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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Ross Dixon fonds.

  • SCA220-GA207
  • Fonds
  • 1914-2009

Fonds consists of material accumulated and kept by Ross Dixon relating to his entrepreneurial interests, career, and personal life, and to the philanthropic activities of Ross and Doris Dixon. The material documents some aspects of his personal interests and childhood, his early career, and his career in industrial relations at Uniroyal Canada (formerly the Dominion Rubber Company).

A significant portion of the fonds relates to the businesses he formed outside of his professional career, the Westmount Construction Company and Westmont Enterprises Limited, for the period from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. These records document trends in suburban home-building and design during that time and include a large number of architectural drawings.

The fonds is not comprehensive, lacking documentation relating to the formation and administration of the Westmount Construction Company and Westmont Enterprises Limited and containing only a small amount of material relating the other area of his entrepreneurial activities, investment and financial services.

Fonds includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, advertising material, architectural drawings, legal documents, photographs, accounting records, reports, handwritten notes, certificates, speeches, company publications, minutes, financial statements, ephemera, and other material.

Dixon, Ross

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

Maines Pincock Family fonds.

Fonds consists of material documenting the lives, interests and activities of Jenny Pincock, as well as her sister and brother-in-law Minnie and Fred Maines. The main focus of the fonds is the activities surrounding their interest in spiritualism. Includes correspondence; ms. and ts. seance transcripts and notes; ms. and ts. notes for and drafts of poems and other literary compositions by Jenny Pincock; clippings, ephemera, etc.

Arranged in series as follows:
Series 1: Correspondence;
Series 2: Manuscripts;
Series 3: Notebooks;
Series 4: Sittings : Notes;
Series 5: Topical Files;
Series 6: Clippings;
Series 7: Rev. F.T.J. Maines;
Series 8: Miscellaneous;
Series 9: Pincock, Jenny : Works By;
Series 10: Artifacts

Maines Pincock Family

Schneider family collection.

Fonds consists of material relating to descendants of Johann Christoph and Anna Elizabeth Schneider, their families, friends and activities. It also contains genealogical information about the Schneider and Ahrens family origins in Germany and relatives there. Includes clippings, correspondence, ephemera, films, manuscripts, photographs, slides, etc.

Schneider, J.M. family

Electrohome Limited fonds : 2017 accrual.

Fonds consists of materials created by Electrohome Limited and its predecessors and accumulated by John Koegler, the former Electrohome historian. Includes organizational and administrative records, materials relating to manufacturing, advertising materials, and photographs.

Electrohome

Bechler family fonds.

  • SCA153-GA126
  • Fonds
  • [18--]-1945

The Bechler family fonds contains records created and accumulated by the Bechler family documenting life in Berlin (later Kitchener). Records include textual records and graphic material, predominantly photographs from an album. Records also contain confirmation certificates, marriage certificate, press clippings, and cards.

Bechler family

Ratz family fonds : 2017 accrual.

Records related to the Ratz family, principally created or accumulated by Herbert Ratz, documenting the personal and professional lives of various Ratz family members. Records include correspondence, press clippings, genealogy research, legal documents, ephemera, academic publications, presentations and related administrative papers. The fonds also contains graphic material including photographs, technical drawings, and artifacts.

Ratz Family

Schantz Russell family fonds : 2017-2 accrual.

Records related to the Schantz Russell family. Includes photographs, ephemera, drawings, a floor plan of the Schantz family home in Kitchener, Ont., correspondence and family histories written by Harold Russell.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz Russell family fonds : 2017-1 accrual.

Material created and accumulated by members of the Schantz family. Includes primarily ephemera including an early indenture, a tax bill, and school work of Tobias Schantz. Also includes notebooks kept by Dorothy Russell while a student at Kitchener–Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School, also known as Kitchener Collegiate Institute.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz Russell family fonds : 2014 accrual.

