of Alberta

Frederick Enns fonds

Accession 2019.019 and 2023.015 (all filed with 2023.015)

Title and Physical Description

Frederick Enns fonds. – 1959-2019. – 1 cm of textual records

Administrative/Biographical History

Frederick Enns was born in the Mennonite village of Kitchkas, Orenburg, Russia, on 4 July 1925 to David and Katarina (nee Bergen) Enns.  He was the oldest of 8 children.  The family left Russia in 1926 and lived briefly in Winkler, Manitoba and Magrath, Alberta, before settling on a farm of their own near Rosemary, Alberta.
He received his elementary school education in Rosemary and then attended the German/English Academy (now Rosthern Junior College).  After completing grade 12 he enrolled in the War Emergency Short Course for teacher training at the Calgary Normal School and then taught, and eventually served as principal, in a number of small rural schools in Alberta.  He also continued to attend summer school classes at the University of Alberta working toward a Bachelor of Education degree.  In 1959 he enrolled in a graduate program in Education at the University of Alberta, earning his Master’s and Ph. D. degrees there.  He then taught and served in a number of administrative positions in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.  The family moved to Calgary after Fred’s retirement.
Fred, throughout his life, was also extensively involved in Mennonite churches and conferences, including First Mennonite Church in Edmonton. Trinity Mennonite Church in Calgary, Mennonite Church Alberta, Mennonite Church Canada, and the Mennonite Centres for Newcomers in Edmonton and Calgary.
Fred married Aganeta (nee Schroeder).  They were the parents of three daughters.
Fred died in Calgary on 16 June 2019.

Source of Acquisition

Fred Enns’s daughter, Louella (Dave) Cronkite of Lethbridge donated this collection of her father’s papers to the archives of the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta after his death.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of biographical and family papers, information and publications of schools and the university Fred and Aganeta attended, his major publication, and manuscripts of numerous scholarly and church/conference related presentations.

File List

1-1 Autobiography, obituary and biographical information.  Short autobiography entitled: From Fred Enns.  To my Children and Their Families. – ca 2012.
1-2 Typewritten copy the Diary of David Enns (Fred’s father), 1901-1957, together with an English translation.
1-3 Obituary/Tribute for Jacob Enns, written  by his brother, Fred Enns.
1-4 “The Link.” Rosthern Academy Yearbooks, 1943, 1944 and 1945 – the years when Fred or his wife Nettie attended the Academy.
1-5 “Chinook” yearbook, 1943 when Fred Enns was a student the Calgary Normal School.
1-6 University statements of marks for Fred Enns, 1944-1961
1-7 Reports of the Inspector or Superintendent of  Schools, 1944-1959.
1-8 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Rosthern Academy class of 1945 (Nettie, not Fred Enns’s graduating class).
1-9 Foremost School Reunions, 1994 and 2005
1-9 Fred Enns, The Legal Status of the Canadian School Board, (Toronto: Macmillan, 1963), based on Fred Enns’ Ph. D. thesis.
1-10 Fred Enns, compl. Thirty-five Years in Retrospect.  Reminiscences and Reflection on the Department of Educational Administration, 1957-1992, (Edmonton: Department of Educational Administration, University of Alberta, 1992,
1-11 University of Alberta Faculty of Education, Long Range Planning Committee, 1973
1-12 Educational Administration, scholarly papers and presentations by Fred Enns, 1960-1965
1-13 Educational Administration, scholarly papers and presentations by Fred Enns, 1966-1976

2-14 Educational Administration, scholarly papers and presentations by Fred Enns, 1981-1984.
2-15 Church/Conference Papers.  The Congregational Resources Review Board, 1983
2-16 Church/Conference Papers, Commission on Education Report, 1986
2-17 Church/Conference Papers, Sermons and Devotionals, 1954-2007
2-18 Church/Conference Papers, Sermons and Devotionals, undated
2-19 Church/Conference Papers,  articles written by others.


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