Examples of volunteer projects available

Translating original documents from older German handwriting styles

Purpose: As the ability of many researchers to read older German handwriting styles is diminishing, the task of transcribing and/or translating these original documents becomes increasingly important.

Skills required: Attention to detail. Strong German language abilities and familiarity with older German handwriting styles. Some library resources are available (eg. dictionaries, books on German handwriting). Typing skills are preferred, but not essential.

Estimated time of completion: This is an ongoing project as documents needing transliteration and translation arrive at the Archives.

Scanning photographs into our photo database

Purpose: To make more of the Archives’ photograph collection available on the Internet.

Skills required: Attention to detail. Familiarity with common computer tasks. Scanning training is provided. Further training in data input is provided for volunteers interested in learning archival description.

Estimated time of completion: This is an ongoing process, as we have several hundred unscanned photographs at any one time.

Filing and sorting paper records

Purpose: These routine tasks are important because they make archival records more accessible.

Skills required: Attention to detail. Training is provided.

Estimated time of completion: Filing and sorting tasks are available on an ongoing basis.


Generally 8:30-4:30 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

Email: marchive@uwaterloo.ca