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Accession Number: 87-016


Peterborough Historical Atlas Foundation fonds. Additions. -- 1975-1987. -- 5 cm of textual records.

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 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 of 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 in the custody of Jean Cole co-editor for the Peterborough Historical Atlas before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of assorted correspondence, notes and documents of the Peterborough Historical Atlas Foundation.


Title based on content of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Jean Cole.

Restrictions: Y. Permission of 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

This fonds is an addition to 84-005.

For related records see: Kawartha Heritage fonds and 94-017.