Welcome to Trent Valley Archives

Notice August 3, 2021

Our renovations are now complete.

We continue to follow COVID protocols including limiting the number of people inside TVA at a time. For the fastest response please use the contact form to tell us, as best you can, what resources you need and convenient dates/times for you to come in. We will contact you to confirm your requirements and the date and time of your appointment.

In Memory of Andre Dorfman

Andre Dorfman, a long-time pillar of the Trent Valley Archives, has passed away, aged 85.


Andre had a background in investments management and as campaign director for Bill Domm’s first election; the only election in 60 years in which Peterborough did not select a candidate for the winning party. Andre grew up in Toronto and attended Ridley College. The family owned property now associated with the Glen Abbey Golf Club and on the Upper Stoney Lake southern shore identified with Ronnie Hawkins. Read more…

Trent Valley Archives is Focused on the Future

Peterborough – On Thursday night, as the Trent Valley Archives’ webinar for its members on how to date photographs, began, local MPP, Dave Smith, and a volunteer from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Les Kariunas, were invited to say a few words. Thanks to a $15,700 Capital grant awarded in 2019, the Archives was able to make needed upgrades to its site which will help extend the life of the building in the years to come. Read more…

History Books

Trent Valley Archives has a selection of well-loved history books available. Visit our shop to view the list of available titles. (Check back often, available titles subject to change.)

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Do shows like Peaky Blinders and Boardwalk Empire leave you wondering if anything similar was going on in Peterborough in the 1910s and 20s? While Peterborough may not have had it's own Thomas Shelby or Nucky Thompson, it was definitely home to a slew of interesting people who attempted to make a profit off of Prohibition. Learn more about their lives and exploits on our Ballots, Booze and Bullets: Prohibition Era East City tour, happening tonight and tomorrow night at 7PM! You'll be led through the streets of East City by a costumed guide portraying one of the area's most notorious bootleggers, and make a pit stop at Black's Distillery where you'll learn how their award-winning spirits are crafted. We've still got several tickets available, but you'll want to grab them before they sell out! They cost $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite, here: www.eventbrite.ca/o/trent-valley-archives-9633726313 ... See MoreSee Less
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