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Accession Number: 97-006


Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough fonds. Additions. -- 1956-2000. -- 22 cm of textual materials. -- ca. 50 photographs.

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, modeling 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, through the exchange of ideas and cooperation among its members, as well as 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 and in the custody of the Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough before it was donated to Trent University Archives via Mrs. Enid Davis.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of programmes, annual reports, a memorial certificate for the 90th anniversary of the Lyceum Club and signed by Peter Adams, photos of club events and award winners, etc., administrative papers, a scrapbook, and Rug Group log books.


Title based on the organization which created the fonds.

This fonds was donated Mrs. Enid Davis.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Further accruals are expected. This fonds along with 94-004 is an addition to 88-009.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Constitution; Programmes, 1989 - 1993; 1994 - 1995; Annual reports, 1989 - 1993, 1995 - 1996; Treasurer's reports, 1994, 1995; Memorial certificate for Club's 90th Anniversary, signed by M.P. Peter Adams, 1995

2: Programmes for events, 1990 - 1996; correspondence, 1979 - 1994

3: Miscellaneous photos: 90th Anniversary, 1995; Valentine Tea, 1992; Christmas Tea, 1991; Study Group displays, 1989 - 1990; Art Award Winners; Mila Mulroney as a guest, etc. Some unidentified

Loose in box:

Two Rug Group log books, 1956 - 1993; Membership journal, 1977 - 1989; Administrative papers, 1977 - 1984. Annual Reports up to 2000 were added in 2004 as well as agendas and minutes.

Stored in 88-009 Box 2 : Scrap book, 1986 - 1988

(Note: the following additional materials were received in 2005 from Janice Fountain)

Box 2

Travel Club minute book, 1997-2004

Congratulatory letters from various government officials to the Peterborough Branch of the Women's Art Association on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, 2005

Newspaper article re 100th anniversary celebrations