Fonds 05-016 - Jean Murray Cole fonds. 2005 additions

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Jean Murray Cole fonds. 2005 additions

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  • 1980-2003 (Creation)
    Cole, Jean Murray

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24 cm of textual records.

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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 November 2005.

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Fonds consists of research notes, reports, and clippings on indigenous peoples in the Peterborough area, Margaret Laurence, Catharine Parr Traill, and local historical subjects.

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Fonds acquired from Jean Murray Cole in November 2005.


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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 03-009 and 08-007, is an addition to 99-1000.

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Box 1


  1. Files relating to Margaret Laurence; includes correspondence
  2. Correspondence and reports generated by the Planning Committee for the Peterborough Liftlock Centenary, 2002-2003.
  3. Notes and correspondence re Friends of the Bata Library Acquisitions Committee, 1983-1994
  4. Curve Lake and Rice Lake natives: reports & newspaper clippings

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  1. The Rossdale Flats Project, 2003: reports and correspondence
  2. Materials relating to the Juniper Island Canoe Regatta, 1883, and the Jean Murray Cole manuscript for Nastawgan
  3. Tshimakain Mission, Jean Murray Cole manuscript, 1986
  4. Correspondence and manuscript relating to the book, Portraits; Jean Murray Cole manuscript on Catharine Parr Traill
  5. Molly Thom play (This Beggardly Wooded Country)
  6. Playscript "Susannah"; 2nd version, 1981, by Ann Joyce & Beth Hopkins
  7. Professor William Morton autobiographical manuscript with accompanying note from Margaret Laurence, 1986
  8. Jean Murray Cole manuscript "Lady Travellers", 1980

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