Special Collections & Archives Digital Library Collections
The University of Waterloo Library's 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.
- 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
- 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
- The Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in Berlin (now Kitchener) in . 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Parents' Information Bureau fonds
- The Parents' Information Bureau (PIB) fonds consists of records from the clinic for family planning and birth control set up by A.R. (Alvin Ratz) Kaufman of the Kaufman Rubber Company in the 1930s. The main branch of the PIB was located at 410 King Street West in Kitchener, Ontario. Between the mid-1930s and the mid-1970s the PIB published a series of numbered reports, forms, and informational pamphlets regarding birth control and sterilization. The publication numbers were reused by the PIB for revised editions and for documents containing information about related topics that were likely circulated as part of an information packet. Content note: The views expressed in PIB publications reflect the era in which they were produced. They include family planning thinking rooted in eugenics, the belief that the genetic makeup of the human population can be improved by limiting the ability of people deemed inferior from reproducing. Demeaning language regarding lower class and disabled people appear throughout. Information about the handling of this type of language in archival descriptions can be found on the Special Collections & Archives website.
- Pulp fiction covers
- A variety of pulp fiction titles and formats are held as part of Special Collections & Archives' (SCA) rare book holdings. Ranging from westerns and hardboiled crime to science fiction, fantasy and exploitation, they reflect changing and emerging societal attitudes about topics such as race, sexuality and technology. Among the selection of pulp fiction covers included here are titles from the B.P. Nichol Library of Science Fiction, the Lesbian Literature Collection and the Black Experience Collection.