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Fonds F0128 - Margaret Willms fonds

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Margaret Willms fonds


  • 1936-2010 (Creation)

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5 cm of textual records
5 photographs

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Biographical history

Margaret (Willms) Sallis was born on October 9, 1912 in the Russian Mennonite colony of Molochna. In 1929, her family fled religious persecution in Russia, eventually emigrating to Canada in 1930. Settling first in Coaldale, Alberta, the family moved to Clearbrook, British Columbia (present day Abbotsford), in 1931. Shortly afterwards, Margaret contracted tuberculosis and spent several years in treatment and recovery. During WWII, she worked in Ottawa as a censorship examiner. Following the war, she attended the University of British Columbia, earning a degree in home economics. During this time she met and married Douglas Sallis. After Sallis earned his medical degree the couple moved to Smithville, Wisconsin where Douglas opened a medical practice. There they raised their two children, Friedemann and Christine. Margaret Sallis died on October 29, 1966 of congestive heart failure.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from donor, 2017.

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Scope and content

Consists of material gathered and created by Margaret Sallis (Willms) during the course of her time as a Mennonite immigrant to Canada, as well as information about her life created after death. Willms was fluent in German and served for a time as a contact for German prisoners of war who were held in France after WWII ended. These letters form the core of the fonds.

The fonds is organized into three series:

1. German POW correspondence
2. Personal material
3. Biographical material

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Appraisal complete, 2017-18 JN


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No restrictions on access.

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Archival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the TMM Library and Archives Reading Room. Duplication of materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and other restrictions. Please contact TMM Library and Archives staff for guidance on reproduction.

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  • English
  • German

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Fonds processed by Jason Nisenson, December 2018.




Archivist's note

This AtoM record created by Jason Nisenson, July 2019.

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  • Shelf: EW 18-2-6