Mennonite
Historical
Society

of Alberta

Alberta Women in Mission

First Presidents: Maria Pauls, Anne Harder, Frieda Peters, Irene Klassen & Marie Tiessen

First Presidents: Maria Pauls, Anne Harder, Frieda Peters, Irene Klassen & Marie Tiessen

Title and Physical Description

Alberta Women in Mission fonds. — 1947-2016, predominant 1982-2005. — 90 cm of textual records. — Ca. 730 photographs. — 3 slides

Administrative History

Alberta Women in Mission (AWM) was organized in 1948 as an auxiliary of the Mennonite Church Alberta, but typically reported to and received resources from Canadian Women in Mission (CWM). The role of the AWM has been for Mennonite Church Alberta women to become collectively involved in General Conference relief and mission work by learning about that work and by contributing financially to it.

The first executive consisted of: Mrs. William Pauls, Didsbury, President; Mrs. Jacob Klassen, Countess, Vice-President; and Mrs. H.J. Sawatzky, Didsbury, Secretary-Treasurer. Among the Presidents over the years were: Maria Pauls (1948-1958), Anne Harder (1958-1964), Frieda Peters (1964-1970), Irene Klassen (1970-1975), Marie Tiessen (1975-1977), Margaret Goerzen (1977-1983), Erna Goerzen (1983-1986), Katie Penner (1986-1991), Annemarie Buhler (1991-1997), Jan Wilhelm (1997-2000), and Beth Moyer (2000- ).

Custodial History

The records were passed along from past to current AWM Presidents, ending with Jan Wilhelm.

Scope & Content

The fonds consists of three series:

  1. Administration and Correspondence
  2. Meetings and Workshops
  3. Missions Groups Annual Activity Reports.

Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds

Source of Acquisition

Gift by Alberta Women in Mission through Presidents Jan Wilhelm, Beth Moyer, Rita Dahl and Ellie Janz in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2014.

Access Restrictions

None known

Finding Aids

See  “Series Inventory”

Related Materials

For records related to the AWM fonds, see MHSA Mennonite Church Alberta fonds (Box 3.22-465, 470-471, and 473), and Bergthal Women in Mission fonds
For books related to the AWM, see for example, Alberta Mennonite Women in Mission, 1947-1977 [BX 8103WM ALB]

Accruals

Expected

Notes

Accession 2002.001, 2003.016, 2003.017, 2005.018, 2014.017, 2016.008
Language – some records in German
Last updated 31 July 2014 Ted Regehr
Revised 31 July 2013, Ted Regehr

Series Inventory

  1. Administration & Correspondence. — 1962-2000. —45 cm of textual records

    The series consists of several versions of the AWM constitution, organizational planning and evaluative records, and correspondence primarily between presidents and parties in the CWM and GCWM organizations, between presidents and contacts in the individual missions groups, or with supported missionaries. Arranged by date.

    • 1 – 1 Minutes, and Constitution – 1971-1981
    • 1 – 2 Program Books and Minutes – 1971-1996 (a & b)
    • 5 – 82 Miscellaneous Reports, Scripts used by Alberta Women in Mission – 1974-1985
    • 5 – 83 The manual of Women in Mission of the General Conference Mennonite Church. – 3rd printing (rev.). – 1983.
    • 5 – 84 Women in Mission : symbol, structure, purpose, historical highlights, goals for the ’80s. – [1982]
    • 1 – 3 Minutes and Policy Manual – 1982
    • 1 – 4 Address Lists – 1982-1997
    • 1 – 5 Job Descriptions – 1977-1983
    • 1 – 6 Policy Manual – 1990
    • 1 – 7 Constitution – 1991
    • 1 – 8 General Conference Women in Mission Constitution, Minutes, Correspondence, etc. – 1991-1995
    • 1 – 9 Constitution, Newsletters, Reports, Correspondence, Guest Book, and Notes – 1991-1997
    • 1 – 10 Constitution – 1995
    • 1 – 11 Correspondence and Minutes – 1996
    • 1 – 12 Evaluation, Fall – 1998
    • 1 – 13 Constitution, Presidents, Conference Planning, etc. – n.d.
    • 1 – 14 Correspondence – 1962-1964
    • 1 – 15 Correspondence with Canadian Conference – 1963-1973
    • 2 – 16 Missionary letters – Missions, Newton, etc. – 1968-1979
    • 2 – 17 Correspondence – 1970
    • 2 – 18 Correspondence – 1970-1973
    • 2 – 19 Correspondence with Canadian Women in Mission – 1972-1977
    • 2 – 20 Correspondence – 1974-1975
    • 2 – 21 Invitations – 1975
    • 2 – 22 Correspondence – 1975-1976
    • 2 – 23 Correspondence – 1975-1977
    • 2 – 24 Canadian Women in Mission Constitution – 1975-1984
    • 2 – 25 Correspondence – 1976-1982
    • 2 – 26 Correspondence with Canadian Conference, Calgary – 1979
    • 2 – 27 Correspondence and Minutes – 1977-1979
    • 2 – 28 Correspondence – 1977-1982
    • 2 – 29 Correspondence- 1982-1987
    • 2 – 30 Correspondence – 1982-1987
    • 2 – 31 Correspondence – 1988-1991
    • 2 – 32 Correspondence – 1988-1991
    • 2 – 33 Notes, Correspondence, etc. – 1991-1997
    • 2 – 34 Notes, Correspondence, etc. 1991-97
    • 5 – 73 Correspondence – Missionaries – 1994-2000
    • 5 – 74 Meeting Agendas and Notes – 1994-2002
    • 3 – 35 Canadian Women in Mission Address Lists – 1994/5 and 1995/96
    • 5 – 77 Correspondence – 1996-2002
    • 5 – 79 Correspondence – General Conference Women in Mission – 1997-1998
    • 3 – 36 Local Letters – n.d.
    • 3 – 37 History – n.d.
    • 3 – 38 Friesland Hospital Correspondence – n.d.
  2. Meetings/Workshops. — 1947-2016. — 23 cm of textual records. — ca 700 photographs — 3 slides

