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Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection

  • CA ON00353 AFC 382
  • Fonds
  • [1780], [18-?-1996]

This collection consists of extensive personal correspondence, concert documents, scores, manuscripts, recognition, primary publications, secondary publications, university papers, photographs, recordings, memorabilia and artifacts mainly relating to the private and professional lives of Gustav Mahler, Alfred Rosé, Arnold Rosé, Alma Rosé, Bruno Walter, Justine Rosé, and Maria Rosé. Other material relating to Alma Mahler-Werfel, Marie Mahler, Otto Mahler, Maria Rosé, Albine Adler, Dorothy Beswick Hetherington, Lorraine Busby, Jacob Dont, Martha Freud, R.A. Loederer, Nora Nathan, Richard Newman, Richard Strauss, and Arturo Toscanini are included. Also included are materials in the collection whose connection is unclear

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Archer family fonds

  • CA ON00334 F187
  • Fonds
  • 1793-1936

Letters, receipts, copybooks, songbooks and various ephemera relating to John Archer and his family. 16cm.

The papers consist of four series.

Series A: Archer family letters, most with stamped envelopes (1833-1856), Confederate money (1864) Files 1-17.

Series B: Philatelic collection, originals and xerox. (1884-1930). Many local businesses represented on envelope covers. Files 18-19B.

Series C: Receipts, invoices and deeds relating to the Archer and Breckenridge families. (1839-1930). Files 20-31.

Series D: Poetry and various other ephemera. (1793-1936). Songbooks and copybooks being the oldest in this series (1793-1837). Files 32-46.

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Martha Ann Kidd fonds

  • CA ON00334 F90
  • Fonds
  • 1817-1997

Research collection of Martha Anne Kidd, local Peterborough historian, relating to her work with Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (PACAC), Peterborough Historical Society, Peterborough Planning Committee, as well as numerous research notes and papers on the preservation of historic buildings, the Ontario Heritage Act, and Heritage Canada..

Series A Historical Preservation in Ontario (Files 1-101), 1932, 1967-1991

Series B Heritage Planning in Peterborough (Files 102-166), 1962-1991

Series C Heritage Tourism and Promotion (Files 167-230), 1968-1978
Includes brochures for many committees promoting heritage and tourism, particularly in Central and Eastern Ontario; documents related to the Roy Studio Collection promotion(1996-1998); original sketches and planning with Tim Jackson (1984); Heritage Peterborough (1985-1987); Jackson Park Pagoda Project (1987) including historical research from the 1890s.

Series D Historic Properties (Files 231-300)
Photographs, historical research and materials relating to streetscapes and identified houses and buildings in Peterborough and surrounding areas; includes information from CIHB and HABS, c. 1970; PACAC bylaws (1974-1986)

Series E Peterborough Biographies (Files 301-400)
Historical research on Peterborough individuals, (including all architects) and families as well as records relating to the Peterborough Historical Society.

Series F Mixed Items (Files 401-461)
Highlights include: Dobbin Index to Industries (1913), Dr. Hutchison Register of Births (1817), Langton Letters (1834-35), Prime Time Profiles.

Series G Peterborough Despatch (Files 462-564)
Copies of news articles (1848-1860) on subjects such as: Peterborough Town Council, bylaws, elections, politics, Peterborough people, agriculture, amusements, businesses, organizations, fires and fire brigade, military, religion, sports, transportation; births, marriages, deaths

Series H Ashburnham Maps and Plans (Files 565-580), 1850-1903

Series I Peterborough Fire Insurance Plans (Files 581-600), 1882, 1889, 1911, 1929
Also includes Peterborough County and Town maps

Series J Martha Ann Kidd and the Heritage Movement (Files 601-657)
News features on Martha Ann Kidd, correspondence; papers relating to her husband, Kenneth Kidd, a professor of Archaeology at Trent University.

Series K Ashburnham and Peterborough City Collector’s Rolls and Directories (Files 658-702)
Copies of Ashburnham Collector Rolls (1861-62), copies of Ashburnham Directories (1858, 1864, 1865-66, 1870, 1876, 1883-84, 1894-95, 1897, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914), copies of Ashburnham Assessment Rolls (1874, 1882, 1889, 1899, 1900), copies of Ashburnham Voter’s Lists (1863, 1878), copies of Peterborough City Directories (1851, 1858, 1870-71, 1876, 1883, 1888, 1895, 1897, 1913).

Series L Peterborough Street Index (Files 703-772) Photographs and descriptions to various properties.

