New Treasures in the Archives of the
by Dennis Stoesz, Archivist
What follows is a sampling of personal papers and organizational
records that have come into the Archives during the past six
months. They are listed alphabetically by the name of the collection.
Brandt, Christian, 1782-1866, Wayne County, Ohio. Copybook,
January 8, 1852, 198 pages, handwritten, 6 ½ by 7 ¾
inches. Brandt served as minister in the Wayne County (Oak Grove)
Amish church from about 1818 to the early 1860s. It was common
for nineteenth-century Amish ministers to make copybooks of important
Over eighty percent of the materials copied by Brandt in 1852
are prose and poetry written by George Jutzi. Jutzi served as
minister in the Canton Amish church in an adjoining county near
Richville, Ohio. Although Jutzi died in 1845, Brand obtained
Jutzis manuscript and made at least two different copies
from it. The other copy, undated and slightly different in content
from this one, is available at the Mennonite Historical Library,
Goshen College. The Jutzi manuscript was published in 1853 in
Stark County, Ohio as a book, Ermahnungen von George Jutzi.
Four noteworthy items are included toward the end of the copybook:
an August 28, 1751 sermon on Ephesians 2:10, The New Creature
by Deknatel, a Mennonite Minister in Amsterdam (pages 163-189);
a hymn of ten verses, Mit Gott in einer jeden Sache, 1852,
sung to the melody of Psalm 100 (page 190-); a poem, Views
of the Poet, Versified (page ); and another hymn, O
Mensch, wie ist dein Herz bestelt (page ).
Credit for information and documentation on this copybook goes
to Paton Yoder and Leonard Gross, both of Goshen, Indiana. 1
File. Donor: Margaret Baker, Orrville, Ohio.
Emma Mennonite Church, 1901- , Topeka, Lagrange County,
Indiana. Church records, 1967-1989, including church council
minutes, 1967-1989; church bulletins, 1984-1989; and the church
newsletter, Overview, 1987-1989. 3 linear inches. Donor:
Al Yoder, Shipshewana, Indiana.
Goshen College, Women's Studies, 1983- , Goshen, Indiana.
Records, 1975-1998, including course outlines, class lists, correspondence,
reports and budgets of the program. Faculty involved have included
Judith Davis, 1975-1982; Ruth Krall, 1979-1981; Anna Bowman,
1980-1998; and Robert Birky, 1988-1989. Materials also include
research and interviews into the history of the program by Goshen
College student Janneken Smucker, 1997 and records from the Goshen
College Student Women's Association, 1981-1997. 20 linear inches.
Donor: Anna Bowman, Goshen, Indiana.
Hernley, Elizabeth (Sieber) and H. Ralph, Goshen, Indiana.
Eight 8mm films, 1941-1946, and one VHS video, 1992, of the Hernleys
involvement in Civilian Public Service at four different camps:
Camp #22, Henry, Illinois; Camp #40, Howard, Pennsylvania; Camp
#20, Sideling Hill, Pennsylvania; and Camp #138, Unit No. 2,
Malcolm, Nebraska. Just over two hours in length, it includes
mostly black and white footage. Images include such things as
life at the camp, Colonel Lewis Kosch inspecting camp, work with
soil conservation, disaster relief from the tornado at Lacon,
Illinois, and visits to local churches. Elizabeth served as a
traveling dietitian out of which grew the CPS Cooking Schools.
Ralph served in various roles as Education Director, Assistant
Director and Director at the camps. 4 linear inches. Donor: Elizabeth
and H. Ralph Hernley.
Koch, Roy S., Goshen, Indiana. Records, 1982-1991,
including minutes, correspondence and newsletters from the time
when Koch served as Executive Secretary of Mennonite Renewal
Services for five years. Also included are materials of his service
as overseer of the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, 1986-1988.
A fuller story on 50 years of ministry of Roy S. and Martha (Horst)
Koch, 1936-1986, is found in the book, I Will Build My Church:
A History of St. Jacobs Mennonite Church (Ontario, Canada),
1986. Koch served this church as minister from 1936-1957. Other
books by Koch include Zestful Living for Older Adults, My
Personal Pentecost (Martha included), and Ten Steps to
Your Personal Pentecost. 10 linear inches. Donor: Roy Koch.
