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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.
The Alice Mary Hagen fonds consists of Alice Hagen's correspondence, clippings, articles and ephemera relating to her work in pottery and ceramics. See the Alice Mary Hagen fonds finding aid for more information.
The Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family fonds consists of records related to the personal and professional lives and activities of members of the Augustine and Kaufman families of Kitchener, Ontario and of the Ham family of Toronto, Ontario. Included is biographical information, clippings, correspondence, diaries, ephemera and photographs. See the Archives Database for detailed finding aids about the Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family fonds.
The Bettie Bernice Wilson collection consists of records related to Wilson's years in the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division (1942-1945) including ephemera, photos and training materials. See the Bettie Bernice Wilson collection finding aid for more information.
The Breithaupt Hewetson Clark Collection includes the family papers of the Breithaupt, Hewetson, and Clark families, as well as 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. See the Archives Database for more information about Breithaupt Hewetson Clark Collection.
Material created or accumulated by Cameron Hill and his family during the Second World War and in the years following. Includes records related to Cameron’s military training, uniform and personal gear, and service overseas. Also contains records related to Cameron’s time held in custody as a prisoner of war as well as his liberation and repatriation home to Canada and his life in later years. See the Cameron Clare Hills fonds finding aid for more information.
Fonds consists of textual and graphic materials created or accumulated by members of the Clement and Bowlby families, largely photographs of extended family members and materials created or accumulated by William Pope Clement and Florence Grace Clement. Also contains clippings, correspondence, genealogical records and research, textiles, artifacts including First World War medals, and other ephemera. See the Clement Bowlby Family fonds finding aid for more information.
The Colin Rankin fonds consists of correspondence, documents, journals, and a photograph relating to Colin Rankin's activity as a Fur Trader for the Hudson's Bay Company. Included are three journals kept by Donald McKay, Fur Trader, between 1799 and 1806, which were acquired by Rankin probably during his stay in the Temiskaming district. See the Colin Rankin fonds finding aid for more information.
Content note: "Indian" is outdated term used historically to refer to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada which many find offensive. The use of the term appears throughout the records in this fonds and has been maintained in keeping with Special Collections & Archives’ approach to language in archival descriptions, which prioritizes speaking openly about and clearly identifying problematic, harmful, and otherwise offensive records in the department’s holdings. This approach, while potentially upsetting, allows for the critical assessment and questioning of historical material by contemporary researchers.
The Company of Neighbours fonds consists of local history 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. See the Company of Neighbours fonds finding aid for more information.
Dare Foods Limited is a family-owned business based in Kitchener, Ontario that manufactures cookies, crackers, candies and fine breads. It began as a grocery store opened in 1889 by Charles H. Doerr in what was then Berlin, Ontario. The Dare Foods Limited fonds includes records related to the operation of the business and subsidiary companies, including administrative documents, photographs, packaging and advertising materials. See the Dare Foods Limited findings aids for more information.
For decades Dominion Rubber and its organizational offshoots operated as one of the most prominent companies in Kitchener-Waterloo. Consisting of photographs, newsletters, and administrative records, the Dominion Rubber Company fonds and related collections document operations at the Dominion Tire factory on Strange Street in Kitchener and at regional offices across Canada. See the Dominion Rubber Company fonds finding aids and the Dominion Rubber Systems photographs finding aid for more information.