Special Collections has released its best of 2009! Several collections that were arranged and described by staff during 2009 are now open for researchers, including the archives of Electrohome, Greb Industries, and the Grand River Conservation Commission, as well as collections relating to World War II.
This collection contains over 23 metres of records, including thousands of photographs relating to the history of this Kitchener-based international manufacturer of consumer and commercial electronics, appliances, and furniture. Materials from 1900-2001 document the products, advertising, sales and marketing, public relations, administration, operations, and other aspects of one of this region's first high-tech companies.
The GRCC collection documents the operation and activities of the GRCC primarily from 1938 to 1966. The GRCC was one of the founding organizations of the Grand River Conservation Authority and these records are an important complement to Special Collections’ GRCA collection, which opened last year, and other environment-related archives.
Marcel Pequegnat (1886- 1988) was a superintendent of the Kitchener Water Commission and a founding member of the Grand River Conservation Commission. His papers contain records relating to the Berlin Water Works Company and the Berlin/Kitchener Water Commission (ca. 1887-1961), the GRCC (1938-1943), and the Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company.
Greb Industries Limited, originally the Greb Shoe Company, was the largest shoe manufacturer in Canada and maker of Hush Puppies and Kodiak brand footwear. These collections contain records from 1878-2009 relating to the Greb family and the company, which was based in Kitchener.
John Gartshore Martin (1921-2007) of Kitchener was an officer in World War II and this collection includes letters to his family as well as photographs and memorabilia he collected during the war, newspaper clippings about men from Kitchener-Waterloo serving in the war, and family documents.
See the Special Collections website for full descriptions.
For more information, contact:
Department Head, Special Collections