MHSA Archival Description Record
Title and Physical Description
Mennonite Mutual Insurance Company (Alberta) fonds. — 1936-2012. — 3 cm of textual records
Mennonites in Alberta formed mutual relief societies as early as the 1900s, to provide insurance against losses due to fires and natural disasters. Some of these societies were organized at a national level, but some were local and informal, relying on mutual religious affiliation for security. They were united in 1953, when the Mennonite Mutual Relief Committee was established. It was an inter-Mennonite organization reporting to the Vertreter Versammlungen (Delegates’ Assembly). Each congregation appointed a treasurer and two assistants to administer the program. In 1960 it was incorporated under the authority of The Mennonite Mutual Relief Insurance Company Act of Alberta as the Mennonite Mutual Relief Insurance Company Ltd. It established a permanent office in Calgary in 1973. At some later date it changed its name to Mennonite Mutual Insurance Company (Alberta) Ltd. (MMI). It also established a subsidiary, Mennonite Insurance Agency Ltd., specializing in auto insurance.
Scope & Content
The fonds consists of a copy of The Mennonite Mutual Relief Insurance Company Act and minutes of annual meetings (1971, 1973, 2002), newsletter (2012) and annual reports (2003, 2011). Includes rules of earlier societies: Mutual Mennonite Insurance, Carstairs and Didsbury Branch (1936), Mennonite Fire and Storm Mutual Assistance Organization (1943), Didsbury Health Society (1947), Mennonite Mutual Supporting Society (1952), Mennonite Funeral Aid in Alberta (1952, ca. 1966), Mennonite Mutual Insurance (1952, 1953), and Mennonite Mutual Relief Committee (1960).
Source of Supplied Title
Title based on the content of the fonds
Source of Acquisition
Gifts by Henry D. Klassen, Mennonite Central Committee Alberta, John H. Janzen, and Joanne Dyck, and Mennonite Mutual Insurance, 2003-2012
No restrictions on access
No finding aid
The material is in German and English.
Accessions 2003.014, 2004.014, 2004.051, 2008.007, 2011.042, 2012.021 (located at 2003.014)
Last updated October 2012 – Jim Bowman