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Erdman "Ed" Schellenberg fonds

  • CA MHCA MHC18
  • Fonds
  • 1843-2008, predominantly 1988-2008

This fonds consists of family documents, unpublished genealogies, a computer database and 83 photographs. Many of the genealogies are computer generated reports based on data that Ed Schellenberg collected and compiled for himself and others interested in Mennonite family history. Some of surnames of the families he researched included Schellenberg, Rempel, Braun, Barkman, Falk, Schlabach, Warkentin and Reimer.

Schellenberg, Erdman "Ed", 1928-2012

Abram and Aganetha (Reimer) Friesen family fonds

  • CA MHCA MHC 1
  • Fonds
  • 1921-1938; 1956-1982

This fonds consists of two sections of letters which Jacob and Sara Braun received from the Friesen family. The first section dated 1921 to 1938 were received from the Friesen family in Ogus Tobe, Crimea, first while living in Tiegenhagen (Ukraine) and then after 1925 while living at Ste. Elizabeth, Manitoba. The second section dated 1956 to 1982 are letters written mainly by Helene Dueck, Renate Dueck, Peter Friesen and Anna Wall in the Soviet Union to Jacob and Sara Braun in Manitoba. The letters are arranged chronologically by year. The letters provide a view of how one immigrant family to Canada remained in contact with the family members left in the home country. They also provide a view of how one family experienced life in the Soviet Union from 1921 to 1982.

Friesen family

Johann J. & Helena Wiens family fonds

  • CA MHCA MHC 2
  • Fonds
  • 1925-1933;1950;1956-1981

This fonds contains mainly letters received from siblings who remained in the homeland (Russia/Soviet Union) written in the post-revolution era, after Johann J. and Helena Wiens immigrated to Canada. The letters describe experiences of family, exile and complete disruption of their way of life as the communist regime developed. There is a 19-year period of no letter exchange beginning in 1937 when Stalin initiated an horrendous purge of anyone that might be a threat to his regime. After Stalin's death, things began to change slowly, and starting in 1956 contact was again established and another series of letter were exchanged. This fonds includes letters which Johann received from his sister Anna Siemens, his brother Jacob's family, his brother Peter Wiens and his sister Liese Letkemann. There are also some letters from relatives, David and Justina Kasper, Gertrude (Enns) Regehr and others. In addition to the letters from Russia, this fonds also contain two notebooks -- one consisting of the Wiens family register compiled by Johann J. Wiens, and the other a 1948 trip diary and address book created by Helena Wiens.

Johann J. and Helena Wiens family

Isaac H. Warkentin collection

  • CA MHCA MHC 6
  • Collection
  • 1988-2009

This collections contains a photocopy of a journal written in 1919 by a young woman, Katharina Hildebrandt (1901-1920), who was engaged to be married to Johann Isaac Warkentin, who was murdered on 26 October 1919 in Eichenfeld, South Russia. The collection also includes a Hildebrandt family register of birth and death dates of the children of Heinrich David Hildebrandt (1870-1919), father of Katharina, who also was murdered at the Eichenfeld massacre on October 26, 1919. Another item is a 1988 transcript of an interview of Isaac Warkentin (1908), a brother of Johann who died in 1919.

Warkentin, Isaac, 1936-2010

Zaporozhe Archives (A.S. Tedeev) Collection

  • CA MHCA MHC 3
  • Collection
  • 1995

This collection contains records pertaining from at least 6 different fonds in the State Archive of the Zaporozhe Region. They include the Berdyansk Uezd Steppe Forestry Department (Fond 250), the Alexandrovsk Uezd Land Survey Commission (Fond 230), the Melitopol Uezd Statistical Bureau (Fond 255), the Berdyansk Uezd Land Survey Office (Found 263), the A.A. Koop Agricultural Equipment and Machinery Factory (Fond 158) and the Zaporozhe Okrug Executive Committee (Fond 316). The materials focus roughly on four themes – forestry, description of land and estate possessions, business correspondence and emigration.

Cornelius Krause fonds

  • CA MHCA Photograph Collections 590 and 592
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1923

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.

Krause, Cornelius, 1886-1986

Johann Kroeker fonds

  • CA MHCA Photograph Collection 679
  • Fonds
  • 1914- 1930

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.

Kroeker, Johann, 1892-1936

Ulrich Dueck fonds

  • CA MHCA Microfilm reel number 1005
  • Fonds
  • [198-?]

This fonds consists of 454 genealogical charts. These charts usually begin with a Mennonite ancestor in the 1700s and then shows descendants down to the later 20th century. The focus of the materials is on West Prussian Mennonites.

Dueck, Ulrich, [ca. 1920-]

Berbank Church fonds

  • CA MCK 28-1997
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1966

This fonds contains a document titled "Berbank Church History." This document is partially in a printed format with a portion handwritten. This fonds also contains minute books and legal documents pertaining to the ownership of the land upon which the Church was constructed.

Berbank Church

Mennonite Writers Collection.

  • CA MHCA Volume 3389, 4465-4469, 4557-4567
  • Fonds
  • 193-?-196-?

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.

Menno Simons College

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