Local Archival Collections : Families and Individuals

Title Summary
Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family fonds Material relating to the lives and activities of members of the Augustine, and Kaufman families of Kitchener, Ont. and of the Ham family of Toronto, in particular of the parents, aunt and grandparents of Mary Ham. Includes biographical information, clippings, correspondence, diaries, ephemera and photographs.
The fonds consists of one Upper Canada deed of enrollment from Richard Beasley to David Gingrich for a parcel of land in Waterloo County.
Bolender Ball family fonds Doris Bolender née Moyer and Gordon Bolender, both of Kitchener, went to Nigeria in 1946, where they worked for The United Missionary Society until 1960. Mervin Ball served in the Second World War and later worked for Krug Furniture. He was married to Jean Adelaide Ball. The fonds includes photographs, correspondence, and ephemera, including materials relating to the Second World War and missionary work in 1950s Nigeria.
Bowlby Davison Hoffman family fonds Material relating to members of the Hoffman, Barnes, Schiedel, Bowlby, Davison and Carlisle families, primarily photographs. Includes correspondence, clippings, ephemera, photographs, including snapshots taken during early construction of the Westmount area of Kitchener, Ontario.
Bowlby, David Shannon fonds
David Shannon Bowlby (1874-1938) was born in Berlin (Kitchener), Ontario, on January 24, 1874. He attended the the University of Toronto and was appointed Crown Attorney for Waterloo County in 1917. Fonds consist of 28 items of correspondence between David Shannon Bowlby and his family.
Bowman and Meyer family history The fonds consists of notes and ephemera relating to the history of the Meyer and Bowman families that were created or accumulated by Hervey Bowman.
Bray family fonds
George Bray was born December 11, 1795 in England. He married Ann Preston (b. 1796) and the pair had 10 children, 2 of whom moved to Canada. The fonds consists of materials from many generations of the Bray family, including correspondence sent to Abraham Bray, the first Bray family settler to Canada, as well as 19 diaries kept by later generations of the Bray family in Kitchener.
Breithaupt Hewetson Clark Collection Family papers from three families, the Breithaupt family, the Hewetson family, and the Clark family; records from the Guild of All Arts in Scarborough, Ontario, founded by Rosa Breithaupt Hewetson Clark and Spencer Clark; and several smaller collections acquired by the Breithaupt family and by Spencer Clark. There are also records pertaining to the Breithaupt Leather Company.

The personal library of Spencer Clark, which includes many books, periodicals, government documents, and ephemeral items, was donated together with the archival collections, and is particularly strong in the fields of urban planning, architecture, and Canadian art.
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.
Clement Bowlby family fonds Genealogical, biographical and visual materials documenting the Bowlby and Clement families and consisting of correspondence, genealogical notes, clippings, diary fragments, manuscripts, music, photographs, and other material. The fonds also contains material relating to the connection with A.Y. Jackson, Florence G. Clement's cousin.
Dixon, Ross fonds Material accumulated and kept by Ross Dixon relating to his entrepreneurial interests, career, and personal life, and to the philanthropic activities of Ross and Doris Dixon. A significant portion of the fonds relates to the businesses he formed outside of his professional career, the Westmount Construction Company and Westmont Enterprises Limited, for the period from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.
Edmonds, Frederick Arthur fonds
Frederick Edmonds was born in Madras India, where his father was a Bandsman in the British Army. Edmonds was also a musician, and he moved to Guelph, Ont. before WWI to join Guelph's symphony orchestra. He enlisted on 23 September 1914, and was invalided home in 1917 just before the battle of Vimy Ridge. Fonds consists of four notebooks kept by Frederick Edmonds as diaries, which include details regarding Edmonds' experiences during WWI.
English family fonds
Material related to the family of J.B. English of Plattsville, Ontario. Includes a store ledger dates 1916-1923; two 19th century photographs; and a folder of genealogical information including a family tree.
