Canadian Mennonite Association

Classification scheme: 

Title: Canadian Mennonite Association fonds

Dates of creation: 1963-1971

Physical description: 13 cm of textual records; 2.4 m of photograph negatives, 4.12 m of photographs

Administrative history: The Canadian Mennonite newspaper was founded in October 1953 by D.W. Friesen and Sons. In October 1962, the Canadian Mennonite Association, an inter-Mennonite, non-profit group of shareholders, became the paper's publisher. On 5 Apr 1967, the Association was incorporated in Manitoba as the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Association, Inc.

Membership in the Association consisted of individuals or organizations who had pledged $100 or more. The Association met annually and elected a board that met semi-annually. The board elected executive, editorial, and business committees.

The Canadian Mennonite ceased publication on 19 Feb 1971 due to financial difficulties. It was succeeded by the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service, which published the Mennonite Reporter.

Custodial history: Files have been gathered from various individual donations, including Frank H. Epp and Walter Klaassen. The photograph collection was transferred intact from The Canadian Mennonite.

Scope and content: The fonds consists of minutes, reports, correspondence, news clippings, special reports produced by staff, and publicity materials. The photograph collection consists of photos taken by staff and sent in from other agencies and individuals.

Note: For copies of The Canadian Mennonite, see the CGUC library.
Photographs used in The Canadian Mennonite can be searched through the Archives' Mennonite Archival Image Database.

File list:

Series 1: Formal records

  1. Annual meeting reports and minutes, 1963-1970
  2. Board and steering committee minutes, 1963-1971
    Note: File formerly numbered as XV-19.2
  3. Executive committee minutes, 1964-1968
    Note: File formerly numbered as XV-19.2
  4. Editorial committee minutes, 1963-1970
    Note: File formerly numbered as XV-19.2
  5. Business committee minutes, 1964-1970
    Note: File formerly numbered as XV-19.2
  6. Correspondence, 1963-1967

Series 2: Informal records

  1. Special reports by staff
  2. Publicity materials
  3. News clippings
  4. Manual for correspondents, 1963
  5. The Canadian Mennonite Index / by Conrad Grebel University College with assistance from Mennonite Heritage Centre and Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. Winnipeg: Mennonite Heritage Centre, 2013. (electronic version)


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

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238