Classification scheme: 

Title: Donovan E. Smucker fonds

Dates of creation: 1940-1991

Physical description: 6 cm of textual records

Biographical sketch: Donovan Smucker (1915-2001) was born in Ohio. He married Barbara Claassen in 1939; the couple had three children. He completed a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1957. He worked as a pastor, university professor, and college administrator. His primary interests included Christian ethics, active peacemaking, and race relations. For 1970-1981, he was a Professor of Social Sciences and Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel College.

Custodial history: Materials were received from Donovan Smucker, except for the PACS 230 materials which were transferred from the Archives of the Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind., in 2013.

Notes: For photographs related to this person search the Mennonite Archival Image Database.
Further materials related to this person may be found by searching the Archives.
An encyclopedia entry for Donovan Smucker is found in GAMEO.
Original archival description created 2013 by Laureen Harder-Gissing.

File list:

  1. Miscellaneous articles by Donovan Smucker
  2. Copy of Church History v. IX n.4 (December 1940).
    Note: Copy is signed by Robert Friedmann, and annotated by Smucker.
  3. Barbara Claassen Smucker
    Note: Contains program for her honorary doctorate received from the University of Waterloo (1986), and an autobiography.
  4. "The Amish World" essay by Rebecca Smucker
  5. The Politics of Nonviolence (PACS 230), Fall 1984
    Note: Contains syllabus, reading list, and photocopies of some readings for this off-campus Conrad Grebel College course, taught at the Cambridge Public Library.


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