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Kaufman Family collection.
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Alvin's baby pictures.

Envelope and two studio photographs of children. One of the photographs shows A. R. Kaufman as a baby and the other shows A. R. and Emma Kaufman as infants and was taken by C. Schneuker.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

A. R. Kaufman fonds : 2017 accrual.

Materials related to the personal and professional life of A. R. Kaufman and his family. Includes family photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, physical objects, and ephemera created or accumulated by the family throughout the years. Contains family records and photographs accumulated during A. R. and Jean Kaufman's lives, materials related to A. R. Kaufman's personal affiliations (such as masonic orders), materials accumulated from trips and travels across the world, materials related to A. R. and Jean Kaufman's professional life and affiliations, and awards and recognitions received by A. R. Kaufman.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Kaufman family and personal affiliations.

Materials related to A. R. Kaufman's family. Includes family photographs with Jacob and Mary Eidt Kaufman's family, A. R. and Jean Kaufman and their children, and other members of the extended family and friends; correspondence received by A. R. and Jean Kaufman; materials related to A. R. and Jean Kaufman's wedding and anniversary celebrations and birthdays; A. R. Kaufman legal documents; and materials related to A. R. Kaufman retirement and passing.
Also contains materials related to A. R. Kaufman's personal affiliations in the Grand River Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, the Royal City Lodge of Perfection, Springfield College, and a Silver Jubilee medal awarded to Kaufman.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Family photographs.

Photographs of the Kaufman family with the preeminence of A. R. Kaufman, his childhood, youth, and early marriage years. Includes photographs of A. R. Kaufman and members of his family in different attitudes and locations, including studio portraits, family photographs, and A. R.'s participation in different clubs and societies.
Photographs are identified or identifiable as:

  • Image of children visiting the police department (ca. late 1800s),
  • Two studio photographs of A. R. Kaufman in his youth (ca. early 1900s),
  • Studio photograph of an unidentified bride (possibly Jean Kaufman) (ca. 1910s),
  • Studio photograph of Jacob's and Mary Eidt Ratz Kaufman's family, including their four children (September 1912),
  • Photograph of possibly Mary Eidt Ratz Kaufman, taken by Panabaker Home Portraits (early 1900s),
  • Photograph of A. R. and Jean Kaufman with two of their children and one of the grandmothers (early 1900s),
  • Reproduction of the wedding picture from Edna Louise Kaufman and Albert William Augustine (1918),
  • Reproduction of photograph of the King Edward School class of 1933, taken by Denton Studio (1933),
  • Two photographs of young women identified as Geneva and Mary Hayward, but who are possibly Helen Mary and Sally Jean Kaufman (early 1900s),
  • Photograph of Jean Kaufman with Mrs. Taye Shidachi Kiachi, Mrs. Jsuji (?), Miss Cruikshank, and Mac Livett (?) (May 1930),
  • Studio photograph of the Kaufman family showing Mary Eidt Ratz Kaufman, Emma Kaufman, A. R. Kaufman and his family, and Milton Kaufman and his family (first half of 20th Century),
  • Studio photograph of an unidentified woman (possibly Jean Kaufman) (first half of 20th Century),
  • Studio photograph of an unidentified woman (possibly Edna Louise Augustine) (first half of 20th Century),
  • Studio photograph of A. R. Kaufman, taken by Ashley & Crippen Photographs (first half of 20th Century),
  • Coloured drawing of "Beechome," A. R. Kaufman's summer cottage built on the banks of the Grand River (ca. 1916),
  • Photograph of Beechome (Christmas 1950).

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Group photograph.

Photograph of a group of 28 children with one adult by a body of water. Children are arranged in four rows either seating down, kneeling, or standing. Adult is in standing in the back row. According to annotations, one of the children standing is A. R. Kaufman.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Charts.

IBM measurement charts, diagramming templates, reference cards, card punches-verifiers, and flowcharting templates.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Kaufman, A.R. : Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA.

Photocopy of "Report of the President, May 12th, 1921." In this report A.R. Kaufman, outgoing president of the provisional Board of directors, summarizes two years of activity re-organizing the YMCA .

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

The rubber footwear industry.

File consists of one (typed, 11 pp.) history of the rubber industry and rubber manufacturing at Kaufman. Prepared by C.W. Fowler and W.H. Bechtel.

Kaufman Footwear

Trips.

Materials related to travels by A. R. and Jean Kaufman. Includes postcards of Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Thailand, India, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Ceylon, Pakistan, Danish West Indies, Martinique and Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Lucia, Panama, Jamaica, Cuba, and Florida (United States of America) most with annotations on the verso. Also contains notes of trips covering Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangkok, Ceylon, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Austria.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Postcard album.

