Fonds 04-024 - Alfred O.C. Cole collection

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Alfred O.C. Cole collection

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  • 1957-1990 (Creation)
    Alfred O.C. Cole

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42 cm of textual records.
75 audio cassettes.

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Alfred O.C. Cole was born in 1925 and was the youngest son of Dr. C.E. Cooper Cole and Sarah Renwick Tuckett. He had three brothers and one sister, and was married to Jean Murray Cole. They had six children. Cole was an avid researcher and historian. He played a major role in the life and history of Trent University, as Registrar from 1966 to 1987, and as a member of the Department of History. He was a RCAF pilot during World War II, a political reporter for Toronto's Daily Star and Globe and Mail, and he served as an executive assistant in the Ontario Ministry of Public Works at Queen's Park in Toronto. He wrote articles, and books such as A Victorian Snapshot and Trent: The Making of a University, 1957-1987, both published in 1992. He and his wife, Jean, shared the editorialship of a number of books including The Illustrated Historical Atlas of Peterborough which was published in 1975 and Kawartha Heritage, published in 1981. Alfred O.C. Cole died on October 20th, 1996.

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Collection was in the custody of Alfred O.C. Cole before it was donated to Trent University Archives. A further copy of the manuscript was donated by Jean Cole.

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Collection consists of correspondence, interview audio cassettes and notes, and manuscripts relating to Alf Cole's book, Trent: The Making of a University, 1957-1987.

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This collection was acquired from Alfred O.C. Cole.


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Restricted until 2012.

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For related records see: 90-009 and 98-007, 14-016 and all records relating to Trent University.

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Box 1

Audio cassettes.
Recorded Interviews

  1. Peter Adams
  2. Gary Aitken
  3. Alex Bird
  4. Bernard Blishen
  5. Maurice Boote
  6. Maurice Boote (cont'd)/Jack Lodge (cont'd)
  7. Stewart Brown/Jack Lodge
  8. John Burbidge
  9. David Cameron
  10. Robert Carter
  11. Bob Chambers
  12. Bob Chambers (2)
  13. Ian Chapman
  14. Rev. J. F. Coughlan
  15. Norman Crook
  16. Peter Dawson
  17. Paul Delaney
  18. John Earnshaw
  19. John Earnshaw (cont'd)/Fred Harper
  20. Roy Edwards
  21. John Fekete
  22. John Fekete (cont'd)/Barbara Johns
  23. Finn Gallagher
  24. David Gallup
  25. Jon Grant
  26. Christopher Greene/Stuart Robinson
  27. George Hamilton
  28. Thelma Paul-Hill/Bill Hodgson
  29. John Hillman
  30. Bruce Hodgins (1)
  31. Bruce Hodgins (2)/Anna McCalla
  32. Bruce Hodgins (3)
  33. Hal Hooke
  34. Elwood Jones
  35. Gordon Johnston
  36. Sean Kane
  37. David Kettler
  38. David Kettler (2)
  39. Kenneth E. Kidd
  40. John Leishman
  41. Bob Lightbody
  42. Ray March
  43. Paul Mason
  44. David Morrison
  45. David Morrison/Jack Matthews
  46. Christine Maxwell
  47. Jim McAdam/Walter Downes
  48. Dr. J. R. "Jack" McCarthy
  49. T. E. W. Nind
  50. T. E. W. Nind (2)
  51. Robert Paehlke
  52. David Page
  53. Robert Page
  54. Michael Peterman
  55. Walter Pitman
  56. Stu Robson/Alan Wilson
  57. Dick Sadleir/Walter Ward
  58. R. J. Sadleir
  59. B. D. Sandwell
  60. Marjory Seeley-Rogers/Michael Treadwell
  61. Nancy Sherouse/Thelma Paul-Hill
  62. Denis Smith
  63. Bob Smith
  64. Dale Standen
  65. T. H. B. S. (Symons)
  66. T. H. B. S. (Symons -2)
  67. John Syrett/Stu Robson
  68. Donald Theall
  69. Rod White
  70. Helen Whiteside
  71. Alan Wilson/Elwood Jones
  72. Alan Wilson (2)
  73. Alan Wilson (3)/John Moore
  74. P. S. B. Wilson/John Earnshaw
  75. Doug Wright/Harry Kitchen

