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List of Major Holdings

Special Collections

  • John B. Toews library of historical materials

  • Mennonite Central Committee of B.C. files

  • Mennonites Church BC files

  • M.B. Board of Church Extension files (B.C.)

Bible School files

  • Periodicals: Mennonitsche Rundschau, Der Bote, M.B. Herald, The Mennonite, Zionsbote and various other Mennonite publications - past and present

  • Photographs: Bible Schools, Conferences, also a large collection of enlarged photographs of Mennonites in Prussia, Russia, Canada, U.S.A., S. America, and Mexico, as well as many old original photographs

Oral histories (on tape)

  • Yearbooks - conference yearbooks of both COM/BC and M.B. Conference of B.C., as well as School yearbooks

  • Music - Mennonite musicians and groups in B.C. Cassettes, recordings and reel to reel recordings.

  • Special Collections includes files on persons in ministry, constitutions and statements of faith, Selbtschutz, MHS of BC, Vancouver Maedchenheims, Clearbrook Golden Age Society. In addition we have a collection of Bibles and old books including devotional, catechisms, and songbooks.

Items of special interest to genealogists:
Over 100 family histories and genealogies

  • 170 individual history files listed alphabetically by individual names

  • Obituaries- 53 Obituaries collected by G.I. Peters and a large collection clipped from the Mennonitische Rundschau

  • Family Registers of 249 families who reside in B.C.

  • Peter J. Braun - Russian Mennonite Archive (Odessa) 1803-1920 microfilms - includes an 1835 Census of the Molotschna Colony

  • St. Petersburg Archives on microfilms

  • Zaporoshje Regional Archives - microfilms

  • GRANDMA Volume II - Genealogical Resgistry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry - includes 267,864 names, 75,296 families. Maps of South Russia & Prussia. Ship List indexes 1892-1904

Reference books:

  • Mennonite Historical Atlas by Schroeder/Huebert

  • From Prussia to Russia - 300 years - by B.H. Unruh in German titled " Die niderlaeudisch - niederdeutschen Hintergruednde der mennonitischen Ostwouderungen in 16, 18. Aund 19. Jahrbundert."

  • The Mennonite Brotherhood in Russia, (1789-1910) by Peter M. Friesen

  • The Emigration from Germany to Russia in the Years 1763-1862 by Karl Stumpp

  • Bergthal Gemeinde Buch - 1843-1876 - edited by John Dyck. Includes passenger lists, 1881 Federal Census Data and other information

  • Reinlaender Gemeinde Buch - 1880-1903 - edited by John Dyck and William Harms

  • 1880 Village Census of the Mennonite West.

  • The Mennonite Encyclopaedia (4 volumes)

  • Our library contains Mennonite History books, histories of specific Mennonite villages in Russia, biographies and other books of interest to the people with Mennonite Heritage.

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