Photograph album with ninety-two postcards of Danish West Indies, Martinique and Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Lucia, Panama, Jamaica, Cuba, and Florida (United States of America).

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Kaufman, Jacob and Mary : biographical.

Biographical material about Jacob and Mary Kaufman as a couple. Includes a biographical piece of unknown authorship and date with title: "Biographical sketch of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kaufman" (1. l. typescript, photocopy). Also includes a leaflet, "Dedication service: memorial window in memory of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kaufman." The service was held March 18, 1951 at Zion Evangelical United Brethren Church, Kitchener, Ont.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Kaufman, Jacob : biographical.

Includes a biographical piece of unknown authorship and date with title: "A lengthy, more personal biography of Jacob Kaufman, 1847-1920" (7. l. typescript, photocopy)

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Postcards and notes.

Materials related to travels by A. R. Kaufman. Includes sixty-seven postcards of Thailand, India, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Ceylon, Pakistan, and Egypt with annotations on the verso. Also includes notes of trips covering Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangkok, Ceylon, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Austria.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Kaufman Rubber Company and professional affiliations.

Materials related to A. R. Kaufman's professional life. Includes materials related to the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA), the Kitchener Young Men Club (KYMC), and the Parents' Information Bureau mainly. Also contains photographs related to Kaufman Rubber Company, machine loads computer charts, and plans for Dominion Rubber Company stores.
Also includes some photographs related to Jean Kaufman's professional affiliations, possibly the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA).

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Professional life photographs.

Photographs of A. R. and Jean Kaufman's professional life, including Kaufman Rubber Company and other professional affiliations. Photographs are identified or identifiable as:

  • Photograph of a group of men, including A. R. Kaufman, by the entrance of a building, possibly the Kaufman Rubber factory (early 1900s),
  • Two photographs taken by Denton Studio of Jean Kaufman with groups of women (possibly related to her involvement in the YWCA) (early 1900s),
  • Photograph of Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA opening on April 19, 1929,
  • Photograph of the Beginners’ Department of the Zion Church and a photograph taken by Belair Studio of a room at the Zion Church (first half of 1900s),
  • Three reproductions of photographs of A. R. Kaufman receiving an award or certificate, taken by the Kitchener-Waterloo Record (second half of 1900s),
  • Photograph of A. R. and Jean Kaufman at an event at Stratford taken by the Kitchener-Waterloo Record (June 1960).

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Parents' Information Bureau rimes.

Materials possibly related to the Parents' Information Bureau. Includes a poem titled "#61: Simon was a simple soul" covering matters of birth control among people with low monetary means, and antiquated humorous pieces collected by A. R. Kaufman one of them referencing the birth control poem.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Strike, 1960 : University of Western Ontario case study.

Contains material relating to the 1960 strike as prepared for a University of Western Ontario business case study. Includes background on the Kaufman strike, copies of correspondence and memoranda relating to the strike, and photocopied newspaper clippings.

Kaufman Footwear

Photographs : Facilities

Series consists of photographs of the Kaufman Footwear plant on King St. in Kitchener, Ontario as well as other plants and facilities owned by Kaufman. Includes exterior and interior views.

Kaufman Footwear

Kaufman family : 2013 accrual.

Accrual consists of materials created and accumulated by the Kaufman family, including materials created during their personal and professional lives and by Kaufman Rubber and Footwear. Includes photographs, materials relating to the William H. Kaufman Charitable Foundation, personal records, Kaufman Rubber and Kaufman Footwear records and ephemera, and three scrapbooks relating to birth control in Canada.

Kaufman Family

Photographs

File consists of photographs created and accumulated primarily by Kaufman Rubber and Kaufman Footwear. Includes images of buildings, employees, and of an aircraft manufacturer.

Kaufman Family

Kaufman Footwear fonds.

Fonds consists of material relating to the history, operation and products of the Kaufman Rubber Company, later Kaufman Footwear. Includes catalogues of products, documentation of formulae, compounds, in-house "written standard practice" manuals illustrating industrial processes. Includes corespondence, clippings, ephemera, memoranda, photographs, publications, reports, and sound recordings.

Kaufman Footwear

Centenary Committee : Historical Documents

Series consists of material collected by or submitted to the Centenary Committee for the purpose of preparing a history for the 100th Anniversary of the company. Consists of original items which might originally have been filed elsewhere but for which no adequate context was maintained or can be determined.

Kaufman Footwear

Products : Catalogues

Series consists of catalogues and price lists for Kaufman clothing and footwear products printed between 1909 and 2000.

Kaufman Footwear

Administration : Personnel

Series consists of material relating to the administration of personnel, primarily salary information. Contains paybooks from 1909 to 1912, cheque information, unclaimed wage information and pay worksheets.

