Collection SCA402-GA468 - Letter from Reverend Alfred H. Tyrer with birth control pamphlets.

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Letter from Reverend Alfred H. Tyrer with birth control pamphlets.

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Alfred Henry Tyrer was born in Birkdale, Lancashire (England, United Kingdom) around 1870, to William and Anna Williams Tyrer. He emigrated to Canada during his twenties. In 1894, Tyrer married Mary “Minnie” Adelaide Golden (1868-1929) in Hamilton (Ontario). The couple had one child named Elliott Golden Tyrer (1902-1972). Alfred Henry Tyrer worked as a Reverend for the Church on England in Canada and published several books on the matters of sex education and birth control. Tyrer died in York (Ontario) on April 28, 1942.

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Publications by Alfred Henry Tyrer were catalogued in the University of Waterloo Library catalogue:

  • Birth control : a popular statement. Call Number: G2432.
  • Sex, marriage and birth control; a guidebook to a satisfactory sex life in marriage. Call Number: F11098.
  • Your child needs your help ... : a personal letter to all parents on the vital matter of the sex-education of their children. Call Number: F16638.

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Materials related to Reverend Alfred Henry Tyrer’s books and publications on birth control, sex education, and marriage life.

Includes pamphlets and order forms for Tyrer’s books Where did we come from, mother dear? (Marriage Welfare Bureau, 1939) and Sex, marriage and birth control (Marriage Welfare Bureau, 1936), and ephemera related to the books and the Marriage Welfare Bureau.
Also contains booklet Marriage welfare : some facts about birth-control by Reverend Alfred Henry Tyrer which acted as promotional material for the book Sex, marriage and birth control. Booklet includes sections: Birth-control, the population problem, definition of birth-control, birth control and war, mothers who die in child-birth, infant mortality, birth control vs. infanticide, birth-control vs. abortions, birth-control vs. degeneracy and disease, birth-control vs. prostitution, economics and birth-control, divorce, religion and birth-control, the present status of birth-control, a prairie marriage.

Materials were enclosed in an envelope sent from Ontario on July 10, 1941, and with a letter addressed to Steve E. Chorney from Ranfurly (Alberta) acting as an introduction to the publications and explaining their importance.

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Purchased from Caroliniana Rare Books in 2021.


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Described by CGD in 2021.

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Pre-1969: Abortion and Birth Control, an exhibition by the University of Toronto Libraries.

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