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Parents' Information Bureau fonds.
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- Source of title proper: Title from contents of the collection.
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- Parents' Information Bureau
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.5 m of textual records
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The Parents' Information Bureau (PIB) was a clinic for family planning and birth control set up by A.R. Kaufman of the Kaufman Rubber Company in the 1930's in Kitchener, Ont. Kaufman became interested in birth control during the Great Depression after determining that seasonal employees with large families were disproportionately impacted by layoffs. He began offering family planning services to his employees, eventually extending them to anyone in Canada with the founding of the PIB. At its peak, the organization employed approximately 50 people in locations across the country who provided services to families in their homes, rather than at clinics. The model allowed families to order supplies by mail, receiving kits that included spermicides, condoms and information about purchasing additional items like diaphragms.
Scope and content
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.
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated by the estate of A. R. Kaufman.
Arranged in five series:
1. Forms, Publications : Numbered;
2. Forms, Publications : Unnumbered;
3. General Files;
5. Gerald Stortz Research Materials.
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Select items are available online as part of the Parents' Information Bureau fonds on the Waterloo Digital Library.
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Related materials are located in an earlier donation by Mr. Kaufman: The Dorothea Palmer collection.
The views expressed in Parent's Information Bureau records reflect the era in which they were produced. They include family planning thinking rooted in eugenics, the belief that the genetic makeup of the human population can be improved by limiting the ability of people deemed inferior from reproducing. Demeaning language about lower class and disabled people appear throughout.