Mennonite
Historical
Society

of Alberta

Jacob D. Harder fonds

Title and Physical Description

Jacob D. Harder fonds. — 1897-2000. — 11.5 cm of textual records

Administrative/Biographical History

Jacob D. Harder was born in 1927 to David and Helena (Toews) Harder. He married Hella Dahl in Didsbury, Alberta in 1949 and together they had three children: Leila (1952-1952), Leila Joy, and Rhonda Susan. Jacob was an educator who taught in one room country schools for the first five years followed by eleven years teaching Industrial Arts in Carstairs. He completed a B.Ed (1954), a journeyman carpenter’s certificate (1960), an M.Sc. from Oregon State University (1964), and a D.Ed (1970). His career continued in the education field where he was a Supervisor of Industrial Arts, High School Inspector, and Associate Director of Curriculum in the Alberta Department of Education. His leadership extended to the Mennonite community as well, where he contributed to the development of Camp Valaqua; introduction of Conference Sunday School materials to Alberta churches; the rebuilding of Menno Bible Institute (and its closing); serving on the Bergthal Mennonite Church Council, the Rosthern Junior College Board of Trustees, and chairing the Alberta Mennonite Conference and the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta.

Scope & Content

The fonds consists of records of vital events in the Harder family, 1772-1985 (recorded 1897-1985); notes on Mennonite home remedies (1897), Harder family correspondence and biographies; Bergthal Mennonite Church minutes (1957-1963) and history; and correspondence related to the Harder Report, Alberta Department of Education (1970-1994).

Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds

Source of Acquisition

Gift from Jacob D. Harder, 2003, 2011

Arrangement

According to date

Other Formats

“The Harders” is also available in cerlox binding in MHSA Library

Access Restrictions

None

Finding Aids

See Files Inventory

Accruals

Expected

Notes

Accession 2003.022, 2011.009
GRANDMA #423391
Language: German and English
Last updated 10 Mar 2011 – Judith Rempel
Revised July 2012

Files Inventory

Box 1
1 – 1 Home Remedies – 1897
1 – 2 Record of vital events in the Harder family, 1772-1985. – [Copied ca. 2003 (originally created 1897-1985)]
1 – 3 “Old Material” – Miscellaneous Letters and Documents – [Copied ca. 1956-ca. 2003 (originally created 1835-ca. 2003)]
1 – 4 Family correspondence – 1936-1983
1 – 5 Elder C.D. Harder Biography, 1866-1946 – 1940-1982
1 – 6 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes – 1957-1963
1 – 7 History of Bergthal Mennonite Church, 1964-1978 – 1964, 1978
1 – 8 The Harder report on the Alberta school curriculum and related correspondence – 1970-1994
1 – 9 Jacob D. Harder – Alberta Report – 1978
1 – 10 MHSA Correspondence – 1999-2000
1 – 11 Correspondence – 1999-2004
1 – 12 The Harders: The Chronicles of the David Harder Family manuscript – 2000

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