Mennonite Association of Retired Persons, 1989- , Elkhart,
Indiana. Correspondence of Executive Director Barbara K. Reber
and Assistant Director Don D. Reber, 1989-1998. The association
provides its 2,000 members with opportunities for mutual sharing,
support and Christian service opportunities. Also included are
minutes, correspondence, reports and newsletters of the earlier
organization, Inter-Mennonite Council on Aging, 1981-1987. Also
included is Reber's correspondence when she served as Executive
Secretary of the Womens Missionary and Service Commission,
1979-1985. 2.5 linear feet. Donor: Barbara K. and Don D. Reber,
Mennonite Board of Education, 1905- , Elkhart, Indiana.
Official records, 1986-1989, from the central office files, which
reflect the work of the Board and staff over this four-year time
period. Three of the ten staff members included Albert J. Meyer,
Executive Secretary, and Loren E. Swartzendruber and Orville
L. Yoder as Associate Executive Secretaries. Also included are
Youth Census Records, 1995-1998. 11.25 linear feet. Donor: Sandi
Bromley and Ruth Schrock, Administrative Assistants.
Mennonite Board of Missions, 1882- , Home Missions,
Elkhart, Indiana. Records, 1970-1980, reflecting the program
of this Home Missions Department during this ten-year period.
Directors were Nelson E. Kauffman ( -1971), Simon Gingerich (1971-1977)
and Lupe De Leon (1977- ). 3.75 linear feet. Donor: Ethel Hoffman,
Coordinator of Office Services.
Mennonite World Conference, 1925- . Four reel-to-reel
tape recordings of several sessions at the Seventh Mennonite
World Conference held at Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 1962. Persons
recorded include Harold S. Bender, Carl F. Brusewitz, Peter J.
Dyck, Nelson Litwiller, Hendrik W. Meihuizen, A. J. Metzler and
Erland Waltner. The recording was done by Alfred Dietzel, Pigeon,
Michigan, who then made copies available for purchase to the
delegate body. 3 linear inches. Donor: C. J. Dyck, Former Secretary
of Mennonite World Conference, Elkhart, Indiana.
Oyer, Esther R. ( -1998). School-Girl Days Book,
1919-1931, used by Esther Oyer, while she attended Metamora High
School (Illinois), 1919-1921; Hesston College and Bible School
(Kansas), 1921-1922; Clinton County Normal School (Michigan),
1922-1923; and Goshen College (Indiana), 1929-1931. Included
are autographs, photographs, poems, diary entries, programs and
notes of her involvement at the different schools. Esther Oyer
married Cyril Smith from Michigan. 1 File. Donor: Lois L. Yoder,
Powell, John, Elkhart, Indiana. Papers, 1969-1978,
on Powells involvement in the African Afro-American Inter-Mennonite
Unity Conferences (AFRAM) held from 1973-1978. Included are minutes,
correspondence, reports, budgets, news releases, programs and
speeches from the conferences, lists of delegates, and some photographs.
The first meeting was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1973. The purpose
of the organization was to bridge gaps between black groups in
the Mennonite Church. Papers also include a file on Powell's
involvement in Minority Ministries Council, 1969-1972; a Soul
and Spirit Retreat, 1970; and the Cross-Cultural Convention,
1972. 1 linear foot. Donor: John Powell.
Smucker, Ralph R., 1894-1975. Three 16mm films taken
by Smucker of the Mennonite Church in India and Africa, as part
of Smucker's Missionary Film Service, Elkhart, Indiana, 1947-1950,
1961-1962. Film titles include Christs Continuing Church
in India, Gods Messengers in Foreign Lands - India Missions,
Part II, and Who Will Go For Me? (African Missions). Films
are 900, 700 and 900 feet in length, respectively. Images include
churches, schools, ceremonies, gatherings, social life, ministers
and missionaries in India and Africa. Art Smucker has completed
a log of the images on each film. 1.25 linear feet. Donor: Arthur
A. Smucker, Goshen, