Gordon Berry Fonds F181

Date of the items: 1927-2002

Physical description: .5 metres, in three boxes each .166 m.

Title: Gordon Berry Fonds

Creator: Gordon Berry

Repository: Trent Valley Archives

Reference number: TVA Fonds 181

Scope and contents: Photographs (both digital and prints), research materials and correspondence relating to the production of the history of Stoney Lake book entitled Upper Stoney Lake: Gem of the Kawarthas. The research materials include newspaper clippings and brief written comments by people on the lake. Berry had several of the Roy Studio negatives printed as proof prints; this cost over $400 and very few were used in the book. There is a 1927 flyer for a pageant and a few vintage photographs in the collection. This is an excellent research collection by people who loved their subject.

Access Conditions: No Restrictions

Finding aid: See separate file listing in Excel

Accruals: No further accruals are expected

Custodial history: Gordon Berry worked with Leslie Wooten and others to gather information on the history of Upper Stoney Lake, which was published in their attractive and compelling book, Upper Stoney Lake: Gem of the Kawarthas (Bridgenorth, Woodberry Publications, 2002). Gordon had digitized the photos used in the book=s research and writing, and promised to donate these to the Trent Valley Archives in 2004. The digitized photos, a proof copy index, and the files related to the production of the book were donated to the Trent Valley Archives on October 2007.
Trent Valley Archives publishes widely in local history, primarily in its Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, and one item from this fonds was published in November 2007.

Biographical sketch: Gordon Berry is a biologist and teacher who has written textbooks on biology, nature and conservation. He has been on Stoney Lake since 1975 and is a respected artist and designer.

Related fonds: Trent Valley Archives has several fonds which complement the Gordon Berry fonds, including the Upper Stoney Lake Association papers (Fonds 34), the guest books of the Wantasa Inn (Fonds 7), Andre Dorfman (Fonds 55), the Delledonne collection relating to Lakefield (Fonds 30), and land records for Peterborough County (Fonds 60). Several of our map collections and newspaper collections are pertinent.

Access Points:
Upper Stoney Lake
Crowe’s Landing
McCracken’s Landing
Andre Dorfman
Lesley Wooten

List of Files:
See separate file listing in Excel

Memorandum
Elwood Jones
23 June 2004

Gordon Berry Collection

Gordon Berry has gathered some 600 or 700 tiff images related to the Upper Stoney Lake book project and proposes to donate the CD Rom copies of the photos, together with his Excel finding aid. We have agreed that he will donate these to the Trent Valley Archives as is, after he has ensured some errant photos have been copied to CD. We will then describe the collection by the CD Rom, assigning numbers to the individual images. These numbers will be entered into the finding aid, and one copy of the finding aid will be in numerical order. In searching for photos, people will be directed to Excel and then use the number from there to access the CD.

We may decide to place the images on a computer, and Gordon recommends the program he uses (and which was recommended by his son, who is a photographer): ACDSee. He says the cost was about US$37. Susan Kyle might be able to check availability. Gordon says Diane or someone else go and see if the application works as we might expect.

Gordon has printed copies of the images as well, and that should be part of our finding aid.

Gordon says he will bring the collection to us by end of summer. We should expect the CDs, a disk of the Excel finding aid, and the hard copy of the finding aid including pictures.

Elwood Jones