Enslin, Christian
Christian Enslin was a German immigrant who settled in Berlin about 1833. He established a book bindery and printing operation, was editor of the Deutsche Canadier, and held many public offices. File consists of one letter from Christian Enslin to Fredrick Heinitsch, M.D., requesting the right to "Mother Drops", on which the doctor held the patent. The letter also discusses local bookbinding practices and refers to figures such as Benjamin Eby, Bishop of the Mennonites.
23 photographs from the wedding of Gordon Fraser and Olive A. Rennie, June 20, 1946 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Includes photographs of the church interior, as well as of the bridal party at the reception at the bride's home at 35 Fairview Ave., Kitchener. Also includes one mounted photograph of the wedding of George Biehn to Elva Capling, in which Gordon Fraser was best man.
Galt, John letter
John Galt (1779-1839) was a novelist, political and social commentator, and founder of the city of Guelph, Ontario. Contents consist of one holograph letter from John Galt addressed to "Croker." The letter requests that Croker publish the enclosed items in his magazine if they are not too late reaching him.
Goldie, John : 1793-1886. Correspondence
John Goldie was born in Ayreshire, Scotland. He married Margaret Smith on June 18, 1815 and they had eight children: William, John, Elizabeth, James, Jane, Margaret, David and Mary. In 1844 Goldie moved his family to Ontario, to a property which became known as Greenfield, near Ayr. Fonds consists of typescripts of fifteen letters, fourteen from John Goldie to his son James who was working in New York at the time that they were written, one undated from William to James.
Guy, Jim Rutherford and George Harrington collection Materials accumulated by Jim Guy relating to his family home at 110 John Boulevard in the Westmount region of Waterloo. Includes architectural plans and specifications as well as home movies and slides showing the home and surrounding area.
Hagey, Joseph Gerald fonds Genealogical materials and photographs of Joseph Gerald Hagey and the Hagey family and friends. Includes a biography of his father Menno Hagey, genealogical information, albums and photographs.
Hallman, Lyle S. fonds Material relating to the career and activities of Lyle S. Hallman, the history of Hallman Construction, and the history of the Hallman family. Includes correspondence, clippings, ephemera, photographs, and pamphlets.

Hamilton, Ross : letter to Miss Henstridge, Jan. 16, 1918

One holograph letter, written from the trenches in France during the First World War. Ross Hamilton is sending Miss Henstridge a book he has found in a ruined house, and is asking for news of his old school, Kitchener Collegiate Institute.
Hilborn, Percy R. and Gertrude Wells fonds Mostly files relating to some of Percy R. Hilborn's areas of service to the community, including Freeport Sanitarium, Preston War Service Association and Waterloo College and Associate Faculties fundraising. Several Havergal College notebooks belonging to Gertrude R. Wells, who became P.R. Hilborn's wife, are also present.
Richard Hobson was born to Wilfred Hobson and Kathleen McKittrick. He married Mary (Penny) Paisley, daughter of Elmer Paisley and Margaret Rieder. Penny Paisley’s mother Margaret was the daughter of local prominent businessman Talmon Rieder and his wife Martha Anthes. The fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by extended members, and friends, of the Hobson family. Includes photographs, ephemera, financial documents, historic newspaper, and maps.
Honsberger, Dr. J. F. : memoir and clippings Dr. Honsberger was active in the community with a medical career that spanned 50 years and involvement in various organizations.
Illig family fonds
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.
Jardine family fonds 18 items, dating from 1797 to 1927, relating to members of the Jardine family. The two pieces of correspondence and fourteen documents help to outline some of the family's history both in Scotland and in Hespeler, including marriage certificates, character references, and articles of partnership.
Johnston, Herbert fonds Herbert Johnston was City Engineer of Kitchener 1910-1917. From 1917 on he worked in private practice as a consulting engineer and Ontario Land Surveyor. He was Engineer for Waterloo County, as well as for the towns of Hespeler, Preston, Elmira and New Hamburg, and for the Townships of Waterloo and Wilmot. He was appointed as a member of the Kitchener Road Commission and Kitchener Planning Board. The fonds consists of a large quantity of maps, drawings etc., largely unlisted at this time. Rough card file available.
