Fonds 112 - John B Toews fonds

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CA MHSBC 112

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John B Toews fonds

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  • 1772-2017 (Creation)

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

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Name of creator

(1934-)

Biographical history

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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.
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, 1969-1972
2) Personal writings, [1970]-2000
3) Biographies and Autobiographies
4) Diaries
5) Coaldale Church
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) "And When They Shall Ask" research arranged by the author of the manuscript
11) Clippings
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) Letters and Obituaries
19) Non-Resistance
20) Selbstschutz (Self- Defence)

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English and German

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Most material is photocopied.

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Some material is on microfilm

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Books are shelved in the John B Toews Library

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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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