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Mennonite Archives of Ontario

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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.

Learn more about the Archivist, Laureen Harder-Gissing.

Current exhibit

Sites of Nonresistance.

Past exhibit

 Ontario Mennonites and Alternative Service, 1941-1946

Mennonite Archival Image Database

Mennonite Archival Image Database

Our photograph database, a partnership with eight North American Mennonite archives, is available at archives.mhsc.ca.

  1. Mar. 2, 2015New online Mennonite photo database "shows the future of community archives"

    After two years of design and development, the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID) goes live for public use today at archives.mhsc.ca.

  2. Sep. 2, 2014Inaugural exhibit at the new Mennonite Archives of Ontario gallery

    The first exhibit at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario gallery commemorates the 90th anniversary of Russian Mennonite settlement in Ontario.

  3. Oct. 17, 2013Archives Launches Guide to Ontario Mennonite Peace History

    What was it like to be a conscientious objector during World War II? Did Mennonites participate in the War of 1812? Did Mennonite women contribute to World War I relief efforts? Do Mennonites celebrate Remembrance Day?

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Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Making an appointment with the archivist in advance is strongly recommended.

Contact

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

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238

Email: marchive@uwaterloo.ca