Fonds Volume 4871-4876, 4892-4894 - Theodore (Ted) E. Friesen fonds

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Theodore (Ted) E. Friesen fonds

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CA MHCA Volume 4871-4876, 4892-4894

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  • 1958-1970 (Creation)

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3 m of textual material

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Theodore E. Friesen was born in 1920 in Altona, Manitoba to David W. Friesen (1879-1951) and Sarah (Striemer) Friesen. Together with his brothers he continued the family printing business. Throughout his career Friesen was an active member of many cultural, historical and religious organizations within the Mennonite community, serving on various boards, societies and committees. During the 1950s and 1960s Friesen was active on the boards or committees of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada Board of Christian Service, the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society and the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Association. He was secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Mennonite Relief Committee at the time that it merged with several other Canadian Mennonite relief organizations and committees to form Mennonite Central Committee Canada in November, 1963. He was active with Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba and Mennonite Central Committee Canada from 1963 into the mid 1970s. He was also a member of Altona Mennonite Church since its founding in 1962. Friesen was a businessman, amateur historian and collector of rare books.

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A majority of files of this collection relate to Friesen's involvements within the Mennonite community. The files includes minutes, reports and correspondence related to the following organizations: Radio CFAM, the Canadian Mennonite, the Canadian Mennonite Association, the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Company, the Conference of Mennonites in Canada, the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba, the Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Canadian Mennonite Relief Committee, the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society

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One section was sorted, arranged and described by Marlis Funk in the spring of 2000 and another section was sorted, arranged and described by Myron Dyck in August 2000.

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Online version of finding aid available at:,%20Theodore%20E.%20fonds.htm

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Related material: Ted Friesen rare book collection (Acc. 98-049) (to be processed from the CMU Library), David W. Friesen fonds, Altona Mennonite fonds, Mennonite Historical Society of Canada fonds

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