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.
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.
The Women's roles videos collection contains digitized silent film reels, which portray women in various domestic and working roles. Each film is accompanied by a description created by students in the Fall 2017 session of Women's Studies 101 as part of a class project to make the films more accessible.
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.
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 Kay Rex fonds is comprised of materials created and accumulated by Canadian reporter and writer Kay Rex. Included are materials relating to her personal, family and professional life, and some materials relating to her aunt Frances Kathleen Montgomery and the Canadian Women's Press Club. See the Kay Rex fonds finding aid for more information.
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 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.