Johnston, Mary fonds Materials acquired by Mary Johnston during her time as a teacher and principal, as a member of various teachers' organizations, and during the time she spent serving on various education-related local and provincial committees. This collection consists of correspondence, legal documents, minutes and other supporting documents re meetings, course materials produced for training courses and workshops, summary reports and other supporting documents re conferences, clippings, publications, printed materials, scrapbooks, and ephemera.
Kaufman, A.R. fonds Alvin Ratz Kaufman, 1885-1979, was an industrialist and philanthropist based in Kitchener, Ont. He supported many community organizations and endeavours to which he was philosophically committed, such as birth control. The fonds consists of material relating to the personal life and interests of A.R. Kaufman, as well as information about his parents and family, preserved by him.
Includes photographs, materials relating to the William H. Kaufman Charitable Foundation, personal records, Kaufman Rubber and Kaufman Footwear records and ephemera, and three scrapbooks relating to birth control in Canada.
Kaufman, William H. fonds William H. Kaufman (1920-2005) was a third generation businessman, philanthropist and community volunteer in Kitchener, Ontario. He was a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Commission and Chairman on the Waterloo Region District Health Council, and he served as both a board member and president of the YMCA.  The fonds consists primarily of his volunteer and charitable activities in Kitchener.
Keffer, Ivan W. fonds Ivan W. Keffer (1890-1965) was an executive of the F.W. Woolworth Co. Fonds consists of material created and accumulated mainly by Ivan W. Keffer that documents the lives and activities of the Keffers, especially during the time they lived in Germany (1927-1939). Includes diaries, correspondence, photographs, souvenir postcards and other ephemera, personal documents, reports, clippings, and other material.
King, Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie at home of Hon. W.D. Euler / [by] Denton
One formal group portrait, featuring Senator Robb, N. Asmussen M.P.P., J.A. Scellen, W.T. Sass, Hon. James Malcolm, John A. Lang, W. Max Euler, W.J. Motz, H.J. Sims, Mrs. J. Cole, Mayor Greb, Premier King, Hon. W.D. Euler, Mrs. Peden Mielke, Mrs. Leonard Oliver, Senator Dr. Rankin, Mrs. Max Euler, Miss Rankin, Mrs. W.D. Euler, Mrs. W.J. Motz.
Kitchener Waterloo local history collection The collection consists of local history materials relating to the Kitchener Waterloo area.
Leavine, Dr. Stanley Francis fonds Dr. S.F. Leavine was a prominent public servant and leading member of Kitchener's medical profession. He was Mayor of Kitchener and M.P.P. (PC) for Waterloo North. This collection is composed primarily of textual materials relating to his political and medical careers, including speeches, correspondence, and clippings. A small number of photographs and two scrapbooks are also contained in this collection.
Maines Pincock Family Includes an archival and a book collection, documenting the lives, interests and activities of Jenny Pincock, as well as her sister and brother-in-law Minnie and Fred Maines. The main focus of the fonds is the activities surrounding their interest in spiritualism. Includes correspondence; ms. and ts. seance transcripts and notes; ms. and ts. notes for and drafts of poems and other literary compositions by Jenny Pincock; clippings, ephemera, etc. The Fred and Minnie Maines Library complements the archival portion of the donation.
Martin, John Gartshore family fonds John Gartshore Martin, Col. DSO, MID, Q.C. (1921-2007), was an officer in World War II and later became a lawyer in Kitchener, Ontario. Fonds consists of records relating to the lives and activities of John Gartshore Martin and other family members, including the impact of World War II. Includes photographs, correspondence, clippings, war memorabilia, ephemera, certificates, a scrapbook, military decorations, and other material.
