Special Collections & Archives maintains print and archival collections relating to the environment, specifically the issues of climate change, tourism, and natural resources management in Ontario in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Archival collections include those of both organizations and individuals.

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Architectural Conservancy of Ontario : North Waterloo Region Branch fonds The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario was established in 1933 to preserve Ontario's architectural and environmental heritage. The North Waterloo Region Branch, established in 1980, covers the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, as well as the townships of Wellesley, Wilmot, and Woolwich. The fonds includes minutes and finances, project and event files and ephemera, as well as extensive subject and clipping files on local buildings, environmental bodies, and heritage organizations.
Alida Burrett was a Dutch-born Canadian women's rights and environmental activist. George Burrett is an environmental and peace activist, particularly interested in nuclear disarmament. Fonds contains materials relating to Alida's interests in women's rights and the environment, the couple's shared interest in nuclear disarmament, and George's work with the Waterloo Region Peace Network. Includes clippings, ephemera, financial records, meeting minutes, correspondence, etc.
Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain fonds The Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain Fonds documents all aspects of its activities and operations during its 10-year existence from 1981-1991 and includes records as well of the Canadian Acid Precipitation Foundation.
Detwiler, John D. fonds John Detwiler was a professor of applied biology at the University of Western Ontario and a dedicated conservationist. His fonds contains material relating to his biology, zoology and conservation interests and activities 1919-1965, including documentation of Ontario fish hatchery investigations and brook trout feeding experiments.
Dorney, Robert Starbird fonds Robert (Bob) Starbird Dorney, 1928-1987, was an ecologist and a pioneer in the field of environmental management. In 1967 he was hired by the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, School of Urban and Regional Planning, as a professor in the area of applied ecology, environmental and resource management. As a founding member of the Waterloo Region's Ecological and Environmental Advisory Committee, he was a major force in identifying environmentally sensitive areas for inclusion in the Region's master plan, while at his home he developed a mini-ecosystem of natural vegetation which was studied by students and gardeners alike.  He was also a founding partner of Ecoplans Ltd., an environmental planning consulting company, and author of  The Professional Practice of Environmental Management published posthumously in 1989. (In part from "In Memory: Robert (Bob) S. Dorney, 1928-1987" in ES Chronicle no. 6 (Sept. 1987), 1)
Godfrey, Judy fonds The Judy Godfrey fonds contains records collected and created by Judy Godfrey in her role as a member of the Muskoka Acid Rain Petition Committee and as a citizen concerned about the issue of acid rain.
Grand River Conservation Authority fonds The papers of the Grand River Conservation Authority (along with those of the Grand River Conservation Commission) document watershed management activities in Ontario from 1929-2004. In 1934 the Grand River Conservation Commission became the first watershed management agency in Canada and in 1966 it amalgamated with the Grand Valley Conservation Authority to become the Grand River Conservation Authority. The Authority’s research library forms part of the GRCA Fonds.
Grand River Conservation Commission fonds The papers of the Grand River Conservation Commission (along with those of the Grand River Conservation Authority) document watershed management activities in Ontario from 1929-2004. In 1934 the Grand River Conservation Commission became the first watershed management agency in Canada and in 1966 it amalgamated with the Grand Valley Conservation Authority to become the Grand River Conservation Authority.
Hynes, H.B.N. fonds Noel Hynes, (1917-2009), was an internationally renowned biologist credited with founding the field of lotic limnology, the study of flowing fresh water. He came to the University of Waterloo in 1964 and was the founding chair of the Department of Biology. He pioneered the field of modern stream ecology and was the first to show how food webs in streams depend on the surrounding landscape and how pollution changes them.
Muskoka Lakes Association fonds The Muskoka Lakes Association Fonds documents the MLA's involvement in issues affecting the environment and the quality of life in the Muskokas and addresses such topics as water quality, tourism, acid rain, planning and land use, water levels, etc. from the late 19th century to 2006.
Patterson, John fonds John Patterson was a member of the Muskoka Lakes Association between 1980 and 1994, serving as president from 1990-1992. The fonds consists of records documenting John Patterson's involvement with both the Muskoka Lakes Association and the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain.
Pequegnat, Marcel fonds Marcel Pequegnat (1886-1988) was a civil engineer in Kitchener, Ontario, and spent his professional career with the Kitchener Water Commission as superintendent and consultant. He was a founding member of the Grand River Conservation Commission when it formed in 1932; his period of service with the GRCC coincided with the building of the Shand, Luther, and Conestogo dams.