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Mennonite Central Committee

Proper Title

Mennonite Central Committee fonds

Dates of Creation

1957–2017

Physical Description

6.7 m of textual records

Administrative History

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)  held its first official meeting on September 27, 1920. On July 27 of that year 13 church leaders had met in Elkhart, Ind. to talk about how North American Mennonites could respond to the needs of hungry people in the former Soviet Union. MCC’s name is a reflection of this coming together of different church groups into one “central” committee. Today MCC is supported by 15 different Mennonite groups and the Brethren in Christ as the relief, development and service arm of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in Canada and the United States.

MCC is involved in development work such as education, health and agriculture, peace and justice issues, relief work and job creation, among other things. It also operates Ten Thousand Villages, which purchases crafts from developing world artisans and craftspersons for sale in North America. In North America MCC is involved in immigration and refugee assistance, job creation, work with Native people, people with disabilities, offenders and victims of crime and more. MCC help is offered to all, regardless of race, religion or political orientation. MCC (International) and MCC US are run out of offices in Akron, Pennsylvania.

Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC) was founded in Winnipeg in 1963 through the merger of a number of regional inter-Mennonite service organizations. From the start its founders agreed that MCCC would work closely with MCC (International). MCC operates at both a provincial and national level in Canada. There are five provincial MCCs: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Operations in Quebec and Atlantic Canada are the responsibility of the national office. Relations between the two organizations have generally been good, but there have been tensions from time to time.

Support for MCC’s worldwide efforts comes primarily from individuals. Other sources of income include relief sales, thrift shops, and donations of foodgrains.

Scope and Content

The material in this collection consists of eight series which include: Pamphlets, newsletters, correspondence, and reports; Minutes and reports from Executive Committee Meetings and Annual Meetings; Workbooks and report books; International projects and reports on overseas programs; Personnel Committee listings and IVEP Yearbooks; Minutes, correspondence and financial ledgers from MCC Manitoba; Peace Section Mailings and Minutes; and News Service Newsletters.

Custodial History

The custodial history of this fonds is not completely clear; however, many of the documents in the collection where received from Leonard Siemens or Jacob J. Toews. Other material was added from various sources such as report books. Harold Jantz donated his copies of meeting minutes (Vol. 1447) from his term on the MCC executive (Acc. No. 2013-29).

Notes

  • Volumes 793–794, 796–801, 803–808, 810–812, 1447.
  • Finding aid consists of a series description and file list.
  • No restrictions on access.
  • The official repository is at the Mennonite Heritage Centre in Winnipeg.
  • Described by Leslie Wiebe, July 19, 2002; updated by Conrad Stoesz, December 12, 2006; updated by Phil Enns, December 2016.
  • Location: Institutional Records – Mennonite Central Committee.

Series Descriptions

I. Pamphlets, newsletters, correspondence, and reports.
1940–1990.
38 cm of textual records.

  • The material in this series consists of pamphlets about MCC International, MCC Canada and about programs they support. There are newsletters from organizations and departments within the MCC International and MCC Canada. There is also correspondence and reports from various boards and meetings.
  • Some German.
  • Volume 793.

II. Minutes and reports from Executive Committee Meetings and Annual Meetings.
1959–2017.
107 cm of textual records.

  • This series contains minutes, reports, balance sheets, and budgets from executive committee meetings and the annual MCC International and MCC Canada meetings. They show important issues and the financial aspect of the organization.
  • Volumes 794, 796, 797, 1447.

III. Workbooks and report books.
1948–2006.
109 cm of textual records.

  • This series contains work books and report books from MCC, MCC Canada, and MCC provincial, annual meetings. It also contains some reports and correspondence from MCC provincial organizations.
  • Volumes 798, 799, 800.

IV. International projects and reports on overseas programs.
1964–1986.
12 cm of textual records.

  • The material in this series deals with international projects and overseas programs. There are reports and correspondence that show the set-up of these projects and the results of their efforts.
  • Volume 801.

V. Personnel Committee listings and IVEP Yearbooks.
1962–1989.
24 cm of textual records.

  • This series contains directories of personnel within the MCC organization and IVEP yearbooks which shows the students and the activities they participated in.
  • Volume 803.