McKnight, David R. fonds
This fonds consists of three groups of photocopies accumulated by David R. McKnight for research. The first is of Newmarket Cemetary Burial Records, 1869-1901. The second is of various land grants, indentures, agreements, and maps. The third group of photocopies is of a volume from the Archives of Ontario entitled "Crown lands" dated 1857, containing descriptions of same in Waterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich and North Dumfries townships.
Montgomery, Frances Kathleen fonds
Frances Kathleen Montgomery was born in Woodstock, Ont. in 1903. After studying at the University of Western Ontario and at the Sorbonne, she was hired to teach at the University of Western Ontario, where she remained in 1963. In 1963 Frances Montgomery was hired by the University of Waterloo to start a Department of French, and she became its first Chair. Contents: correspondence, diaries, ephemera, manuscripts, photographs and artifacts, documenting the life and career of Frances Kathleen Montgomery.
Motz family fonds In 1859, John Motz established the Berliner Journal, today the Waterloo Region Record. The fonds is comprised of materials relating to the personal and professional life of the Motz family spanning over one hundred and fifty years and four generations. Materials include photographs, biographical records, correspondence, clippings, legal documents, stationary and a scrapbook.
Murray, Kenneth G. fonds Kenneth G. Murray is a philanthropist living in the Waterloo-Wellington area of Ontario. From 1950 to 1987 he worked for J.M. Schneider in Kitchener, Ont., starting as a salesman and becoming president. He has been a director on the boards of several corporations, and has actively supported many community organizations and initiatives as well as educational facilities and opportunities in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. Ken Murray has received many honours and awards in the course of his lifetime, including the Order of Canada in 2000, and The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal in 2002. Fonds consists of texts of speeches given by Ken Murray from 1967 to 2004.
Panabaker, John fonds John Panabaker is the former President of the Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada. He has been involved with a number of organizations both in Kitchener-Waterloo and nationally, and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1990. The fonds includes diaries spanning over fifty years, artwork and doodles, speeches, and genealogical information.
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 also involved in the Grand River Conservation Commission and the Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company. Fonds consists of records accumulated by Marcel Pequegnat in his professional roles with these bodies, and records collected by him relating to their history. Includes correspondence, contracts and other legal documents, reports, minutes, architectural and technical drawings, photographs and other visual material, press clippings, ephemera, and advertising material.
Ratz family The Ratz family was a prominent Mennonite family hailing from the Kitchener Waterloo area. The fonds includes correspondence, tax records, legal documents, deeds of land, and receipts. There is also a genealogy of the Ratz family.
Reaman, Flora J. fonds Consists of sewing patterns, ms. recipe books and other material belonging to Flora J. Reaman during her school days and married life.
Reaman, G. Elmore fonds George Elmore Reaman (1889-1969) was an author, educator, lecturer and columnist. His position as superintendent of the Bowmanville Training School for Boys and later of the Glen Lawrence School is represented by clippings, photographs and ephemera. His interest in a wide variety of topics, including psychology, education, agriculture and history is represented by correspondence, research files and manuscripts. Typescripts of two unpublished novels are also present.
Rieder and Anthes family fonds Material documenting the lives, interests, and activities of members of the Rieder and Anthes families of Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario. The original donation centred on Peter Rieder, and subsequent donations have focused on other family members.
Riehl, Margareta birth certificate Margareta Riehl was born in Mühlhausen Germany in 1807. She immigrated to Canada and married Jacob Hailer with whom she had six children, including Catharine Hailer, who would marry Philip Ludwig Breithaupt. The fonds consists of Margareta's birth-and-baptismal certificate (Geburts-und-Taufschein). The certificate is in German and is a Fraktur text featuring examples of decorative calligraphy and artwork.
Roe, Mary fonds Mary Roe was a volunteer in the Waterloo Region of Ontario with several not-for-profit organizations.
Schantz Russell Family Archival material and a book collection documenting the lives and interests of the Schantz family. Over 1000 letters, 500 photographs, and 50 maps. The book collection contains over 800 volumes.