Series M Peter J. Stokes Photographs (Files 773-779), 1969
Photographs and negatives relating to the downtown district of Peterborough.

Series N Photographs and Postcards (Files 780-834)
A vast photograph and postcard collection depicting residents, properties, and events in Peterborough townships including Lakefield, Chandos, Harvey, Otonabee/Keene, Asphodel, Dummer, Douro, Smith/Ennismore as well as Stoney Lake. Materials relating to surrounding counties such as Victoria and Northumberland should also be mentioned.

Series O Negatives (Files 835-924)

Series P Street Series (Files 925-1407), 1970s
Collection includes historic summaries of various street names in downtown Peterborough, as well as a detailed street by street pre-1890 building inventory featuring many photographs of Peterborough properties as well as owner history.

Series Q Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings (CIHB) Reports (Files 1408-2863)

Series R Mixed Items (Files 2864-)

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Leona Riggs fonds

  • CA ON00156 MG2
  • Fonds
  • 1822-1994

The collection consists of financial papers, genealogy books, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, postcards, business cards, music books, horoscope, poll book, address books, ledgers, notebooks, birthday cards, letters, photos/photo album, cartoons, highschool entrance exam, recipe book, stamp book, programs/brochures/concerts, dance cards, yearbooks, certificates, reciepts, invitations, membership cards and text book/teaching book.

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Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani fonds

  • CA ON00012 SC036
  • Fonds
  • 1831-2010, predominant 1900-1965

Fonds consists of personal and professional records created by Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani and their families, chiefly in Europe, North Africa, and Canada, for the most part between ca. 1910 and 1955, comprising photographs of Gilbert Bagnani's travels and archaeological work in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Libya and Egypt in the 1920s and 1930s; a motion picture of his activities in and around Tebtunis in Egypt in 1934; correspondence between the Bagnanis themselves, Gilbert Bagnani's mother Florence Bagnani and other family members; photos of the families of Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani, including 19th-century photo portraits of their Dewar, Houston, and Robinson relatives; a collection of copy prints and glass slides of art and antiquities used by Dr. Bagnani in his university teaching; audio recordings of Dr. Bagnani lecturing; albums of clippings and memorabilia of family and social events; miscellaneous printed, typescript and manuscript items; photos of the Bagnanis at Trent University in the 1980s; an album of postage stamps; and other material.

Contains series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Family photographs
  3. Archaeological and travel photographs
  4. Art history images
  5. Albums and scrapbooks
  6. Miscellaneous records

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Vesey A. Brown fonds

  • CA ON00353 AFC 260
  • Fonds
  • 1845 - 1895

This fonds consists of Vesey Brown’s medical education and military certificates and personal correspondence, as well as material relating to Brown and Masingberd family property in London and Morpeth, Ontario. Majority of fonds consists of Series 4 that is Brown's work as watercolour artist, mainly depicting London, Port Stanley and Elgin County.

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Mary F. Williamson fonds

  • CA ON00370 F0098
  • Fonds
  • 1851-2004 ; predominent 1965-2004

The fonds consists of material which documents Williamson's career as a fine arts bibliographer, librarian and instructor along with associated professional and scholarly activities. It includes correspondence and reports prepared for collection acquisitions (e.g. Germain Bazin library, archives and postcard collection), other library initiatives, interactions with various library departments, and departments in the Faculty of Fine Arts including visual arts, dance, and theatre; material related to her work on YUFA, PLAYU (Professional Librarians Association of York University), the Librarians' Group, and other York University and library committees; exhibition catalogues, monographs, articles and conference presentations authored by Williamson; and research materials, grant files and teaching files. The fonds also includes a collection of letters and photographs that Williamson sent home during her stay at various summer camps between 1940 and 1951, material related to the Moore Park Ratepayers' Association, and a collection that Williamson acquired consisting of 63 photocopied letters from literary and artistic figures in Canada such as Susanna Moodie and George Munro Grant, addressed to Louisa Murray (1818-1894), literary critic and writer on feminist issues.

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Eloise A. Skimings fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1852-1936

The fonds consists of textual records and other material created and accumulated by Eloise A. Skimings during her career as a newspaper correspondent, teacher, poet, and composer in Goderich, Ontario.

