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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 George Pattinson Woollen Mill fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by the George Pattinson Woollen Mill and its predecessors. Includes primarily financial and account information for the mill, including journals, account books, and a ledger. Also includes photographs and ephemera. See the George Pattinson Woollen Mill fonds finding aid for more information.
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. See the Harry Byers fonds finding aids for more information.
The Kaufman Family collection consists of fonds related to the personal and professional lives of A.R. Kaufman and W.H. Kaufman, and the family-run business Kaufman Footwear. See the Kaufman Family collection finding aids 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 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 Waterloo County and the Region of Waterloo such as newspaper articles, slides, photographs, and negatives, as well as materials pertaining to the operation of the newspaper. See the Kitchener-Waterloo Record fonds finding aid for more information.
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. See the Kitchener-Waterloo Photographic Negative Collection finding aid for more information.
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. See the Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association fonds finding aids for more information.
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. See the Lady Aberdeen collection finding aids for more information.
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.