Fonds 2009A041 - New Dundee Public Library fonds

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New Dundee Public Library fonds

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CA ON00247 2009A041

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  • 1900-1969 (Creation)

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4 cm of textual records 10 v. The bindings on some of the bound volumes are very fragile.

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Administrative history

The New Dundee Public Library was established in 1900. It was organized through the efforts of Gottleib Bettschen, along with twelve other citizens. These people petitioned Wilmot Township Council on March 19, 1900 for a $50.00 grant. Township Council promised a grant of $25.00.

This first Library was located in a room at the rear of the store on Front Street built by Jacob Kriesel. Mr. Kriesel's two daughters, Addie and Nellie Kriesel, were the first Librarians. Mr. Bettschen was the first President of the Library with Alvin Clemens as Secretary and Amos Hilborn as Treasurer. After Herman Kavelman purchased the store in 1910, he succeeded his sisters-in-law as Librarian, and continued for 47 years.

Under the leadership of F.E. Page, the Library Board acquired a new location on South Street in 1961. They erected a 15 by 30 foot cement block building. The approximate cost was $4,100. This was raised through grants and public subscriptions. The new building opened on January 18, 1962.

The New Dundee Public Library became a branch of the Waterloo Regional Library in 1976. At that time it was relocated to the Comitz building on Queen Street. The first Librarians were Mrs. Jane Menkal and Mrs. Donna Snyder.

On January 3, 1985, the New Dundee Branch opened its doors at its current location, 136 Main Street. This location is in the centre of the village and near the site of the first Library.

Custodial history

Originally the records were stored in the New Dundee Public Library Branch of the Region of Waterloo Library but they were later removed to the Region of Waterloo Library Headquarters.

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The New Dundee Public Library fonds documents the activities of the Library and its Librarians from 1900 to 1969. The fonds consists of a membership book, membership lists, cash account books, annual reports, circulation registers and registers of books donated and purchased as well as the original library stock catalogue book. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Minutes and memberships, Financial records, Annual reports, Circulation and cataloguing records.

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Fonds acquired from the Region of Waterloo Library Headquarters in 2009.


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Some records are restricted due to their fragile condition or because they fall under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please consult the Archivist regarding access to these records.

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Researchers are responsible for observing the terms of the Canadian Copyright Act. Permission of the Region of Waterloo Archives is required for any form of publication or exhibition.

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No further accruals are expected.

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