The fonds includes business and personal correspondence, business and personal invoices and receipts related to Eloise Skimings professional and personal activities, family account books of her and her brothers, insurance records, bank records, music records, poetry, notebooks, scrapbook, tickets, invitations, announcements, cards of memoriam, newspaper clippings and articles, photographs, postcard, a drawing, and published poetry books. Some of the records relate to her brothers, Richard Skimings and William Skimings, as well as A.M. Polley, Mrs. Flora A. Polley, and S.B. Williams.

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Ilderton Agricultural Society Fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1852-

The records contain the following series; Secretaries' and Treasurers' Records 1862-2016;
Awards, Newspaper Clippings

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Raymond Hart Massey Collection

  • CA ON00416 AC06
  • Collection
  • [1861, 1865], 1910s, 1932, 1938-1940 1953-1955, 1963-1964, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1981-1985

Collection consists of material pertaining to Raymond’s portrayal of Abraham Lincoln on stage and film and includes photographs of Abraham Lincoln, sketches of Raymond as Lincoln, framed playbill on the night of Lincoln’s assassination, framed republican national ticket for president Lincoln, TV Guide awards for Raymond’s performance in "Tyger, Tyger" and "Dr. Kildare", and correspondence.

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Cameron family fonds

  • CA ON00370 F0493
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1990 ; 1969-1990 predominent

Fonds consists of more than 60 letters, newsletters, poems, and greeting cards written by Margaret Laurence to Ian and Sandy Cameron, as well as a copy of Laurence's will. The correspondence discusses Laurence's work as a writing instructor and speaker at the University of Toronto, her relationship with other Canadian writers and Clara Thomas, her move from Toronto to Lakefield, and her involvement with the Writers' Union of Canada conference in Ottawa in November 1973. Laurence comments extensively on her own works and her efforts to encourage other writers (including Ian Cameron), her efforts to produce a recording of songs with her lyrics and Cameron's musical score to accompany "The diviners," the film contract based on this novel, and her elation at winning the Molson Prize in 1975. The correspondence also discusses her divorce from Jack Laurence, her relationship with her children, and her views on social and generational change. The correspondence is accompanied by nine vinyl recordings given by Laurence to the Camerons that feature European classical music, African palm wine music, and Ghanian highlife music. The fonds also contains five letters from John Ruskin, the Victorian writer and art critic, to Kate Towney and Arbuthnot Cameron, 1865-1867, regarding Towney's marriage and financial affairs, mineral collecting, and ideas from Ruskin's book, "Modern painters." These letters are accompanied by notes and transcripts, as well as a letter written in 1907 regarding the Ruskin correspondence.

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Ephemera Collection

  • Collection
  • 1865-2018

Collection consists of items of collectible memorabilia significant to the history of Trinity College School.

Included are calendars, stationery, postcards, textiles, trophies, athletics equipment, dining and serving ware, slates, jewelry, medals, and musical instruments.

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Lennox and Addington Historical Society sheet music collection

  • Fonds
  • 1867-1939, predominant 1891-1932

The collection contains sheet music of some classical music, but consists mostly of popular tunes arranged for piano. Included are parlour pieces from the gay ‘90's; favourites from the Edwardian period; songs of the First World War; hits from the early days of recorded music; and music made popular by performers of early days of radio (1920's and 1930's). Some of the cover designs are as interesting as the music. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Mary Daly sheet music Beatrice Baughan sheet music Miscellaneous sheet music

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Zola Research Program fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1873 - 2008

Fonds consists of documents relating to the Zola Research Program and the publication of the 10 volume "Émile Zola Correspondance" series, including project files, inventories, reference materials, photocopies of Émile Zola’s correspondence and other documents related to the project. The project files contained in this fonds document the development and activities of the Zola Research Program. Project files records include inventories of various letters, funding information, budgetary forms, donor agreements, publicity documents and summaries of the project written both by external entities (newspapers) and internal figures (members of the Program staff). Also included are supplementary documents that were collected to create a broader contextual framework. Each letter is be supported with annotations and background information on the correspondents, events or people discussed in the letters as well as the social and political state of France during the 19th century. While the collection of letters by Zola was the primary mandate of the project, along the way the Program collected a vast number of reference materials to broaden the perspective. This fonds contains the off-prints, various documents (both collected by Zola and collected by the Zola Research Program about various 19th century figures) and bibliographies. Books collected by the Program are now the basis of the Émile Zola Collection in the Rare Book Collection of Kelly Library.

