Help! I'm a congregational historian!

This page is designed to assist congregational historians and record-keepers of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada congregations.

From here, you can download forms, find answers to frequently asked questions, and learn about upcoming events. Watch this page as new information will be added as it becomes available.

Find your congregation. Check your congregation's archival descriptions to see which records we hold - and which ones are missing!

Questions? Contact Laureen Harder-Gissing, the archivist, who also serves as the Historian of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. Laureen is available for on-site consultations.

The Big Question: What to Keep?

The Archives is here to support your work of preserving and telling your congregation’s story. In turn, your congregation’s records can assist other congregations and researchers. Here is a list of materials you should consider depositing with us:

  • Church bulletins
  • Annual report books
  • Minutes of congregational, committee meetings, and other groups within the church (eg. women’s missionary societies)
  • Membership directories
  • Programmes of special events
  • Congregational newsletters
  • Deeds, cemetery records and other unique documents requiring safe storage
  • Newspaper clippings involving church members
  • Photographs (in particular: leaders, buildings, special events and scrapbooks)
  • Sound or video recordings of a typical church service (Our goal is to collect one recording of a sermon by each of your pastors.)
  • Congregational histories (published or unpublished)
  • Other records of historical importance to your congregation or community
  • If you know of individuals or families with records that may be of historical interest in the Mennonite community (eg. diaries, letters, photographs, papers of pastors, missionaries or service workers, etc.) please encourage them to contact the Archives
  • Except for CDs or DVD recordings of church services, we are not accepting digital records at this time. Printing to paper is still the best option for long term preservation



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