Textual, graphic and artefactual material created and accumulated by members of the Schantz Russell family, primarily Orpheus Moyer Schantz. Includes photographs of members of the extended family, correspondence, artwork, ephemera, and material relating to the professional and leisure pursuits of Orpheus Moyer Schantz.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz Russell family fonds : 2013 accrual.

Textual and graphic material created or accumulated by members of the Schantz families. Primarily includes photographs of members of the extended Schantz family and friends. Also contains ephemera, and school notebooks.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz Russell family fonds : 2011 accrual.

Textual and graphic material created or accumulated by members of the Schantz families, primarily photographs of extended Schantz family members and material created and accumulated by Orpheus Moyer Schantz. Also contains family correspondence, material relating to homestead land holdings, and ephemera. Textual records were loose when material was donated.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz Russell family fonds : 2009 accrual.

Textual and graphic material created or accumulated by Dorothy Etta Russell (nee White) and other members of the Schantz and Russell families, primarily correspondence received by Dorothy and some of her diaries and notebooks. Also contains miscellaneous materials created or accumulated by Franklin Abram Schantz, family correspondence, and ephemera.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz Russell family fonds : 2005 accrual.

Textual and graphic material created or accumulated by Dorothy Etta Russell (nee White) during her enrollment as a student at the Kitchener and Waterloo Collegiate Institute and the Toronto Normal School, respectively, from 1916 to 1921. Also contains miscellaneous material created or accumulated by Etta Lydia Mary White (nee Schantz), including school certificates, provincial and county school examination papers and ephemera such as advertising and greeting cards. Includes as well, material relating to the Schantz Russell family; among these are publications and clippings.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz Russell family fonds : 2003 accrual.

Textual and graphic material belonging to or created by Dorothy Russell, including her diaries, correspondence and photograph albums. Also includes a small amount of Schantz Reunion material such as the 1913 register. The photograph albums originally belonged to different members of the family.

Schantz Russell Family

Schantz Russell family fonds.

Material created or accumulated by members of the Schantz Russell family including correspondence, photographs, ephemera, maps, artifacts and more.

The records document the education, interests and activities of members of the Schantz Russell family. In particular, the correspondence files notably detail the lives of the Schantz women who were well-educated, and travelled. Their letters record details of domestic activities, local and national affairs. The photographs add to the known body of work of local photographers, most notably Denton, and include some images of important local events, such as the visit of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. The many very early local maps and plans provide significant insight for area research.

The records, originally stored in the attic of the Schantz Russell family home at 43 Schneider avenue in Kitchener, were kept in trunks, boxes and desks, some belonging to individuals, and some containing general family papers. The arrangement of the fonds has been determined largely by the way the material was stored.

Schantz Russell Family

Alida and George Burrett fonds : 2014 accession

Fonds consists of materials relating to the personal and professional lives and interests of Alida and George Burrett. Contains materials relating to Alida's interests in women's rights and the environment, and her work with the Kitchener-Waterloo Status of Women Group. Also contains materials relating to the couple's shared interest in nuclear disarmament and George's work with the Waterloo Region Peace Network. Includes clippings, ephemera, financial records, meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.

Burrett, Alida and George

Fritsch Pharmacy fonds : 2018 accrual.

School records including notebooks, handwritten notes, labs, exams and other items that were created or accumulated by Michael Fritsch while he was a student at the Ontario College of Pharmacy.

Fritsch, Michael

Fritsch Pharmacy fonds.

Material documenting the history of Fritsch Pharmacy and its predecessors. Includes Ontario College of Pharmacy school workbooks, original medicines, drug record books and more.

Fritsch Pharmacy

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario : North Waterloo Region Branch fonds.

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario : North Waterloo Region Branch. Includes operational files including minutes and finances, project and event files and ephemera, as well as a large body of subject and clipping files on local buildings, environmental bodies, and heritage organizations.

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario : North Waterloo Region Branch

Parents' Information Bureau Ltd. fonds : accrual 2005.

Accrual consists of material belonging to A.R. Kaufman relating to the incorporation and operation of the Parents' Information Bureau in Kitchener, 1935 to 1976. Includes letters patent, financial and accounting records, publications issued by the Bureau, photographs and clippings.

