About Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Current exhibit

 Design and Desire in Mennonite Genealogy

Hours of operation

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

Closed on weekends and statutory holidays, and between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

Making an appointment with the archivist in advance is strongly recommended, as not all staff are able to retrieve materials and provide reference service. Contact in advance of your visit can help us prepare the resources you need, and suggest research you can do in advance of your visit.


Conrad Grebel University College is located north of the intersection of Westmount Road N. and University Ave. W. in Waterloo, Ontario. See the map to Conrad Grebel University College. The archives is located in the academic building (next to the parking lot) on the third floor (within the Milton Good Library).


Parking fees apply on Monday to Friday from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. Parking can be purchased from the machine in the lot at any time or from the main office between 8 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday.

Parking is $3/hour up to $9/day. Machine requires exact change in coins.

Contact information

Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Rd. N.
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238
Email: marchive@uwaterloo.ca

Reason for visit

The archives is open to anyone with a legitimate research interest. This could include research for personal, family, scholarly or artistic reasons, or on behalf of a congregation or institution.


The archives is responsible to balance the researcher's need for access with the need for confidentiality of persons and institutions whose activities are reflected in the records. Consequently, the use of some materials in the archives is subject to restrictions. If restrictions exist, they are usually noted in the archival descriptions; however, the archivist will have the most complete information.

Fee-based services

Except for those services described below, archival services are provided free of charge as a public service.

Payments are by cash or cheque made out to "Conrad Grebel University College." If you need items shipped to you, payment must be made in advance. Please confirm the availability of the item and the shipping charges by contacting the archivist before you send payment.


(patron is on site)





Printed scans from microfilm



Photo duplication (300 dpi digital scanned images)


$5.00 each

Custom photo scans for higher resolution       Additional $5.00 each

Photo republication rights



Cassette tapes/CDs copied


$20.00 each

Postage (all items)


Estimated cost

Copying of archival records

Copying archival records can be done with permission from archives staff. If the materials you are researching can be photocopied, come prepared to pay by cash or WATCard. A portable drive or digital camera could also be used to scan or copy some materials.

The archives may refuse requests for copies for reasons of copyright, preservation issues, or limitations of time.

Library resources

The archives is located within Conrad Grebel University College's library, the Milton Good Library. The library includes a nearly comprehensive collection of materials published and about about Mennonites and related groups, including rare Anabaptist books. It is an excellent resource for archival researchers. The library shares a catalogue with the universities of Guelph, Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier.

Microform, video and audio equipment

A reader that can print or scan microform documents is available. CD players, cassette players and a record player are available for listening to sound recordings. Video tapes and DVDs can also be viewed on site.

If you are unable to make a personal visit

Most of our collections are not accessible over the Internet. You can still explore our holdings through this website. We may able to reproduce sound recordings, photocopy print materials, or send digital copies of photographs to satisfy remote requests. See the information above on fee-based services and copying of archival records, and contact the archivist if you have additional questions.

Due to limited staff time, the Mennonite Archives of Ontario cannot carry out detailed research. We will attempt to answer a question if it can be done in about 15 minutes. Otherwise we ask you to make a personal visit for research.

Mission and policies

Our Missions and Policies (PDF) are available here as a pdf document.


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

Email: marchive@uwaterloo.ca