Accession GA512-1 - Parents' Information Bureau kit.

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Parents' Information Bureau kit.

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1 cm 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.

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One kit sent to parents who were prescribed contraceptive jelly and pessaries from the Parents' Information Bureau by their doctor. Includes: one item of correspondence signed by Anna Weber, R.N.; contraceptive price list; pamphlet on birth control methods; instructions for use of pessary and jelly; better babies pamphlet.

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Donated in 2021.


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  • English

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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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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.

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Created JB 2024.

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