Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.25

Title: Walter Klaassen fonds

Dates of creation: 1963-1973

Physical description: 5 cm of textual records

Biographical sketch: Walter Klaassen (May 27, 1926-) was born in Laird, Saskatchewan. On June 7, 1952 he married Ruth Dorean Strange; they had three children.

Klaassen received his doctorate from Oxford University in 1960. He has taught at Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.)(1961-1964) and Conrad Grebel College (Waterloo, Ont.) until his retirement. He was chaplain of Conrad Grebel College from 1964-1970. He has published numerous popular and scholarly articles. He and Ruth retired in Vernon, B.C.

Custodial history: The records were received by the Archives before 2010, except for file 7, which was received in 2017.

Notes: See also the Conrad Grebel University College fonds.
Original archival description created by Sam Steiner.

File list:

  1. Correspondence and minutes related to Conrad Grebel College, 1963-1965 (from his resignation at Bethel through his first year at Conrad Grebel).
  2. Primary research materials for chapter, "The Mennonite churches in Asia and Africa" in An introduction to Mennonite history, ed. C.J. Dyck. The data was gathered in 1965.
  3. Misc. papers by Klaassen
  4. Editor's typescript copy of Anabaptism, neither Catholic nor Protestant, 1973
  5. Cassette tapes (3) of lectures given at Rockway Mennonite Church, April 5, 1970-May 10, 1970 that formed the basis for the book, Anabaptism, neither Catholic nor Protestant
  6. Kitchener-Waterloo Anti-Draft Program, 1968-1970
    Note: The following was removed and can be found in the Milton Good Library: The new exodus : America's draft-age exiles / Council for Social Action of the United Church of Christ, 1970
  7. Personal theological reflections by Walter Klaassen


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