Fonds PP - Abraham A. Friesen fonds

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Abraham A. Friesen fonds


  • 1919-1958 (Creation)

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4 reels of microfilm: 16 mm
1 folder

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Name of creator


Biographical history

He was born in Schoenau, Molotschna and died in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. In 1923 he married Maria Goossen (1889-1934), daughter of estate owner Jacob Johann Goossen (1858-1920) and Aganetha Kaethler (1861-1946). Together they had two children Aganetha (1923-1989) who later married John Enns, and Helene (1926-) who married John L. Wieler. In 1934 Maria Goossen died and Friesen married her sister Helena Goossen (1895-1985). Together they has one child Margaret Lousie Friesen (1937-).

Archival history

The material was created by Abraham A. Friesen and donated to Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas in 1949 by his widow. The material was microfilmed in 1999 for the Mennonite Heritage Centre in Winnipeg by, IKON Office Solutions, Wichita, Kansas. In November 2002 Friesen’s son-in-law, John Enns donated 35 photographs which was processed as the Jacob Goossen family fonds. With this material was a business card and the sermon preached at his funeral which is placed in this fonds.

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Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College, Newton, Kansas

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Scope and content

This fonds consists primarily of correspondence, official negotiations, and memos of the Studienkommission (1920-1921), the study commission sent to North America by Mennonites in Russia to investigate immigration possibilities; and of the Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization (1922-1926), founded to facilitate the immigration. There is extensive correspondence between Friesen and David Toews, Benjamin H. Unruh, Benjamin B. Janz, Peter H. Unruh, and other Mennonite leaders.

Several files deal with the case of "the 62", sixty two young male Mennonite refugees who left Russia for the United States via Constantinople in the early 1920s.

Some genealogical material for Russian Mennonite emigrants for the 1920s can be found here. The "notebooks" folder includes Friesen's passport and diaries.

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Described by Conrad Stoesz, November 8, 2000, updated December 11, 2002.

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  • English
  • German

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Existence and location of originals

Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College, Newton, Kansas

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Related units of description

-Jacob Goossen family fonds at Mennonite Heritage Archives (Photo Col. 578)
-Abram A. Friesen fonds at MHSBC (Fonds 116)

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Accession nos. 2000-151, 2002-155.

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Archivist's note

"Folder 124 contains a good photo of the group of 62 from Constantinople." [not included? -- statement in the scope and content note but not in the file list.] AHR

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