VI. Minutes, correspondence and financial ledgers from MCC Manitoba.
1932–1968.
30 cm of textual records.

  • This series contains material from MCC Manitoba. There are minutes from meetings, correspondence, reports, and financial ledgers.
  • Some German.
  • Volume 804.

VII. Peace Section Mailings and Minutes.
1948–1991.
56 cm of textual records.

  • This series contains Peace section mailings that are this divisions newsletter to those interested in its activities. There are also some minutes, reports and correspondence that took place with members of the peace section committee.
  • Volumes 805, 806.

VIII. News Service Newsletters.
1957–2002.
184 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of MCC, MCC US, and MCC Canada news service newsletters that report issues from around the world, that tell of various events within the organization, and that contain spiritual articles meant to encourage readers.
  • Volumes 807, 808, 810–812.

File List

Volume 793

  1.  MCC Introductory Pamphlets. – 1940–1990.
  2. MCC Programs. – Pamphlets. – 1956–1990.
  3. MCC Projects. – Pamphlets. – 1959–1990.
  4. MCC Service Opportunities. – Catalogues and pamphlets. – 1960–1990.
  5. Constitutions, Policies, and Handbooks. – 1937–1976.
  6. Educational Pamphlets. – 1945–1990.
  7. Newspaper Articles. – 1959–1995.
  8. Annual Reports and News briefs. – 1956–1969, 1972–1980, 1998.
  9. Intercom Newsletters. – 1966, 1974–1975.
  10. Women’s Activity Newsletters. – 1974–1976.
  11. Totemak Newsletters. – 1974–1976.
  12. Peace Section Newsletters. – 1973–1982.
  13. Miscellaneous Newsletters. – 1974–1984.
  14. Gulfbreeze Camp Landon’s paper. – 1977–1979.
  15. In Action Alisa Craig Boys Farm school paper. – 1955–1960.
  16. Educational Papers. – 1966, 1976, 1985-1986.
  17. Journals and Poetry of Wilhelm Warkentin. – [197?].
  18. MCC Recruitment Packet. – 1978.
  19. MCC Correspondence. – 1952.
  20. MCC Canada Correspondence. – 1973–1975.
  21. MCC Canada Correspondence. – 1976.
  22. MCC Canada Correspondence. – 1977–1978.
  23. Baptist–Mennonite Meeting. – Reports and notes. – 1972.
  24. MCC Self Study Reports. – 1973.
  25. Church, Industry, and Business Association (CIBA). – Notes and Brochures. – 1974.
  26. Canadian Inter-Mennonite Consultation. – Minutes and reports. – 1975.

Volume 794 (MCC Executive Committee Meetings and Annual Meetings. – minutes, reports, balance sheets, and budgets)

  1.  1959 May.
  2. 1973 January.
  3. 1973 March.
  4. 1973 May.
  5. 1973 September.
  6. 1974 January.
  7. 1974 March.
  8. 1974 September.
  9. 1975 January.
  10. 1975 March.
  11. 1975 May.
  12. 1975 September.
  13. 1975 December.
  14. 1976 January.
  15. 1976 March.
  16. 1976 June.
  17. 1976 September.
  18. 1976 December.
  19. 1977 September.
  20. 1977 December.
  21. 1978 January.
  22. 1978 June.
  23. 1978 September.
  24. 1980 January.

Volume 796 (MCC Canada Executive Committee Meetings and Annual Meetings. – minutes, reports, balance sheets, and budgets)

  1.  1959 November.
  2. 1964 May.
  3. 1965 February.
  4. 1967 February.
  5. 1970 June.
  6. 1970 September.
  7. 1970 November.
  8. 1971 January.
  9. 1971 April.
  10. 1971 June.
  11. 1971 September.
  12. 1971 December.
  13. 1972 January.
  14. 1972 March.
  15. 1972 June.
  16. 1972 September.
  17. 1972 December.
  18. 1973 January.
  19. 1973 March.
  20. 1973 June.
  21. 1973 September.
  22. 1973 December.
  23. 1974 May.
  24. 1974 September.
  25. 1974 December.
  26. 1975 January.
  27. 1975 March.
  28. 1975 May.
  29. 1975 September.
  30. 1975 December.
  31. 1976 January.
  32. 1976 March.

