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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Suffragette postcard collection
- Collection consists of 13 unused postcards concerning suffragettes and women's rights. Included are photographs of Christobel Pankhurst with Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence at a demonstration in Hyde Park, one of a suffragette in prison, a portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst, and Flora Drummond protesting opposite the English House of Common. The remainder are cartoons. Everyone in the photographs and illustrations is white. See the Suffragette postcard collection finding aid for more information.