Institutions for which we are the official repository, as well as other congregations and organizations with which we have long standing relationships, send us accruals of records on a regular basis. Such donations need no advance notice unless they are unusually large or problems with the collection (e.g. privacy concerns or mold damage) need special attention. In these cases, contact the archivist before bringing materials to us.

If you are an organization or an individual wishing to donate materials for the first time, please contact the archivist in advance. Donations must fit within our mandate of collecting, preserving, and making available the recorded experience of Mennonites, Amish, and other related groups in Ontario. This includes not only the records of native-born Mennonite Ontarians, but also records of Mennonites who now make their home in Ontario (e.g. Russian Mennonite records).

In adherence to the code of ethics of the Association of Canadian Archivists, we aim to be clear about our plans for the long-term care and use of your materials at the time of donation. Together, the archivist and donor sign a Deed of Gift Form (PDF). We also advise you of your options, including housing materials at other archives.

If you are not yet ready to donate materials but are concerned for their preservation while in your care, feel free to contact the archivist for advice.


Generally 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday. An appointment in advance is recommended.


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

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238