Parents' Information Bureau

Parents' Information Bureau fonds.

Fonds consists of publications and ephemera issued by the Parents' Information Bureau, correspondence, biographical and autobiographical material about A.R. Kaufman in the form of clippings, reminsiscences, interviews, speeches, etc.

Parents' Information Bureau

Bolender Ball family fonds.

Material relating to the personal and professional life of the Bolender and Ball families. Includes photographs, correspondence, ephemera including material relating to the Second World War and missionary work done in Nigeria in the 1950's.

Bolender Ball Family

John Panabaker fonds.

  • SCA255-GA266
  • Fonds
  • 1949-2014

Fonds consists of materials relating to the professional and private life of John Panabaker. Includes diaries spanning over fifty years, artwork and doodles, speeches, genealogical information, as well as materials created and accumulated while he was a student and during the course of his professional career.

Panabaker, John H.

Dare Foods Limited fonds : 2018 accrual.

Material created and accumulated by Dare Foods Limited and its predecessor companies. Includes records related to the organization and operation of the company as well as historical records, photographs, and ephemera.

Dare Foods Limited

Dare Foods Limited fonds : 2015 accrual.

Accrual consists of materials created and accumulated by Dare Foods Ltd., including materials created or accumulated by previous names under which it was run and its subsidiaries. Materials include photographs, packaging, historical records, ephemera and more.

Dare Foods Limited

Dare Foods Limited fonds : 2014 accrual.

Accrual consists of materials created and accumulated by Dare Foods Inc., including materials created or accumulated by previous names under which it was run and its subsidiaries. Contains organizational and financial records, historical information, ephemera and photographs.

Dare Foods Limited

Dare Foods Limited fonds : 2010 accrual.

Accrual consists primarily of material accumulated by William J. Hopp, a baker and plant supervisor at the Dare Biscuit Company in Kitchener, Ontario, and other material relating to the incorporation and history of Dare Foods Limited, including two labour strikes.

Includes letters patent and by-laws, training and conference materials relating to the manufacture of cookies and crackers, recipe books containing cookie and cracker formulae, research reports, clippings, bulletins, correspondence and memoranda, photographs, catalogues and brochures, packaging, and other material.

Dare Foods Limited

Dare Foods Limited fonds.

Fonds consists of records generated in the course of business by Dare Foods Limited and its subsidiary companies. It includes financial statements; account books; minutes; correspondence; letters patent; legal records; share registers; biscuit, cracker and candy formulas; architectural drawings; biscuit, cracker and candy packaging samples; price lists; photographs; television, radio and print advertisements; publications; artifacts; manuals; the records of J.R. Worthington; internal newsletters; and newspaper clippings. Fonds also contains the records of The Almer Company Limited and Sunbeam Shoes, companies acquired privately by Carl Dare.

Dare Foods Limited

Central Ontario Art Association fonds.

  • SCA222-GA209
  • Fonds
  • 1944-2005

Fonds consists of records documenting most aspects of the development of the Central Ontario Art Association, the events and activities of the association, and its administration and membership in the period from its formation in 1954 to about 2000, with some gaps in coverage. The records were accumulated by various members and some organization was imposed by the association for the purpose of researching its history.

Fonds includes correspondence, membership lists, flyers, announcements, programs, newsletters, exhibitors' catalogues, minutes, reports, the association constitution and by-laws, histories, forms and questionnaires, clippings, lectures and articles, photocopied information, photographs, slides, and other material.
Fonds is arranged in the following series:
Series 1: Administration and Membership
Series 2: Files of Gordon Couling
Series 3: Events and Exhibitions
Series 4: Publications
Series 5: Subject Files
Series 6: History Working Files
Series 7: Photographs.

Central Ontario Art Association

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

Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family fonds : 2018 accrual.

Records related to the Augustine, Ham, and Kaufman families as well as the Ratz and Breithaupt families, principally created or accumulated by Mary Ham, documenting the personal and professional lives of various family members. Records include correspondence, press clippings, genealogical research, family histories and articles, and photographs.

Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family

Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family fonds.

Material related to the lives and activities of members of the Augustine and Kaufman families of Kitchener, Ontario and of the Ham family of Toronto, Ontario, in particular of the parents, aunt and grandparents of Mary Ham. Includes biographical information, clippings, correspondence, diaries, ephemera and photographs.

Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family

Charles E. Greb family fonds.

  • SCA210-GA189
  • Fonds
  • 1878, 1884-2009

Fonds consists of records documenting aspects of the lives, careers, and interests of Charles E. Greb, his father Erwin C. Greb, and his grandfather Charles E. Greb Sr., as well as his siblings, Harry Greb, Clara May Greb, and Arthur Greb. Includes press clippings; correspondence; birth, marriage, and death certificates; wills; photographs; certificates and awards; ephemera; scrapbooks, and other material.

Greb, Charles E. family

David Shannon Bowlby fonds.

  • SCA57-GA33
  • Fonds
  • 1892-1921

Fonds consists of 28 items of correspondence between David Shannon Bowlby and his family.

Bowlby, David Shannon

Schneider family collection : accrual 2003

Accrual consists of material relating to descendants of Johann Christoph and Anna Elizabeth Schneider, their families, friends and activities. It also contains genealogical information about the Schneider and Ahrens families. Includes clippings, correspondence, audio cassettes, photographs, etc.

Schneider, J.M. family

W.H.E. Schmalz collection.

  • SCA243-GA244
  • Fonds
  • [19--]-1921

Collection comprises two separate series of items. The first are the architectural drawings that were created for the contests for the both the city of Kitchener city hall and municipal buildings. These plans were created by W.H.E. Schmalz and others. The rest of the collection comprises materials created by W.H.E. Schmalz both when he was a student and a professional architect. Includes primarily maps, architectural drawings and art work.

Schmalz, W.H.E.

Jim Rutherford and George Harrington Guy collection.

  • SCA228-GA222
  • Fonds
  • [19--]-2011, predominant 1933-1952

The Jim Guy collection consists of materials accumulated by Jim Guy relating to his family home at 110 John Boulevard in the Westmount region of Waterloo. Includes architectural plans and specifications as well as home movies and slides showing the home and surrounding area.

Guy, James Rutherford and George Harrington

John Gartshore Martin family fonds.

  • SCA212-GA191
  • Fonds
  • [188-?]-2004, predominant 1909-1958

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by John Gartshore Martin and other members of his family, primarily his mother and father John Alexander and Jessie Martin. Records relate to the lives and activities of John Gartshore Martin and other family members, including the impact of World War II. Includes photographs, correspondence, clippings, war memorabilia, ephemera, certificates, a scrapbook, military decorations, and other material.

Martin, John Gartshore

Electrohome fonds.

Fonds consists of records relating to the administration, operation, products, and history of Electrohome Limited and its subsidiary companies, as well as its predecessors, Pollock-Welker Limited, the Grimes Radio Corporation Limited, and the Phonola Company of Canada Limited. Includes letters patent and by-laws, share certificates and registers, board of directors' minutes, legal records, financial statements, correspondence, memoranda, advertisements and product literature, internal and external publicity materials, news releases and press kits, press clippings, speeches, sales kits and manuals, photographs and other visual materials, ephemera, architectural and technical drawings, sound recordings, computer disks, and artifacts.

Electrohome

Seagram Museum Rare Book Collection

In 1997, the Seagram Company and the Seagram Museum donated the rare book collection and the early archives held by the Seagram Museum Library to the University of Waterloo Library.

The collection of more than 1200 titles covers every aspect of the beverage alcohol industry. Topics include distillation, wine and wine making, brewing, viticulture, bottling and cooperage, taxation and government regulations, temperance and prohibition, the culinary arts, and advertising.

The collection complements the University of Waterloo Library's existing research collections in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the history of technology as well as the decorative arts, temperance, and social history.

