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Accession Number: 91-004


Friends of the Bata Library fonds. Additions. -- 1978-1988. -- 15 cm of textual records. -- 2 audio cassettes.

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 coinciding with the official opening of the Bata Library's new A.J.M. Smith Collection where Dr. Smith was 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 Quentin Brown before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, membership lists, constitution and financial statements relating to the establishment and activities of the Friends of the Bata Library.


Title based on the creators of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Quentin Brown, a member of the Friends of the Bata Library.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds along with 87-019 is an addition to 86-011.

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1: Invitations to Friends-sponsored talks, plus related correspondence 1978-1988

2: Membership lists 1978-1986

3: Promotional materials 1978-1987

4: Minutes of meetings 1978-1986 (includes some financial information and related correspondence)

5: Robertson Davies Bata Library shelflist 1986

6: "Friends of Libraries" material 1978- 1979, ie. material relating to similar "Friends" groups at other libraries

7: Friends of the Bata Library Constitution 1979; 1987 (amended)

loose in box:

Black binder, with chapters entitled: Acquisitions - 1980-1986 (information regarding books acquired by the Friends for the library)

Executive Committee - 1985-1988 (minutes of meetings and related notes, etc.)

Financial Statements - 1978-1988

Meetings - 1985-1988 (list of meetings and speakers; invitations to meetings and related correspondence)

Membership Lists - 1986-1988

Promotion Materials - 1986-1987

2 audio-cassette tapes entitled: - "Paul Audley Nov. 26, 1984" - "Rob Chambers May 15, 1985"