- Personal letters, correspondance, journals and diaries of individuals.
- Maps, civil plans, records and surveys
- Photographs and albums
- Early business records of notable Peterborough companies
- Early catalogues and promotional material
- Clubs and associations records and minute books
- Early Peterborough Examiner newspapers
- Records of Peterborough County Court, 1830-1900
- Original fine art
Temporary Archives CLOSURE (Dec 20, '13 to Fall, '14)As part of the PMA's exciting 'Renewal' Project, the lower level of the main building will be undergoing significant renovation. While this work is being undertaken, all Archival collections will be placed in temporary storage.
The Archives itself will be closed beginning Friday, December 20, 2013.
The 'Renewal' Project is expected to be complete by Fall, 2014, at which point the Archives will re-open.
Beginning Your Search
- Send an email to the Archivist
- Tel: 705.743.5180
- Toll-free: 855.738.3755
Peterborough Museum & Archives Nationally Designated Collections
The Peterborough Museum & Archives was designated a 'Category A Collecting Institution' in 1996 under the terms of the Canadian Cultural Property Export/Import Act. Several of the artifacts of the Peterborough Museum & Archives carry this designation.
Frederick Lewis Roy Diaries
Proprietor of the Roy Studio and photographer Frederick Lewis Roy kept diaries documenting his work-related activities from 1904 through 1950. His 44 hand written volumes were generously donated to the Peterborough Museum & Archives in 2007. The diaries provide context to the Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images.
Parks Studio Fonds
The Parks Studio operated as a commercial photographic studio in Peterborough from the 1930s to the 1980s. In 1998 the Peterborough Museum & Archives acquired 70-thousand negatives and prints documenting life in Peterborough during this time. Designated as Canadian Cultural Property of "Outstanding Significance and National Importance" in 1999.
Catharine Parr Traill Herbarium
Peterborough area settler, author and amateur botanist, Catharine Parr Traill created this herbarium in 1891. The album consists of mounted ferns, grasses, moss and flower specimens. It is extraordinarily rare to find an intact Traill album of this size (51 pages). Designated as Canadian Cultural Property of "Outstanding Significance and National Importance" in 1999.