/29 bibliography

/30 art work

/31 sample preparation for names maps and directory for Otonabee Township

/32 production miscellany

/33 galley proofs

/34 authors' proofs

/35 correspondence between Newton-Frank and A.O.C. Cole, 1974-75

/36 correspondence between Hunter-Rose - printers

/37 general correspondence to Mrs. Jane W. Deyman, 1974-78

/38 commendations on success of Atlas - 1975

/39 deluxe and regular mailing lists and pick-up lists of numbered Atlases and names

/40 merchandizing and promotion; news releases - Jean Murray Cole

/41 marketing and promotion - Jane W. Deyman

/42 marketing and promotion - A.O.C. Cole

/43 invoices in marketing - Mel McIntyre

/44 Heritage Day - receiving the communications award - Feb 1977 4 photos (12X17 cm) Jane Deyman, Jean Cole et al

/45 Ontario Historical Society Seminar - re: Peterborough Atlas