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Region of Waterloo Archives Series
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Newspaper Clippings

This series contains a newspaper clipping about Eva Bednarska, a researcher from the Archives of Ontario who was using resources found at the Baden Public LIbrary to document the history of various ethnic minorities who had settled in Ontario.

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.


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.

Freeport Sanitorium Library Book Labels

This series consists of labels meant to be attached to book donation from the Ayr Women's Hospital Aid Association. One of the goals of the Aid Association was to send books to the Library of the Freeport Sanitorium. Each donated book had a label on the inside of the cover indicating that it had been donated by the Association. These labels that were surplus are in this series.

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.


This series contains reports generated about the Ayr Public Library. This series consists of a single 2002 report from Beckman Associates Library Consultants Inc., and relates to the construciton of a new building for the Ayr Branch of the Region of Waterloo Library. The report provides recommendations about where the new library should be located, as well as what the building's design should contain.

British Empire Newspapers

This series consists of newspapers collected by the Ayr Public Library that were of interest to the staff as they pertained to moments of historical importance for the British Empire (and Canada). Since Canadians felt stronger ties to Britain during the years that these editions were published, the Library retained copies as important historical documents. The newspapers collected here pertain to the death of George V, the coronation and abdication of Edward VIII, the coronation of George VI in 1936, the Royal Visit to Canada in 1939, and the death of Winston Churchill in 1965. There is also a commemorative booklet about the Royal Visit of 1939. Series is arranged chronologically.

Ayr School Centennial

This series consists of a scrapbook created by the Ayr School Centennial Committee to collect newspaper clippings, documents and photographs relating to the celebration of the One Hundred Anniversary of the Ayr Public School in June of 1990. The series contains many articles from the Ayr News about the planning and development of the Centennial Celebration, as well as articles about the history of the school, interviews with former pupils and teachers, notices about goings-on at the school and letters to the editor about the event. There are also letters from the Queen and other dignitaries, a large collection of photographs documenting the day of the Centennial and a guest book showing all the former pupils that attended the event.

Minute Books

This series contains the minutes and financial records of the Townline Community Club from 1933 to 1964. The minutes contain records of the motions reached by the Club, the entertainment provided at each meeting and the events of each meeting. At the rear of each minute book are several pages of financial records corresponding to the years covered by the minutes at the front of the book. The financial records list expenditures and revenues chronologically for each November to April "season" of the club. Series is arranged chronologically.

Birth of the Townline Community Club

This series contains documents telling the history of the Townline Community Club up to 1967. This series contains a few handwritten pages detailing how the members of the Blenheim-Dumfries Farm Women's Club decided to form the Townline Club, a record of the most outstanding debate topics discussed by the Club, a record of which side won each debate and a list of the Presidents of the Club from 1929 to 1967. It also contains a typewritten copy of a 1949 article from The Canadian Countryman about the Club's activities and a handwritten account of the Club's "Scotch Nights" held between 1935 and 1964. Series is arranged chronologically.

Yearly Programmes

This series contains programs from the Townline Community Club dating between 1955 and 1963. These programs show the yearly schedule of events that the Club was putting on between the months of November and April, which was their active season. Events were not held every week, but at somewhat irregular intervals. The programs show a wide variety of events, including card and crokinole nights, Scotch and Irish Nights, Dinners, Potlucks, Dances and Debate Nights. The programs also indicate which members (mostly married couples) were in charge of organizing each different event. Series is arranged chronologically.


This series contains photographs of the members of the Ayr Seniors Club at various events between 1986 and 1993. Events included potluck dinners, celebrations, mock weddings and fundraisers.


This series contains two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings about the Ayr Seniors Club. The clippings document the Club's various activities, meetings and events. The clippings run from 1986 to 1999. At the rear of each scrapbook are a collection of obituaries of late members. The obituaries run from 1991 to 2004. Series is arranged chronologically.

Mock Trial Vows

This series consists of a set of humorous vows used during mockwedding events held by the Ayr Senior's Club. A mock wedding was a humorous (and often bawdy) parody of a wedding party often used for funding raising purposes. The wedding vows used by the Ayr Seniors Club refer to an "awfullly wedded life" and name the bride and groom as Phyllis Diller and Archie Bunker, respectively, which give some idea of the tone of the performance. Series is arranged chronologically.

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