Fonds 01-007 - Thomas Harold Kenyon Choate fonds

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Thomas Harold Kenyon Choate fonds

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  • 1858-1944 (Creation)
    Choate, Thomas Harold Kenyon

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6 cm of textual records.
3 photographs.
ca. 125 stereographs.
2 broadsides.

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Thomas Harold Kenyon Choate was born in Warsaw, Ontario, 28 July 1915. Referred to by the name "Ken" or "Kenyon," Choate was the eldest son of Harold G.E. Choate and Beatrice Coulter (Selkirk) Choate and a direct descendent of Thomas Choate of Warsaw, Ontario. He married Ruth Mary (Powell) Choate, born in Trafalgar Township, Halton County, Ontario, 19 July 1920; she died in Peterborough, Ontario, 10 May 2006. Because his father and his brother also bore the name Harold, Choate signed his name "Thomas K. Choate" or "T.K. Choate" in an effort to avoid confusion. The name "Kenyon" was his maternal grandmother's surname. Choate died in Peterborough, Ontario, 8 October 2008.

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This collection was in the custody of Thomas Harold Kenyon Choate before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 1999.

Scope and content

Collection consists of correspondence, 1882-1899, and several envelopes dating 1870s to 1890s, most of which are addressed to Thomas Choate of Warsaw, and Mrs. John Moore [Cettie Choate, daughter of Thomas]; souvenir brochure of pictures of Peterborough, Ontario; Maccabees brochures; approximately 125 stereographs depicting scenery, architecture, and people in the U.S.A., Europe, and Canada; two photographs of the employees of Western Clock Company Limited of Peterborough, Ontario, 1938 and 1944; a temperance meeting poster for Warsaw, Ontario, 1858; and an electoral district of East Durham proclamation broadside, 1924. Also included is the Choate Family Bible donated and added to the collection in 2002. The bible contains genealogical information on the Choate family.

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This collection was donated by Thomas Harold Kenyon Choate. This collection was originally donated to Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives; it was forwarded to Trent University Archives for permanent preservation.


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For related records see: 77-026 and 86-027

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Temperance meeting poster and electoral district proclamation broadside located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 40.


Box 1


  1. Correspondence, 1882-1899, several envelopes dating from the 1870s to late 1890s, and several canceled American stamps. Most letters and envelopes are addressed to Thomas Choate of Warsaw, Ontario, and Mrs. John Moore [Cettie Choate] of Indiana, Peterborough, Toronto, Warsaw, Norwood, and Minnesota. Correspondents include John Moore, Emily Hill, Richard Owen, David Choate, Cettie (Choate) Moore.

  2. Souvenir Letter Card, Peterboro: pictures of Peterborough locations, [190-]; newspaper article regarding temperance poster (poster located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 40)

  3. Three booklets: "Ontario Assessment System, Knights of the Maccabees and Ladies of the Maccabees Odes...", n.d.; "The Maccabees Song Sheet", n.d.; "History of the Maccabees... 1881 to 1898", 1892

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Stereographs (ca. 125) depicting scenery, architecture, and people in the U.S.A., Europe, and Canada.

Panoramic photographs (2) of the employees of Western Clock Company Limited of Peterborough, Ontario, dated October 1938 and July 1944.

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 40:

Temperance meeting poster for Warsaw, Ontario dated 1858 (on the reverse side is a photograph of a log boom on a river which flows through a large marshy area.)

Electoral district of East Durham proclamation broadside, 1924

Loose on shelf: Choate Family Bible.

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