Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Welcome to the Mennonite Archives of Ontario!

The Archives is open by appointment only. Contact the Archivist to set up an appointment.  If you wish to donate materials to the archives, please reach out to us in advance. Regular donors (eg. churches) can continue to send archival materials through the mail or drop materials off in person at the Conrad Grebel reception desk.

Everyone who comes to campus must provide proof of vaccination. For every time you come to campus, you also need to compete a Covid-19 screening and check-in.  See the instructions for "visitors, guests, contractors and alumni" on the Campus Check-in page:

A print format is available from Grebel’s reception desk for fully vaccinated visitors who do not have internet access. Please stop at the reception desk to fill this out before coming up to the archives.


Remote Archives Services

  • The archivist is able to respond via email to archival questions requiring a reasonable amount of staff time
  • Requests to digitize archival materials can be accommodated based on staff time. There are charges for digitization services:
    • $0.40 per scan (jpeg, tiff or pdf). Minimum charge of $5 per order. Shipped electronically.
    • $25.00 for a digitized audio recording (provided as an .mp3 and shipped electronically)
    • $5.00 per photograph (.jpg; shipped electronically). Our photographs are catalogued in the Mennonite Archival Information Database, and can be ordered directly from that site.
    • $10 for a custom scan of a photograph (eg. higher resolution)
  • Explore our online services:
  • Have some fun at Passing the Time with the Archives

About the Archives

The Mennonite Archives of Ontario collects and preserves archival materials that reflect the religious, cultural and organizational life of Mennonite, Amish and other related groups in Ontario and makes them available to anyone with a legitimate research interest. The Archives strives to be community-oriented, making Mennonite history and culture accessible to all, while also offering the benefits of doing research within a university setting.

The Archives serves as the official repository for Conrad Grebel University College, Mennonite Central Committee (Ontario), Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, Conscience Canada and Christian Peacemaker Teams (Canada). Other Mennonite institutions, organizations, congregations and individuals also have collections here.

These collections come in many forms including letters, diaries, meeting minutes, photographs, films, audiotapes, artwork and clothing. Our growing collection currently consists of 780 linear meters of personal, congregational, and institutional records in a multitude of formats.

The Archives also houses the Mennonite Historical Library (catalogued through the Milton Good Library), which is the largest Canadian collection of Anabaptist/Mennonite published materials, dating from the 16th century to the present. Donations to the annual Grebel Fund can be designated to the work of the Library and Archives. Follow this link for more information on how to make a tax-deductible donation.

Meet the Archivist, Laureen Harder-Gissing.

Current exhibit

 Design and Desire in Mennonite Genealogy

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University of Waterloo wordmark. Link to University of Waterloo home-page.


The Archives is accessible by appointment only. Please do not visit or bring in donations unannounced.


Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238