Volume 797 (MCC Canada Executive Committee Meetings and Annual Meetings. – minutes, reports, balance sheets, and budgets)

  1.  1976 June.
  2. 1976 September.
  3. 1976 October.
  4. 1976 December.
  5. 1977 January.
  6. 1977 April.
  7. 1977 June.
  8. 1977 September.
  9. 1977 December.
  10. 1978 January.
  11. 1978 March.
  12. 1978 June.
  13. 1978 September.
  14. 1978 December.
  15. 1979 January.
  16. 1979 November.
  17. 1980 January.
  18. 1980 March.
  19. 1981 January.
  20. 1981 November.
  21. 1985 January.
  22. 1988 January.
  23. 1992 January.

Volume 798 (MCC Canada Report Books)

  1. 1966.
  2. 1972.
  3. 1973.
  4. 1974.
  5. 1975.
  6. 1977.
  7. 1978.
  8. 1979.
  9. 1980.
  10. 1981.
  11. 1982.
  12. 1983.
  13. 1984.
  14. 1986.
  15. 1993.

MCC Manitoba Report Books

  1. 1966.
  2. 1968.
  3. 1970.
  4. 1971.
  5. 1972.
  6. 1973.
  7. 1974.
  8. 1975.
  9. 1976.
  10. 1977.
  11. 1978.
  12. 1979.
  13. 1980.
  14. 1981.
  15. 1983.
  16. 1985.
  17. 1986.
  18. 1988.
  19. 1989.
  20. 1991.
  21. 1992.
  22. 1993.
  23. 1994.
  24. 1995.
  25. 2006.

MCC Alberta Report Books.

  1. 1978.

Volume 799 (MCC Workbooks & Report Books)

  1. 1948.
  2. 1952.
  3. 1955.
  4. 1956.
  5. 1959.
  6. 1960.
  7. 1961.
  8. 1962.
  9. 1963.
  10. 1964.
  11. 1965.
  12. 1966.
  13. 1968.
  14. 1969.
  15. 1970.
  16. 1971.
  17. 1972.
  18. 1973.
  19. 1974.
  20. 1975.
  21. 1976.
  22. 1978.
  23. 1979.
  24. 1980.
  25. 1981.
  26. 1982.
  27. 1983.
  28. 1984.

Volume 800 (MCC Workbooks & Report Books)

  1. 1986.
  2. 1989.
  3. 1991.
  4. 1992.
  5. 1993.
  6. 1994.
  7. 1995.
  8. 1996.
  9. 1997.
  10. L’association des Eglises Des Freres Mennonites du Quebec. – reports – 1986–1987.
  11. Report to the Panel of Public Enquiry into Northern Hydro Department. – 1975.
  12. Mennonites in Canada: A Media Guide. – 1995.
  13. Sarah Harder Warkentin biography.
  14. MCC Canada Moderators and Secretaries Consultation. – minutes and correspondence. – 1983–1984.
  15. Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario MCC minutes 1974–1976, MCCA minutes and correspondence 1991-1993. - 1974-1993.
  16. Manitoba MCC minutes, reports and correspondence. – 1961–1985.
  17. Correspondence. – 1974–1977.
  18. Reports on various Projects. – 1974–1977.

Volume 801

  1. Consultation on relief, service, and missions relationships overseas. – 1964.
  2. MCC Paraguay. – 1971–1973.
  3. Report on South-East Asia. – 1979.
  4. MCC East-West Relations (Russia) – 1972–1975.
  5. MCC East-West Relations (Russia) – 1976–1979.
  6. MCC East-West Relations (Russia) – 1980–1986.
  7. Conference On International Education. – 1966.
  8. Other international projects, reports, newsletters. – 1966–1975.