The correspondence is composed mostly of photocopies of handwritten letters, post cards, cartes de visites, telegrams and typed transcriptions of letters. The correspondence is a mixture of professional and personal letters that discuss various matters from the publication of Zola’s main works to the birth of his children. It is clear from the various handwritings and documentation styles that multiple figures were involved in the processing of the letters. However, as a Research Associate and long-term member of the team, Dorothy Speirs was the primary figure creating, processing and cross-referencing the letters. This can be seen through the presence of her initials on most of the documents. Additionally, as Project Archivist Hélène Issayevitch organized the letters and maintained the record-keeping practices throughout. It is important to note that after the dissolution of the Zola Research Program in 1995, Speirs continued collecting reference materials and adding them to the collection. As a result, there are a number of documents contained within that extend outside the dates of the Program. The result of this continued research is an additional publication completed in 2008, in association with Owen Morgan.

This collection remains the largest repository of Émile Zola’s letters available in North America. In recent years, the descendants of Zola have divided the estate, including the letters, resulting in a dispersal of the documents. This collection represents the largest single collection of Zola’s letters that is accessible and open to the public. Additionally, this fonds contains a fountain of information on key figures in the Naturalist Movement of the 19th century, as well as other well-known artists, scholars, intellectuals and political and social figures, including J.K. Huysmans, Edmond de Goncourt, Gustave Flaubert, Édouard Manet, Alfred Bruneau, Paul Alexis, Henry Céard, Léon Hennique, and Guy de Maupassant - all of which can be found either through personal discussions in the letters or supplementary documentation. The hidden value in this fonds lies in the plethora of reference resources that are available. The fonds also houses a vast number of off-prints that explore various aspects of Zola’s life as well as the broader Naturalist community of the 19th century. Some other significant pieces include original 19th century illustrated theatrical pamphlets from the Théâtre Libre, various original newspaper clippings and original letters by Émile Zola, Alexandrine Zola, Paul Alexis and Jules Claretie.

Fonds is arranged into 6 series:

1) Project Files series: consists of a variety of records that document the development of the project over the years, including funding information, publicity and marketing documents, donor agreements, budgetary forms and some correspondence amongst various scholars.

2) Letters by Zola series: consists of photocopies of letters written by Zola between 1856 and 1902. This series also contains an original letter by Émile Zola, dated June 22, 1890 (File #107).

3) Letters to Zola series: contains photocopies of letters written to Zola between 1858 and 1902. This series also contains an original letter by Alexandrine Zola to Émile Zola, dated May 27, 1890 (File #248).

4) Letters by Contemporaries series: consists of photocopies of letters sent between Zola’s family and contemporaries. This series contains an original letter from Paul Alexis to Léon Hennique, dated September 19, 1887 (File #420).

5) Collected and Reference Material series: contains photocopies of documents about the project and the various correspondents in the fonds (documents written by or about Émile Zola, documents about his family and correspondents, off-prints of works written about Émile Zola and naturalism, project inventories of letters and bibliographies). Series contains a variety of original documents including newspapers and theatrical pamphlets.

6) Alphabetical Index Forms series: consists of biographical and contextual information on correspondents of Émile Zola, figures mentioned in the letters, or the main journals for which he wrote.

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Brookhurst Autograph Album

Series consists of one (1) autograph album originally owned by Josephine Caroline Stuart Grant when she attended Brookhurst School in Cobourg, c1878-1881. The book contains passages from literature, personal messages, signatures, and small drawings, by Josephine's classmates and others whom she encountered during her time at Brookhurst, and living at Ballintruan in Port Hope.

A.H. Howard fonds

  • CA ON00012 SC115
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1914

Fonds consists of drawings, watercolours and designs of A. H. Howard produced in Toronto between 1880 and 1914, especially in the sketchbooks in which Howard drew Ontario landscapes and towns, flowers, trees, human figures, factory interiors and other subjects. Similar drawings and watercolours are contained in two albums and a portfolio. Also included are examples of his decorative and calligraphic work from illuminated presentation addresses, certificates, bookplates and other materials.
Contains series:

  1. Portfolio and albums
  2. Sketchbooks
  3. Decorative designs and drawings

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Rona Rustige fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1880-2000

The fonds consists of 1 box of textual records and 7 audio tapes. The fonds consists of research notes and 7 tapes of interviews with the Tyendinega Mohawk elders relating to the research, writing and production of Rona Rustidge's book "Tyendinega Tales".

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Portrait of Queen Victoria

Item is a framed and signed portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. Gold-gilt framed photogravure of Queen Victoria; presented in 1900. The original oil painting was created by Heinrich von Angeli in 1885. Photogravure is signed by Queen Victoria.

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