Fonds 08-007 - Jean Murray Cole fonds. 2008 additions

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Jean Murray Cole fonds. 2008 additions

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    • 1968-2006 (Creation)
      Cole, Jean Murray

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    1.6 m of textual records
    7 computer discs
    3 maps
    ca. 45 photographs

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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 created by and in the custody of Jean Murray Cole before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2008.

    Scope and content

    Fonds consists of manuscripts and research materials pertaining to Jean Murray Cole's biography of Chief Factor Archibald McDonald, entitled Exile in the Wilderness, and her published compilation of Archibald McDonald's letters, entitled This Blessed Wilderness. Also included are extensive research materials on Ranald McDonald (son of Archibald McDonald). Other research relates to Peterborough area settlers including the Strickland family (Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie), Frances Stewart, and Sandford Fleming. Materials encompass all aspects of research, correspondence with descendants, papers given by Cole, newspaper and magazine articles, maps, and photographs. The fonds also contains Cole's files on "Edwardian Peterborough" (a conference held in May 2005).

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    This fonds was acquired from Jean Murray Cole in 2008.


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        Some of the records in the fonds are in Japanese.

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        Associated materials

        Associated material located at Lang Pioneer Village, Hutchison House, and Peterborough Museum and Archives.

        For related records see: 80-1000, 04-024, 04-007, 98-007, 90-009, and 84-005.

        Note to researchers: Photocopied research materials from other archives may not be reproduced.


        This fonds along with 03-009 and 05-016 is an addition to 99-1000.

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        Maps are located in the Map Cabinet - Drawer 12.


        Box 1

        Research materials on Archibald McDonald. Subjects include John Warren Dease, John Tod, John Work, Collin Robertson and others. One file of illustrations consisting of 24 photographs and many photocopied photographs.

        Box 2

        Folders 1 to 20 consist of photocopies of correspondence and journals of Archibald McDonald, 1814-1849.
        Folders 21 to 32 consist of correspondence and permissions relating to the publishing of This Blessed Wilderness. Also included are 7 computer discs.

        Box 3

        Correspondence and photocopied research materials relating to the biography of Archibald McDonald and the publishing of Exile in the Wilderness.

        Box 4

        Correspondence and photocopied research materials regarding Ranald McDonald, including information on his sojourn in Japan. Includes 21 photographs.

        Box 5

        Correspondence and photocopied research materials regarding Ranald McDonald, including correspondence with Fred Schodt, colleague of Jean Cole and biographer of McDonald.

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        Correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, and research materials relating to Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie, Henry Strickland Traill, Frances Stewart, Sir Sandford Fleming. One file relates to Polly Cow Island. Other correspondents include Alex Edmison and Miss Joan Heddle.

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        Files pertaining to the Peterborough Edwardian conference, May 2005 with extra material added by Professor John Wadland in 2006; Cole book reviews; correspondence with Iain MacDonald, 1994-2006; and paper given at University of Calgary in 2002 by Cole on Jane Klyne McDonald, second wife of Archibald McDonald.

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        Miscellaneous records.Map Cabinet - Drawer 12

        Map: Dummer Township, Peterborough County, n.d.
        Map: Dummer Township, Peterborough County, 1915
        Map: Monaghan Township, County of Peterborough (copy); (property owners named), 1818

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