Fonds Small Collections F, File 6 - Abram A. Friesen (1885-1948) fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Abram A. Friesen (1885-1948) fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code

CA CMBS Small Collections F, File 6

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1926-1935 (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

1 cm of textual records

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Abram A. Friesen was born in 1885 in the village of Schoenau in the Molotschna, South Russia. He attended the Zentralschule in Halbstadt, taking the special course in pedagogy, and going on to the Gymnasium in Ekaterinoslav and the University of Odessa. He took a position as instructor in the then newly established School of Commerce in Halbstadt. For ten years he worked fruitfully in that position, until he came to America. Friesen was a prominent member of a study commission of four men sent to America by the South Russian Mennonites in 1920 to investigate immigration prospects in either North or South America and also to obtain assistance from American Mennonites for the oppressed Mennonites in Russia. When the other members of this commission returned to Europe, Friesen stayed at Rosthern Saskatchewan, since Elder David Toews was located there. Friesen helped to prepare for the great immigration movement and in particular was instrumental in eliminating the restrictions in Ottawa against the immigration of Mennonites into Canada. He was for some years (1922-1926) business manager of the Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization in Rosthern. In 1926 he withdrew to pursue his private activities. He died in 1948 at Rabbit Lake Saskatchewan. -taken from the Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 404

Custodial history

Scope and content

The Abram A. Friesen fonds consists of photocopied correspondence, most of it between Friesen and David Toews of Rosthern, Saskatchewan. The correspondence relates to the Board of Colonization but is also of a personal nature. The letters are typed, and are predominantly in the German language.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Online version of finding aid available at:

Associated materials

Related materials


Language of material note

Mainly in German

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

  • English

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres