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Adalbert Goertz fonds

  • CA MHSBC 84
  • Fonds
  • 1612-2006

Fonds is arranged in the following series:
1) Vital Statistics - 1612-2006 includes Births, Marriages and Deaths - (1 file) - Box 196
2) Lists of Archival Records Berlin and Prussian Mennonites, Danzig district, ca. 1700-1900 - (2 files) - Box 196
3) Publications - bibliography - 1963-2001 - (1 file) - Box 196

Goertz, Adalbert, 1928-2011

Peter Toews fonds

  • CA MHC PP
  • Fonds
  • 1683-1981 ; predominant 1843-1913

The Peter Toews fonds consists of a variety of materials, both published and unpublished. Among the published materials are a number of items of rare Mennonitica. Most notable among these are such works as:
-Johannes Decknatel, ed. Auszug aus den merkwuerdigsten Abhandlungen aus den Werken Menno Simons. Koenigsberg: D.E. Kanter, 1765.
-Confession oder kurze und einfaeltige Glaubens Bekaentnisse derer Mennoniten in Preussen (Confessio aut Breves ao Simplices Fidei Articuli illorum Mennonistarum in Borusia). Lublin, Poland: n.p., 1683.
-Peter Toews, ed. Das wachsame Auge Gottes: Aus den hinterlassenen Schriften des Johann Toews. Elkhart, IN: Mennonite Publishing Co., 1908.

Most of the other published items are less noteworthy than these three and seem to have been added to the collection by Peter's son Isaac Toews at a later date. The latter have some interest regarding subjects such as anti-Semitism, popular American theology, and historical theology of the Mennonites.

The fonds contains considerable diary/memoir material. The "Erfahrungen und Beobachtungen" are essentially letter-books compiled by Peter Toews. This material was largely written and collected in the mid 1890s. He deals with the period ca.1860-1890 in these booklets. The greatest amount of space is given to church issues. The diary material covers the years 1871-1878 and 1910-1914. The earlier diary also focuses heavily on church affairs. The later one is more like a scrapbook, with appended statements of his expenditures. It contains some comments regarding church affairs, copies of letters and documents written in this period, and poems he wrote (as well as some copied from other sources) during these years.

Another significant item in the Peter Toews fonds is the first Manitoba church membership register of the Kleine Gemeinde group. The register lists some people who stayed in Russia. For numerous families, the register lists both their Russian and Manitoba places of residence. Frequently, additional comments have been made about a given family, either pertaining to migration to Kansas, Nebraska, or Alberta, or about the circumstances surrounding the death of some family member. The register has not been consistently updated after 1879, which leads one to believe that a new register was begun at that time. For some families Toews made entries until the 1890s.

The fonds contains a handwritten volume on the history of the Kleine Gemeinde from its inception to the mid-1870s. (This manuscript has been translated and published in Plett's History and Events.) Much of the material pertains to elections of church officers (and in some cases removal of them), questions of faith and practice dealt with by the church, and discussions on non-resistance and emigration in the face of the threat of universal military service in Russia.

Peter Toews has also maintained collections of correspondence material. One group of letters dates from the period 1866-1872. The people with whom he corresponded were largely Kleine Gemeinde church members from the Molotschna and Crimean Mennonite settlements. Most of the letters pertain to the church affairs of the community.

In addition to this, he has correspondence which he copied out by hand into a small 17 x 11 cm booklet. These letters deal with a wide variety of subjects, some personal, and some church-related (e.g. discussions of church discipline). There are also a few letters from other time periods. It should be noted that this fonds does not contain all of Toews' original correspondence. At least some correspondence is deposited at the Mennonite Library and Archives in North Newton, Kansas.

Another significant category of material in this collection includes the manuscripts of a great number of the poems which Toews wrote. His poetry is almost exclusively religious and devotional in nature. One particularly interesting poem, his "Nachklang zum Empire Tag," is a reaction to the exaggerated patriotism which he observed in the Empire Day celebrations. The collection also contains a manuscript copy of Das wachsame Auge Gottes.

A small amount of material relates to World War I. The documents deal with the question of exemption from military service and with the 'Holdeman' people's refusal to contribute the National Patriotic Fund.

Finally there is an assortment of other material including a bologna recipe, an arithmetic notebook, a meditation on Psalm 90, a sermon on the reasons for leaving Russia, and several copies of his will (including an addendum regarding his literary estate).

This collection has a substantial number of potential research possibilities. In the first instance it provides much information on the faith and, to a lesser extent, the daily life of Mennonites in Prussia and Russia.

