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Accession Number: 99-007


Peterborough Community Concert Association fonds. Additions. -- 1971-1996. -- 32 cm of textual records. -- 61 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 commissions 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 the Peterborough Community Concert Association before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of Peterborough Community Concert Association administrative and promotional material, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, budget reports, series programs, newspaper clippings, membership lists, newsletters, artist contracts, and other related material.


Title based on the organization which created the fonds.

This fonds was donated by the Peterborough Community Concert Association.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds, along with 93-015 and 97-004, is an addition to 79-001. Further accruals of approximately 30 cm every two years are expected.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1. Peterborough Concert Association programs, 1988-1997

2. Community Concert Association programs, 1984-1987

3. Photographs

4. Promotional material, 1973-1996

5. Newspaper clippings, 1986-1995

6. Newspaper clippings, 1988-1991

7. Newsletters: "Keynotes," "President's Newsletter," "Music Memos," etc., 1973-1996

8. Membership, 1973-1989

9. Membership Surveys, 1988-1995

10. Performance agreements and contracts, artists rosters, etc., 1984-1997

11. Peterborough County Board of Education Contract for Use of Schools 1985-1994, George Street United Church Application for Use of Church, 1994

12. Board of Directors, 1972-1995

13. Constitutions, 1966-1995

14. Budgetary Materials: Treasurer's Reports, Annual Reports, Membership Fees, Donations and etc., 1982-1994

15. Computer set-up print-out

16. Correspondence, minutes, agendas, 1971-1984

17. Correspondence, minutes, agendas, 1985-1986

18. Correspondence, minutes, agendas, 1987-June 1988

19. Correspondence, minutes, agendas, July 1988-May 1989

20. Correspondence, minutes, agendas, July 1989-October 1990

21. Correspondence, minutes, agendas, November 1990-December 1991

22. Correspondence, minutes, agendas, 1992

23. Correspondence, minutes, agendas, 1993-1996

(materials received in 2010, from Clare Trussler via Professor James Conley)

Box 2

PCCA Treasurer's Record (1960-1975)

PCA Treasurer's Files (2005-2006)

PCA Treasurer's Files (2006-2007)