The earliest imprint is the 1545 Italian translation of Charles Estienne's Vinetum..., an early work on viticulture. Other notable early works include De Secretis Remediis aut Potius Thesaurus by Konrad Gesner (1554), and Livre du Vigneron et du Fabricant du Cidre ... et Autres Vins de Fruits by Joseph de Mauny de Mornay (1838).

The collection includes many examples of fine bindings and illustrations.

Also present is a small group of books that belonged to the Seagram family.

Seagram Museum

Maines Pincock family : 2016 accrual.

Accrual consists of material created and accumulated by members of the Maines Pincock family primarily related to séances and the occult. Includes séance notebooks, sermons, ephemera, photographs, and more.

Maines Pincock Family

Maines Pincock family : 2016 accrual.

  • GA354
  • Accession
  • 1926-1980

Accrual consists of material created and accumulated by members of the Maines Pincock family primarily related to séances and the occult. Includes séance notebooks, sermons, ephemera, photographs, and more.

Maines Pincock Family

Schwaben music collection.

  • SCA260-GA272
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1930

Collection consists of 11 albums of Schwaben music and sketches. Note that in the titles of the albums the word "Nazi" does not relate to the National Socialist German Workers' Party. Nazi is an abbreviation of the name Ignatz, a colloquialism used to signify someone who is clumsy or foolish.

R.J. Brown fonds : 2014 accrual.

Accrual consists of materials created and accumulated by R.J. Brown relating to his time as a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA chorus. Includes photographs of the chorus, music and set lists, membership information, ephemera and radio scripts.

Brown, Robert J.

Rotary Club of Kitchener fonds.

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by the Rotary Club of Kitchener. Includes materials related to the operations of the club, projects, events, and the history and values of Rotary. Materials include ephemera, minutes, photographs, architectural plans, and artifacts. Also includes two items from the Rotary Club of Kitchener-Conestoga.

Rotary Club of Kitchener

Dr. Stanley Francis Leavine fonds.

  • SCA143-GA116
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1958

Fond consists primarily of textual records relating to Leavine's political career as mayor of the City of Kitchener and as an M.P.P. (PC) for the constituency of Waterloo North, and his medical career as a doctor in Kitchener. Included are speeches, notes, news clippings, and scrapbooks related to his professional activities, as well as collected ephemera, photographs of Leavine and his family, and material related to his studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

Leavine, Stanley Francis

Frances Kathleen Montgomery fonds : 2015 accrual.

Accrual consists of materials relating to the life of Frances Kathleen Montgomery, particularly to her years as a student at the Sorbonne in Paris. Includes postcards sent between her and her family and friends during this time, jewelry, and two photographs.

Montgomery, Frances Kathleen

Frances Kathleen Montgomery fonds.

Correspondence, diaries, ephemera, manuscripts, photographs and artifacts, documenting the life and career of Frances Kathleen Montgomery. Also present is a small amount of material, primarily photographs, relating to the Montgomery and Havey families.

Montgomery, Frances Kathleen

William H. Kaufman fonds.

Fonds consists of records relating to the career and activities of William H. Kaufman, primarily his volunteer and charitable activities in Kitchener, Ontario. Includes correspondence, ephemera, financial records, minutes, handwritten notes, reports, etc.

Kaufman, William Hutton

John Walter fonds

  • SCA43-GA23
  • Fonds
  • 1920, 1925, 1930-1937

Fonds documents John Walter’s term as President of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.) Party’s Kitchener branch during 1930 to 1937. Included is correspondence concerning William Daum Euler, leaflets regarding an election campaign and anti-war messages, as well as various reference materials.

Walter, John

Kitchener-Waterloo Record fonds.

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 the Waterloo Region including newspaper articles, slides, photographs, and negatives. Includes legal documents, clippings, ephemera, publications, artifacts, office files, photographic materials, and films.

Kitchener-Waterloo Record

Grand River Conservation Commission fonds.

