Local History

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  • Special Collections & Archives holds a variety of resources related to the local and urban history of the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Collections include maps, fire insurance plans, business and city directories, yearbooks from local high schools, government documents outlining local county or village by-laws, and newspapers including restored copies of issues of the Berliner Journal for the years 1859-1889. The department is also home to the Kitchener-Waterloo Photographic Negative Collection, which documents local news events, community activities, regional development, and human-interest stories between 1938-2001. Many of the local history collections contain the institutional archives of local businesses and organizations such as Dare Foods Limited, Electrohome, Fritsch Pharmacy, the Dominion Rubber Company, the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, and the Rotary Club of Kitchener. In addition, the department maintains numerous family papers including those for the Breithaupt, Bolender Ball, Ratz, Schantz, Schneider, and Seagram families, among many others. These collections complement several printed genealogies, family histories, and monographs also held by the department.

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B.F. Goodrich industrial products conference.

  • SCA293-GA328
  • Fonds
  • 1951

File consists of one photograph of conference attendees at the B.F. Goodrich industrial products conference. Identifications from verso:

  • Ratz, L.G.
  • Hagey, Joseph Gerald
  • Conner, C.F.
  • Muter, F.A.
  • Griffin, V.O.
  • MacDonald, G.M.
  • Bailey, H.E.
  • Holden, L.W.
  • Glaister, W.A.
  • Suddick, P.J.
  • Lee, E.N.
  • Wood, L.
  • Hall, J.
  • Laidlaw, H.G.
  • Laidlaw, R.J.
  • Heeg, J.J.
  • Dorken, W.R.
  • Brown, J.V.
  • Hamilton, R.W.
  • Schwindt, G.W.
  • Haring, N.F.

B.F. Goodrich

Breithaupt Leather Co. truck.

  • SCA168-GA142
  • Fonds
  • [191-?]

One undated photograph showing a Breithaupt Leather Co. truck in front of the Shipping Dept. at the tannery, which was located in Kitchener, Ont.

Denton, Ernest

Charles Belair negative collection.

  • SCA193-GA168
  • Fonds
  • 1929-2003

Collection consists primarily of negatives taken by Charles Belair during the course of his professional career as a photographer. The images include those of local families, events and buildings in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The collection includes some 21, 000 negatives as well as in some cases accompanying prints, transparencies, and contact sheets.

Belair, Charles

Concordia Club fonds.

The majority of the archives of the Concordia Club were destroyed either as a result of the ransacking of the club by the 118th Batallion in 1916, or as a result of the fire of Nov. 17, 1971. As a result the earliest records of Concordia have largely been lost forever. A very small number of items can be traced back to the Concordia Male Choir (1873-1914). These take the form of two items of correspondence, programs for the "Sängerfests", clippings, and photographs. A small number of archival records also can be found which belonged to the "Deutscher Club, Kitchener" (1925-1930), and include a set of house rules, letters patent, and photographs. Some records from the 1930s have also been preserved to this day, and include artifacts, clippings, legal documents, a membership list, photographs, and programs of events. However, the majority of the materials date from the 1950s onwards. These materials document the history of the Concordia Club since the 1950s, and include artifacts, audiovisual material, clippings, correspondence, ephemera, financial records, legal documents, membership records, minutes of meetings, photographs, publications, and scrapbooks.

Concordia Club

Dominion Life Assurance Company head office.

  • SCA265-GA283
  • Fonds
  • 1939

File consists of one photograph of the employees of the head office of the Dominion Life Assurance Company in Waterloo, Ontario. The photograph was taken July 1939. The employees are standing in front of the building at 14 Erb Street West.

Dominion Life Assurance Company

First Mennonite Church bible school.

  • SCA291-GA326
  • Fonds
  • [1928?]

Fonds consists of one photograph of students of the First Mennonite Church bible school. Students are shown outside in front of the church building.

First Mennonite Church

Gordon Fraser wedding photographs.

  • SCA253-GA264
  • Fonds
  • 1946-1948

23 photographs from the wedding of Gordon Fraser and Olive A. Rennie, June 20, 1946 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Includes photographs of the church interior, as well as of the bridal party at the reception at the bride's home at 35 Fairview Ave., Kitchener. Also includes one mounted photograph of the wedding of George Biehn to Elva Capling, in which Gordon Fraser was best man.

Fraser, Gordon

King Street, Waterloo, Ont., 1923 : completed paving work.

  • SCA201-GA178
  • Fonds
  • 1923

One photograph of a section of King Street, Waterloo, Ont. showing recently completed paving work by Standardite Paving. Also visible in the photograph are streetcar tracks, early street lights and automobiles.

Kitchener-Waterloo Record Photographic Negative Collection

More than 2 million negatives taken between 1938 and 2001 by staff photographers at the Kitchener-Waterloo Record (KWR) and its predecessors. Providing a historical look at the Region of Waterloo, the Collection includes documentary photographs of local news events, community activities, regional development, human-interest stories, businesses, schools, and sports teams. Portraits of business and community leaders, as well as commissioned photos taken for advertising purposes, are part of the Collection. It also includes scrapbooks containing clippings and pictures that appeared in the paper from 1971 to 1995.

Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Knights of Columbus entertainment committee.

  • SCA292-GA327
  • Fonds
  • March 1, 1917

Photograph of the entertainment committee of the [Guelph?] Knights of Columbus. Photograph was taken March 1, 1917.

Knights of Columbus

Personal Studio fonds.

  • SCA208-GA187
  • Fonds
  • 1946-1996

Fonds consists of negatives and proof prints taken by Robert T.G. Nicol under the name of Personal Studio between 1946 and 1996. Studio, home portraits and candid photography of families and weddings, as well as commercial jobs for many local industries and businesses document comprehensively the growth and changes in the way of life in the Waterloo Region in the post-war era. Many nationally important companies employed Nicol, some as their "house photographer": these include B.F. Goodrich, Budd Automotive, Mutual Life Insurance Co., Bell Telephone, Electrohome, Raytheon, IBM and Greb Shoes. Many types of businesses are represented: storefronts and interiors of banks, clothing, department, music, furniture and grocery stores, dairies, factories, restaurants, hotels and motels, churches, service stations, car dealerships, service industries, construction trades and more.

Personal Studio

Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King at home of Hon. W.D. Euler.

  • SCA198-GA175
  • Fonds
  • [19--]

One formal group portrait.

Back row, left to right: Senator Robb, N. Asmussen M.P.P., J.A. Scellen, W.T. Sass, Hon. James Malcolm, John A. Lang, W. Max Euler.

Middle row, left to right: W.J. Motz, Mr. King's secretary, H.J. Sims, Mrs. J. Cole, Mayor Greb, Premier King, Hon. W.D. Euler, Mrs. Peden Mielke, Mrs. Leonard Oliver, Senator Dr. Rankin.

Front row, left to right: Mrs. Max Euler, Miss Rankin, Mrs. W.D. Euler, Mrs. W.J. Motz.

Denton, Ernest

Rutherford family collection.

  • SCA325-GA366
  • Fonds
  • 1856-1957

File consists of materials relating to the Rutherford family of Wellesley, Ontario. Includes a subscription list for building a church in Wellesley (dated 1856), a snapshot of Harriet Rutherford Hess and four mounted portraits of members of the Rutherford family. These are identified on the verso as William Rutherford, his wife Mary Jane Freeborn Rutherford, his mother-in-law Jane Freeborn Rutherford and a first wife Ellen Freeborn Rutherford.

Rutherford family

Schneider family photograph.

  • SCA246-GA249
  • Fonds
  • 1907

One studio portrait of the children of Joseph E. Schneider (son of Joseph Schneider). From left to right: David, Louisa, Barbara, Lydia(?), Maria(?), Hannah, Samuel.

Schneider, Joseph E. family

Sims Family collection.

  • SCA369-GA427
  • Fonds
  • 1833-1963

The Sims family collection encompasses records of the Sims and Cook, Davidson and Garden families retained by members of the two family branches that came together when Harvey James Sims and Florence Katherine Roos married in 1902. Their Sims and Davidson forbears were equally significant in the history of the Waterloo-Wellington area and in the growth and development of agriculture, education, business and government. Harvey James Sims and Florence Katherine Roos were deeply involved in their local community of Berlin, (later Kitchener) Ontario and their own records contain significant additions to our knowledge of local personalities and affairs. Harvey was a childhood and lifelong friend of William Lyon Mackenzie King; they wrote and visited each other regularly. King's sister Bella was also a close friend of Florence from school days on.

Sims family

Sunnyside School : photograph.

  • SCA290-GA325
  • Fonds
  • 1944

Fonds consists of one photograph of students at Sunnyside School, taken September 29, 1944. Identifications included on verso read:

  • Newman, L.;
  • Wishnewski, Dieter;
  • King, Jack;
  • [?], Shirley;
  • Speers, Kathleen;
  • Holmes, Dorothy;
  • Gingrich, Billy;
  • Krestel, Elsie;
  • Fyfe, Audrey;
  • Wagner, Betty;
  • Killens, Jean;
  • Yerdt, Virginia;
  • Eby, Diane;
  • Cochrane, Shirley;
  • Cressman, Lois;
  • Sherwin, Fred;
  • Flaherty, Noreen;
  • Stahle, [?];
  • Heintzman, [?];
  • Yendt, Marlene;
  • Brubacher, Pauline;
  • Braniff, [?];
  • Boyd, Jerry;
  • Schaus, Donald;
  • Killen, Jackie;
  • Brox, Freddie;
  • Petznick, Ronald;
  • King, Buddy;
  • Wishnewski, Edith;
  • Lantz, Helen;
  • Dickin, Laura;
  • McCaig, Marian;
  • Maguire, Betty;
  • Hoadley, Mildred.

Sunnyside School