Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00329 2B Annex - David Rempel Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00329 2B Annex


David Rempel Papers


  • 1782-1992 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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48 boxes (8 metres)

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Biographical history

Born in Khortitsa, a German-speaking Mennonite colony in the Southern Ukraine, in 1899, David Rempel came of age during the Soviet Civil War. He spent his career as an historian and teacher preserving the vanishing culture of the Mennonites in Russia and the Ukraine.

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Gift of David Rempel.

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Contains the manuscripts and research of David G. Rempel, primarily on the topic of Mennonite life in pre-Revolutionary Russia. This collection includes the manuscripts of Rempel’s brother Johann (John) Gerhard Rempel, which have been translated by Rempel. As well as books, articles, manuscripts, diaries and other writing on the topic of Mennonites in Russia, and more widely, which was collected by Rempel for research purposes. In addition, the collection contains a large amount of Rempel’s correspondence with family, friends, scholars and researchers on the topic of Mennonite history.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English
  • German
  • Russian

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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