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Accession Number: 86-011


Friends of the Bata Library fonds. -- 1984. -- 4 audio cassettes. -- 2 audio reels.

Biography / History

The Friends of the Bata Library was established in 1978 as a support group for the Bata Library. It consists of citizens who hold regular evenings with guest speakers and whose membership fees contribute to donations to the library and archives at Trent University. The initial meeting was held May 23, 1978 with Professors Gordon Roper, R.D. Chambers, F.A. Hagar, Graham Cogley, John Wiseman, Elwood Jones and Head Librarian Brian Heeney. They proposed that Michael Treadwell head the Friends of the Bata Library Steering Committee as chairman and in the summer of 1978 Brian Heeney and F.A. Hagar were to contact various colleges and universities in the U.S.A., Britain and Canada to find information out about other Friends programs. By October 12, 1978 the formation of a Friends group at Trent was well under way. The committee outlined the purpose of the new group as fostering the role of the Library as the intellectual heart of the University and community which it serves. The Friends would be helping to accomplish their purpose through their fees thus providing a special fund for the acquisitions of rare books and manuscripts; by encouraging gifts and bequests of books and manuscripts from the wider community and by enriching the intellectual life of the University through their participation in the meetings of the Friends. The meetings were to take the form of informal lectures and seminars on subjects of general interest, but focusing on the Library's collections and archives. The Committee solicited members by inviting people to become founding members and to come to the founding meeting of the new group. The founding meeting was held October 27, 1978 at 4:OO pm with the official opening of the Bata Library's new A.J.M. Smith Collection with Dr. Smith being the guest of honour and speaker. Since then the Friends of the Bata Library have made numerous purchases and given donations to the Library and Archives.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of the Friends of the Bata Library until it was donated to Trent Unversity Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of 7 tapes of various lectures sponsored by the Friends of the Bata Library.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by the Friends of the Bata Library.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Additions to the fonds include: 87-019 and 91-004.  

Finding Aid

Box 1

Item 1. Cassette tape; Donald Jack 25 April 1984 - "Superficial Views of Force: Comedy in Canadian Literature"

Item 2. B.W. Sandwell; Book publishing in Canada in series "Books that influenced my life"

Item 3. Gordon Roper "The Shell Collection" cassette tape

Item 4. Rupert Schieder 31 May 1984 The Problem of Editing Catharine Parr Traill's Canadian Crusoes

Item 5. 7" reel Gilbert Bagnani 17th - 18th century book from his library

Item 6. 7" reel Gordon Roper