Fonds CMBS Personal Papers: Unruh; Tapes: NA-1: 116 to 140; 142 to 147; 196-209; 211-212. NA-15: 30. NA-19: 1-6; 9. NA-16: 11, 12; Photographs: NP120-1 - Abraham H. Unruh (1878-1961) fonds

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Abraham H. Unruh (1878-1961) fonds

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CMBS CMBS Personal Papers: Unruh; Tapes: NA-1: 116 to 140; 142 to 147; 196-209; 211-212. NA-15: 30. NA-19: 1-6; 9. NA-16: 11, 12; Photographs: NP120-1

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  • 1850-1976 (Creation)

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2.4 m textual records

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In 1980, A.A. Unruh donated 23 tapes of A.H. Unruh's sermons. Two sixty minute tapes of Unruh's funeral were donated by Walter and Peggy Regehr in 1982 and 19 tapes of Unruh's sermons as well as 6 books were donated by Esther Unruh, B.C., in 1990. Unruh's original papers were donated by A.A. Unruh in 1981 and in 1982.

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The A.H. Unruh fonds reflects Unruh's life as a preacher, teacher, and writer. It consists of sermons, some typed, many handwritten in the Gothic script. Most of Unruh's sermons are undated but his later sermons are recognizable by larger writing because his eye-sight was failing. Some sermons are in published form, cut out from various periodicals, many from The Voice, the MBBC periodical. In the fonds are Unruh's lecture notes from his teaching career at Pniel Bible School and at Mennonite Brethren Bible College. Records that document his writing are early Bible School textbooks, pamphlets, many articles, and his manuscript of Die Geschichte der Mennoniten-Bruedergemeinde. The book itself is in the J.A. Toews library. The CMBS audio-collection holds 46 casette tapes and 7 reel to reel tapes of Unruh's sermons. Also included are tapes of special occasions such as ordinations, the Unruhs' Golden Anniversary, and wedding sermons, and Unruh's funeral. Some of the records in this fonds are dated after Unruh's death because A.A. Unruh (son) seems to have added to the collection.

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The letters from A.A. Unruh to his children, found in this fonds, are restricted.

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2.4 m textual material, as well as 2 photographs, ca. 50 casette tapes, and 7 reel to reel tapes.


Accession Numbers: 1980-30, 1981-7, 1982-4, 1982-63, and 1990-30.

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