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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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) 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.