Fonds 112 - John B Toews fonds

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John B Toews fonds


  • 1530-2017 (Creation)

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5 m of textual records
8 photos
1000 books
58 maps
150 pamphlets
85 journals,

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John B. Toews, BA (Tabor College), MA, PhD (University of Colorado) was born in 1934 in Coaldale, Alberta to Abram A. and Helena (Jantz) Toews. He was trained as a medievalist, and published articles on the later Medieval Ages. He taught at the University of Calgary for 27 years, including a term as head of the Department of History. He has written many articles, book reviews and a number of books, most of them focusing on the history of the Mennonite people. His "Lost Fatherland" (1967) chronicled the Russian side of the dramatic transfer to Canada of 20,000 Mennonites to Canada in the 1920's. He served as script and research consultant for the film "And When They Shall Ask". From 1989 to 2002 Toews taught at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada as Professor of Church History. Since 2002 he has been Professor Emeritus of Church History and Anabaptist Studies at Regent.
In his retirement he continues to edit, translate and write articles related to the history of Mennonites.
The Historical Society in British Columbia is the repository of John B. Toews' books and periodicals in the "John B. Toews Historical Library". The holdings are catalogued in the Resource Mate catalogue. The Library is located on the second floor of the Mennonite Heritage Museum.
John B. is married to Lillian (Konrad) Toews. They reside in Abbotsford, British Columbia. «

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Fonds arranged in the following series:
1) Correspondence/Personal Writing
2) Letters/General
3) Biographies and Autobiographies
4) Diaries
5) "And When They Shall Ask" Film
6) Societies - Mennonitische Fluechtlingsfuersorge, American Mennonite Relief, Mennonite Colonization Board, Emergency Relief Board, Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization
7) Manuscripts - filed by the author of the manuscript
8) Research Material
9) Mennonites in Ukraine 1900-1914
10) Karaganda Mennonite Brethren Church
11) Coaldale Church, Alberta
12) Maps Drawer 2 of Map Cabinet
13) Awards, Photographic Material, Films, Videotapes, DVDs
14) Karaganda Church
15) German War Documents
16) Photographs
17) Microforms
18) Non-resistance
19) Non-Resistance
20) Selbstschutz (Self- Defence)
21) Immigration and Emigration
22) Immigration Documents
23) Indexes of Mennonite Periodicals
24) Ephemora

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English and German

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Most material is photocopied.


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Maps are in the Map Cabinet

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Record created August 25, 2008
Record modified January 16, 2017




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