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Accession Number: 97-004


Peterborough Community Concert Association fonds. Additions. -- 1963-1996. -- 13 cm of textual materials. -- 11 photographs.

Biography / History

The Peterborough Community Concert Association was formally established in 1942 when the Peterborough Music Club joined Community Concerts of America, Inc. It was formed under the leadership of Dr. J.J. Craig, a well known Peterborough dentist, and a group of business people interested in bringing outstanding musical talent to Peterborough. The objectives of the Association were to "build and maintain through nonprofit plan a permanent concert audience on a strictly membership basis; to cultivate in the citizens of Peterborough and its surrounding area interest in good music; to provide for its members an opportunity to hear good music in the form of concerts and recitals, of which there will be a minimum of three presented annually; and to foster and encourage public appreciation of music and the teaching of music, history of music, and music appreciation in the schools of Peterborough and its surrounding area." Peterborough did have a concert association which existed before 1942, but unfortunately, all written records of this association have been lost. Over the years, the Peterborough Community Concert Association was able to bring many big name artists and groups to Peterborough including Ephriam Zimbalist, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and Liona Boyd. In 1987, the Peterborough Community Concert Association broke its ties with Community Concerts of America, Inc. due to high commisssions and the high American dollar and comparatively low Canadian dollar. The Peterborough Concert Association was the result of this split and it has continued to function effectively, holding five to six concerts a year and maintaining the high artistic standards set in previous years.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Peterborough Community Concert Association until it was donated to Trent University Archives via Mrs. Ann Ramsden and Dick Van Laren.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of photographs, programmes of concerts, as well as financial statements, budgets, etc. There are also newspaper reviews and adds for the concerts, administrative papers, minutes of meetings, lists of board and executive members, contracts, and campaign reports.


Title based on the organization which created the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Mrs. Ann Ramsden and Dick Van Laren.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Further accruals are expected. This fonds along with 93-015 is an addition to 79-001.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Photographs of performers:

#1. The Franz Liszt Orchestra of Budapest

#2. Anagnosom and Kinton

#3. Liona Boyd

#4. Obernkirchen Children's Choir

#5. Mark DuBois

#6. Angela Hewitt (2)

#7. The Canadian Brass

#8. Maureen Forrester

#9. Corey Cerovsek

#11.Budapest Wind Ensemble

2: Programmes, 1974 - 1996; also miscellaneous concert related documents

3: Correspondence, 1991 - 1994

4: Campaign Reports, 1962 - 1984; Contracts, 1976 - 1993

5: Newspaper clippings with adds and reviews of concerts, 1982 - 1994; miscellaneous newsletters, 1972 - 1988

6: Minutes of meetings, 1992 - 1994; lists of Board and Executive Committee Members, 1970 - 1973 and 1993 - 1994; constitution of the Association

7: Fiscal documents, 1963 - 1994 including budgets, annual reports and other related materials

Loose in the box:

3 account books, 1974 - 1985

5 bankbooks, 1984 - 1990