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Interview Notes

  1. Bernard Blishen
  2. Maurice Boote
  3. Stewart Brown and Robert Stairs
  4. David Cameron
  5. Robert Chambers regarding union negotiation strategies, 1980
  6. Ian Chapman
  7. Rev. J. F. Coughlan
  8. Norman Crook
  9. Margaret Doxey
  10. John Earnshaw
  11. Roy Edwards interview
  12. John Fekete
  13. Marion Fry
  14. Finn Gallagher
  15. David Gallop
  16. Bruce Hodgins
  17. Hal Hooke
  18. John Leishman regarding Trent finances, 1964-1985
  19. Jack Lodge with information on the instructional development committee
  20. Ray March
  21. Jack McCarthy, includes University correspondence with the provincial government regarding funding for the Chemistry building
  22. David Morrison
  23. T.E.W. Nind, includes 1973 Trent newsletter outlining Nind's proposed academic cutbacks which result from a student enrollment crisis
  24. Bob Page - Interview
  25. Walter Pitman
  26. David Rettler
  27. Barry Sandwell, alludes to a private gift of Sandwell to fund the illustration costs of the Cole manuscript
  28. Denis Smith
  29. Symons - (see also cards, folder 72) includes documents relating to Symons' overseas advocacy of Trent and other University planning documents
  30. Donald Theall, includes an audit of Trent University registrar's office, 1987
  31. Treadwell interview
  32. John Wadland/Alan Wilson
  33. Doug Wright interview

End of interview notes

  1. Teacher Education, documents and notes describing an affiliation between Trent University and Peterborough Teachers College, 1964
  2. English Dept., difficulty appointing a department chair, 1976
  3. Native Studies, notes including interview notes with Prof. Kenneth Kidd
  4. Initial Fundraising
  5. Board of Governors/Senate, rolls, 1963-1987
  6. Trent Opens, includes transcript of Governor General's speech at official opening
  7. Trent College, initial plans for Trent as a community college, 1961
  8. University grants, outlines changing government funding policies to Ontario universities
  9. Planning Years General, funding, architecture, size, colleges
    43.Geography Dept. History, includes newspaper clipping of Peter Adams' research in Labrador, and a twenty year history of the geography department, produced in 1987
  10. Arthur, 1971-1978
  11. Lists of Senior Officers, 1967-1988
  12. Library, documents related to holdings, progress reports and automation
  13. Faculty Council/Faculty Executive
  14. Collective Agreement, 1984-1985
  15. Graduate Studies, program details
  16. Finances, university accounts, 1963-1987
  17. Enrolment, graph of student enrolment, 1964-1980
  18. O.C.U.A. (Ontario Council on University Affairs) progress reports, graduate programs, future plans
  19. Mayor's Committee, story of the earliest official body set to examine the possibility of a post-secondary institution in Peterborough, 1957
  20. Consultants, Computer Systems, legal advice, Hansen group, circa 1981.
  21. Scholarships, recommendations, 1963
  22. Archival Research, regarding buildings, appointments, finances etc.
  23. Misc. Notes of Author
  24. Footnoted Chapter One, corrected draft of chapter one
  25. Drafts Chapter Two, corrected draft of chapter two
  26. Chapter Three, corrected draft of chapter three
  27. Chapter Four, drafts and notes
  28. Chapter Five, transition, drafts and notes
  29. Chapter Six, drafts and notes
  30. Chapter Seven, unionization, drafts and notes
  31. Chapter Eight, corrected drafts
  32. Photo Essay, figures regarding number of students, number of degrees granted, etc.
  33. Douglas McCalla - Reader, manuscript draft with detailed comments and corrections by McCalla
  34. President John Stubbs - Reader, manuscript draft corrected by Stubbs
  35. Denis Smith - Reader, manuscript draft corrected by Smith, mostly technical corrections
  36. Personal Correspondence Re. Manuscript, letters to and from Margaret Lawrence, Denis Smith, Barry Sandwell, etc. regarding the manuscript
  37. Production - Dimensions, Estimates, Numbers, correspondence with publishers regarding technical details of the published manuscript
  38. Index Card Notes, approximately 300 index cards with handwritten notes on various subjects relating to the history of Trent University, arranged alphabetically

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