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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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.
Martha Louise Black fonds
Martha Louise Black fonds
The Martha Louise Black fonds consists of records regarding the life of Martha Black (1866-1957), a Canadian politician and the second woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons.
Parents' Information Bureau fonds
Parents' Information Bureau fonds
The Parents' Information Bureau (PIB) was a clinic for family planning and birth control set up by A.R. 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. The views expressed by the PIB reflect the era in which they were produced and in no way reflect the current opinions, goals or ethics of the Library or the University of Waterloo. More information about PIB related holdings can be found in the Parents' Information Bureau finding aids.
Pulp fiction covers
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.
Schantz Russell family fonds
Schantz Russell family fonds
The Schantz Russell family fonds includes archival material and a book collection documenting the lives and interests of multiple generations of the Schantz Russell family including letters, photographs and maps.
Scrapbooks
Scrapbooks
Special Collections & Archives holds several scrapbooks that document a range of women's experience, from accounts of school life to recordings from trips abroad. Each book offers a unique and fascinating look into the lives of their authors.
William Dendy fonds
William Dendy fonds
The William Dendy fonds consists of materials documenting Dendy's life and career as an architectural historian. It includes university course notes, research material for published works, research material on the history of Canadian architecture and other research interests such as Forest Hill, Hamilton, the architects Frank Darling and William Somerville, and the Massey family. Some materials relate to Dendy's teaching activities, Toronto walking tours and consultancy projects.

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