Fonds GA 138 - Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family fonds

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Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family fonds

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CA ON00351 GA 138

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  • [1877?]-1990 (Creation)

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30 cm of textual records and other materials
622 photographs : b&w ; 28 x 21 cm or smaller

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Jacob and Mary Kaufmen were prominent citizens of Kitchener, Ontario from the late 19th century to WWII. Jacob Kaufman (1847-1920) and Mary Ratz (1856-1943) married in 1877. Jacob began his career in the lumber industry but switched to rubber, forming the Kaufman Rubber Company in 1908. Jacob and Mary Kaufman were active in civic and community life, supporting causes such as The Children’s Aid Society, the Kitchener-Waterloo Orphanage, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the YMCA, the YWCA and the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital. They had four children, Emma Ratz (1881-1979), Alvin Ratz (1885-1979), Milton Ratz (1886-19--?) and Edna Louise (1891-1983). Emma Kaufman dedicated her life to the Young Women’s Christian Association, serving for thirty years in Japan and Canada. The Emperor of Japan presented her with a memorial cup in 1965, the 60th Anniversary of the YWCA in Japan., and in the same year she received an International Cooperation Year medal presented by Cardinal Leger in Montreal. Alvin (“A.R”) Kaufman ran the rubber company started by his father and became well known as a local philanthropist, supporting many of the same causes as had his parents. He is primarily remembered for his activities in support of the YMCA, YWCA and of family planning and birth control. Edna Kaufman married Albert William Augustine (1890-1972) Aug. 22, 1918. They had three children, Albert Jacob (1923-1990), John Ross (1927- ), and Mary Caroline (1931- ). Mary Caroline Augustine married James Milton Ham (1920-1997), who was President of the University of Toronto from 1978-1983.

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Fonds consists of 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. Fonds is comprised of the following series: 1. Family Papers 2. Photographs

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Donated in 2001.

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Material relating to A.R. Kaufman, his family, and his business can be found in GA 173, A.R. Kaufman fonds; GA 170, William H. Kaufman fonds; GA 148 and GA 171, Kaufman Footwear fonds; WA 17, Dorothea Palmer trial records; and GA 58 and GA 172, Parents' Information Bureau fonds. Material relating to Mary Kaufman can be found in GA 75, Young Women's Christian Association of Kitchener-Waterloo.

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