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Willems, Isaac A. (1896–1979)

Proper Title

Isaac A. Willems fonds

Dates of Creation

1938–1942, 1953–1957

Physical Description

4 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Isaac A. Willems (1896–1979) was born to Abram Willems and Sarah Fleming in Jackson County, Minnesota. In 1899, the family moved to Canada and settled near Waldheim, Saskatchewan. In 1913, he became a member of the Brotherfield Mennonite Brethren church. After attending Bible School in Herbert, SK, he began farming in the Brotherfield area. In 1935, he married Elizabeth Derksen. The family moved to Saskatoon in 1953 after retiring from the farm due to health reasons. He died in the Saskatoon hospital on August 1, 1979.

Custodial History

After the death of Isaac A. Willems, his widow gave the diaries to her brother, Henry G. Derksen, who passed the diaries on to his daughter Julia Neufeld of Winnipeg. She was in contact with Jake Peters, who had made it known to Julia that he was looking for family information and documents. Jake then passed the diaries on to the archives through Conrad Stoesz.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of two small diaries written by Isaac A. Willems.


  • Volume 1109.
  • Described by Conrad Stoesz October 31, 2000.
  • Accession nos. 2000–056.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • No restrictions.
  • Language: English and German.
  • Location: CMBS personal papers, small collections “W”, box 2.

File List

Volume 1109

  1. Isaac Willems diary. -- 1939–1942.
  2. Isaac Willems diary. -- 1953–1957.
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