The Uffelman Fonds

Sheldon Uffelman to his Parents, May 18, 1917

Biographical and Administrative History

The Uffelman family has a long history in the Kitcehner/Waterloo region. Jacob Uffelman purchased the Ontario Seed Company in 1911, which continues to be one of Canada’s largest suppliers of wholesale seeds. Jacob’s three sons, Sheldon, William and Orly Uffelman, all served in the First World War. Sheldon Uffelman was killed in November 1917, and his name is inscribed on the Menin Gate in Ypres. William and Orly survived the war. The Uffelman Fonds, which includes a digital collection of the First World War letters of Sheldon, William, and Orly, are courtesy of descendants Scott Uffelman and Clare Martin. 

Date(s) of Creation


Physical Description

Digital files, ca. 3 GB.

Scope and Content

The Uffelman Fonds contain a collection of letters written and received by the family of Jacob and Eliza Uffelman of Waterloo, Ontario during and after the First World War. Many of the letters were written by Sheldon, William, and Orly Uffelman, three of Jacob and Eliza’s sons who served overseas during the war.

Note that digital copies of the original letters, along with typed transcriptions, can be found on Archeion (click link below).