Volume 803

  1. Personnel Listings. – 1962, 1970.
  2. Mutual Life Pension Plan and Staff Salaries. – 1974–1977.
  3. Reports and Correspondence. – 1978.
  4. Personnel Listing Books. – July 1965.
  5. Personnel Listing Books. – April 1967.
  6. Personnel Listing Books. – July 1968.
  7. Personnel Listing Books. – January 1970.
  8. Personnel Listing Books. – May 1970.
  9. Personnel Listing Books. – September 1971.
  10. Personnel Listing Books. – January 1972.
  11. Personnel Listing Books. – May 1972.
  12. Personnel Listing Books. – September 1972.
  13. Personnel Listing Books. – January 1973.
  14. Personnel Listing Books. – October 1973.
  15. Personnel Listing Books. – February 1974.
  16. Personnel Listing Books. – June 1974.
  17. Personnel Listing Books. – October 1974.
  18. Personnel Listing Books. – June 1975.
  19. Personnel Listing Books. – October 1975.
  20. Personnel Listing Books. – February 1976.
  21. Personnel Listing Books. – February 1981.
  22. Personnel Listing Books. – October 1982.
  23. Personnel Listing Books. – February 1983.
  24. Resource Listing of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Women. – 1988.
  25. Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada Directory. – 1989.
  26. Correspondence and Job descriptions. – 1977–2000.
  27. IVEP Yearbooks. – 1971–1972.
  28. IVEP Yearbooks. – 1972–1973.
  29. IVEP Yearbooks. – 1975–1976.
  30. IVEP Yearbooks. – 1988–1989.
  31. IVEP Yearbooks. – 1990–1991.
  32. IVEP Yearbooks. – 1992–1993.
  33. Mennonite Disaster Service. – Correspondence, Minutes, Brochures. – 1975–1983.
  34. Open Circle. – Brochures and Presentations. – [1970?].

Volume 804 (MCC Manitoba. – 1932–1966)

  1. Mennonite Ortskommittee Winnipeg. – 1932–1936.
  2. Provinciale Hilfskommittee Nerschiedeone Listen. – 1948–1950.
  3. Provinciale Hilfkommittee minutes. – 1949–1959.
  4. Manitoba Mennonite Relief Committee. – Receipts and Miscellaneoud. – 1953–1959.
  5. Treasurers Report. – 1960–1967.
  6. Manitoba Mennonite Relief Committee. – Financial Matters. – 1956–1961.
  7. Manitoba Mennonite Relief Committee. – Correspondence. – 1960–1964.
  8. Provinciale Hilfskommittee minutes. – 1960–1967.
  9. Mennonite Central Relief Committee. – Kassenbelege. – 1946–1948.
  10. Manitoba Mennonite Relief Committee. – 1950–1955.
  11. Hilfskommittee von West Canada (BC, Sask., Manitoba). – 1931.
  12. Immigrant Lists. – 1955–1956.
  13. Eden Mental Health Center. – minutes, correspondence, reports. – 1964–1968.
  14. Bethesda Home. – minutes, correspondence, reports. – 1947–1961.
  15. Minutes of the Historic Peace Conference. – 1959.
  16. Mennonitische Hilfswerk zu Manitoba. – annual minutes. – 1946, 1961, 1963.
  17. Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization. – reports. – 1955–1957.
  18. Immigration of Mennonites to Brazil and Paraguay. – lists. – 1930–1951.
  19. Old Bills. – 1923–1933.
  20. Financial Ledger. – 1951–1957.
  21. Financial Ledger. – 1947–1958.
  22. Financial Ledger. – 1958–1964.
  23. Financial Ledger. – 1964–1966.
  24. Mennonite Central Relief Committee bulletins. – 1940–1941.

Volume 805 (MCC Peace Section. Mailings. – 1981–1991)

  1.  1980 MCC.
  2. 1980 MCC US.
  3. 1981 MCC.
  4. 1981 MCC US.
  5. 1982 MCC.
  6. 1982 MCC US.
  7. 1983 MCC.
  8. 1983 MCC US.
  9. 1984 MCC.
  10. 1984 MCC US.
  11. 1985 MCC.
  12. 1985 MCC US.
  13. 1986 MCC and MCC US.
  14. 1987 MCC and MCC US.
  15. 1988 MCC and MCC US.

Volume 806 (MCC Peace Section. Mailings)

  1.  1989 MCC and MCC US.
  2. 1991 MCC and MCC US.

Peace and Social Concerns Committee

  1. Resource Catalogues and projects. – 1967, 1983–1984.
  2. Peace Committee minutes and correspondence. – 1948–1959.
  3. Peace Committee minutes and correspondence. – 1960–1969.
  4. Peace and Social Concerns Committee minutes and reports. – 1965, 1971–1976.
  5. Peace and Social Concerns Committee minutes, reports and articles. – 1974–1978.
  6. Remembering: Stories of Peacemakers.

