University of Waterloo

Special Collections & Archives holds the papers of many people who have been involved with the University of Waterloo as students, staff, and faculty.

Title Summary
Burnett, Virgil fonds Virgil Burnett was an author and illustrator whose work was widely published in Europe and North America. A professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Waterloo since the early 1970's, Burnett created an artistic oeuvre of extraordinary scope and breadth.
Cowan, Donald D. fonds Donald D. Cowan is a professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo where he has been a faculty member since 1961 as well as holding positions such as chair of the Department of Applied Analysis and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Systems Group. His research and teaching interests include software engineering, specifically in web based applications. He has also authored or co-authored over 240 papers and 15 books and has consulted for companies or organizations such as Apple, IBM and the United Nations. The Donald D. Cowan fonds includes papers from his personal and professional life as well as publications.
Dagg, Anne Innis Anne Innis Dagg is a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario in Independent Studies. She is a scholar and writer in several areas of interest, from zoology to women's studies. Anne Innis Dagg became a fellow of the Zoological Society of Ontario in 1967, and was chosen one of eight top living female biologists in Canada by the federal government for the National Museums of Canada’s "Why? Why Not? Exhibit" in 1975. She has also received the Kitchener-Waterloo Status of Women Group Human Rights Award. Fonds consists of material relating to the activities, career, research and and writings of Anne Innis Dagg. Files contain extensive annotations and commentary by Anne Innis Dagg.
Dendy, William Dendy is best known as the architectural historian of Toronto, and before his early death in 1993 he had published two works about Toronto, Lost Toronto (1978) and Toronto Observed: Its Architecture, Patrons, and History (1986),  both published by the Oxford University Press and both Toronto Book Award winners. Dendy’s papers reflect his wide-ranging interests and contain research left unpublished at his death, including that on Forest Hill. Most significant is the collection of approximately 40,000 slides depicting architecture, urban space, and landscape in Canada and elsewhere, most taken by Dendy and meticulously identified by him. Dendy’s library of over 3500 books now resides in the Musagetes Library at the School of Architecture in Cambridge.
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)
Downey, James fonds. James Downey was born in Winterton, Newfoundland in 1939. He held a number of academic and administrative posts with various educational institutions and organizations, including President at the University of Waterloo 1993-1999. Fonds consists of material relating to activities and interests of James Downey from 1963 to 2004. The fonds contains biographical information, manuscripts and typescripts of his published works and speeches, "commonplace books," files relating to his various academic positions, files relating to consulting and advisory work on behalf of provincial governments. Includes appointment calendars, clippings, personal and professional correspondence, ephemera, manuscripts and typescripts, reports and research materials. Also includes papers received from Florence Reid.
English, John fonds John Richard English has had a multi-faceted career which includes activities as an author, educator, and politician. John English's many honours and awards include a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (1967), Harvard Graduate Prize Fellow (1968-1971), Senior Killam Fellow (1985-1987), Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, (1991- ), D. Litt. (Honoris Causa), Wilfrid Laurier University (1992) as well as several literary and professional awards.
Graham, J. Wesley fonds J. Wesley Graham was a Canadian computer pioneer known as the father of computing at the University of Waterloo. He worked for the University of Waterloo beginning in 1959 coming from IBM Canada. He was the director of the Computer Centre and would go on to pioneer software to support education and work with the Ministry of Education to develop computer programming for high school students. His fonds includes personal and professional files detailing his research and career in computing.
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.
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.
Johannesen, S.K. fonds Stanley Karl Johannesen is an author, writer, and Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Waterloo, where he taught from 1969 until his retirement in 2004. The fonds includes correspondence, course materials created as a professor at the University of Waterloo and as a continuing education lecturer at Laurier University, juvenilia, and a variety of published and unpublished fiction and non-fiction works.
Kindree, William fonds William Kindree was an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo who was involved in the development of the WATFOR 360 compiler and its successor WATFIV. The William Kindree fonds consists primarily of materials relating to the development of WATFOR and its 25th anniversary. Includes design notes, draft documentation, guides and publications.
MacKay, Isobel fonds Isobel MacKay was Assistant Dean of Women at the University of Waterloo and was involved with the group Community Resources for Women. In 1980-1981 she served as the Chair of the Steering Committee. The fonds consists of documents kept by Isobel MacKay during her association with Community Resources for Women. These include annual reports, correspondence, minutes and agenda of the Steering Committee, clippings, newsletters, and papers relating to workshops.
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.
Patterson, E. Palmer fonds Dr. E. Palmer Patterson joined the University of Waterloo faculty in 1962, starting at St. Jerome’s and transferring to main campus in 1964. His work is primarily focused on First Nations groups in Canada and his publications include the seminal text “The Canadian Indian.” The E. Palmer Patterson fonds includes manuscripts, drafts of publications and research files.
Porter, Dana Harris fonds Dana Porter was a lawyer, politician and scholar who became the first Chancellor of the University of Waterloo in 1960. After twenty years of law practice, he entered Ontario politics in 1943, and held a variety of positions under three premiers. He served as Attorney General of Ontario 1949-1955. The Dana Harris Porter fonds contains professional and personal materials including correspondence, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, articles, and essays.
Stanton, Ralph G. fonds Ralph G. Stanton was a Canadian mathematician and pioneer in mathematics and computing education. He began at the University of Waterloo in 1957 as the first mathematics professor and head of the Mathematics Department. He later went on to teach at York and the University of Manitoba. His work focused on algebra, applied statistics, mathematical biology and combinatorics. The Ralph G. Stanton fonds includes personal, teaching, and research files.
Suits, Bernard fonds Bernard Suits was a philosopher and professor who was an authority in the field of games and gaming. Suits joined the University of Waterloo in 1966, and he stayed until his 1994 retirement. The fonds includes materials that he created as a student, materials he created as a professor at the University of Waterloo, published and unpublished fiction and non-fiction works, correspondence, meeting minutes, and audio and visual recordings of Suits' lectures.
Weaver, Sally. The archive and working library of Dr. Sally Weaver includes materials created by Dr. Weaver in her role as an anthropologist. Dr. Weaver’s work revolved around justice and recognition for First Nations groups in all parts of the world and her collection includes materials on First Nations groups in Canada, Australia and Norway.