Fonds RC0133 - Trotter family fonds

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Trotter family fonds

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  • 1874-1988 (Creation)

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2.55 m of textual records and graphic material: 1 map.

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Thomas Trotter was born in England in 1853. He held pastorates in Woodstock, Ontario, Toronto and Wolfville, Nova Scotia and later in Toledo Ohio. From 1890-1895 he taught Homelitics and Pastoral Theology at McMaster University. From 1897 until 1908, he was President of Acadia University. He returned to McMaster University in 1910 as Professor of Practical Theology and remained there until his death in 1918.

Ellen Maud (Freeman) Trotter was born in 1860 in Wolfville, N.S. She taught school in Fredericton and Saint John before attending Wellesley College in Boston for two years. In 1885 she went to Woodstock College as Lady Principal. She married Thomas Trotter in 1887. After his death she served for ten years as Dean of Wallingford Hall at McMaster University in Toronto. She was editor of The Canadian Missionary Link and then editor of the foreign news section of the successor publication The Link and Visitor until 1934. She died in Toronto in 1938.

Reginald George Trotter was born in Woodstock in 1888. After attending Acadia and McMaster universities, he accompanied his brother Bernard to California. He taught at the Thacher school and then went to Yale where he graduated in 1911. To earn money for graduate school he taught again at Thacher school for three years before going to Harvard in 1914. He taught history at Stanford University from 1919-1924 and then at Queen’s University, Kingston until his death in 1951.

Marjorie Trotter was born in Toronto in 1894. After graduation from Moulton College in 1913, she attended McMaster intermittently and graduated with a B.A. in 1923. In 1930 she became Principal of Moulton College in Toronto. After retirement in 1952, she taught for three years in Greece. She died in Toronto in 1970.

Frances Trotter was born in Wolfville in 1899. She attended Moulton College and then graduated from McMaster in 1922. She attended library school in Toronto and joined the Toronto Public Library where she worked until her retirement in 1964. She died in 1984.

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There have been three accruals. The first (29-2004) consists of two series: correspondence and documents and Reginald Trotter. The second (07-2005) consists of three series: Reginald Trotter’s diaries; Marjorie and Frances Trotter’s diary and printed material. The third (01-2009) consists of four series: Reginald Trotter, Thomas Trotter, Elle Maud Trotter and Marjorie and Francis Trotter.

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Fonds was acquired from Bernard Fisher Trotter, Bernard Freeman Trotter’s nephew, in December 2004, July 2005 and January 2009.


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Researchers may also wish to consult the Bernard Trotter fonds; “Trotter family: biographical notes” and “The Trotter Boys in California 1907-1909” located in the master file.

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Further accruals are not expected.

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