Mennonite Archives of Ontario


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.

The World RemembersIn fall 2018, the Archives Gallery will again be a display location for "The World Remembers." Every day from September 12-November 11, 2018 the names of 1,033,167 soldiers and nurses on all sides of the First World War who lost their lives from 1918-1922 will be displayed at more than 60 locations around the world.

The commemoration is a unique expression of remembrance, reconciliation and education, and shows the enormous human cost of the war.

The display will be accessible during the following times. Please note that there is no Sunday access.

Monday to Friday
8:00 am - 7:30 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

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


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

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238