More noteworthy for Canadian studies is the fact that in this fonds one can examine the records of a leader involved in the emigration from Russia to Canada. It allows one to examine what motivated him to leave Russia - was it the "push" factor of new laws in Russia or was it the lure of economic opportunity in Canada.

The collection provides considerable scope for a study on the theology of the Kleine Gemeinde and 'Holdeman' churches, as well as Toews' personal theology. The large volume of poetry written by Toews allows one to study theological and other questions from a literary angle.

Peter Toews collected information on the history of the Kleine Gemeinde. These materials all predate the group's arrival in Canada, but they do provide a good insight into the historical evolution (both socially and intellectually) of this Mennonite group. The records further provide some useful materials for studying the Church of God (Mennonite) denomination in both the USA and Canada.

The church membership register could provide some possibilities for demographic studies of the Kleine Gemeinde during the early years of settlement in Manitoba. It can be used for reconstructing the statistical data of the original Kleine Gemeinde communities of the East Reserve and for studying migratory patterns during the 1870s. The register is also a valuable resource for genealogy and family history.

Eight types of materials been identified in this fonds as follows:
-1) Peter Toews writings (Volume 2208:4-9; 2781:2-6, 14-23, 25, 28; 588:3-4)
-2) Isaac Toews material (Volume 2208:1-3)
-3) Church matters (Volume 2781:7, 24, 26, 27)
-4) Wilhelm Giesbrecht material (Volume 588:1-2)
-5) Books and pamphlets (Volume 588:5,6; 2781:8-13)
-6) Johann Toews material (Volume 2781:1)
-7) Sermons (Volume 4237)
-8) Microfilm material (Microfilm # 223, 224)

Toews, Peter, 1841-1922

Isaak Bergen fonds

  • CA MHSBC 135
  • Fonds
  • 1700-2005

Fonds consists of the following series:
1) Genealogy - 1700-1853 - (15 files) Box 290
2) Immigration Papers, Heinrich Bergen -1923 - (1 file) Box 290
3) Village Profiles and Plans - 1869, 1873 - (5 files) Box 290
4) Publication, Family History - 2005 - (1 file) Box 290

Bergen, Isaak Peter, 1923-2012

Abram A Friesen fonds

  • CA MHSBC 116
  • Fonds
  • 1739-1998

This Fonds consists of the following series:
1) Biography - Abram Friesen - (1 file) Box 269
2) Correspondence - 1922-1933, 1977, 1998 - (2 files) Box 269
3) Obituary - Abram Friesen - 1885-1948 - (1 file) Box 269
4) Genealogy - (21 files) Box 269
5) Photographs
6) Post cards - (1 file)
7) Audio Visual - (1 file)
8) Maps - (1 file) Box 269
9) Essays - Peasant Aristocracy by Al Reimer; Observation on Current situation of Mennonites in Russia and the Prospects of Emigration. (2 files) - Box 269

Friesen, Abram A., 1885-1948

Maria Martens fonds

  • CA MHSBC 145
  • Fonds
  • 1750-1840, 1929-1932, 1970-1978

Fonds consists of the following series:
1) Genealogy - 1750 - 1840 (Duerksen family) - (1 file) Box 301
2) Correspondence - 1929-1932, 1970-1978 - (1 file) Box 299
3) Publications - 1935, 1941-1943 - (1 file) Box 299
4) Photographs - (1 file) Box 299
5) Poetry - 1807-1911 - (1 file) Box 299

Martens, Maria 1926-2015

Gerhard G. Neufeld fonds

  • CA MHC PP
  • Fonds
  • 1752-1988

This collection is categorized into four series, reflecting different aspects of Rev. G.G. Neufeld's involvement as a minister at the Whitewater Mennonite church. The four series are: 1) Travel Journals of South America, 1948, 2) Church and Family History, 1752-1982, 3) Sermons and Church Related Material, 1927-1988, 4) Photographs from South America, 1948.

Neufeld, Gerhard G., 1902-1997

Miscellaneous genealogy charts fonds

  • CA MHSBC 179
  • Fonds
  • 1754 - 2019

Fonds consists of the following series:
1) Johann J Penner and Helena Dyck Genealogy (Map cabinet)
2) Julius von Riesen and Anna Kroeker Genealogy (Map cabinet)
3) Cornelius Johan Wiens and Katharina Reimer Genealogy (Map cabinet)
4) Daniel John Peters Genealogy (Map cabinet)
5) Hoeppner Genealogy (Map cabinet)
6) William Stober 144-1994 - (1 file) Box 414

Unknown

Miscellaneous Maps fonds

  • CA MHSBC 172
  • Fonds
  • 1763-2019

The collection consists of the following series:

1) Russia/Ukraine maps
2) West Prussia/Polish/Netherlands maps
3) Paraguay maps
4) USA/ Mexico maps
5) Canada maps

Unknown

Stumpp Maps fonds

  • CA MHSBC 170
  • Fonds
  • 1763-1972

Collections consists of the following series:
1) Ukraine/Russia Maps
2) Europe Maps
3) USA/Mexico Maps
4) Charts of Statistsics

Stumpp, Karl, 1896-1982

Franz Isaak fonds

  • CA MHSBC 175
  • Fonds
  • 1763-1907

This fonds is arranged in the following series:
1) Russian certificate - 1908 - (1 file) Box 370
2) Correspondence - 1911-1927 - (1 file) Box 370
3) Family Register - 1763-1921 - (1 file) Box 370
4) Lists - 1861-1907 - (1 file) Box 370
5) Photographs - (1 file) Box 370

Isaak, Franz, 1843-1909

Ian Scheidel fonds

  • CA MHSBC 127
  • Fonds
  • 1768-1995

Fonds is arranged in the following series:
1) Bernese Anabaptists - 1952 - ( 1 file) Box 281
2) Bonberger - 1981-1982 - ( 1 file) Box 281
3) Bowman - 1982 - ( 1 file) Box 281
4) Cress - 1979, 1982 - ( 1 file) Box 281
5.1) DeVoss, Sintern - 1977, 1986 - ( 1 file) Box 281
5.2) Kolb, DeVoss, Sintern, 1975-1995 - ( 1 file) Box 281
6) Erd - 1979-1987 - ( 1 file) Box 281
7) Ford - 1982-1983 - ( 1 file) Box 281
8) Hershey - 1977, 1985 - ( 1 file) Box 281
9) Herr-Herr Foundation - 1960-1985 - ( 1 file) Box 281
10) Hewitt - 1976-1983 - ( 2 files) Box 281
11) Kendig - 1975-1984 - ( 1 file) Box 281
12) Burkhart - 1982 - ( 1 file) Box 281
13) Martin - 1976-1986 - ( 1 file) Box 281
14) Palatines - ( 1 file) Box 281
15) Paul - 1979, 1982 - ( 1 file) Box 281
16) Rosenberger - 1980, 1982, 1984 - ( 1 file) Box 281
17) Schneider - 1981-1983 - ( 1 file) Box 281
18) Shoemaker, Schumaker - 1983, 1992 - ( 1 file) Box 281
19) Shantz, Bien - 1979-1986 - ( 1 file) Box 281
20) Sherk - 1982-1984 - ( 1 file) Box 281
21) Scotch Claus - ( 1 file) Box 281
22) Weaver - 1987 - ( 1 file) Box 281
23) Zimmerman - 1960, 1980 - ( 1 file) Box 281
24) Trips - 1979-1982 - ( 1 file) Box 281
25) Switzerland - 1980 - ( 1 file) Box 281
26) Miscellaneous - ( 1 file) Box 281
27) Cemeteries - 1978 - ( 1 file) Box 281
28) German Ship Lists - 1976 - ( 1 file) Box 281
29) Maps - ( 1 file) Box 281
30) Correspondence - 1982-1987 - (5 files) Box 282
31) Ontario Genealogical Society - (1 file) Box 282
32) Genealogy - Detwiller, Barr, Scheidel, Funck, Botonheim, Genealogical Resources, Germany & Switzerland - (10 files) Box 283
33) Mennonite Information - ( 1 file) Box 283
34) Weaverland - 1766-1963 - ( 1 file) Box 283
35) Breslau Mennonite Church - ( 1 file) Box 283
36) Pennsylvania - ( 1 file) Box 283
37) Elmer James - 1974 - ( 1 file) Box 283
38) Scheidlberg Austria - 1986 - ( 1 file) Box 283
39) Book Printing - 1984 - ( 1 file) Box 283
40) Franconia Township - 1983 - ( 1 file) Box 283
41) Index of Names, Genealogy - 1977 - ( 1 file) Box 283
42) Clippings - ( 1 file) Box 283
43) Photographs - ( 1 file) Box 283
44) Microforms - ( 1 file) Box 283

Scheidel, Ian

Jacob Fehr fonds

  • CA MHC PP
  • Fonds
  • 1773-2000 ; predominant 1773-1850, 1942-1955

This collection consists of photocopies of letters from Jacob Fehr Jr., a journal of Jacob Fehr Jr. recounting the immigration to Canada, a brief account of the immigration by Helena Fehr, and a register of letters that includes authors such as Aeltester Gerhard Dyck of Chrotitza, South Russia. I also includes a notebook of sermons. In addition to these primary documents there are copies of published translation and transcription of the journal of Jacob Fehr.