  • SCA206-GA184
  • Fonds
  • 1931-1990, predominant 1938-1966

Fonds consists primarily of records relating to the operation and activities of the Grand River Conservation Commission from 1938 to 1966, mostly records maintained by successive secretary-treasurers, but including some chairman's files (William Philip), and operations files. Includes a wide range of documentation, including correspondence, financial records, minutes, personnel records, reports, maps and plans and environmental monitoring records. Documentation includes construction of the Shand and Conestogo Dams, property acquisition and management, relations and interactions with municipalities and government departments at the provincial and federal levels, flood management and monitoring, implementation and management of health care, unemployment insurance, provincial and federal taxes, rental and leasing of cottage lots and other properties, reforestation and nursery operations, management of motor vehicles and other equipment.

Grand River Conservation Commission

Marcel Pequegnat fonds.

  • SCA209-GA188
  • Fonds
  • 1868-1869, [ca. 1887]-1987, predominant [ca. 1887]-1961

Fonds consists of records accumulated by Marcel Pequegnat in his professional roles as superintendent of the Kitchener Water Commission, vice-chairman of the Grand River Conservation Commission, and president of the Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company; and records collected by him relating to the history of these bodies.

Records relating to the Kitchener Water Commission and its predecessor, the Berlin Water Works Company, span from ca. 1887 to 1961, and are mainly from 1898 to the 1930s. Records relating to the Grand River Conservation Commission cover the period from 1939 to 1943. Includes correspondence, contracts and other legal documents, reports, minutes, architectural and technical drawings, photographs and other visual material, press clippings, ephemera, and advertising material.

Pequegnat, Marcel

Grand River Conservation Authority fonds.

Fonds consists of records relating to the administration and operation of the Grand River Conservation Authority and its predecessors, the Grand River Conservation Commission and the Grand Valley Conservation Authority, from 1966 to 2006. Includes clippings, correspondence, minutes, visual and sound materials, reports and studies, maps, etc.

Grand River Conservation Authority

Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation fonds.

Fonds consists of material relating to the history and operation of the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation from its founding in 1984 to the present. It includes correspondence, committee minutes and agendas, ephemera, financial statements, publications, reports, speeches, photographs, sound recordings and video recordings and electronic records.

Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

Rieder and Anthes family : 2010 accrual.

Accrual consists of material documenting the lives, interests, and activities of members of the Rieder and Anthes families of Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario, with a focus on Martha (Anthes) Rieder and her family. Includes correspondence, diaries, ephemera, photographs, land transactions and mortgages, agreements, clippings, ms. notes, genealogy materials, financial statements, company newsletters, membership certificates, and other personal documents.

Rieder and Anthes family

Clement Bowlby Family

  • SCA109-GA82
  • Fonds
  • 1831-1988

Fonds consists of textual and graphic materials created or accumulated by members of the Clement and Bowlby families, largely photographs of extended family members and materials created or accumulated by William Pope Clement and Florence Grace Clement. Also contains clippings, correspondence, genealogical records and research, textiles, artifacts including First World War medals, and other ephemera.

Clement Bowlby Family

Jardine family fonds.

  • SCA9-GA5
  • Fonds
  • 1797-1927

Fonds consists of seventeen documents relating to the Jardine family, dating from 1797 to 1927, including correspondence, character references, certificates of marriage, articles of partnership, and one will.

Jardine Family

Lang Tanning Company, Ltd. fonds.

  • SCA170-GA145
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1974

Fonds consists of material relating to the administration and operation of the Lang Tanning Company in Kitchener Ontario, from 1888 to 1974. Contains minutes, agreements, clippings and a photograph album. Also contains a colour photocopy of a site plan from 1938. Includes 24 photographs.

Lang Tanning Company, Ltd.

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

Wagner Hailer family fonds

  • SCA105-GA77
  • Fonds
  • 1822-September 16, 1988

Fonds consists of correspondence, legal documents, photographs, ephemera and genealogical records, relating to Jacob Hailer (1804-1885), Henry Wagner (1793-1867), Jacob Wagner (1824-1858), Louis Henry Wagner (1857-1945), their families and the related Staebler Family, Biehn/Bean Family and Breithaupt Family.

Wagner Hailer family

Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association fonds.

The fonds contains material relating to the organization, administration and operations of the Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association from 1906 to 1992. Includes annual reports, minutes of the Board of Directors and its committees, financial records, legal records relating to land transactions, returns to the Provincial Secretary, correspondence, and other records relating to buildings and facilities, staff and programs. Includes material relating to the K-W Y's Men's Club, Delta Phalanx, the Spokes Club and Pan Politae.

Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association

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

English family fonds.

  • SCA221-GA208
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1923, 2002

Fonds consists of material related to the family of J.B. English of Plattsville, Ontario. Includes a store ledger dated 1916-1923; two 19th century photographs; and a folder of genealogical information including a family tree.

English Family

Ross Hamilton letter to Miss Henstridge, Jan. 16, 1918.

  • SCA202-GA179
  • Fonds
  • January 16, 1918

One holograph letter, written from the trenches in France during the First World War. Ross Hamilton is sending Miss Henstridge a book he has found in a ruined house, and is asking for news of his old school, Kitchener Collegiate Institute.

Hamilton, Ross

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.

Christian Enslin : Letter to Fredrick Heinitsch, M.D., August 1849.

  • SCA200-GA177
  • Fonds
  • August 1849

File consists of one letter from Christian Enslin, bookseller and bookbinder, Waterloo, Ontario to Fredrick Heinitsch, M.D., Lancaster, Pennsylvania requesting the right to "Mother Drops", a medicine created by Dr. Heinitsch on which he held the patent.
The letter also includes information on bookbinding and printing practices in Upper Canada and makes reference to local figures such as Benjamin Eby, Bishop of the Mennonites.

Enslin, Christian

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

George Pattinson Woollen Mill fonds.

  • SCA230-GA227
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1992, predominant 1884-1951

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by the George Pattinson Woollen mill and its predecessors. Includes primarily financial and account information for the mill, including journals, account books, and a ledger. Also includes photographs and ephemera.

George Pattinson Woollen Mill

Dominion Rubber Company fonds.

Fonds consists of materials created by Dominion Rubber, and later Uniroyal, primarily relating to the activities at the Dominion Tire plant on Strange Street in Kitchener as well as to the planning and implementation of the Uniroyal world junior curling championship.

Dominion Rubber Company

Illig family fonds.

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by generations of the Illig family. Includes naval photographs and ephemera relating to the Second World War, and a photograph of employees in front of the Bauer building.

Illig Family

Kenneth G. Murray fonds.

  • SCA194-GA169
  • Fonds
  • 1967-2004

Fonds consists of texts of speeches given by Ken Murray from 1967 to 2004.

Murray, Kenneth G., 1924-

Flora J. Reaman fonds.

  • SCA152-GA125
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1970

Consists of sewing patterns, ms. recipe books and other material belonging to Flora J. Reaman during her school days and married life.

Reaman, Flora J.

Margaret Schreiter fonds.

  • SCA139-GA112
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1959

Margaret Schreiter was "Camp Mother" at Camp Tinawatawa on Paradise Lake near Waterloo, Ontario between 1952 and 1959. The materials contained in this fonds include reports, the texts of presentations given by Margaret Schreiter, the outline of a discussion at a camp counsellors meeting led by Margaret Schreiter, correspondence, an ms. list, and a camp newspaper. These items help document Y.W.C.A. camping activities at the time.

Schreiter, Margaret

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

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

St. Jacob's Literary and Debating Society minutes.

  • SCA323-GA364
  • Fonds
  • 1889-1890

Two sets of minutes from the St. Jacob's Literary and Debating Society. The minutes include lists of members, as well as debate topics and outcomes. Debate topics include work life, the railway, social services, roles of men and women, annexing Canada to the United States, and more.

St. Jacob's Literary and Debating Society

Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity fonds.

