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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.

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