United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area fonds

United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area.
United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area fonds. - 1941-1994.

7 m of textual records and other material


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The Kitchener-Waterloo Federated Charities was formed in 1941 by community and business leaders to raise money for war work done by local agencies. When World War II ended, the organization continued to raise money for local social service organizations and charities. In 1969 its name was changed to Federated Appeal of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area. On June 12, 1984 the board voted to join United Way/Centraide Canada and its name was changed again, to United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area. The organization's mandate has always been to aid people who need help by conducting a yearly fund-raising campaign benefitting its member agencies, who provide that help. (Williams, Cindy. Fifty Years of Caring and Sharing: a History of the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, 1941-1991. Kitchener, Ont.: United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, 1993, c1992.)

The records of the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area document its activities and operations from 1941-1994. These include correspondence, minutes and reports, financial records, publications, ephemera, scrapbooks, audiovisual material, artifacts, and other material created or received in the course of business. The fonds includes material relating to the organization, management and results of yearly campaigns, as well as material relating to the allocation of funds to member agencies. Information about member agencies is present as well and includes their financial reports and ephemera. Publications issued by local, provincial and other social service agencies and United Ways help provide a context for understanding the larger framework within which the local organization functions.

Title based on content of the fonds.

Includes ca. 6 m. of textual records, 58 publications, 8 scrapbooks, 39 photographs, 417 slides, 2 audio cassettes, 2 audio reels, 13 videocassettes, 3 pins, 2 flags.

Donated by the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area in 1996 and 1997.

Arranged in 14 series:

  1. Campaign/Organization Files, 1941-1985;
  2. Committee Minutes, 1976-1993;
  3. Financial, 1952-1986;
  4. Office Files/ Executive Director's Files, 1987-1994;
  5. Allocations Files, 1979-1992;
  6. Agency Files, 1965-1994;
  7. Publicity and Promotion, 1981-1992;
  8. Publications, 1975-1993;
  9. Scrapbooks, 1940-1942, 1958-1974, 1980-1981;
  10. Ephemera, 1976;
  11. Photographs;
  12. Slides, 1975-1986;
  13. Audiovisual, 1979-1993;
  14. Artifacts.

Detailed finding aid available.

Call number: GA 101