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.

TVA Online Catalogue

TVA is pleased to announce that the Library Catalogue is now online. You can search the catalogue from the comfort of your home and see all the interesting books we have available to consult. You can also see new items that have been added in the last 90 days.

The library has almost 4,000 catalogued materials. The collection includes genealogy resources, family histories, township histories and other books of local interest as well as titles related to architecture and housing, lumbering, soldiering, railways, and topics pertinent to the experience of people who lived in this area.

Click here to view the catalogue. The search screen allows you to be able to search by Keyword, Title, Author and Subject.

While we are still under COVID regulations, if you want to consult something in the library you must book an appointment. Please contact us to book a time.

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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If you're a fan of our YouTube Channel, we have some news for you! To celebrate International Home Movie Day, we're bringing you more exciting content from our large collection of home movies this Saturday, October 16. This year, we've edited together some highlights of a home movie from our Fama collection. The video features footage taken at what we think is the Lindsay Exhibition in the 1950s or 1960s, and is a lot of fun to watch! If you want to be the first to take a look, join us for the YouTube premiere at 1PM. You can set a reminder here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHpSyEEI-PgAnd don't forget to dig out and dust off some of your own home movies this Saturday. You never know what you might discover! ... See MoreSee Less
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