Volume 807  (MCC International News Service. – 1957–1965)

  1. 1957 October–December.
  2. 1958 January–April.
  3. 1958 May–September.
  4. 1958 October–December.
  5. 1959 January–March.
  6. 1959 April–June.
  7. 1959 July–December.
  8. 1960 January–July.
  9. 1960 August–December.
  10. 1961 January–May.
  11. 1961 June–September.
  12. 1961 October–December.
  13. 1962 January–March.
  14. 1962 April–June.
  15. 1962 July–September.
  16. 1962 October–December.
  17. 1963 January–February.
  18. 1963 March–April.
  19. 1963 May–June.
  20. 1963 July–September.
  21. 1963 October–December.
  22. 1964 January–February.
  23. 1964 March–May.
  24. 1964 June–July.
  25. 1964 August–December.
  26. 1965 January–March.
  27. 1965 April–July.
  28. 1965 August–September.
  29. 1965 October–December.

Volume 808 (MCC International News Service. – 1966–1976)

  1.  1966 January–February.
  2. 1966 March–April.
  3. 1966 May–June.
  4. 1966 July–August.
  5. 1966 September–October.
  6. 1966 November–December.
  7. 1967 January.
  8. 1967 February.
  9. 1967 March–April.
  10. 1967 May.
  11. 1967 June.
  12. 1967 July–September.
  13. 1971 January–December.
  14. 1973 October–December.
  15. 1974 January–August.
  16. 1974 September–October.
  17. 1974 November–December.
  18. 1975 January–February.
  19. 1975 March–April.
  20. 1975 May–June.
  21. 1975 July–August.
  22. 1975 September.
  23. 1975 October–December.
  24. 1976 January–March.
  25. 1976 April–June.
  26. 1976 July–August.
  27. 1976 September–October.
  28. 1976 November–December.

Volume 810 (MCC International News Service. – 1977–1995)

  1.  1977.
  2. 1979.
  3. 1980.
  4. 1981.
  5. 1985.
  6. 1989 May–June.
  7. 1989 July–October.
  8. 1989 November–December.
  9. 1990 January–April.
  10. 1990 May–June.
  11. 1990 September–December.
  12. 1991 January–December.
  13. 1992 January–June.
  14. 1992 July–December.
  15. 1993 January–June.
  16. 1993 July–December.
  17. 1994 January–June.
  18. 1994 July–December.
  19. 1995 January–June.
  20. 1995 July –December.

Volume 811  (MCC International News Service. – 1996–2002)

  1. 1996 January–June.
  2. 1996 July–December.
  3. 1997 January–June.
  4. 1997 July–December.
  5. 1998 January–June.
  6. 1998 July–December.
  7. 1999 January–June.
  8. 1999 July–December.
  9. 2000 January–June.
  10. 2000 July–December.
  11. 2001 January–June.
  12. 2001 July–December.
  13. 2002 January–June.
  14. 2002 July–December.

Volume 812 (MCC US News Service. – 1974, 1981, 1989–1990)

  1. 1974.
  2. 1981.
  3. 1989.
  4. January–June 1990.
  5. July–December 1990.
    *after 1990 any US News Services are filed with the International News Services.

MCC Canada News Service.

  1. 1964–1965.
  2. 1974–1975.
  3. 1976 January–June.
  4. 1976 July–December.
  5. 1977.
  6. 1979.
  7. 1980.
  8. 1981.
  9. 1982 January–June.
  10. 1982 July–August.
  11. 1983.
  12. 1984.
  13. 1985.
  14. 1986 January–June.
  15. 1986 July–August.
  16. 1987 January–June.
  17. 1987 July–December.
  18. 1988.
  19. 1989.
  20. 1990.
  21. 1991.
  22. 1992.
  23. 1993.
  24. 1994.
  25. 1995.
  26. 1996.
  27. 1997.

Volume 1447 (MCC Canada)

  1. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports. -- 1995–1996.
  2. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports. -- 1996–1997.
  3. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports. -- 1997–1998.
  4. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports. -- 1998–1999.
  5. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports. -- 1999–2000.
  6. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports (August to December). -- 2000.
  7. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports. -- 2001.
  8. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports. -- 2002.
  9. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports (January to June). -- 2003.
  10. MCC Canada meeting minutes and reports (October 2003 to February 2004). -- 2004.
  11. MCC Canada 2017 Annual General Meeting report book and meeting summary. -- 2017.
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