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Accession Number: 97-009


Adele Ebbs fonds. -- [1930]-1990. -- 24 photographs. -- 6.5 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Adele Ebbs was born in Toronto in 1909, the daughter of Ethel Mary Page and Taylor Statten, founder of The Taylor Statten Camps. In 1935, Adele married Harry Ebbs, who was a counsellor at one of her father's camps. Throughout their lives, the Ebbs were involved in organized camping in Canada and the United States, as well as in India. Both were honorary life members of the Canadian Camping Association and Dr. Harry Ebbs was a governor of Trent University, where the Ebbs Camping Archives were established in 1979 to honor the Ebbs' contributions to the children's camping movement in Canada.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Adele Ebbs before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of documents and correspondence relating to the presentation of Trent University honorary degrees to Dr. J. Harry Ebbs and Mary Northway. The fonds also contains documents relating to Mary's death and her bequest of two million dollars to Trent University, various documents relating to Ontario camps and to the Brora Centre, and miscellaneous photographs.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Adele Ebbs.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 86-018, 88-006, 92-005 (Ontario Camping Association fonds), 78-004, 82-102, 85-014, 86-032, 88-007, 92-004 and 93-022 (Canadian Camping Association fonds), 80-014.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Documents relating to presenting a Trent University Honorary Degree to Dr. H.J. Ebbs, 1975; correspondence, 1978 - 1990

2: Documents and correspondence relating to presenting a Trent Honorary Degree to Dr. Mary Northway, 1979

3: Documents and correspondence relating to death of Dr. Mary Northway and her bequest of 2 million dollars to Trent University, 1987

4: Speeches and articles by Mary Northway, 1934 - 1982

5: Miscellaneous documents relating to various Ontario camps from 1930s, some undated

Loose in the box:

2 binders:

The Brora Centre - Minute book including the charter, by-laws, minutes

"Why the Brora Centre" by Mary Northway, John Hodgson, Dorothy Millichamp, 1980, includes also miscellaneous documents relating to Brora Centre

3 snapshot booklets with unidentified photos