Fonds menn-33 - Menno Bible Institute collection

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Menno Bible Institute collection

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MENN menn-33

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  • 1933-2011 (Creation)
    Menno Bible Institute

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61 cm of textual records. - ca. 100 photographs. - 1 compact disc. - 1 banner.

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Biographical history

Menno Bible Institute was founded in 1937 by the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta, affiliated with the General Conference Mennonite Church. Didsbury Mennonite Church initially provided space for dormitories and classrooms, but a purpose-built school was constructed in the early 1940s. The school had two or three instructors, and about 60 high-school-aged students at its peak in the 1940s. Wilhelm Pauls was the principal until his retirement in 1962. Enrolment declined in the 1960s as young Mennonites saw advantages in completing Grade 12 in the public school system. The Conference of Mennonites in Alberta decided to close the school in 1966 and amalgamate it with the Swift Current Bible Institute in Saskatchewan.

Custodial history

The materials accessioned as 2012.007 are believed to have been transferred to the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta following the closure of Menno Bible Institute, then transferred to the MHSA in 2002 via CMA archivist Henry Goerzen. The materials donated by Marvin Baergen (2011.045) were accumulated by his father Frank Bergen, a member of the Institute's governing Committee. The materials donated by Bill Pauls (2012.022) are from his father, Rev. Wilhelm Pauls, long-time principal of the Institute. The materials donated by Henry Goerzen (2011.018) were collected by him from various sources..

Scope and content

The fonds consists of the school's constitution and policies (ca. 1962-ca. 1965), Board minutes (1962-1968), reports, correspondence (1961-1967), financial records, architectural plans, lists of students and staff (1937-1965), catalogues/calendars (1950-1966), student publications (1951-ca. 1964), student essays, student reunion records (1952, 1991), research papers on Mennonite Bible schools, student portraits (1945-1966), and the school's processional banner. Includes some information on Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Bible School and Aufwärts Bibelschule in Rosemary, Alberta.Includes some personal records of Wilhelm Pauls. .

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Gifts by Conference of Mennonites of Alberta, ca. 2002; Henry D. Goerzen collector,2011; Marvin Baergen, 2011, and Bill Pauls, 2012..


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  • English
  • German

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The material is mostly in English. Some early records are in German.

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Access to student records may be restricted in accordance with Alberta privacy legislation and MHSA privacy policies.

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An online inventory is available. A more detailed paper inventory is stored in Box 3 of the fonds.

Associated materials

Some of the school's yearbooks are in the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta Library.

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Accession no. 2011.018, 2011.045, 2012.045, 2012.007, 2012.022 filed at 2011.045

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Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta

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