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Accession Number: 87-019


Friends of the Bata Library fonds. Additions. -- 1978-1986. -- 15 cm of textual records.

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. Friends would be helping to accomplish this 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 the Friends of the Bata Library and in the custody of John Wadland before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of administrative records relating to the Friends of the Bata Library.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by John Wadland.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds is an addition to 86-011.

For related records see: 86-010, 86-012, 86-013, 86-1000 and 86-1001.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1. correspondence, minutes, notes and documents regarding the establishment and first year of the Friends of the Bata Library, 1978

2. correspondence, minutes, notes and documents, 1979 Includes article on the Fowlds-Marryat Collection, and an interview with A.J.M. Smith

3. correspondence, minutes, notes and documents 1980 Includes articles on talk given by George Whalley's The Web of the North and publisher Barney Sandwell.

4. correspondence, minutes, notes, photos and documents, 1981. Includes interview with Jean Cole's regarding her book Exile in the Wilderness.

5. Summary of talk given by Ramsay Derry on The Art of Robert Batemen, 1982.

6. Rough work on the 1985 Bulletin. Includes articles on Oft in the Stilly Night by Ross Mathews, "Literary Nationalism" by Rob Chambers, the Mosson Boyd Collection, and Birdsall Bookbinding tools.

7. Rough work on the 1986 Bulletin. Includes articles on the Robert Hunter Canadiana collection, the 20th Anniversary of the Journal of Canadian Studies, Wayland Drew on "Bibliotropes", and George Parker's talk on "Publishing and Cultural Sovereignty".