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Accession Number: 90-009


The Cole Theatre fonds. -- 1967-1990. -- 6 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Both Jean Murray Cole and Alfred O.C. Cole are, and were, avid researchers and historians. Jean Murray Cole was born in 1927. She and Alfred have shared the editorialship of a number of books including "The Illustrated Historical Atlas of Peterborough" which was published in 1975 and "Kawartha Heritage" in 1981. Jean Murray Cole was a former journalist and has published a number of historical texts concerning Peterborough and area such as "The Loon Calls: A History of the Township of Chandos". She has also published a book "Exile in Wilderness", a biography of the Hudson's Bay Company Chief Factor Archibald McDonald. Jean is an active member of the Friends of the Bata Library and Jean has been a long-standing member of the Peterborough Historical Society. (Taken from: "The Loon Calls" and) Alfred O. Cooper Cole was born in 1925 as the youngest son of Dr. C.E. Cooper Cole and Sarah Renwick Tuckett. He had 3 brothers and 1 sister. Alfred O.C. Cole has played a major role in the life and history of Trent University. He was the Registrar of the University from 1966 to 1987 and a member of the Department of History. He was an RCAF pilot during World War II, a political reporter for the Toronto "Daily Star" and "Globe and Mail" and he served as a executive assistant in the Ontario Ministry of Public Works at Queen's Park in Toronto. He also has written a number of articles and books such as "A Victorian Snapshot" in 1992 and "Trent The Making of a University, 1957-1987" also published in 1992. Alfred O.C. Cole died October 20, 1996. (Taken from: "The Peterborough Examiner." October 22, 1996. p. 2a) Together Jean and Alfred had six children of which one has followed into their literary footsteps.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of the Coles before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of theatre programs and tickets primarily of the Peterborough Theatre Guild (1967-1990) plus a variety of programs of other Peterborough-based theatre clubs and organizations such as Arbor Theatre, PCVS Senior Dramatic Club, and the Peterborough Arts festival.


Title based on creators and content of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Jean Murray Cole.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: Arbor Theatre fonds.

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1: Peterborough Theatre Guild programs and tickets (1967 - 1990), plus a dinner and dance invitation and two personal greeting cards addressed to Jean and Alf Cole.

2: Publicity materials primarily in the form of programs of the Kawartha Summer Theatre, Peterborough Arts Festival, PCVS Senior Drama Club, Arbor Productions, Arbor Theatre, Canadian Images, Mackenzie Gallery, Peterborough District Guild of Arts & Crafts, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada, St. James Players, etc. (1967 - 1990).