Fehr, Jacob, 1859-1952

Conference of Mennonites BC fonds

  • CA MHSBC 1
  • Fonds
  • 1783-2017

Fonds consists of the following series:
1) Constitutions - 1936-1987, 2001 - (2 files) - Box 1
2) Policies - 1936, 1948, 1987 - (1 file) - Box 1
3) History - 1936-1985, 1988 - (3 files) - Box 1
4) Annual conference Minutes & Reports - 1936, 1938-1939, 1942-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1998, 2007-2008 - (27 files) - Boxes 1, 2 & 21
5) Minister's Conference - Executive - 1937-1955, 1966, 1973 - (4 files) - Box 3
6) Sunday School Conference - 1938-1950 - (1 file) - Box 3
7) Maedchenheim - 1935-1958 - (2 files) - Box 3
8) Executive Committee - Minutes, Correspondence & Finances - 1935-2004 - (57 files) - Boxes 3-6
9) Conference Minister- Pastoral Internship - 1978-1994 - (32 files) - Box 7
10) Church Ministries - 1975-1983 - (30 files) - Boxes 8 & 9
11) Conference Coordinator - 1975-1983 - (4 files) Box 9
12) Mission and Service Committee - 1937-1990 - (101 files) - Boxes 10-14
13) Education Committee - 1963-1994 - (13 files) - Box 15
14) Music Committee - 1972-1992 - (3 files) - Box 15
15) Mennonite Youth Organization - 1948-1996 - (26 files) - Box 16
16) Women in Mission - 1941-1998 - (29 files) - Boxes 17 & 18
17) Camp Squeah - 1963-2014 - (27 files) - Boxes 18 & 19
18) Julilee Celebration - 1985 - (1 file) - Box 19
19) Lectures and Sermons - 1921, 1959, 1963-64, 1976 - (1 file) - Box 19
20) Peace Conference - 1961- (1 file) - Box 19
21) Peace and Justice Committee - 1984- (1 file) - Box 19
22) Study Commission - 1968- (1 file) - Box 19
23) Study Conference - 1979 - (1 file) - Box 19
24) Choice Books - 1978-1979- (1 file) - Box 19
25) Friends of the Conference - 1991- (1 file) - Box 19
26) Publications - 1959, 1975-2017- (10 files) - Box 19
27) Manuscript - Frontier Challenge - 1989 - (1 file) - Box 19
28) Clippings - 1941, 1951, 1989- (1 file) - Box 19
29) Photographs - (1 file) - Box 19
30) Bethel Youth Reports - 1970 - (1 file) - Box 19
31) Vital Statistics - (7 files) - Box 20
32) BC Centennial Committee -1973-1975 - (7 files) - Box 20
33) Evangelism and Church Development - 1977, 1989-1993, 1995-1999 - (3 files) - Box 21
34) Directories - 1979 -2004 - (7 files) - Box 21
35) Audio/Visual - 1991, 2007 includes the Covenent Celebration - (1 file) - Box 21
36) Catechism books - 1783-1962, N.D. - Boxes 23 & 24

Mennonite Church British Columbia

Wiens family fonds

  • CA MHC PP
  • Fonds
  • 1787-2000; predominate 1787-1963

This fonds consists of two bound books and the loose papers that were found in one them, copies of the books, their translations, and copies of letters written by Jacob Wiens (1816-1888) that were published in the Mennonitische Rundschau .

The first book, the Wiens Family Diary, contains mathematical instructional material, fraktur art, a travel diary, recipes, poetry, and a record of events that took place in Prussia, Russia, and Canada. The second book, the Jacob Wiens Family Record, contains Wiens genealogical information and financial records.

This material is unique in that it spans a large time frame, following a family through three countries and contains entries by multiple members of the Wiens family. It shows a love for artistic expression. It shows complex mathematical problems and solutions as by a teacher. The material shows the writer's love for poetry, music, and the kind of medical practices in use by Mennonite people in Russia in the mid to late 1800s. A travel diary documents the trip from Russia to Canada in 1876. The materials give the reader a unique window into the life of a Mennonite community in Prussia, Russia, and Canada.

Location: Volumes 2252-2253, 4580, microfilm #785.

Wiens family (Descendants of Herman*1731)

Jacob D. Epp family fonds

  • CA MHC PP
  • Fonds
  • 1788-1986

This fonds consists of four series:
-1) Epp Diaries, 1837-1843, 1851-1986
-2) Epp Materials, 1788-1811, 1846, 1878-1955
-3) Epp Family Farm Ledgers, 1927-1986
-4) Epp Family Photograph Collection, [1920's?]

Epp, Jacob D., 1820-1890

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