Fonds 03-009 - Jean Murray Cole fonds. 2003 additions

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Jean Murray Cole fonds. 2003 additions

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  • 1968-2001 (Creation)
    Cole, Jean Murray

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42 cm of textual records.
1 photograph.

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Jean Murray Cole (1927- ), former journalist, is a historian and writer with special interest in the history of Peterborough County and in the 19th century fur trade. She was an active member of the Friends of the Bata Library and Jean a long-standing member of the Peterborough Historical Society and served as its president. Cole has published many books including "Exile in Wilderness," a biography of the Hudson's Bay Company Chief Factor Archibald McDonald, and histories of several townships in Peterborough County such as "The Loon Calls: A History of the Township of Chandos". She and her husband, Alfred, shared the editorship of a number of books including "The Illustrated Historical Atlas of Peterborough" which was published in 1975 and "Kawartha Heritage" in 1981.

Alfred O.C. Cole, husband of Jean Murray Cole, joined Trent University as Registrar and secretary of Senate in 1966. He was also a member of the history department and held the position of University Historian. He co-edited the Peterborough Historical Atlas, and in 1992, published "The Making of a University, 1957-1987". Alf Cole died in 1996.

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Fonds was in the custody of Jean Murray Cole before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2003.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, published papers and booklets, and research materials relating to the many papers, articles, and books written by Jean Murray Cole

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Fonds acquired in 2002 from Jean Murray Cole.


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Some of the material is in French.

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For related records see: 75-1030, 77-030, 82-003, 84-004, 84-020, 88-014, 89-001, 89-1023, 91-1025, 93-024, and 95-002.


This fonds along with 05-016 and 08-007 is an addition to 99-1000.

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Box 1


  1. Exile in the Wilderness: the biography of Chief Factor Archibald McDonald, 1790-1853 - original manuscript
  2. This Blessed Wilderness: Archibald McDonald's letters from the Columbia, 1822-44 - galley proof
  3. as above - manuscript and correspondence with publisher
  4. Origins: The History of Dummer Township - manuscript
  5. as above - contract, expenses, research material, notes, correspondence (includes photograph of Jean Cole at book launching)
  6. The Loon Calls: a history of the township of Chandos - manuscript, correspondence, newspaper clippings
  7. Whitman Sesquicentennial Conference, 1986 - paper given re The Tshimakain Mission (correspondence, manuscript)
  8. Fur Trade Days on the Lower Fraser produced by the Vancouver Historical Society, 1999 - paper given re Archibald McDonald (correspondence, manuscript)
  9. Rupert's Land Colloquium / Vancouver, 2000 - paper given re Archibald McDonald (manuscript)
  10. A Ranald MacDonald Day Celebration / Oregon Historical Society, 1989 - paper given re Ranald MacDonald (correspondence, manuscript)
  11. Canadian Forum article, 1975 - National Identity on the Table (manuscript, correspondence)
  12. Canadian Collector article,1978 - Hutchison House (manuscript, correspondence)
  13. Journal of Canadian Studies article, 1981 - "Keeping the Mind Alive": Literary Leanings in the Fur Trade (manuscript, correspondence)
  14. Dictionary of Canadian Biography submission, 1985 - Archibald McDonald (correspondence, manuscript (English and French))
  15. Peterborough Lift Lock guide book project (editor Jean Cole) - (correspondence, contract information, etc.)
  16. Copies of various published papers and articles by Jean Cole:
    David Fife and Red Fife Wheat
    Kawartha Lakes Regattas
    Sandford Fleming: No Better Inheritance
    Peterborough in the Hutchison-Fleming Era, 1845-1846
    Hutchison House
    Catharine Parr Traill - Botanist
    Exile in the Wilderness: Archibald McDonald's ten years at Fort Colvile
  17. Talks given by Jean Cole (includes subjects such as Margaret Laurence, Margaret MacKelvie, Dummer Township)
  18. Book reviews, 1968
  19. Toronto Star - article submissions and correspondence, 1982
  20. Trent: The Making of a University - letters to Alf Cole, 1992
  21. Peterborough Historical Atlas (new abridged edition) - newspaper clippings, publicity, correspondence
  22. A Victorian Snapshot: The Denne Collection.... - research material, rough notes

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  1. Trent-Severn Waterway: research material (papers, publications, newspaper articles, 1984-2000)
  2. as above

White binder:
"The Dowson/Dawson Family History 1653 to 1997, from Yorkshire, England to Ontario, Canada"

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