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Title: Florence Snyder fonds

Dates of creation: 1956, 1959, 1962-1965

Physical description: 4 cm of textual records

Biographical sketch: Florence Anna Snyder (1921-2018) was born in Kitchener to Menno and Ida (Groh) Snyder. She had four siblings: Clifford, Alice, Irene and Harvey. She worked for the Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, Pennsylvania and later for a cable television company in the Kitchener area. From 1962-1965, she served as a matron at the Woodstock School in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India. Woodstock was in part a boarding school for missionary children, and a number of Mennonite missionaries and volunteers were involved in its operation. In the course of her life, Florence traveled widely. She died in Waterloo in 2018.

Custodial history: Donated to the Archives by C. Arnold Snyder, ca. 2019.

Scope and content: Florence Snyder's passion for travel is reflected in these letters sent to her family during trips to Europe (undated), Puerto Rico (1956), and the western United States (1959). The bulk of her letters are almost-weekly missives from India, describing everyday life at Woodstock School, friendships, and vacation-time travels in India and Nepal.

Notes: See also the Alice Snyder fonds, Hist.Mss.1.240.
Original archival description created 2020 by Laureen Harder-Gissing.


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