Kaufman Footwear

Kaufman Rubber Company

Series consists of materials created by Kaufman Rubber and Kaufman Footwear. Includes primarily sales catalogues for Kaufman Footwear as well as ephemera, a history of the rubber business and a poster for Kaufman Lofts, which are in the old Kaufman Rubber building.

Kaufman Family

Scrapbook.

Leather-bound scrapbook with mementos of the Kaufman family history. Scrapbook is organized into two sections. First section is titled “Grandmother Kaufman’s favourite poems from Helen, Bill, and Jean Xmas 1935” and includes poems either received by Mary Eidt Kaufman or copied by her grandchildren Helen Mary, William Hutton, and Sally Jean in her honour (some poems are written in German). Second section is titled “Clippings & poems Jean and Alvin” and includes correspondence, ephemera, postcards, poems, newspaper clippings, and an invitation to A. R. and Jean Kaufman wedding.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Busy Berlin map poster.

File consists of one reprint of the Busy Berlin map of 1912. The map was reprinted in 1989 at 69% of the original size by the Kitchener Public Library.

Kaufman Family

Photographs : Employees

Series consists of formal group portraits of employees taken beteen 1912 and 1928, as well as photographs and slides at staff recognition events such as milestone nights, and retirements from the 1960's to the 1990's.

Kaufman Footwear

Family photographs.

Family photographs of the Kaufman family with envelope and notes. Includes photographs of A. R. and Jean Kaufman and their children in different attitudes (with animals, cars, and posing in front of different buildings) and locations (including Port Elgin, Algonquin Park, Highland Inn - Moonlights, Rochester House and gardens, Grand River, and Cressman Woods). Also contains a poem written by Sally Jean Kaufman at the age of 9 (1926).

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Factory memo binder (file 2 of 2).

Binder labelled "I. Weber". Contains Kaufman footwear office memos relating to various factory and office issues including information on floor plans, parts, machinery, materials and other issues, arranged alphabetically by topic.

Kaufman Footwear

Operations : Vice-President Manufacturing : Irvin E. Weber

Material relating to the factory and its manufacturing operations, belonging to Irvin E. Weber. According to secondary sources, Irvin E. Weber joined Kaufman in 1945. His father, Irvin K. Weber, had worked at Kaufman for 52 years, starting in 1909. Some of the material in this series belonged to Irvin K. Weber and subsequently to his son Irvin E. Weber. Includes much material, such as the compound sheets, that would have originated in the Laboratory, but concerned with ingredients and costs rather than formulae and mixing. Includes correspondence, ephemera, invoices, notes, memoranda, and clippings.

Kaufman Footwear

Factory memo binder (file 1 of 2).

Binder labelled "I. Weber". Contains Kaufman footwear office memos relating to various factory and office issues including information on floor plans, parts, machinery, materials and other issues, arranged alphabetically by topic.

Kaufman Footwear

Kaufman, Jacob and Mary

Series consists of material relating to Jacob and Mary Kaufman of Kitchener Ontario, belonging to their son, A.R. Kaufman. Includes clippings, estate correspondence and other papers, obituaries and one portrait of Jacob Kaufman.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Grand River Lodge.

By-laws of Grand River Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons No. 151 (1914) and a cheque for initiation written by Kaufman for $35.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Ratz family : biographical.

Two pamphlets, each with title The Ratz family : a brief record published in 1914 and 1929 respectively, on the occasion of the Ratz family reunion. Included is a ribbon for the third reunion held July 20, 1929 in Waterloo Park.

Kaufman, A. R. (Alvin Ratz)

Photographs : A.R. Kaufman

Series consists of photographs including or taken by A.R. Kaufman between 1915 and 1930. Also includes a formal portrait of A.R. taken in the 1960's.

Kaufman Footwear

Automobile excursion : trouble with the car.

Contains ten original photographs, 2 brownie souvenir post card photographs, eleven reproductions, and 15 original negatives of a trip taken by Mr. Kaufman around 1915 during which there were car troubles. The reproduction envelope says "trip to Montreal" on it. None of the individuals are identified.

Kaufman Footwear

Kaufman Rubber Co., Limited : employees.

Group portrait of Kaufman Rubber Co. employees seen outdoors in suits and hats.

Back row, left to right: W.S. Wood, J.S. Townsend, S.G. Amero, E.A. Chalk, Jas. Bryant, A.D. Kippen, Harley Henry.

Middle row, left to right: W.H. Semple, F.W. Burril, O.J. Killam, E.E. Code, J.J. Duggan, Geo. Stockand, Frank Henderson.

Front row, left to right: J.S. Pierce, J.S. Lovell, W.E. Wing, A.R. Kaufman, Chester McLure, Murray McGowan, L.B. Hutchinson.

Kaufman Footwear

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