Fonds CMBS Personal Papers: Unruh; Tapes: NA-15-051 and NA-15-053; Photographs: NP27-1, NP28-1, and NP28-2. - Abraham A. Unruh (1903-1988) fonds

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Abraham A. Unruh (1903-1988) fonds

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CA CMBS CMBS Personal Papers: Unruh; Tapes: NA-15-051 and NA-15-053; Photographs: NP27-1, NP28-1, and NP28-2.

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  • 1889-1981 (Creation)

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1.4 m textual records
9 photographs
2 tapes

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Abraham A. Unruh was born October 20, 1903 in the Ukraine, Russia. He and his family immigrated to Manitoba in 1924. Even before his move to Canada, he had fostered a dream of missionary service in India. While still in the Ukraine he had even considered walking from Russia to India via Afghanistan and the Hindu Kush. When he met and married Annie Enns, it was with the understanding that they both shared this vision for mission. Despite their eagerness, they could not leave for more than nine years because of the economic depression. In 1936 the Unruhs finally took their first of several assignments which would keep them in India until 1967. The Unruhs made an important contribution to the growing self-identity of the Indian MB Church. In 1972, Abraham Unruh's wife died. Three years later, Unruh married Agatha Friesen, who also predeceased him. Unruh died on September 7, 1988 in Winnipeg.

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The tapes were donated by Walter and Peggy Regehr (daughter) in 1981. Some of Unruh's rare books and personal papers came from Peter Hamm in 1985. Abraham A. Unruh donated his original papers in April, 1986.

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The Abraham A. Unruh fonds consists of sermons and teaching notes, typed in the English language, relating to his missionary work in India and letters to and from A.H. Unruh pertaining to the Board of Reference and Counsel of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches. The letters are now located with the Reference and Counsel collection. This fonds documents well the transition that Mennonite Brethren missionaries faced when policies changed from leading dependent mission churches to fostering indigenous churches. Reports, minutes, and correspondence show the changes that missionaries faced and their responses to those changes. The CMBS tape collection holds two tapes of A.A. Unruh speaking to the family upon the 50th anniversary of their coming to Canada (1975). The photographs are of missionaries from the Mennonite Brethren Church in Russia.

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Letters to and from A.H. Unruh, now in Reference and Counsel collection, are restricted.

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The accession numbers are 1982-60, 1986-17, and 1985-19.

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Some German.

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