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Klassen, Isaac P., 1899-1996

Retrieval numbers: 2684, 2895-2897

Title: Isaac P. Klassen fonds
Dates: 1930-1991
Extent: 28 cm of textual records
Repository: Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives

Historical note

Isaac Peter Klassen (1899-1996) was born in the village of Neu-Schönwiese/Dmitrowka to Peter Peter Klassen and Justina Driedger. He spend six years in the village school and later attended the Central school in Osterwick, Chortitza, South Russia. He lived through the hardships in Russia during the First World War and the Russian Revolution. In 1926 he with his wife Maria Siemens (1905-) immigrated to Canada and settled in Starbuck, Manitoba with his relatives. In May of 1927 they moved to Winnipeg where he eventually died. They attended the Schönwieser Mennonite church starting 1928 and he was ordained on December 24, 1944. He wrote a history of the Schönwieser mult-congregartional church in 1969, entitled Dem Hernn Die Ehre.

Scope and content note

This fonds consists of Klassen's collection of poetry, sermon notes, research on doctors in Russia, recollections from Russia, and two manuscripts: "The Kronsweide Mennonite Church in Russia: Its Villages and Elders" and "Im Zyklus der Zeit"

Index terms

Subject terms

Kronsweide Mennonite Church (Russia)


Klassen, Isaac P., 1899-1996

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Finding aids

Consists of a file list.

Related material in this repository

First Mennonite Church (Winnipeg) fonds



Mostly in German, some English.

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Other notes

Described by Conrad Stoesz February 14, 2001, Updated by Stoesz April 21, 2010.

Accession numbers 84-035, 93-039, 2000-104, 2005-006.

Isaac P. Klassen inventory file list

Volume 2684

  1. Personal correspondence. -- 1939, 1975-1991.
  2. "Artze in der Alt Kolonie - Südrußland" and other materials regarding doctors. -- 1991-1993.
  3. North Kildonan Church directory and I. Klassen Painting and Decorating Stationary. -- 1980.
  4. The Kronsweide Mennonite Church in Russia: Its Villages and Elders. Rev. Isaac P. Klassen, translated by Edward Enns. -- 1993. -- 89 pages.
  5. Kronsweide Mennonitengemeinde. -- june 1984 (original typewritten un pagunated manuscript).
  6. [Kronsweide Mennonitengemeinde] typescript. -- [198-]. -- 156 p.
  7. Im Zyklus der Zeit... / I.P. Klassen. -- May 1988. -- 148 pages.
  8. I.P. Klassen papers. -- 1930-1982. -- 1 folder.
    This folder contains 11 items:
    a) a free translation from the Ukrainian to German language of the statue governing the founding and maintaining of religious communities. -- 1930.
    b) "Haag" about plans for a new settlement on the Dnepr River that never happened.
    c) "Ein Besuch von Professor Besobrasow"
    d) "Ausklang"
    e) "Schmerzensweg"
    f) "Nachtrage - Einleitung"
    g) "Ein kurzer überblick über die Chortitzer Ansiedlung"
    h) Die Mordtat in der Nacht vom 25. auf den 26. Oktober 1919 in Eichenfeld / Dubrowka No. 4, Südrussland ( A description of the massacre of 75 people during one night)
    i) "Verzeichnis der Hilfswerke und Auregungen
    j) Information translation by Jake Wiens (MHC) about Kronsweide Gemeinde
    k) "Isaak Klassen: Griff in die Schublade eines langen Lebens" (a newspaper klipping from Kurier(?) dated 6 May 1982.

Volume 2895

Four books of handwritten poetry . -- [19-].

Volume 2896

8 books of sermon notes and 10 scribblers of poetry. -- [19-].

 Volume 2897

3 books of sermon notes, poetry book, Bible, and Gesangbuch.