Mennonite
Historical
Society

of Alberta

Finding Aid – Schools

MHSA Project Plan

Our intent is to assist long-distance and on-site researchers to use these yearbooks by developing indexes of the faculty, staff, directors and students listed and photographed (seeCMBC 1955/56 example).

Until all the yearbooks are indexed, we can manually check and let you know if someone is listed/photographed.

Photograph Request

If you would like a copy of a photograph from our yearbook collection, we can prepare a tif and jpg for you ($10 fee applies) and send them to you by e-mail attachment. Or you can come to the MHSA and make your own photocopy or jpg/tif file ($.25). We can also assist you with making your own tif/jpg file ($5).

Volunteers Needed

To Index the Yearbooks – no experience needed, you do not need to live in Calgary.

Contact us to make a request, volunteer, or obtain more details.

This finding aid will point researchers to about 150 Canadian Mennonite school yearbooks held in the MHSA Library collection. The base list of schools below and information about them was primarily constructed with information found on GAMEO, but supplemented with print sources.

While our mandate is to collect, preserve and provide access to documents and books of Alberta Mennonites and their ancestors, when records and books from other geographical areas are donated to us, we also preserve and provide access to them.

Why are we providing this specific finding aid? Because we have a substantial set of Mennonite school yearbooks. They contain photographs of thousands of Mennonites who studied in these schools. Thus they could contain a photo of your parent or grantparent. For a sample index to a yearbook seeCanadian Mennonite Bible College, 1955/56.

Do contact us if you know of records and books that could be preserved for all Alberta Mennonite schools.

British Columbia

School Name Merger history Conference Affiliation/s Location Years in Operation Yearbooks in Collection
Bethel Bible Institute later part of Columbia Bible Institute, 1970 General Conference Couglan 1939 Echoes of Bethel
1953, 1959, 1966, 1970
Columbia Bible College/ Institute formed from Bethel Bible Institute and Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute Mennonite Brethren & General Conference Abbotsford 1985 1977, 1985, 1990, 1996
East Chilliwack Mennonite Brethren Bible School Mennonite Brethren Chilliwack 1947
Elim Bible School Mennonite Brethren Yarrow 1930
Greendale Bible Institute Mennonite Brethren Sardis 1938
Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute/School later part of Columbia Bible Institute Mennonite Brethren Clearbrook 1943-1970
Mennonite Bible School General Conference Sardis or Yarrow 1939
Mennonite Educational Institute Inter-Mennonite Abbotsford 1944- Evergreen
1965-1970
South Abbotsford Bible School
later Bethel Bible School
Mennonite Brethren Abbotsford 1936-1941, 1943
Yarrow Bible School Mennonite Brethren Yarrow 1935

Alberta

School Name Merger history Conference Affiliation/s Location Years in Operation Yearbooks in Collection
Alberta Mennonite High School Mennonite Brethren Coaldale 1946-1964 Quo Vadis
1953, 1954, 1956-1958, 1960
Bethesda Bible School Mennonite Brethren Gem 1933-mid 1900s
Coaldale Bible School
(also known as Alberta Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute)
(possibly also known as Morning Star Bible School)
Mennonite Brethren Coaldale 1929-1965 The Torchbearer
1954, 1956-1963
Indexed: 195619571962,1963
Countess Bible School later part of Menno Bible Institute General Conference Countess 1939->1940
Crowfoot Bible School Mennonite Brethren Crowfoot 1936-1937
La Glace Bible School Mennonite Brethren LaGlace 1933-1947
Menno Bible Institute General Conference Didsbury 1937-1966 1962
Menno Simons Christian School Calgary Mennonite churches Calgary 1983- 1988, 1997
Mennonite Bible School General Conference Coaldale 1935-
Mountain View Bible School/College United Missionary Didsbury 1921 or 1926 – undated issue
Rosemary Bible School General Conference Rosemary 1932-1947
Springridge German Bible School General Conference Springridge 1935->1940
Vauxhall Bible School Mennonite Brethren Vauxhall 1937-1943
Wembley Bible School
(also known as Hoffnungsfeld Bible School)
General Conference Wembley 1933->1940

