Special Collections & Archives Digital Library Collections

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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. See the Maines Pincock Family fonds finding aids for more information.
Martha Louise Black fonds
The Martha Louise Black fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Martha Louise Black relating to her personal life and social commitments. Includes correspondence, articles, clippings and photographs. See the Martha Louise Black fonds finding aid for more information.
Parents' Information Bureau fonds
The Parents' Information Bureau (PIB) fonds consists of records from the clinic for family planning and birth control set up by A.R. (Alvin Ratz) 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. See the Parents' Information Bureau fonds finding aids for more information. Content note: The views expressed in PIB publications reflect the era in which they were produced. They include family planning thinking rooted in eugenics, the belief that the genetic makeup of the human population can be improved by limiting the ability of people deemed inferior from reproducing. Demeaning language about lower class and disabled people appear throughout. Information about the handling of this type of language in archival descriptions can be found on the Special Collections & Archives website.
Pulp fiction covers
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.
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. See the Schantz Russell family fonds finding aids for more information.
Schneider family collection
The Schneider family collection consists of material relating to descendants of Johann Christoph and Anna Elizabeth Schneider, their families, friends and activities. It contains genealogical information about the Schneider and Ahrens family origins in Germany, the social and political involvements of Schneider descendants, including J.M. Schneider and Norman C. Schneider, and records in a variety of formats including clippings, correspondence, ephemera, films, manuscripts, photographs and slides. See the Schneider family collection finding aids for more information.

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