Archival Collections

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Temporary Archives CLOSURE (until Fall, '14)

As part of the PMA's exciting 'Renewal' Project, the lower level of the main building is undergoing significant renovation.  While this work is being undertaken, all Archival collections will be placed in temporary storage. 

The Archives itself is therefore currently CLOSED.

The 'Renewal' Project is expected to be complete by Fall, 2014, at which point the Archives will re-open.

About the Archives


The Archives holds more than 2000 different fonds or collections. We actively collect a variety of original documentary materials containing information of permanent historical value. Many have finding aids to help researchers gain access to the valuable information they contain. Including:

  • 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
Donations to the Archives are always welcome. Prospective donors can help build our Collections.

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

archives5Peterborough 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.