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MHSA Archival Description Record

Title and Physical Description
Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization fonds. — 1944-1984. — 24 cm of textual material. — 19 negatives

Administrative History
The Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization (AMYO) was founded in 1944 as an auxiliary of the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta (later, Mennonite Church Alberta), with the motto "A United Mennonite Youth in Christ". The first following individuals made up the first executive: Abe Koop (chairman), David Janzen (secretary-treasurer), and D.P. Neufeld (member). Their activities focussed on Youth Leader (newsletter, and later renamed Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization Newsletter) , summer vacation Bible school programming, a youth library, retreats, and a radio program. For a time in the mid 1960s, the AMYO was responsible for the provincial Song Festival (Sangerfest). Among the presidents of the AMYO were:

  • Joe Neufeld (1953-1956)
  • Henry Rempel (1957-1960)
  • Walter Paetkau (1961-1962)
  • Cornie Hildebrandt (1962-1963)
  • Don Harder & Herb Janzen (1963-1964)
  • Arnold Bergen (1965-1968)
  • Rudy Janzen (1968-1969)
  • Ed Dick (1969-1970)
  • John Buhr (1971)
  • Hartmut Janzen (1975)

In 1976, the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta began to support the AMYO with a salaried youth worker, starting with Judy Harder.

Custodial History
The records are an accumulation that were passed along from staff person to staff person and transferred to the Mennonite Church Alberta.

Scope & Content
The fonds consists of three series: A) Music Events, B) Other Events & Retreats, and C) Administration & Communication.

Source of Supplied Title
Title based on the contents of the fonds

Source of Acquisition
Gift by Mennonite Church Alberta through Henry Goerzen, MCA Archivist, July 2002.

Access Restrictions
None known

Finding Aids
See Series Inventory

Related Materials
For records related to Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization fonds, see Mennonite Church Alberta fonds and The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: A History of Its Churches and Institutions by C.L. Dick, 1980 (available at MHSA Library).

Accruals
Expected

Notes
Accession no. 2002.006, 2003.039, 2008.010 filed at 2008.010
Description by Judith Rempel
Last updated June 2013 - Jim Bowman

Series Inventory:
A. Music Events. — 1959-1984. -- 5.5 cm. of textual records
These records consist of correspondence, notes, minutes, scoresheets, etc. for the planning, preparation, judging, and correspondence regarding musical events that the AMYO was actively involved in. Arranged by date.

Box 1
1 - 1 Songfest - 1959, 1963-1965
1 - 2 Songfest Financial Records - 1964-1966
1 - 3 Songfest - 1967-1981; predominant 1976-1981
1 - 4 Songfest - 1969
1 - 5 Music Festival - 1970-1972
1 - 6 Songfest - 1971
1 - 7 Songfest - 1975
1 - 8 Songfest - 1981- 1982
1 - 9 Songfest - 1982-1984

B. Other Events & Retreats. — 1954-1972, predominant 1965-1972. — 2 cm. of textual records
These records consist of correspondence, notes, minutes, etc. for the planning, preparation, and delivery of non-music events of the AMYO. Arranged by date.

Box 1
1 - 10 Leadership Clinic - 1961
1 - 11 Field Day - 1965-1966
1 - 12 Workshop - 1965-1966
1 - 13 Work a Day - 1966
1 - 14 AMYO Ball Tournament, Work Day, 1970-1971
1 - 15 Winter Sports Tournament - 1970-1971
1 - 16 Retreat - 1970-72
1 - 17 Field Day - 1970-72
1 - 18 Winter Tournament - 1970-1972
1 - 19 Retreat Registrations - 1954-1956 (see Vertical Files)

C. Administration & Communication. — 1944-1981; predominant 1950-1981. — 16.5 cm of textual records. — 19 negatives
These records consist of constitutions, minutes, newsletters, schedules, programs of the AMYO. Arranged by date.

Box 1
1 - 20 Old Constitutions - 1954-1981
1 - 21 AMYO Minutes, Retreats, Newsletter - 1976-1977
1 - 22 AMYO Minutes, Retreats, Newsletter - 1977-1978
1 - 23 AMYO Newsletters, Minutes, Correspondence - 1978-1979
1 - 24 AMYO Minutes, Correspondence - 1979-1980
1 - 25 Schedules, Minutes, Correspondence - 1980-1981
1 - 26 Daily Vacation Bible School Reports, 1944 - ca.1957
1 - 27 AMYO Missions Material - 1969-1971
1 - 28 Directory, 1970-1972
1 - 29 Projects - 1971
1 - 30 Promotion - n.d.

Box 2
2 - 31 Surveys (2 files) - n.d.
2 - 32 Surveys and Questionnaires - 1966
2 - 33 Mennonite Youth Survey - 1981
2 - 34 Newsletter - 1957
2 - 35 Newsletter - 1959-1962
2 - 36 Newsletter - 1963-1964
2 - 37 Newsletter - 1963-1964
2 - 38 AMYO Newsletters, Minutes, Constitution - 1964-1966
2 - 39 Newsletters - 1965 - 1966
2 - 40 Newsletters - 1971-1979
2 - 41 Newsletter - 1982-1984
2 - 42 Swift Current Bible Institute - 1968-1981, predominant 1980-1981
2 - 43 Camp Valaqua - n.d.
2 - 44 Negatives - n.d. (separated to vertical files)

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