Accession GA134 - Schneider family collection

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Schneider family collection

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9.5 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

The Schneider family were white settlers of what is now Kitchener, Ontario. Members of the family are the descendants of Johann Christoph Schneider, who was born in Germany, in Unteröwisheim, Baden, on August 27, 1831. His father, a farmer, was also Johann Christoph Schneider; his mother was Margarethe Elizabeth Zoller. He left Germany in 1847 when he was sixteen years old and settled in Berlin, Ontario, where a substantial German settlement already existed. He worked as a carpenter and later as a mechanic, and by 1858 was a building contractor. He married Anna Elizabeth Metz on April 26, 1857. They had seven children, of whom John Metz Schneider, founder of the meat packing firm later known as the Schneider Corp., was the first. Johann Christoph died in December 20, 1900. He, along with his descendants, played active roles in business, politics, and the cultural and social life of what is today the Region of Waterloo.

Custodial history

The Schneider family collection was originally assembled and maintained at the archives of the Schneider Corp. in Kitchener, Ont. It was transferred to the University of Waterloo in 2001 after the sale of Schneider's to Smithfield Foods. The corporate archives remains with the company.

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Fonds consists of material relating to descendants of Johann Christoph and Anna Elizabeth Schneider, their families, friends and activities. It also contains genealogical information about the Schneider and Ahrens family origins in Germany and relatives there. Includes clippings, correspondence, ephemera, films, manuscripts, photographs, slides, etc.

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Includes: 2489 photographs, 322 negatives, 2323 slides, 54 film reels, 7 videocassettes , 3 audiocassettes.

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Acquired from the Schneider family in 2001.


Organized in 18 series:

1. Ahrens family;
2. Alfred S. Gofton;
3. Jean May Hawkings;
4. Brita Hazell;
5. Charles A. Schneider;
6. Schneider Family Genealogy;
7. Johann Christoph Schneider;
8. Frederick H. Schneider;
9. Frederick P. Schneider;
10-11. Herbert J. Schneider;
12. Howard G. Schneider;
13. John Metz Schneider;
14. Norman C. Schneider;
15. Emma L. Siegner;
16. J.M. Schneider, Inc.;
17. Local History;
18. Lapsley Family.

Material relating to an individual can be found in two separate series: as a child in the series relating to the parents; as an adult (from the age of majority or marriage) in his or her own series. For example, material relating to Herbert J. Schneider will be found in both Series 14, Norman C. Schneider and Series 10, Herbert J. Schneider.

Series 14.10, 14.11 and 14.13 not yet described. Please contact us for more info.

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  • English
  • German

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Copyright, where applicable, remains with the family.

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The original accession number has been listed for each file. It consists of an alphabetic code indicating the donor, and a numeric code starting with two digits for the year, two for the accrual number, and the remainder for the file and/or item number.

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See series 7 for records related to World War I.

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See subseries 14.4 for records related to World War I and the 108th and 118th Battalions.

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See subseries 16.5 and 16.6 for records related to World War II.

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Fall 2020: GA134 is in the process being of redescribed for migration to the Archives Database. Series descriptive records will be made public on a rolling basis as related work is completed. - DR

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Redescribed as part of migration to the Archives Database 2020-2021 by DR.

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