Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.164

Title: Clifford Snyder fonds

Date of creation: 1946-1947

Physical description: 1 scrapbook

Biographical Sketch: Clifford Snyder (1914-1947) was a Mennonite missionary from Kitchener, Ontario. He and his wife Doris and their two children departed for service in Argentina, under the auspices of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, in 1947. Clifford died en route of a cerebral haemorrhage on 11 April and was buried at sea. He was 33 years of age. A memorial service was held for him at his home congregation in Kitchener, First Mennonite Church, on 27 April. A memorial fund was established in his memory to train missionaries for the foreign field.

Custodial history: The scrapbook was transferred to the Archives in the early 1990s; the remaining items were transferred to the Archives in November 1996.

Scope and content: The scrapbook consists of letters and memorabilia about Clifford Snyder assembled by his sisters. The sermon notes were donated by C. Arnold Snyder, Clifford's son, as were the copies of the death certificate and photocopies of Frank Byler's diary from the voyage on which Clifford Snyder died.


Original archival description created 2000s by Sam Steiner.

File list:

  1. Scrapbook
  2. Letter from Margaret Anne Snyder to Wanner Sunday School, [1947?]
  3. Sermon notes, 1946-1947
  4. Death certificate, 1947 (includes original and English translation, plus photocopy of each)
  5. Photocopy of Frank Byler travel diary, March 16-April 26, 1947, provided by Anna H. Byler to Margaret Snyder Schipani.
  6. Poem by Miriam Sieber Lind re: Clifford Snyder provided by John H. Hess to Margaret Snyder Schipani.


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