Manitoba

School Name Merger history Conference Affiliation/s Location Years in Operation Yearbooks in Collection*
Canadian Mennonite Bible College later part of Canadian Mennonite University General Conference Winnipeg 1947-1999 1950-1970, 1972, 1977-1978, 1980, 1988-1989, 1995-1996
Indexed: 1956
Canadian Mennonite University formed from Canadian Mennonite Bible College, Mennonite Brethren Bible College & Menno Simons College Inter-Mennonite Winnipeg 1999- 2000
Concord College/Mennonite Brethren Bible College later part of Canadian Mennonite University Mennonite Brethren 1992-1999
Elim Bible Institute/School/Christian Education Centre Inter-Mennonite? Gretna & later Altona 1929-1931, 1937-1963 , 1975-1988 Eilm Palme
1953, 1955, 1957, 1959-1960, 1962, 1964-1966
Indexed: 1964
Menno Simons College formerly Mennonite Studies Centre of the University of Winnipeg? Mennonite Brethren Winnipeg ????-1999
Mennonite Bible School General Conference Winnipeg 1934-
Mennonite Brethren Bible College later Concord College Mennonite Brethren 1944-1992 Rainbow
1946-1962, 1969, 1977
Indexed: 1948
Mennonite Brethren Bible School Mennonite Brethren The Torch
1948, 1952
Mennonite Collegiate Institute 1955, 1957, 1960, 1962-1966
Mennonitische Religionsschule General Conference Winnipeg 1932-
Peniel Bible School Mennonite Brethren Winkler 1925-
St. Elizabeth Bible School General Conference St. Elizabeth 1937-
Steinbach Bible College/Institute/Academy/School Evangelical Mennonite Church, Chortita Mennonite Church, Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church, Christian Fellowship Church of Steinbach, Steijnbach Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Steinbach 1931-1932, 1939- The Star
1964, 1970
Winkler Bible Institute Winkler The Key
1970-1972, 1975, 1979
Winkler Bible School Mennonite Brethren Winkler 1925- The Morning Star
1940, 1946, 1948-1951-1956, 1960-1965, 1967-1969, 1991
Winkler High School Winkler The Winkler Collegian
1947, 1949
Winnipeg Bible School Mennonite Brethren Winnipeg 1930-1972
Winnipeg German Bible School Mennonite Brethren Winnipeg 1929-1942
Winnipeg Bible College/Institute/Training School ** Winnipeg 1925 The King’s Herald
1949, 1965

Saskatchewan

School Name Merger history Conference Affiliation/s Location Years in Operation Yearbooks in Collection
Aberdeen Bible School Mennonite Brethren Aberdeen 1934-
Bethany Bible College/School/Institute formed from Herbert Bible School Mennonite Brethren & Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church Hepburn 1927- The Ray
1951-1956, 1961, 1967-1968, 1971, 1974-1975, 1977-1978, 1981-1982, 1991
Drake Bible School General Conference Drake 1939-
Glenbush Bible School Mennonite Brethren Glenbush 1932-
Herbert Bible School later part of Bethany Bible Institute Mennonite Brethren Herbert 1913-1919, 1921-1930, 1932-1957
Rosthern Bible School General Conference Rosthern 1932-1961 The Torch
1956, 1957
Rosthern Junior College
(formerly German-English Academy)
General Conference Rosthern 1905- Link
1951-1962, 1964-1967, 1969, 1971-1972, 1974-1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1996
Indexed: 197119721974
Swift Current Bible School/ Institute General Conference Swift Current 1936-1996 Ambassador
1954-1955, 1962, 1965-1968, 1970-1971, 1973-1974, 1977-1981, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1994-1996
Swift Current Mennonite Brethren Bible School Mennonite Brethren Swift Current 1936- 1960, 1965-1968
Tabor Bible School/Dalmeny Bible School Mennonite Brethren Dalmeny 1928-1951, 1952-1954 Indexed1931

Ontario

School Name Merger history Conference Affiliation/s Location Years in Operation Yearbooks in Collection
Aylmer Bible School (Evangelical Mennonite Missionary Conference) located in Aylmer Mennonite Brethren Aylmer 19??
Eden Bible School
later known as Eden Christian College -ok
Eden High School added, 1945
same as MBBI below?
Mennonite Brethren Virgil 1942-1955
Eden Christian College -ok Mennonite Brethren Virgil 1955-
Eden High School -ok Mennonite Brethren St. Catherines 1987
Emmanuel Bible College-ok United Missionary Church (later Evangelical Missionary Church) Stouffville/Kitchener 1940-
Leamington Bible School General Conference Leamington 1936-
Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute same as Eden Bible School above? Mennonite Brethren Virgil 1938-
Ontario Mennonite Bible School/Winter Bible School Mennonite Church Kitchener 1907-
United Mennonite Bible School General Conference St. Catherines 1950-1956 1954
Vineland Bible School General Conference & Mennonite Brethren Vineland 1936 or 1939-
Virgil Bible and High School Virgil 1946

Quebec

  • Institut Biblique Laval (Mennonite Brethren) founded in in St-Laurent – ????

* Graduation year
** May not be Mennonite or may actually be Winnipeg German Bible College

Last updated 27 Aug 2010

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