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Accession Number: 90-013


New Democratic Party fonds. Additions. -- 1957-1988. -- 20 cm of textual records and other material.

Biography / History

Born out of the Canadian Commonwealth Federation (1932-1960) the New Democratic Party originated in 1961. It is a party which aims to represent the working class and unions of Canada in politics. It is a socialist party advocating the democratic left instead of right wing politics.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by Andrew McDonald in his research and preparation for a paper entitled "United We Stand: Labour and the New Party By-Election Victory in Peterborough in 1960". He consulted the National Archives of Canada and Queen's University Archives in Kingston, Ontario while preparing the paper. This fonds was in Andrew McDonald's custody before donation to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of interviews with prominent NDP and labour activists recalling the 1960 by-election in Peterborough, and the early history of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the riding. As well there are related transcripts; newspaper articles and correspondence.


Title based on content of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Andrew McDonald.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada and Queen's University.

This fonds along with 88-010 is an addition to 83-018.

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Box 1

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11 cassette tapes - Interviews with prominent New Democratic Party (NDP) and labour activists recalling the 1960 by- election in Peterborough, and early history of Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and NDP organization in the riding. The above-mentioned interviews were conducted in 1988 with the following people: Walter Pitman Donald C. MacDonald John Taylor Pete How Ray Peters Ralph Hancox Art Parker Fred Young Bill Grant Patricia Minnes Mike Maloney Velma Maloney Stanley Knowles Bill Mulders Bill Powell Glen Brown Henry Nokes John McPhee


1: Handwritten partial transcripts of interview tapes

2: Paper by Andrew McDonald (Trent University student) and articles re: Peterborough's 1960 by-election

3: Photocopies of original materials held by John McPhee, labour columnist of The Peterborough Examiner in the 1960's. Materials deal with the early stages of development of the New Party, newspaper clippings and press releases of Walter Pitman, materials from the NDP founding convention in August 1961, & materials on UE local 524

4: Photocopies of original materials held by Henry Nokes. Newsletters, notes, correspondence and documents relating to the CCF and NDP in Peterborough 1957- 1968

5: Photocopies of original materials held by John Taylor, CCF candidate in the 1958 election

6: Photocopy of original report held by Fred Young. Report, newspaper clippings and documents compiled by Fred Young, campaign manager of the 1960 New Party campaign  

7: Photocopy of materials relating to 1960 by-election from the New Democratic Party of Canada Papers, National Archives of Canada. Note: Please note National Archives of Canada copyright restrictions on back of materials.

8: Photocopy of materials from the New Democratic Party of Ontario Papers in Queen's University Archives. Miscellaneous correspondence relating to the CCF/NDP in Peterborough 1959-1962. Note: Please note Queen's University Archives copyright restrictions at top of each page.

Box 2


1: Maps of electoral district of Peterborough 1951, 1952, 1961, 1976; description of poll boundaries, 1984

2: Data from 1961 census - demographic information

3: Election results of federal and provincial elections in Peterborough 1867-1987; detailed poll results 1958- 1963

4: Photocopy of Examiner articles relating to unemployment in Peterborough and the 1958 federal election

5: Photocopy of Examiner articles relating to the CCF in Peterborough 1959

6: Photocopy of Examiner articles January 1960 to August 1960 relating to CCF, labour, unemployment and other political developments in Peterborough

7: Photocopy of Examiner articles October 1960, relating to by-election campaign

8: Photocopy of Examiner, Toronto Star, and Globe articles relating to by-election results, November - December 1960

9: Photocopy of Examiner articles relating to 1962 and 1963 elections in Peterborough