This collection consists of the unpublished writings from a number of "Russlaender" (Russian Mennonite) authors who were active in Canada from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Arnold Dyck part of the collection consists of letters and artwork by Arnold Dyck, editor and writer who lived in Steinbach, Manitoba for many years. A separate biography of Dyck and also of Jacob H. Janzen of Waterloo, Ontario are included. The Dyck papers came to Menno Simons College courtesy of Hedwig Knoop of Uchte, Germany. Another larger part of the collection includes some published writings and photocopies of original manuscripts by Peter G. Epp. Most of Epp's papers are housed at the Mennonite Library and Archives, North Newton Kansas (inventory of from MLA is included here). There is also card index file for these writers for items published in Mennonitische Warte and Der Bote.
This fonds consists of eight photographs primarily of the activities of Mennonite conscientious objectors in the forestry service in the Asov region of Imperial Russia around 1915 where Johann Kroeker served. The photos provide information on the activities, tools and environment in which the alternative to military service took place.
This fonds consists of correspondence, much of it with Charlotte Sauer, regarding the translation and publication of the translation of Eric Sauer's "Das Morgenbrot der Welterloesunge", manuscripts of the Eric Sauer translation, sermon notes and various Russian periodicals, evangelical tracts, and catalogues of Russia religious material.
This fonds consists of two ledger books recording income, expenses, payroll starting on October 6, 1911. The diary portion begins on the same day and usually makes brief mention of weather, farm activities and travel. The second ledger continues the pattern of the first however some diary portions are more detailed with information on the political unrest and lists of people who were murdered.
In addition to giving a firsthand account of everyday life before and during the Russian Revolution, it is the only known record that documents the operation of the Kuruschan Altenheim.
This fonds includes digital masters, optical and negative tracks, broadcast VHS and Beta master videocassettes, release prints in 16 mm film and VHS video format. The moving images contain some colour and some black and white scenes. Otto Klassen's productions are the result of extensive research in archives, both in Canada and Germany. These productions represent the first time that the story of the Mennonite people in Prussia, Russia, Canada, Mexico, and Paraguay have been told through moving images. Several productions were released in multiple languages -- English, German, Low German and Spanish. At least 11 separate titles or series are represented in this fonds. 1) The Great Trek 1939-1945, 2) Prairie Pioneers: The Mennonites of Manitoba 3) Mennonites Conquer the Vistula Delta 4) Mennonite Monument 5) 75 years Mennonites in Mexico 6) 50 year Freedom Jubilee: Praise God for Canada 7) Women of Courage: Stories of Sadness & Stories of Suvival 8) Gespräch: Delgatenreise 1921 9) Im Dienst Der Liebe (KM 81), 10) Frajoa Enn De Oost-resaew, "Three Short Plays" 11) 125th Anniversary of Mennonites in Manitoba: 1874-1999.
CA MHCA Volumes 5514-5517; Photograph Collection 681
1968-2005, predominant 1993-2005
This collections contains research files related to Heinrich Bergen's work on Kronsgarten and Einlage. The files related to the village of Kronsgarten include files on the Kronsweide Mennonite Church and the villages of Wiesenfeld and Prijut, which had original settlers from Kronsgarten. There is extensive correspondence (some original and copy copied) between Henry Rempel (Montreal), Johann Klassen (Germany) and Jakob Bergen (Saskatchewan). Writers of articles and longer pieces on Kronsgarten or Kronsweide include Isaac P. Klassen (Winnipeg)and Hans Rempel (Virgil)
The Einlage accumulation of materials also has some correspondence, articles, clippings and longer writings. It includes the recollections of Abram A. Martens (1900-1979), who wrote about his memories covering 1907-1927, in German and English. Other writers include Wera Teichroeb, Catharina Martens-Berg and Isaac Reimer.
The photographs in the collection include an 1973 Reunon photo of former residents of Kronsgarten, Wiesenfeld and Prijut. There are also a few historic photos of Kitchkas (formerly called Einlage) such as the construction of the bridge across the Dnieper River and also a view of the hydro electric development project on the river. Eleven photos were taken by a group of Canadian tourist who went to visit the village of Prijut, Ukraine in 2000.
This collection consists of copies of the photos collected by Cornelius Krause from a Mexican land agent that traveled with Krause and other Mennonite delegates from Manitoba and Saskatchewan who were investigating the possibility of the migration of a group of Mennonites from Canada to Mexico and photos taken by Cornelius Krause himself while investigating Mexico as a possible country to which a group of Manitoba and Saskatchewan Mennonites could move. The photos which Krause took himself show people and places visited on the trip in Mexico (Collection 592). The photos by the land agent (Collection 590) taken before the arrival of the Mennonite delegation and during their visit to Mexico. The photos were taken to encourage the Mennonites to move to Mexico. They show road and railway construction, wide open wild areas, places where there was water, villages, homes, and fields successfully developed by the Old Colony and Sommerfeld Mennonites who had moved to Mexico in 1922.
CA MHCA Photo Collection 680; Textual: Volume 5500:1-4
1905-2009, predominant 1905-1926
This fonds contains a composite photograph consisting of 167 individual portraits of Mennonite men that served in the Imperial Russia's Forestry service at Razin, a photograph of teacher Heinrich Johan Dueck (1862-1922) with students of school(Dueck was a teacher in Kleefeld, Gnadental and Klippenstal, Molotschna), and a 1903 funeral photo of 18 year-old Heinrich Albrecht of Prangenau (South Russia) showing the coffin being transported with a horse drawn carriage. This fonds also includes background information on the Razin Forestei where members of the Warkentin and Albrecht family served plus genealogical information on the Albrecht, Peters, von Kampen, and Warkentin families. Some of the data is an update for the published family history book entitled, "John Warkentin and his Descendants 1820-1990".
These records consist of correspondence (1948-1959), scattered CMBC reports (1948-1959), and minutes (1947-1948, 1953-1958, 1960), as well as a variety of financial records (three ledgers, correspondence, planning work re College budgets and financing of building projects).
The run of correspondence in these records is complete, but few reports are included and the minutes have many gaps. There are a few scattered minutes from 1947-1948, and no minutes at all for the years 1949-1952 in this series. The financial records pertain largely to building funds for the administration building. (Most of the financial ledgers of the College were passed on to subsequent business administrators.)
All the material in these files is original and is generally in good condition. The few onion-skin carbon copies have become fragile (some frayed edges). The legibility of the documents is good since most of the materials are typewritten. About 60% of the documents in these files are in the English language. The German language materials tend to be correspondence with senior CMBC board members such as J. J. Thiessen.
This fonds consists eleven series reflecting the life and activities of a Mennonite minister, teacher and administrator who spent most of his life working with the church and its institutions and programs: 1) Pastoral work, 1937-1975; 2) Mennonite conferences, 1939-1973; 3) CMBC, 1945-1972; 4) Teaching notes and student assignments, 1945-1973; 5) Schools attended and student work, 1930-1972; 6) Topical files, 1938-1974; 7) Personal files, 1918-1974; 8) Elsie's personal files, 1918-1995; 9) Bethel Mennonite Church (Winnipeg), 1939-1974; 10) Sermon collection, 1939-1974; 11) Photograph collection, 189-?, 1926-1975.