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Hi everyone, my name is Sophia. I am an MLIS student from Western University completing my co-op placement at the University of Waterloo’s Special Collections & Archives (SCA) this term. I am incredibly excited to work with the team here at the SCA as a big fan of archives and local history in the Region of Waterloo.

We are all Treaty People

It's Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario! This week provides us an opportunity to think critically about the land that we live and work on, and its relationship to Indigenous Nations both past and present. 

A year later: What's new with the Archives Database

With the new semester well underway the Special Collections & Archives (SCA) team thought it was high time to share some recent developments about the Archives Database.

New additions to the Waterloo Digital Library

Mohawk Crisis poster with illutration of Mohawk with feathers in hair.

As COVID-19 and the closure of the University of Waterloo campus continues to impact how Special Collections & Archives (SCA) staff interact with on- and off-campus researchers, the SCA team has gotten creative about how it delivers reference and research services. I talked about some of that work in Episode three: Dear Library of the Virtual Library Bunch series back in May.

“How are you holding up?”

Nearly two months into the era of physical distancing, self-isolation and quarantines, I still find myself asking those around me: “How are you holding up?” Living during the COVID-19 pandemic is a new experience for most of us, and I want to know how you and everyone else is holding up -  as much out of concern as out of curiosity. Is how we’re coping normal? Is my normal your normal? What does ‘normal’ even mean anymore? And will we ever find our way back to a common understanding of it?

Types of Photographs - Part 1

Hello everyone, my name is Taylor and I am the newest co-op student within the Special Collections & Archives (SCA) department. I am a Fine Arts major with a passion for photography. Luckily for me, working in SCA, I was able to combine my passion with my job. Unfortunately, the length of my position within the department was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the time that I was able to spend within the department was a great experience, so I thought I’d share some of the different types of photographs I encountered.

Types of Photographs - Part 2

(Continuation of Types of Photographs - Part 1)

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Archives Database

Special Collections & Archives (SCA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Archives Database, an online resource for searching SCA holdings.

Stranger Shoes

The new season of Stranger Things is out and it contains a snippet that links to our very own Special Collections & Archives department. The new season is about a newly opened Starcourt Mall which has become the focal point of the town causing other stores to be run out of business. While everyone is at the mall, there are power fluctuations that trigger Will’s (the main character’s) awareness of something not so good.

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