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What's New at Laurier Archives and Special Collections


Laurier Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce the following archives, special collections, and rare books are available to researchers in the Julia Hendry Archives Reading Room.  

Canadian Council on Ecological Areas fonds 

The Canadian Council of Ecological Areas (CCEA) is a national non-profit organization founded to help Canadians establish and manage a comprehensive viable network of protected and conserved ecological areas representative of Canada’s terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity. The records in the fonds include executive board minutes, newsletters, conference proceedings, correspondence, reports, and publications from the CCEA and their partner organizations. 

Cover of Canadian Council of Ecological Areas, 2020-2030 Strategic Framework. Owl with smooth feathers and wide eyes

Canadian Lutheran World Relief fonds 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is an organization providing services such as refugee resettlement, education and skills development, food security, and humanitarian response both locally and globally. The records in the fonds document the activities of CLWR. These activities include administrative, communications, partnership, programs, and projects, planning and monitoring, and refugee sponsorship.  

Wilfrid Laurier University Blueprint collection 

The Wilfrid Laurier University Blueprint collection documents campus development from 1923 to 2008 and contains more than 900 architectural drawings. These include alternative designs for the Waterloo campus which were never realized. 

Blueprint of a student residence, date unclear

Wilfrid Laurier University Convocation collection 

Convocation programs, audio and video recordings, and other material document the shared experience of graduation ceremonies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Records date from 1927 to 2023. 

Narratives of Nature, and History Book for Young Naturalist. Catharine Parr Traill. London: Edward Lacey, 1844.

Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899) wrote about her life as a settler in Upper Canada, with many of her books focusing on natural history and the environment. This first edition of Narratives of Nature, and History Book for Young Naturalist has gilt decorated edges and contains 11 illustrations on 6 engraved plates. 

The Victoria Regia: A Volume of Original Contributions in Poetry and Prose. Ed. Adelaide A. Proctor. London: Emily Faithfull and Co., 1861.

The Victoria Press was founded in 1860 by Emily Faithfull (1835-1895) with the purpose of employing women in the printing trade. The Victoria Regia: A Volume of Original Contributions in Poetry and Prose, a compilation of literary works, was one of the earliest publications of the Victoria Press. 

Two old books on table. The spines of the books are textured with finery, with one dated 1861

Queer Country Crossroads: Sharing the Voices, Art, and Ideas of Rural 2SLGBTQ+ Youth. Ontario: Rural Ontario Community of Queer Youth, 2022. 

The Rural Ontario Community of Queer Youth is a collective of rural youth in Ontario established to break down the barriers encountered by 2SLGBTQ+ youth accessing mental health care. This zine was created to share the voices, art, and ideas of rural 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

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