Archives arranged and described in 2015 are now open for research. We are most grateful to all our generous donors!
The collections include:
- Alpha Delta Kappa fonds : 2015 accrual
- Bray family fonds
- Illig family fonds
- Jane Urquhart fonds : 2015 accrual
- ...and many more!
Alpha Delta Kappa is an honorary sorority for women educators founded in 1947, with the aim of recognizing and supporting the professional efforts of women educators.
The accrual consists of materials accumulated by the Zeta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. It includes directories, minutes, scrapbooks, and a secret handbook of rituals and ceremonies.
This fonds includes materials from many generations of the Bray family, including 26 items of correspondence sent to Abraham Bray, who in the 1840s became the first member of the Bray family to come to Canada. The fonds also includes 19 diaries from later generations of the Bray family in Kitchener.
Alphonse Illig was born in 1889 and worked for Bauer Limited. His son Joseph Illig was born in 1924, joined the Canadian forces for the Second World War, and served on the HMCS Kirkland Lake. He was later a founding member of the K-W Naval Veterans Association and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. The fonds includes naval photographs and ephemera relating to the Second World War, and a photograph of employees in front of the Bauer building.
Included among the naval material is the fabulous promotional photo at left.
Jane Urquhart is a novelist and poet, born in 1949 in Little Long Lac, Ontario. She has received many awards, including the 1997 Governor General's Award for Fiction for her novel The Underpainter.
The accrual includes manuscripts and typescripts of Urquhart's works, research materials (including photographs), correspondence, biographical materials, and materials relating to other professional commitments.