Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.41

Title: Earle S. Snyder fonds

Dates of creation: 1909-1973

Physical description: 100 cm. of textual record

Biographical Sketch: Earle S. Snyder (14 August 1893-14 December 1973) was born to Isador B. Snyder and Hannah Bingeman. On 4 June 1921 he married Florence Cressman (16 April 1892-28 November 1978); they had two daughters. For many years he was on the faculty of Ontario Agricultural College (now University of Guelph) in the Poultry Division, one of the first Swiss Mennonites to teach at the post-secondary level. He was a charter member of the Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church, and was a strong lay leader in the congregation all his life.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated by his daughter, Helen Reusser, in two separate donations, the last in November 2008.

Scope and content:

The fonds consists of four series:

  1. Oversize charts, newspapers and photograph
  2. Family account books
  3. Subject and correspondence files
  4. Personal papers and correspondence


Original archival description created in 2008 by Sam Steiner.

Series 1: Oversize charts, newspapers and photograph (stored in map case)

  1. Newspaper -- Snyder family reunion, 1909
  2. Photo of Snyder family reunion, 1909
  3. Chart of descendants of Peter Snyder (1772-1843)
  4. Charts of persons who held office at Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church (3 charts)
  5. Newspaper -- Berlin becoming a city, 1912

Box 1

Series 2: Family account books

  1. Bound account books (21) detailing all expenditures of the family, 1921-1976

Box 2

Series 3: Subject and correspondence files

  1. Misc. personal notes and correspondence
  2. Notes on China
  3. Rockhaven House (Sudbury, Ont.)
  4. Questionaire on Mennonite Church history
  5. General Conference Mennonite Church reports
  6. Eastern District Conference reports
  7. Eastern District Conference program, 1945
  8. Mennonite Central Committee
  9. Historic Peace Conference
  10. Conference of Historic Peace Churches, 1963-1964
  11. Kitchener-Waterloo Inter-Church Extension Committee
  12. Hamilton Mennonite Church
  13. Mennonite Mission and Service Board
  14. Guelph Mennonite Fellowship
  15. Mennonite students
  16. Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Ind.)
  17. Andrew Shelley correspondence
  18. Mission Committee (Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church)
  19. United Mennonite Conference Mission Committee
  20. Waters Church (Lively, Ont.)
  21. Northern Ontario missions
  22. Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario
  23. Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario
  24. Rockway Mennonite School
  25. Correspondence re: Leona Cressman and Edna Weber
  26. Conference of Historic Peace Churches
  27. Sudbury trip, 1966
  28. Hamilton Mennonite Church
  29. Mennonite Mission and Service Board
  1. Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church study
  2. Misc. papers related to Stirling Ave.
  3. Misc. personal correspondence
  4. Administrative lists from Stirling Ave.
  5. Missionary Committee minutes
  6. Sunday school constitution
  7. Farmers Federation news
  8. Crusaders material (Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church)
  9. Stirling Ave. Church Board
  10. Pastoral search, 1949-1950
  11. Correspondence with Andrew Shelley
  12. Stirling Ave. Pulpit Committee
  13. Statistical lists re: Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church

Box 3

Series 4: Personal papers and correspondence

  1. Poultry account book, 191?
  2. Literary Society typescripts and manuscripts, ca. 1915
  3. Andrew Shelley correspondence, 1941-1945
  4. Correspondence with Isadore B. Snyder re: Snyder reunion, 1909
  5. Fred Cressman correspondence (in Alternate Service Camp in B.C., 1942) (Cressman was Florence Cressman's nephew, the son of her sister, Laura)
  6. Financial journal, 1925
  7. Administrative charts, Stirling Ave., 1924-1974
  8. Income and expense summaries, 1918-1962
  9. Automobile and travel summaries, 1961-1971
  10. J. Boyd Cressman correspondence, 1916-1928
  11. Earle Snyder to family (when travelling), 1924-1928
  12. Earle Snyder to parents, 1919-1922
  13. Grant B. & Ruth Snyder (Brother, 1899-1991) to Earle & Florence Snyder, 1923-1970
  14. John Weber to Earle Snyder (from India), 1960-1962
  15. Della Snyder (Earle's sister) correspondence, 1921-1959 (several letters to and from Della); also legal documents related to Della Snyder, primarily related to the sale of her property to Smiles 'n Chuckles Ltd., 1958-1962
  16. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1918-1963
  17. Grade reports, Ontario Agricultural College, 1914-1917
  18. Military Exemption documents, including church membership certificate, 1917-1918
  19. Telegrams with job offers from Oregon and Washington, 1920
  20. Ration cards & other documents, 1941-1945
  21. Documents related to salary and employement at Ontario Agricultural College, 1917-1963
  22. Mortgages and other documents related to Dean Street property, 1933-1951
  23. Receipts for donations to Non-Resistant Relief Organization, 1939-1941
  24. Travel diary and notice appointment as Ontario representative to World Poultry Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1954


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