Fonds Number: 224
Title: Peterborough Industrial Society
Creator: F. J. A. Hall, secretary, Peterborough Industrial Society, Peterborough, Ontario
Dates of Material: 1934
Physical Description: 3 cm
This is a folio size minute book (c. 8.5 x 14 inches) that is missing the front cover, has weak spine, and a clipping wound on page 285-6.
Scope and Contents:
Minute book, 1916-1934, with some items interleaved or attached, of the Peterborough Industrial Society (1903-1940). The minute book covers meetings from 19 January 1916 to 13 July 1934.
Lists of members have been pasted into the book at different spots. Pasted into the back cover are the lists of entries for Field Crops, wheat and oats, for 1925 and 1926. Items tucked in are: a copy of the Agricultural Societies Act (R. S. O. 1927, chapter 71), a Junior Horticultural Society tag and a 1934 questionnaire and envelope essentially the start of what would be the annual report to the Superintendant of Agricultural Societies.
Open to researchers.
The book was acquired by Elwood Jones, who had written the history of the Peterborough Exhibition, and he donated it to the Trent Valley Archives in October 2008. The book relates to documents in the Peterborough
Exhibition fonds, TVA Fonds 5.
Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History
The Peterborough Industrial Society was the organization created in 1903 to run the annual Peterborough Industrial Exhibition, which ran annually from 1903 to 1940. The first county fair in Peterborough was held in 1843, and has continued more or less annually since then. However, the sponsoring organization has reorganized at different times. The 1903 reorganization explicitly followed the model of the Canadian National Exhibition which likewise was considered an industrial, as opposed to agricultural, exhibition. The Peterborough fair was explicitly rural and urban, and was during the years of the Peterborough Industrial Society the fourth largest annual exhibition in Ontario.
Peterborough Industrial Exhibition
F. J. A. Hall