Schmalz, W.H.E. collection A small collection of papers of local Kitchener architect W.H.E. Schmalz (1890-1981) contains the drawings for what is perhaps his best-known project, Kitchener City Hall, completed in 1924 and torn down in 1973. As well as drawings by other architects submitted for the competition for City Hall the fonds contains drawings by Schmalz for a number of other local buildings.
Schneider family collection

The descendants of Johann Christoph Schneider played active roles in business, politics, the cultural and social life of the area from the nineteenth century to the present day. Fonds consists of material relating to descendants of Johann Christoph and Anna Elizabeth Schneider, their families, friends and activities. It also contains genealogical information about the Schneider and Ahrens family origins in Germany and relatives there. Includes clippings, correspondence, ephemera, films, manuscripts, photographs, slides, etc.

There is some material relating to J.M. Schneider Inc. (correspondence, clippings, ephemera, newsletters, photographs, etc.), but the official corporate archives remain with the company.

One photograph of the children of Joseph E. Schneider and Sarah Shantz. From left to right: David, Louisa, Barbara, Lydia(?), Maria(?), Hannah, Samuel.
Schreiter, Margaret fonds Margaret Schreiter was "Camp Mother" at Camp Tinawatawa on Paradise Lake near Waterloo, Ontario between 1952 and 1959. The materials contained in this fonds include reports, the texts of presentations given by Margaret Schreiter, the outline of a discussion at a camp counselors meeting led by Margaret Schreiter, correspondence, an ms. list, and a camp newspaper. These items help document Y.W.C.A. camping activities at the time.
Seagram, Joseph E. and Sons The Seagram Museum opened on May 16, 1984 in Waterloo, Ontario, on the site of the founding plant of Joseph E. Seagram and Sons Ltd., Canadian subsidiary of The Seagram Company. The portion of the Seagram Museum archives donated to the University of Waterloo falls into three distinct fonds. The first of these is records of the Seagram Company's Waterloo Plant, 1857-1928. The second fonds consists of archives relating to the Seagram Family. The third fonds consists of material relating to the beverage alcohol industry in the North American context. The Seagram Museum also donated their rare book collection, one of the finest beverage alcohol libraries in the world. We also hold a Seagrams lithography stone.

NOTE: This fonds does not contain records relating to bottles or bottle values, posters, prints, or other collectibles.
Short, W.E. fonds
William E. Short was born in Tottenham, England on Dec. 18, 1878. He enlisted with the 34th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Jan., 1915 in Galt, Ont., trained in Canada and England, and arrived in France on Aug. 3, 1915. W.E.Short returned to Canada in May, 1919. Contents: fonds contains two ms. diaries kept by William Edward Short from 1915 to 1919, as well as two transcripts.
Snyder, David H. fonds The fonds consists of twelve "daily diaries" with entries pertaining to daily farm operation and covering the period, intermittently, between 1907 and 1948. Also included, although unrelated, are two ledgers from a Berlin (Kitchener), Ontario general store for the years 1893 and 1907. Accounts listed include purchases of John King, father of William Lyon Mackenzie King, and help document the lifestyle of that family then living at Woodside, now a National Historic Site.
Wagner Hailer family fonds The Hailer and Wagner families were both prominent early families residing in Waterloo County, Ontario, as were the Staebler, Biehn/Bean and Breithaupt families, whose documentation is present in this fonds to a lesser degree. The fonds consists of correspondence, legal documents, photographs, genealogical records.
Walter, John, 1892- Correspondence and printed material Correspondence and printed material created during Walter's term as President of the Kitchener Branch of the C.C.F. Party.
Waterloo County real estate transactions, 1897-1910.
This file consists of photocopies purchased from the National Archives of Canada of a single volume described as Waterloo County Real Estate Transactions 1897-1910. The transactions consist of deeds and mortgages dated 1901-1910, with an index, relating primarily to parcels of land in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario.
Woelfle, John fonds
Fonds consists of ten letters written by John Woelfle to his brother Edward in 1895. The letters describe the travels and activities of the writer and express interest and concern about the activities and lifestyle of the recipient and other members of the family.