Fonds SCA119-GA92 - Kitchener-Waterloo Record fonds.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Record fonds.

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3.58 m. of textual records and other materials

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Record began with the publication of the Daily News of Berlin on February 9, 1878 and was the first daily paper in the area. It was published by Peter Moyer. Over the years it had several names and publishers: in January of 1897 it was purchased by the German Printing and Publishing Company and was amalgamated with that company's Berlin Daily Record to become the Berlin News Record, and later still the News Record, all published by William (Ben) V. Uttley. In 1918 the publishers of the German-language paper the Berliner Journal, William D. Euler (later Senator for North Waterloo) and William J. Motz, purchased the News Record and changed the name to the Kitchener Daily Record. On July 17, 1922 the Record absorbed the other daily, the Daily Telegraph. With that event, the original three daily papers (the News Record, the Berlin Daily Record, and the Daily Telegraph) became one.

The Berliner Journal began in December 29, 1859 by Frederick Rittinger and John Motz, and was located on Queen Street south, Kitchener. Motz remained editor until his death in 1899, at which time his son William acquired his father's interest. When Rittinger died in 1915 his share was acquired by William D. Euler. The weekly Journal ended on May 10, 1924. The Record’s first staff photographer was Harry Huehnergard, who worked for the paper for 49 years before retiring in 1986 as Manager of the Photographic Department.

In 1948 the Kitchener Daily Record was re-named the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, which name it retained until 1994, when it became simply The Record. In 1928 the paper moved from its home at 49 King Street west to a new building at 30 Queen Street north where it was to stay for 44 years until moving in May 1973 to 225 Fairway Road. When William J. Motz died in 1946 his son John E. Motz took over as publisher. The by-then Senator Euler sold his interest to Southam Press in 1953. John E. Motz died in 1975 and the Motz Family continued to own a controlling interest in the paper until 1990, when it was sold to Southam. In 1998, The Record was sold to Sun Media Corporation, and then in March 1999, to Torstar Corporation. In January 2005, the paper moved its offices to Market Square on King Street east in Kitchener's downtown core, and on March 11, 2008, the name was changed to the Waterloo Region Record.

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Fonds consists of material relating to the history and operations of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, from its beginnings in 1878 to 1988. Also consists of historical materials on the history of Waterloo County and the Region of Waterloo including newspaper articles, slides, photographs, and negatives. Includes legal documents, clippings, ephemera, publications, artifacts, office files, photographic materials, and films.

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Includes ca. 460 slides; ca. 375 photographs; ca. 2830 negatives; 2 films.
Also includes oversize items

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Donated by the Kitchener-Waterloo Record ca. 1988.


Arranged in thirteen series with some sub-series:

  • 1. Anniversaries, Events, Open Houses;
  • 2. Employees;
  • 3. K-W Record History;
  • 4.1. Office and Operations Files;
  • 4.2. Classified Advertising Manager's Files: James Boland;
  • 4.3. K-W Record Advertising Files: Clippings;
  • 4.4. Physical Plant Files;
  • 5. Printed at the Record: Ephemera and Publications;
  • 6. Artifacts;
  • 7. Scrapbooks, Local History, Historical Documents;
  • 8. Negatives: K-W Record History;
  • 9. Negatives and Photographs: Kitchener-Waterloo and Area Local History;
  • 10. Slides: Kitchener-Waterloo and Area History;
  • 11. Kitchener-Waterloo Record: Loose Negatives, Photographs and Slides;
  • 12. Films;
  • 13. Legal Documents.

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  • English
  • German

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In English and German.

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Select items have been are available for viewing online as part of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record fonds on the Waterloo Digital Library.

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Series description, and series 13 by Jessica Blackwell, Winter 2014.

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