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CP Printing Solutions, or, The Christian Press, Ltd., or, Rundschau Publishing House – Winnipeg, MB

Proper Title

CP Printing Solutions, or, The Christian Press, Ltd., or, Rundschau Publishing House series

Dates of Creation

1923 –

Physical Description

32 cm of textual records

Administrative History

In 1923, the publication of two weekly German papers, the Mennonitische Rundschau and the Christlicher Jugendfreund, were transferred from the Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, to Rundschau Publishing House in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Owner Herman Neufeld was instrumental in moving the publishing house from Scottdale to Winnipeg, setting up his Winnipeg printing shop at 672 Arlington St. in 1923. In 1940, The Rundschau Publishing House was renamed Christian Press, Ltd.

On October 24, 1945, Neufeld sold 7/8 of the company's shares to Mennonite Brethren Businessman and the remaining 1/8 was bought by the Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conference. In 1951, with loans from the MB Conference, a new print shop was built near the MB Bible College at 159 Kelvin Street (later called Henderson Hwy). Over the next ten years, the Conference continued to increase its holdings in the company until it became sole owner of Christian Press in 1961.

The main objective of Christian Press was to publish Christian periodicals for the German-speaking Mennonites in Canada and abroad. In the 1960s, this objective expanded to meet the need of English readers and the printing demands of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. A book sales department, known as "Christian Press Bookstore," was added to accommodate distribution. This store merged in 1971 with the Faith and Life Bookstore, which had previously been managed by the General Conference of MB Churches. The new store was renamed "Fellowship Bookcentre" after the merger, and continued to supply reports to the Board of Publication until the store was sold in 1980.

Under the ownership of the Canadian Conference of MB churches, Christian Press reported to the Board of Publications until 1987, at which time it reported to the Board of Management. When the Conference was restructured in 2004, Christian Press started making its reports directly to the Executive Board.  On January 1, 2012, The Christian Press, Ltd. was renamed CP Printing Solutions.

Sources: various Conference Yearbooks, MB Herald.

Scope and Content

This series belongs to the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren churches fonds. It contains the financial records of Rundschau Publishing House and The Christian Press, Ltd., as well as shareholder certificates, board of director minutes, and documents pertaining to the management of "Fellowship Bookcentre." Additional reports and correspondence can be found under the boards to which this institution reported to: Board of Publications (1961–1987), Board of Management (1987–2004/05), Executive Board (2004/05 – ).

Custodial History

According to the accessions records, the material that came to the archives in 1981 consisted of eight accounts receivable ledgers of Rundschau and Jugendfreund from 1923–1928. Christian press donated the material in 1981. Subsequent materials have been donated to the Centre for MB Studies at various times.

Notes

  • Volume 680–681.
  • Described by Conrad Stoesz October 8, 1999; updated by Kate Woltmann, 2014.
  • Accession nos. 1981–31.
  • Additional material: Board of Publications series, Board of Management series, Executive Board series.
  • English and German languages.

File List

Volume 680

1. Rundschau Publishing House financial ledger. – 1923–1924.
2. Rundschau Publishing House financial ledger. – 1924–1925.
3. Rundschau Publishing House financial ledger. – 1925.
4. Rundschau Publishing House financial Ledger. – 1926.
5. Rundschau Publishing House financial ledger. – 1926–1927.
6. Rundschau Publishing House cash book for Rundschau Jugendfreund. – 1928–1931.
7. Rundschau Publishing House financial ledger. – 1928.
8. Rundschau Publishing House financial ledger. – 1928–1929.
9. Rundschau Publishing House financial ledger. – 1929.
10. Christian Press financial ledger. – 1961–1963.
11. Christian Press: shares and interest on shares and dividends. – 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957–1965; predominantly 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1960.

Volume 681

1. Rundschau Publishing House and Christian Press: correspondence concerning purchase, minutes of purchasing committee, financial statements, list of shareholders, official purchase documents. -- 1936, 1940, 1944-1945.
2. Christian Press: minutes of the board of directors, correspondence, financial reports, shareholder certificates. -- 1946.
3. Christian Press: minutes of board of directors, correspondence, financial reports. -- 1947-1949.
4. Christian Press: minutes of board of directors, correspondence, new building project, financial reports. -- 1950-1951.
5. Christian Press: minutes of board of directors, correspondence, financial statements. -- 1952-1953.
6. Christian Press: minutes of board of directors, correspondence (re: articles for publication), reports, financial statements, list of shareholders. -- 1954.
7. Christian Press: shareholder certificates and statement of purchase for last name beginning with "L." -- 1945-1961.
8.Christian Press: shareholder certificates and statement of purchase for last name beginning with "M." -- 1945-1961.
9. Christian Press: shareholder certificates and statement of purchase for last name beginning with "N." -- 1945-1961.
10. Christian Press: shareholder certificates and statement of purchase for last name beginning with "O," "P," "Q." -- 1946-1961.
11. Christian Press: shareholder certificates and statement of purchase for last name beginning with "R." -- 1946-1961.
12. Christian Press: shareholder certificates and statement of purchase for last name beginning with "V," "W." -- 1946-1961.
13. Fellowship Bookcentre minutes, reports and finances. -- 1971-1980.
14. Christian Press brochures. -- [198–].

 

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