Many local and family collections contain references to life during and in between the periods of the First and Second World Wars. Local residents went overseas to fight, were involved in the war industry, and helped the war effort at home.
|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.|
|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.
|Burtness, Paul S. and Warren U. Ober Pearl Harbor research collection||Paul S. Burtness and Warren U. Ober were both professors at Northern Illinois University when they began researching the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor and the war in the Pacific. The collection includes correspondence with prominent members of the U.S. Forces during World War II, as well as published articles that came out of the research.|
|Byers, Harry fonds||Harry Byers was born in Brodhagen, Ontario in 1896, and served in WWI for both Canada and the United States. He went to the USSR from 1930-1931 to instruct Russians in the operation of large machinery, as part of the First Russian Five Year Plan. This fonds contains biographical documents, including his passport and WW1 papers, ephemera, a diary from his time in Russia, clippings and correspondence as well as approximately 270 photographs of Harry Byers and his family.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|Rowntree, Kenneth Germany collection||Materials were collected by Kenneth Rowntree while he was in the Canadian Army Dental Corps from 1947-1949 in France and Germany. The collection includes materials primarily created in Oldenburg including a scrapbook relating to the Hitlerjugend, propaganda photographs, a playbill, and a brochure for the Beaver Club.|
|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.|
|Shortt, Elizabeth Smith fonds||Elizabeth Smith received her degree in medicine at the Royal Medical College in 1884 (one of the first 3 women M.D.'s in Canada). In September 1908 she and her husband, Dr. Adam Shortt, moved to Ottawa where she became very active in the local, provincial, and National Council of Women affairs. Muriel Shortt and Roger Clark married in 1917 and settled into fruit farming in Vineland. Lorraine Shortt, a graduate of Queen's, chose a field in the public service: social work. This fonds documents a social and family history spanning almost one century. It revolves primarily around three women: Elizabeth Smith Shortt, and her daughters, Muriel Clarke and Lorraine Shortt. The fonds contains correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, typescripts, pamphlets, clippings and photographs.|
|Smart, H. Stanley fonds||Harold Stanley Smart (1918-1977) was a Lance Sergeant in the 2nd Canadian Survey Regiment, No. 2 Canadian Artillery Reinforcement Unit, stationed in England during World War II. Fonds consists of the correspondence of H. Stanley Smart to his family in Grassie, Ontario, written while he was stationed in England during World War II. Includes letters, airgraph letters, postcards, a telegram, and a roll of honour.|