Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives holds early editions and rare books, collections of archives and manuscripts, and other material that requires special care and handling because of its early publication date, association interest, physical condition, aesthetic value, or unusual format.


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Alice Mary Hagen fonds
Alice Mary Hagen fonds
The Alice Mary Hagen fonds consists of Alice Hagen's correspondence, clippings, articles and ephemera relating to her work in pottery and ceramics.
Anne Innis Dagg fonds
Anne Innis Dagg fonds
The Anne Innis Dagg fonds consists of the personal papers of Anne Innis Dagg. A Canadian biologist, researcher and writer known for her work related to topics including giraffes, Canadian wild life, and gender-based equity issues in academia, Dagg completed a PhD examining gaits and their development in Infraorder Pecora at the University of Waterloo in 1967, and has been affiliated with the school in various capacities since that time.
Breithaupt Hewetson Clark Collection
Breithaupt Hewetson Clark Collection
The Breithaupt Hewetson Clark Collection includes the family papers of the Breithaupt, Hewetson, and Clark families; records from the Guild of All Arts in Scarborough, Ontario, founded by Rosa Breithaupt Hewetson Clark and Spencer Clark; and several smaller collections acquired by the Breithaupt family and by Spencer Clark.
Company of Neighbours fonds
Company of Neighbours fonds
The Company of Neighbours fonds consists of photographs left at the office of the Company of Neighbours by an unknown donor, for Dr. Kenneth M. McLaughlin, who in turn donated them to the University of Waterloo Library.
Dominion Rubber Systems Photographs
Dominion Rubber Systems Photographs
The Dominion Rubber Systems Photographs document the employees, buildings and social events of Dominion Rubber Systems, a branch of the Dominion Rubber Company, between 1906 and 1955.
Harry Byers fonds
Harry Byers fonds
The Harry Byers fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Harry Byers relating to both his personal and professional life. It includes biographical documents, including his passport and WW1 papers, ephemera, clippings and correspondence as well as approximately 270 photographs of Harry Byers and his family. Also included are photographs from Byers' time living in Russia, and a diary recounting the two years he was there.
Kitchener-Waterloo Record Photographic Negative Collection
Kitchener-Waterloo Record Photographic Negative Collection
The Kitchener-Waterloo Photographic Negative Collection consists of more than 2 million negatives taken between 1938 and 2001 by staff photographers at the Kitchener-Waterloo Record and its predecessors. Providing a historical look at the Region of Waterloo, the Collection includes documentary photographs of local news events, community activities, regional development, human-interest stories, businesses, schools, and sports teams.
Kitchener-Waterloo Record fonds
Kitchener-Waterloo Record fonds
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record fonds consists of material relating to the history and operations of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, from its beginnings in 1878 to 1988. It includes historical materials on the history of the Waterloo Region such as newspaper articles, slides, photographs, and negatives, as well as materials pertaining to the operation of the newspaper.
Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association fonds
Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association fonds
The Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in Berlin (now Kitchener) in [1895]. Active until 1906 when financial difficulties and limited facilities made it necessary to cease local operations, the YMCA was reconstituted in 1919 when a large fund-raising campaign resulted in the building of the structure at the corner of Queen and Weber Streets in Kitchener. This building remained its headquarters until the YMCA moved to its present locations on Carwood Ave. in Kitchener and Lincoln Road in Waterloo. More information about records pertaining to the YMCA is available in the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA finding aids.
Lady Aberdeen collection
Lady Aberdeen collection
The Lady Aberdeen collection consists of correspondence, pamphlets, scrapbooks and clippings concerning Lady Aberdeen and the National Council of Women of Canada's gift of the Lady Aberdeen Library on the History of Women to the University of Waterloo Library.
Local Souvenir Albums
Local Souvenir Albums
Popular throughout Canada from the 1880s through the 1930s, souvenir albums were used to boost tourism, settlement, and investment in numerous Canadian towns and cities. The examples in this collection were used to highlight the best features of Berlin, and later Kitchener, as an ideal location to work and live. Containing scenic photography and of-interest statistics, these albums illustrate a period of rapid growth in the region and tell part of the story about how the industrial city of Berlin became Kitchener.
Maines Pincock family fonds
Maines Pincock family fonds
The Maines Pincock family fonds consists of material documenting the lives, interests and activities of Jenny Pincock, as well as her sister and brother-in-law Minnie and Fred Maines. The main focus of the fonds is the activities surrounding their interest in spiritualism including correspondence, seance transcripts and notes, poems and literary compositions by Jenny Pincock, clippings and ephemera collected by the family.

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