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New archives open for research 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Archives arranged and described in 2013 are now open for research. The new collections include:

Schantz Russell family fonds

This branch of the Schantz family has been in the Waterloo Region since 1810 when the family of Christian Schantz came to homestead at Freeport. Christian’s grandson Tobias married Mary Moyer and together the pair had eight children, some remaining in Waterloo and others moving to Chicago or homesteading in Alberta. The fonds contains personal materials relating to extended members of the Schantz Russell family including hundreds of photographs, correspondence, diaries, ephemera and more. The most recent accrual was processed in 2013.

Items from the Schantz Russell family fonds

Kay Rex fonds

items from the Kay Rex fondsKathleen (Kay) Rex (1918-2006) was a reporter and writer and member of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. Rex worked for the Woodstock Sentinel, the Canadian Press, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) before moving to the Globe and Mail where she worked for twenty five years. Her work allowed her to travel the world, and also allowed for her to pursue a career as an author, and later as biographer of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. The Kay Rex fonds contains materials relating to both the personal and professional life of Rex, including diaries and correspondence, photographs, travel materials, clippings of published articles, and her fiction writing.

Rotary Club of Kitchener fonds

Items from the Rotary Club of Kitchener fondsThe Rotary Club of Kitchener was founded in September of 1922 and its membership included some of the preeminent citizens of Kitchener and Waterloo such as L.O. Breithaupt and Jerome Lang. Since that time the club has been involved in a number of projects including their KidsAbility Centre. This year the club will celebrate its 92nd anniversary. The Rotary Club of Kitchener fonds includes historical minutes from the club’s first year, newsletters, photographs, and artifacts.

Dana Harris Porter fonds

Dana PorterDana Harris Porter, for whom the Dana Porter Library is named, was a lawyer, politician and scholar who became the first chancellor of the University of Waterloo in 1960. Porter began practicing law in 1923 and continued for 20 years until he decided to enter into provincial politics. He held a variety of positions including in the Legislative Assembly, and as Minister of Education, Planning and Development (during World War II), and as Provincial Secretary. In 1949 he was appointed as Attorney General of Ontario, a position he kept until 1955. The Dana Harris Porter fonds contains professional and personal materials including correspondence, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks and written materials including articles and essays.

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