Fonds MHC 9 - Peter B. Paetkau fonds

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Peter B. Paetkau fonds

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  • Sound recording

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  • 1961-2011 (Creation)
    Paetkau, Peter B., 1940-2011

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1.6 m of textual records
163 photographs
698 cassette sound recordings

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Peter Paetkau was born 29 March 1940 to Abram Paetkau and Lena Schmidt in the Sperling area, east of Carman, Manitoba. He joined the Lowe Farm Bergthaler Mennonite Church in his early 20s and farmed with his father. In 1967 he married Mary Anne Dyck and they had five children between 1969 and 1977. In 1988 the couple separated and Peter moved to Winnipeg where he opened a small gift shop on Pembina Highway called "Nice Things and Gifts." The business did not exist very long.
Peter was an active writer, reporter and recorder. His favourite topics were Mennonite, Canadian, Manitoba and Ukrainian histories and poetry. He attended my public events with his tape recorder in hand, producing a permanent record of the event. Between 1977 and 1984 he wrote 28 articles for the <i>Mennonite Mirror</i>, three for <i>Der Bote</i> and eight for the <i>Mennnoite Historian</i>. Peter B. Paetkau died unexpectedly in Winnipeg on 18 August 2011 and was buried in Lowe Farm, Manitoba.

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This fonds includes the personal papers of Peter Paetkau such as the journals he kept from 1961-2007, his autobiography entited "Seasons of my Life", letters received, sketches drawn, poetry and letters written. There are genealogical files and articles he wrote on family history. There are also files which document his involvment with organizations such as the Mennonite Literary Society, Parallel Press Club and the Winnipeg Bach Festival. There are photographs and sound recordings that document historical events and institutional life such as concerts, graduations, openings, recitals, lectures and anniversaries.

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The estate of Peter Paetkau.


Intitial cataloguing by Matthew Peters-Fransen, Spring 2012. Final description completed by Alf Redekopp, December 2012.

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  • English
  • German

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Mostly English, some German

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Associated materials

MHC cassette collection contains an additional 47 cassettes containing sound recordings produced by Peter B. Paetkau. The storage location of these is spread throughout the collection. (See MHC audio cassette inventory list)

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Acc. No. 2011-067

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  • Box: Volume 5572-5575
  • Folder: MHC Photograph Collection 688
  • Shelf: Audio Cassettes 3338-3701, 3703-4016, 4117-4418, 4436-4453