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Frank Hoffman fonds
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- Variations in title: Also known as Francis Hoffman papers (A.676.XVII.A)
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- Hoffman, Frank
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3.4 cm of textual records
9 cm of graphic materials [photographs]
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Frank Hoffman was a Presbyterian and later United Church minister and missionary to Hungarians in Saskatchewan. He was born in Hungary, in 1877, the son of a Calvinist pastor. He taught agriculture and assisted the Hungarian Lieutenant-Governor until World War I, when he became an officer in the Hungarian National Guard. After being captured by the Russians, Frank Hoffman escaped to Canada. He studied at Manitoba College and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1922. He served as a home missionary to Hungarians in Saskatchewan from 1925 to 1945, then retired and moved to Vancouver Island. He died in October 1958.
Records in the fonds were likely transferred to the archives between 1925 and 1986. Their original provenance is unclear.
From 1925 through to 1982, the official repository for Conference, Presbytery and local records of the United Church in Saskatchewan was at St. Andrew’s College (Saskatoon). In 1982, the Conference signed an agreement to house their records with the Saskatchewan Archives Board (later Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan), while still retaining ownership and management responsibilities. The collections were gradually relocated and continue to be stored with the Provincial Archives, to the present day.
Scope and content
The fonds primarily consists of papers by and relating to Rev. Hoffman and his and others work among Hungarian immigrants.
Contents include: correspondence and reports about missions in Alberta and Northern Saskatchewan; a list of Hungarian immigrants to Canada (some photos included); Az Otthon 1922-1925 (in Hungarian); and related materials, newspaper clippings, and documents concerning mission work and fieldwork Hoffman and others undertook in Saskatchewan. Among the materials is a biographical sketch of the Rev. Emerick Csendes [Czendes], written by Rev. Hoffman, and a copy of “Tales of Hoffman” by R.W. Hardy.
Immediate source of acquisition
Original order for many of these records is unclear. Items listed under A.676.XVII.A were arranged sometime before 1990.
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Most of the records are in English, except for Az Otthon material, which is in Hungarian.
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Microfilm copy of some records available for viewing at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan (microfilm reference number R.10), or from the United Church of Canada Archives, in Toronto, Ontario (Frank Hoffman fonds, F 3382).
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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Use, publication, and/or reproduction of records are subject to the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult archivist for assistance.
File and series listed in finding aid GS-168, in section A.676.XVII.A. Microfilm contents listed in finding aid IR-12.
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Biographical files for Rev. Frank Hoffman and Rev. Emerick Czendes are included in the Saskatchewan Conference collections (see A.676.XX.Hoffman, A.676.XX.Csendes).
Hoffman’s dissertation on immigrants from Central and South-east Europe, 1925-1927, presented in 1927, is included in Edmund H. Oliver fonds [PR4] (file number A.676.XVII.D.30).
No further accruals are expected.