Welcome to Trent Valley Archives

Introducing Trent Valley Archives Heritage Brands

Trent Valley Archives is pleased to announce the launch of our line of Heritage Brands encompassing historic maps, local history books and high-quality, limited edition puzzles made from original historic photographs. Beginning this fall with the release of two puzzles from the Fairbairn Collection of over 150 black and white glass plate negatives. More information.

Group in Tent c. 1900, Roger Camp, Upper
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Gower’s Camp, Grubbe’s Island, Stoney Lake

TVA is Open by Appointment

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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We're still looking for volunteer bakers for this project! If you'd like to try a historical holiday recipe, please get in touch with us ASAP.Just in time for Christmas, we’re bringing back Great Grandma’s Gastronomy - and we need your help!While choosing recipes to send out for testing last time, we found that some were specific to festive occasions, including the holiday season. If you are interested in trying out one of these old recipes, email us at admin@trentvalleyarchives.com and we’ll send one your way. Take photos of the process and the finished product, write a brief synopsis (about 100 words) about your experience, and submit it to us for posting on our social media accounts. Our goal is to learn about our local culinary history by sharing our individual experiences of recreating historical recipes in our kitchens, and have some fun along the way!Warning! We have quite a few recipes for fruitcake. Please let us know in your request if this is something that interests you, or not. Also, some of these recipes range from the fairly simple, requiring simple ingredients (various cookies, for example) to the more unusual and challenging (Turkish Delight, anyone?), so let us know your ambition level with your request. ... See MoreSee Less
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We had to take a small break from Throwback Thursday to compile some more photos, but we're coming back with a bang! These photos were taken at the Toronto Maple Leaf training camp that took place inside the Peterborough Memorial Centre in September of 1964. Do you recognize any of the players in the photos? ... See MoreSee Less
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