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Accession Number: 94-004


Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough fonds. Additions. -- 1940-1993. -- 13 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

In September 1887, an enthusiastic group of young women artists organized an art club on the plan of the Art Student's League of New York. In a studio on Yonge Street Arcade they met to work together in painting, drawing, modelling and sketching from still life and living models. No instruction was given, the object being to provide an incentive and help towards self-development, to draw out (independent of the instructor) personal resources, which are necessary to individual effort. In 1890 the Club was incorporated into the "Women's Art Club" for the purpose of creating general interest in art and encouragement of women's work, by mental help and cooperation among its members, and the holding of art exhibitions and lectures. The motto chosen was that of the old Plantin Printers of Antwerp "Labore et Constantia" by Labour and Constancy. While the motto is kept in evidence, few now remember that the colours of the Association are red and white and the emblem the wild rose. In April, 1930, the Association affiliated with the Lyceum Club of London, England, and is now known as the Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada. Members are assured of a welcome in any of the International Lyceum Clubs. In March, 1905, the Women's Art Association of Toronto held its first exhibition in Peterborough. This exhibition of paintings and handicrafts was arranged by members of the Toronto association resident in Peterborough, and was such a success that it was decided to form a branch association, and on March 28, 1905, the Peterborough Branch of the Women's Art Association was organized.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by the Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough and in the custody of Joan Minors, past-president of the Club, before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of annual reports, programmes, constitution, minutes and accounts relating to the Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough. Some of the records pertain to the Drama Study Group.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Joan Minors.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds is an addition to 88-009.

For related records see: 96-005.

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Box 1


1 Annual Reports, Programmes and Constitution 1965-93

2 Miscellaneous Materials 1940s-1989: sketch book; minutes, accounts and memos of garden II study group 1982-89; WWII notes and photos; recipes

3 Drama Study Group--Minutes 1960-73

4 Drama Study Group--Minutes 1973-78

5 Drama Study Group--Minutes 1979-84

6 Drama Study Group--Correspondence and Other Materials 1964-77