Doctor Transit

SCA is excited to announce the recent acquisition of a rare, signed copy of Doctor Transit by Isidor Schneider. The first-print copy is inscribed by the author, reading “For Frank Hill from his friend Isidor Schneider.” There is also Frank Hill’s embossed stamp of ownership in the book, reading, “Hill, Dogwood House, New City, New York.” Despite my best efforts, I have not been able to find more information on Mr. Hill and his connection to Schneider.

New Exhibit: Gender Studies Isn't New

On June 28, 2023 a Waterloo professor and two students were injured in a hate motivated attack during a class examining gender. The attack occurred in a climate of increasingly aggressive rhetoric in the public arena rooted in bias against transgender and gender non-conforming communities. This wasn’t the first-time gender-motivated violence occurred on a Canadian campus: In 1989, fourteen women were killed in an engineering class at the École Polytechnique in Montreal in an anti-feminist shooting.

Passing of Michael Fritsch and Eric McCormack

Photographs of Michael Fritsch and Eric McCormack

Michael Fritsch (left) in 1967 and Eric McCormack (right) in 1988

Lydia Dotto 1949-2022

Lydia Dotto with King Penguins in Gold Harbour, South Georgia Islands, Antarctica

Special Collections & Archives (SCA) is sad to announce that Lydia Dotto passed away on September 17, 2022.

Knitting through history

Hello everyone! My name is Tenille and this summer I am working as the Srivastava intern co-op student at Special Collections & Archives (SCA).

 Although we are slowly but surely working our way back to some sense of pre-Pandemic “normality” (however that might look for you), these pandemic years have left an indelible mark on each of us. For many, like myself, those long periods of forced solitude and isolation were a time of self-reflection and anxiety. They were also an opportunity to try out new things and pick up new hobbies. For me, that hobby was knitting.

New exhibit: What's New in Special Collections & Archives?

Wondering what’s new at Special Collections & Archives (SCA)?

We wanted to solve part of the mystery, so we’ve curated an exhibit with some new and exciting additions to our collections.

Five years down

Promotional card with photo of librarian and two students as background image.

This week marks a University of Waterloo Library (Library) milestone: the Waterloo Digital Library (WDL), an online repository used for sharing select items from Special Collections & Archives (SCA) and the University of Waterloo Archives (UWA), is officially five years old![1]

Meet (and make!) Mr. Snow Man

Crochet snowman next to partial view of pattern used to make it

Looking for a creative outlet to work through the last of that end of term stress? Need a project to keep your hands busy during the holiday season? Special Collections & Archives can help!

The department maintains a wealth of handicraft patterns as part of its rare book holdings and there’s something for everyone:

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