    The series consists of instructional resource packages from the Canadian Women in Mission or General Conference Women in Mission, missionaries or other religious publications. Arranged by date.

    • 5 – 85 Devotional services with scripture, hymns and prayers. – 1947
    • 5 – 86 Women’s activity letter. – 1972-1977
    • 3 – 39 Workshop Packet – 1975
    • 5 – 87 Devotional packet. – [ca. 1975-ca. 1977]
    • 3 – 40 Conference Event Planning – 1977
    • 5 – 88 Miscellaneous Canadian Women in Mission resources. – [1978?]-1987
    • 5 – 89 Miscellaneous General Conference Women in Mission resources. – [ca. 1978-ca. 1987]
    • 5 – 90 Women’s Missionary and Service Commission Bible study guide. – 1978-1979
    • 5 – 91 Abortion packet. – [1980]. – Information on abortion issues
    • 5 – 92 Window to mission. – 1981-1988
    • 3 – 41 Executive Workshop – 1982-1987
    • 3 – 42 Resource Materials – 1982-1995
    • 5 – 71 General Conference Women in Mission – Report to Council of Commissions 1989-1991
    • 3 – 43 Commission on Overseas Mission Speakers Bureau – 1989-1992
    • 5 – 72 [Annual General Meetings – Reports, Minutes and Plans] – 1990-2002
    • 5 – 93 Women in Leadership Ministries resource packet. – [ca. 1990]
    • 5 – 94 Commission on Overseas Mission : resources. – 1986-1988
    • 5 – 95 Miscellaneous notes. – [ca. 1987-ca. 1993]
    • 3 – 44 Resource Packet – 1991-1992
    • 3 – 45 Resource Packet – 1992-1993
    • 5 – 75 Conferences – 1996-1999
    • 5 – 76 Board Members and Representatives and Conference Program Outline – 1996-2000
    • 3 – 46 WM and WMSC Study Guide – 1997-1998
    • 3 – 47 General Conference Women in Mission Resource Packet – 1997
    • 5 – 80 Canadian Women in Mission – Reports and Correspondence – 1997-2000
    • 5 – 81 Conference of Mennonites in Alberta – Reports, Notes – 1999-2000
    • 3 – 48 Photographs
      • 2 – 27 – [22 photos separated]
      • 2 – 29 – [60 photos separated]
      • 2 – 30 – [77 photos separated]
      • 2 – 31 – [43 photos separated]
      • 2 – 32 – [15 photos separated]
      • 2 – 33 – [80 photos separated]
      • 3 – 38 – [23 photos separated]
      • 5 -98 – 32 photos, 1986-1988.
      • 5 – 96 – Photographs. – 1987-1996
      • 5 – 97 – Pages from photo album, General Conference Women in Mission. – 1995-1996
    • 3 – 49 General Conference Mennonite Church Triennial Conference Resource Package and Minutes – n.d.
    • 5-99 Accession 2016.008.  MCA Women Poster (re)make 2016.
  3. Missions Groups Annual Reports. — 1964-2005. — 23 cm of textual materials

    The series consists of annual statistical and financial activity reports submitted by individual congregational women’s missions groups throughout Alberta. They contain congregational details, names of leaders, membership numbers, the volume of funds raised and the causes to which the funds are designated. Arranged by date.

    • 3 – 50 Missions Group Annual Reports – 1964-1966
    • 3 – 51 Missions Group Annual Reports – 1968-1969
    • 3 – 52 Missions Group Annual Reports – 1969
    • 3 – 53 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1970
    • 3 – 54 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1971
    • 4 – 55 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1972
    • 4 – 56 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1972
    • 4 – 57 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1973
    • 4 – 58 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1975
    • 3 – 59 Missions Group Annual Reports – 1976
    • 3 – 60 Missions Group Annual Reports – 1978
    • 4 – 61 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1979
    • 4 – 62 Missions Group Annual Reports – 1980
    • 3 – 63 Missions Group Annual Reports – 1981
    • 4 – 64 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1982 and 1984
    • 4 – 65 Missions Group Annual Reports – 1982-1997
    • 4 – 66 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1982-1989
    • 4 – 67 Missions Group Annual Reports and Correspondence – 1983
    • 4 – 68 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 1990-1996
    • 4 – 69 Missions Group Annual Reports – 1992-1993 and 1996-1995
    • 5 – 99 Missions Groups Annual Reports – 2005-2012
    • 5 – 78 Local Group – Annual Reports – 1996-2005