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Hist.Mss.23

This series consists of individual visual art pieces held by the Mennonite Archives of Ontario separately from other collections. These are not the only pieces of folk art owned by the Archives -- some are part of the Historical Library is part of published works like Bibles or hymnbooks; others remain part of manuscript collections. Depictions of these will be included in the photograph database as possible.

1. Fraktur by Anna Weber (1814-1888) donated to the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario. From the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario collection. See E. Reginald Good, Anna's art : the fraktur art of Anna Weber, a Waterloo County Mennonite artist, 1814-1888 (1976) for biographical information.

Fraktur by Anna Weber

 

2. Fragment of fraktur birth record for Christian Reesor (1804-1826) (ca. 1820). From the Reesor family collection (Hist.Mss. 1.9). See Michael S. Bird. Ontario Fraktur : a Pennsylvania-German folk tradition in early Canada (1977), p. 69.

Fraktur birth record for Christian Reesor

 

3. Traditional motif (tulips, birds, heart) possibly by Abraham Latshaw (ca. 1820). From the Christian Eby collection (Hist.Mss. 1.21). See Michael S. Bird. Ontario Fraktur : a Pennsylvania-German folk tradition in early Canada (1977), p. 105.

Traditional motif (tulips, birds, heart)

 

4. Angels of wisdom motif possibly by Abraham Latshaw (ca. 1820). From the Christian Eby collection (Hist.Mss. 1.21). See Michael S. Bird. Ontario Fraktur : a Pennsylvania-German folk tradition in early Canada (1977), p. 105.

Angels of wisdom motif

 

5. Parrot and tropical city by unknown Pennsylvania artist (ca. 1820). From the Christian Eby collection (Hist.Mss. 1.21). See Michael S. Bird. Ontario Fraktur : a Pennsylvania-German folk tradition in early Canada(1977), p. 100.

Parrot and tropical city

 

6. Tiger in the jungle by unknown Pennsylvania artist (ca. 1820). From the Christian Eby collection (Hist.Mss. 1.21). See Michael S. Bird. Ontario Fraktur : a Pennsylvania-German folk tradition in early Canada (1977), p. 100.

Tiger in the jungle

 

7. Partially completed bookplate, possibly by Abraham Latschaw (ca. 1810). From the Christian Eby collection (Hist.Mss. 1.21). See Michael S. Bird. Ontario Fraktur : a Pennsylvania-German folk tradition in early Canada(1977), p. 105.

Partially completed bookplate

 

8. Victorian paper cutting. Origin uncertain.

Victorian paper cutting

 

9. Needlework, 1855. Origin uncertain.

Needlework

 

10. Four bookmarks created by Joseph S. Shantz (1851-1933). Two are painted; two are needlework.

Four bookmarks

 
11. "Autumn at the Schneider House" by Peter Etril Snyder. Print 50 of 500 signed by the artist. 17.5 x 23.0 cm (image size)
 
12. Geburt und Tauf-Schein [Birth and baptism certificate of Jacob Brubacher (1758-1793)]. -- Libanon : Gedrucht bey Joseph Hartman. 

Custodial history: Donated by Stuart Martin of Conestoga, Ont. and received from Glenn Brubacher on 21 Jun 2010. 
Note: Joseph Brubacher's family genealogy can be found in: History and genealogy of the Brubaker Brubacher Brewbaker family in America, Volume I / by Phares Brubaker Gibble. -- [S.I.] : Eastern Pennsylvania Brubaker Association, 1951

13. Certificate of birth & baptism.--Harrisburg, Pa: G.S. Peters, [1841?].--Birth certificate for Solomon Gehman, son of Solomon and Catharine Gehman, born 21 Jul 1841 in Dumfries Township, Halton Country, Upper Canada.--forms part of the Solomon Gehman family fonds, Hist.Mss.1.169 (s.c.).

14. Geistlicher Irrgarten, 1784.--1 p. : col. ; 48 x 38 cm (sight).--Designed as a spiritual labyrinth or maze, the Geistlicher Irrgarten is a form of Pennsylvania German fraktur.

15. Geistlicher Irrgarten : mit vier Gnadenbrunnen.--Elkhart, Ind.: John F. Funk and Brother, [between 1867 and 1875].--1 p. : b&w ; 51 x 27 cm.--Designed as a spiritual labyrinth or maze, the Geistlicher Irrgarten is a form of Pennsylvania German fraktur.

16. Geistlicher Irrgarten : mit vier Gnadenbrunnen.--Elkhart, Ind.: Mennonite Publishing Company, [between 1875 and 1925].--1 p. : col. ; 52 x 24 cm.--Two handwritten names are inscribed in the margin, Solomon R. Leis and Mary Lichti. Designed as a spiritual labyrinth or maze, the Geistlicher Irrgarten is a form of Pennsylvania German fraktur.