  • SCA318-GA358
  • Fonds
  • 2001-2015

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by the Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Includes records created by the centre, promotional items, and materials relating to events and activities supported by Glow.

Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity

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

Walter Bean Community Trails Foundation fonds.

Fonds consists of material relating to activities and operations of the Walter Bean Community Trails Foundation from 1998-2002. Includes artwork, clippings, correspondence, ephemera, maps, minutes, photographs, publications, speech notes and videocassettes.

Walter Bean Grand River Community Trails Foundation

David R. McKnight fonds.

  • SCA151-GA124
  • Fonds
  • 1798-1901

This fonds consists of three groups of photocopies accumulated by David R. McKnight for research.

The first is a photocopy of Newmarket Cemetary Burial Records, 1869-1901, used for McKnight's publication Newmarket Cemetary Burial Records (1869-1901): a transcription from the Land Registry Office Records, York County Copybooks / transcription & production David R. McKnight, proofreading and editing, Rosemary Willard Ambrose. - [S.l.]: The Author, [1994].

The second is photocopies from an unknown source of documents relating to the Waterloo area. These include photocopies of official typescript transcriptions of land grants relating to land along the Grand River dated 1798, of a grant made to King's College in 1828, of maps from unidentified published works but originally from the National Archives of Canada, and photocopies of a number of 19th-century ms. agreements and indentures. Some of the items were originally stamped "Property of Registry Office, County of Waterloo". The third group of photocopies is a copy of a volume from the Archives of Ontario entitled "Crown lands" dated 1857, containing descriptions of same in Waterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich and North Dumfries townships.

Waterloo County real estate transactions, 1897-1910.

  • SCA150-GA123
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1910

File consists of photocopies purchased from the National Archives of Canada of a single volume described as "Waterloo County real estate transactions 1897-1910". The transactions consist of deeds and mortgages dated 1901-1910, with an index, relating primarily to parcels of land in Berlin [i.e. Kitchener], Ontario.

William Kriesel fonds.

  • SCA179-GA154
  • Fonds
  • 1889-1905

Fonds consists of eleven day books and two ledgers listing daily sales and corresponding customer accounts for William Kriesel's stoves and tinware store (hardware store) from 1889-1905.

Kriesel, William

John Goldie : correspondence.

  • SCA178-GA153
  • Fonds
  • 1846-1854

Consists of typescripts of fifteen letters, fourteen from from John Goldie to his son James written between 1846 and 1854, one undated from William to James.

Goldie, John

Lyle S. Hallman fonds.

  • SCA172-GA147
  • Fonds
  • 1956-2002

Fonds consists of material relating to the career and activities of Lyle S. Hallman, the history of Hallman Construction, and material relating to the history of the Hallman family. Includes correspondence, clippings, ephemera, photographs, and pamphlets.

Hallman, Lyle S.

David H. Snyder fonds

  • SCA87-GA57
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1948

Fonds consists of twelve daily diaries, intermittently spanning between 1907 and 1948, that contain entries pertaining to daily farm operations. Included, though unrelated, are two ledgers from a Berlin (Kitchener), Ontario general store for the years 1893 and 1907. Accounts listed include purchases by John King, father of William Lyon Mackenzie King, that help document the lifestyle of the King family while living at Woodside, now a National Historic Site.

Snyder, David H.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Inc. fonds.

  • SCA110-GA83
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1997

The records of K-W Oktoberfest document all aspects of the growth and day-to-day operation of the festival from its beginnings in 1969. They consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, committee minutes and reports, publications, ephemera, audio-visual materials, and other material created or received by the Corporation in the course of its business. Records from 1969-1983 are incomplete.

K-W Oktoberfest Inc.

R. Forbes & Co. Ltd. film

  • SCA316-GA352
  • Fonds
  • [191-]

File consists of one film reel showing the exterior and operations of the R. Forbes Co. woollen mill in Hespeler (Cambridge), Ontario. The mill would later become the Dominion Woollen and Worsted Mill.

R. Forbes & Co. Ltd.

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