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Cornelius Franz (C.F.) Klassen fonds

  • CA CMBS CMBS Personal papers collection (textual), Audiocassettes: NA-18-07, NA-16-5, NA-16-3. NA-16-4. NA-18-08,Photographs: NP10, NP52-01, and NP51-02
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1964

The materials in this fonds consists of correspondence, reports, and minutes to and from Klassen in his role as an administrator and advocate for Mennonite refugees. There is lengthy correspondence with Cornelius A. DeFehr (C.A. DeFehr) and Benjamin H. Unruh (B.H. Unruh). Correspondence is with M.C.C. board members such as H.S. Bender and Orie O. Miller. The documents reflect Klassen's activities with relief organizations, settlement of Mennonites in Paraguay, Brazil, and Mexico, travel debt repayment, world conferences, and his involvement with such issues as non-resistance. Also included are documents to and from important organizations such as the Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization, Mennonite Central Relief Committee Canada (MCRC), Canadian Mennonite Relief and Immigration Council (CMRIC), which later joined to form the Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) in 1963. This material shows the difficult situation the refugees in Russia faced and how Mennonites in Canada, the United States, and to a lesser extent in Germany and Holland tried to help them through financial and material as well as emigration to Canada and South America. Some of the material is dated well after Klassen's death and this material tends to be connected with C.A. DeFehr and to a lesser extent G.H. Sukkau. The fonds also contains some bibliographic material of a personal and family nature such as a fiftieth birthday celebration event, tributes, funeral, and articles "Er Kann" by H.F. Klassen, written about C.F. Klassen, Mennonitische Rundschau 27 September to 13 December 1972 The photographs are of churches that Russian Mennonite immigrants had erected or acquired in Canada after 1923 and of the occasion of Sir Edward Beatty's and Colonel J.S. Dennis's visit to the Mennonite settlement at Coaldale on September 19, 1937. (See Mennonite Brethren Herald 4 February 1977, p. 18). Other photos are of Klassen's work in Europe. Located in the CMBS tape collection is a tape that Klassen sent to his family in North America for Christmas, 1952. Another tape consists of reports from MCC workers in Germany. Reporting are Martha Thiessen, Helen Janz, Sigfried Janzen, Margaret Janzen, and C.F. Klassen, 1950. There are also cassettes in the form of tributes to Klassen.

Klassen, Cornelius F.,1894-1954

John P. Braun (1895-1959) and Maria Schulz Braun (1891-1970) fonds

  • CA CMBS Small collections F, file 11
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1958

This fonds consists of sermons, minutes, and other papers relating to John P. Braun's ministry. In the fonds are two pamphlets and five notebooks of sermons, written in the German Gothic script, created by Braun. The fonds contains correspondence to Mrs. Braun and records relating to her activities in a womens' mission group. It is not clear whether these minutes were created by her. The fonds also includes family papers such as financial records, and a wedding invitation.

Braun, John P.

David Balzer fonds

  • CA CMBS CMBS Personal Papers
  • Fonds
  • before 1918

The material in this collection consists of a copy of a Pentecost sermon by David Balzer handwritten in the German Gothic script.

Balzer, David

Daniel Balzer fonds

  • CA CMBS CMBS Personal Papers
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1909

The material in this collection consists of copied excerpts of Daniel Balzer's poetry handwritten in the German Gothic script.

Balzer, Daniel

Anna Baerg fonds

  • CA CMBS CMBS Organizations Papers
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1978

The Anna Baerg fonds consists of the original draft copy of her diary created between 1917 and 1924 in Russia during a time period ravaged by anarchy, civil war and political suppression. Because of the scarcity of paper, some of the original diary is written on labels from evaporated milk cans and relief packages. Textual material also consists of Anna Baerg's poetry created between 1913 and 1959. Baerg writes in gothic script in the German language. A typed copy of the diary transliterated by Clara K. Dyck is included. This fonds also contains twenty-five photographs, created from 1925 to 1965. The Anna Baerg fonds is especially valuable because it gives us a rare glimpse into the inner feelings of a Mennonite woman who lived during the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1985 a part of her diary, entitled Diary of Anna Baerg 1916 - 1924, was translated and edited by Gerald Peters and published by CMBC Publications, Winnipeg.

Baerg, Anna

Isaac H. Block (1905 - 1997) and Ella Derksen Block (1909 - ) fonds

  • CA CMBS CMBS Personal Papers:
  • Fonds
  • [196-?]-1993

This fonds consists of photocopied family history and genealogy of the Block and Derksen families. These photocopies are from textual records consisting of diaries, memoirs, records of financial expenditures and genealogical records created or acquired by persons such as Gerhard G. Derksen (1866-1933), his wife Anna Pankratz Derksen (1871-1969), Ella Derksen Block (1909- ) and Isaac H. Block (1905- ). Some of the family history was originally created by Block's ancestors in the nineteenth century. Most of the history was written by Isaac H. Block in retrospect, after 1960. A small part of this fonds is genealogy created by Henry J. Block of Campden, Ontario after 1980.

Block, Isaac H., 1905-1997

La Glace Bible Fellowship, La Glace, Alberta fonds

  • CA CMBS BA-508; Microfilm: R54
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1983

This fonds consists of a congregational historical sketch ([196-?]), a brief congregational history (1985), 50th anniversary booklet and newspaper clippings (1978), congregational bulletins (1979-1983), family, membership, and baptismal registers (1928-1978), congregational meeting minutes (1944-1978), congregational church council meeting minutes (1960-1961), congregational financial records (1942-1976).

La Glace Bible Fellowship

Gerhard and Sarah Reimer fonds

  • CA CMBS CMBS Personal Papers
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1986

The material in this collection includes the passports of Sarah (Penner) Reimer and her first husband, Aron Goerzen, some school music books, marriage certificate, and a German and English copy of Gerhard Reimer's life story. Most of the material is in German. The autobiography is translated into English.

Reimer, Gerhard and Sarah

Johann G. Wiens (1874-1951) fonds

  • CA CMBS CMBS Personal Papers: Wiens; Photographs: NP114-1
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1951

The Johann G. Wiens fonds consists of booklets by Wiens, sermons and sermon outlines, lecture notes, poetry, plays, and songs related to his work as a teacher at the Winkler Bible Institute. Wiens wrote many poems, some are handwritten, many are typed and copied with a Gestetner. Most of Wiens' creations are in the German language, some in the Gothic script.

Wiens, Johann G., 1874-1951

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