17. Geburt-Schein with "nine hearts pattern", [ca. 1843].--1 p. : col. ; 39 x 31 cm.--Attributed to Simeon B. Risser (1829-1909) of York County, Ontario. Created for Christian Risser. Forms part of the Christian Reesor collection, Hist.Mss.1.9.

18. Familien Register, [after 1868].--1 p. : col. ; 39 x 31 cm (sight).--The family register of Jakob [Jacob] Bergey (1818-1904) and Elizabetha [Elizabeth] Eby Bergey (1824-1911) and their 10 children.--Likely donated to the archives by Lorna Bergey.

19. Paper cutting found in book donated by the estate of Harvey Taves, 2012. File includes partial translation by Erica Jantzen.Paper cutting with German script

 
20. Reproduction of an etching by Jan Luiken, published in Goeree, Mosaize historie der Hebreeuwse Kerke, 1700. Christian Light Publications, [19--]. - 40 x 38 cm. - Etching shows the arrangement of the camp of the Israelites during their journey through the desert.
 
21. Geistlicher Irrgarten : mit vier Gnadenbrunnen [...]. - Berlin, Upper Canada : H.B. Peterson and Co., 1838. - 1 p. (photocopy) : b&w ; 28 x 37 cm. - the original is in the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College. - Designed as a spiritual labyrinth or maze, the Geistlicher Irrgarten is a form of Pennsylvania German fraktur.
 
22. "Bridge at New Milford" by Woldemar Neufeld. Print 9 of 300 signed by the artist. 59 x43 cm
 
23. Quiet in the Land. - b&w ; 46 x 58 cm. - This is a poster for the Blyth Summer Festival production of "Quiet in the Land" by Anne Chislett at the Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo, 21-25 Sept 1982. - purchased by the Archives at Thrift on Kent, Kitchener, 2014.
 
24. "The prince of peace is Jesus Christ." / Roma Ruth. - Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church, 1996. - col. print ; 38 x 45 cm. - Commissioned to recognize the 500th anniversary of Menno Simons, 1496-1561. - Archives has 2 copies: 1,128/4,000, 1,129/4,000.
 
25. Door towel (or show towel, display towel, door panel) attributed to Magdalena (Schultz) Wagler, 1886. - embroidery on linen ; 40 x 130 cm. - Text on towel "18 MW MW 86" refers to the initials of Magdalena Wagler and her husband Michael Wagler, who were married 26 Oct 1886 in Wellesley Township. - Towel received by the Archives from David Luthy in 2017. The towel was obtained by David Luthy from John Wagler in 1987.  Note on custodial history included in Hist.Mss.23. - More information on the family in: The family history and genealogy of Jacob Wagler and Magdalena Gardner and Barbara Lebold / Bruce Jantzi, Lorraine Roth, Jacob Wagler Family Book Committee. Wellesley, Ont : [the Committee], 1989.
 
26. Door towel (or show towel, display towel, door panel) attributed to Susannah Bergey, [18-?]. - embroidery on linen ; 39 x 123 cm. - Susannah Bergey is believed to be a relative of David D. Bergey. - Towel received from Lorna Bergey by the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society of Ontario. The Society subsequently donated the towel to the Archives after Lorna's death in 2009. - Towel is missing the hanging loops which normally distinguish a door towel.
 
27. Door towel (or show towel, display towel, door panel) attributed to Magdalena Eby, [ca. 1833]. - embroidery on linen (in frame) ; 48 x 120 cm. - Magdalena Eby was born near Waterloo, Ontario in 1813 to David and Elizabeth (Bechtel) Eby. She married John B. Betzner in 1833; the couple had six children. Following David's death she married Abraham Histand, with whom she had one child. She died in 1886. - Towel was passed on to her son David Betzner, to his son Eliab Betzner, to his daughter Carol Betzner Lehman, to her daughter Marjorie Lehman O'Rorke. It was donated to Brubacher House in about 2000. - See additional information in the Lorna Bergey fonds (Hist.Mss.1.151) and Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario fonds (XV-30).
 
28. "Christlicher haus-Segen, Nebst der Zwolf Stunden-Gedachtnis zu finden in Augusburg," [ca. 1800]. - 33 x 38 cm (sight in frame) ; col., printed broadsheet. - Was owned by Ernest Smith's family in the Markham area. Donated to the Archives by Ernest Smith in 2016; received from George Reesor. -  Consists of a Christian house blessing together with the twelve-hour meditiations printed in Augsburg, Germany. - Translation provided by George Reesor. See also Russel Earnest, God Bless this House: The Printed House Blessings (Haus-Segen) of the Pennsylvania Germans, p. 16.
 
 

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