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Kitchener-Waterloo Local History Reference

This series contains materials relating to the history of the Kitchener-Waterloo area as collected by the Ayr Branch of the Region of Waterloo Public Library. The series consists of several publications about the history of Waterloo County, the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo, a play titled "Himmel", written by an area local in 1973, a photograph of Cambridge MP Janko Peric and a set of newspapers dating between 1867 and 2014, including the Elmira Signet, the Cambridge Daily Reporter and the Waterloo Record. The newspapers include articles on various events of local significance, most notably the Cambridge Flood of the 1970s. Series is arranged chronologically.

Financial Records

This series contains financial records generated by the Ayr Public Library over the Library's lifetime as an independent organization, between 1899 and 1968. These financial records represent the day-to-day operations of the Library, as the series includes the cancelled cheques the Library used to make payments, as well as the receipts and bills that indicate to whom the money was owed. The cheques and receipts indicate the wide range of goods and services that the Library purchased, including many regular bills for utilities, cleaning services and fuel, as well periodic purchases of equipment, furniture, repairs and, naturally, books. The series also contains monthly bank statements from the Canadian Bank of Commerce (predecessor of CIBC), including both handwritten deposit and statement books and loose-leaf printed statements. As well. there are annual financial statements prepared by Library staff; several surviving ledgers, in which were recorded financial transactions; and an eclectic collection of the tax forms for the Library's small staff. Series is arranged chronologically.

Library Board

This series contains records created during the routine duties of the board of the Ayr Public Library. It consists of minutes and motions generated by the Board as they made decisions concerning the governing of the Library, along with publications created specifically by the Board.

Ontario Library Association

This series contains documents sent by the Ontario Library Association to the Ayr Public Library. These documents include reminders to update their membership, programmes for the Annual Meetings and various announcements and circular letters meant to inform the libraries of Ontario. These documents were meant to be sent to all members of the OLA, and were not addressed specifically to Ayr.The series is arranged chronologically.

Carnegie Library Construction

This series consists of the records relating to the planning, construction and opening of the Ayr Public Library's Carnegie building in 1911. Although the Public Library used part of Ayr's Masonic Hall in its early years, disagreements over space and rental fees led the Board to consider alternative locations for their collection. As Andrew Carnegie, the steel magnate, was at this point offering grants for North American communities to construct libraries. Carnegie agreed to a grant of $5,000 for Ayr in late 1909, and throughout the year of 1910 the Board considered different plans for the library, enlisting Listowell architect W.E. Binnings to design the building and William Hallman to construct it. Construction finished in October of 1911.

This series contains blueprints and building specifications drawn up by Binnings, as well as the building contract and correspondence between the Board, Binnings, Hallman and the suppliers of books, materials, furniture and fixtures. Some of the correspondence is from other libraries looking to also obtain Carnegie grants for their own buildings. It also contains some photographs used by the board to determine how they wanted the library to look, as well as shots of the site that the Village had purchased to build the library upon. Lastly, the series contains speeches and documents commemorating the opening of the Library on October 31st, 1911.

Member Papers

This series consists of the papers that members would read out at the weekly meetings of the Ayr Travel Club. To faciliate their goal of studying the different countries of the world, the Travel Club would assign each member a topic on the country they were studying for a certain year. Each meeting would cover one of those topics and would be held at the home of the member that was presenting.

Minute Books

This series consists of the Minute Books kept by the Ayr Travel Club. Each meeting of the club is recorded, and the records state who attended, where the Club met, what was discussed, as well as comments on the Hostess' refreshments and the talk that was given. The minutes indicate that the Travel Club met weekly between the months of October and March, before adjourning for the Spring and Summer months. The series is arranged chronologically.

Insurance Policies

This series consists of insurance policies taken out by the Ayr Public Library between 1911 and 1962. These policies were taken out with several different companies, including the Wellington Mutual Fire Insurance Company and the Gore District Mutual Fire Insurance Company. This series contains both full fire insurance policies issued when a new policy was created, as well as the smaller renewal certificates issued whenever the Library continued an existing policy. The Library had several different policies taken out at the same time, with one policy to insure the building and another to insure the books and the furniture. Series is arranged chronologically.

Minute Books

This series contains a set of minute books from the Blenheim-Dumfries Farm Women's Club meeting between 1920 and 1981. These minutes detail what happened at each meeting of the Club, including number of members present, elections to the executive, resolutions made by the members, monies raised by fundraiser, events and activities planned, entertainments had and other pieces of interest. The minute books generally have membership lists and financial records at the end of the book, showing revenues and expenditures for the years covered in that volume. The final volume has a history of the Club for the years 1970 to 1980. Though this volume is the latest one available, there is no indication that the Club was planning to disband, so the year of the club's dissolution (if any) is unclear. The series is arranged chronologically.

History of the Farm Women's Club

This series consists of hand and typewritten notes that detail the history of the Blenheim-Dumfries Farm Women's Club. These papers were written by members over the course of many years. Some of the papers deal with the years since the founding in 1920 to (what was then) present day, with another set picking up afterward, while later papers offer whole histories of the Club (generally drawing on the papers that were written earlier). In total (with some repetition between papers written by different hands), the history of the club from its beginning in 1920 to the Fiftieth Anniversary in 1970 are covered. This history includes how the club was created, the members of various boards, the nature and scope of their activities and what their members were getting up to.

Anniversary Celebration Papers

This series consists of documents used at celebrations of the Ayr Travel Club's Anniversaries. Documents include photographs of 'days gone by', old menus for dinners and reproductions of the first meeting minutes of the Club in 1911.
This series contains three sub-series: the 10th Anniversary, the 60th Anniversary and the 70th Anniversary.

Craig A. Campbell fonds

  • CA ON00247 CC
  • Series
  • 1922 - 2012

The Craig A. Campbell fonds consist of research of threatened and endangered flora and fauna in the Region of Waterloo. Textual records consists of research related to conservation, botany, herpetology, mammalogy and ornithology, observational records, correspondence related to research and naturalist organizations, published articles and books, field notes, records created by Gerald W. Knechtel and Willard H. Schaefer. Graphic records include photographs and photograph negatives of amphibians, birds, plants, mammals, Environmentally Sensitive Areas etc. Fonds also includes cartographic records and botany diagrams.

Campbell, Craig


This series contains constitutions from groups connected to the Ayr Women's Hospital Aid Association. It contains two copies of the Constitution of the Aid Association, thought both copies are incomplete, and a copy of the Constitution of the Central Council of the Freeport Sanatorium, to which the Association sent funds.


This series contains constitutions from groups connected to the Ayr Women's Hospital Aid Association. It contains two copies of the Constitution of the Aid Association, thought both copies are incomplete, and a copy of the Constitution of the Central Council of the Freeport Sanatorium, to which the Association sent funds.

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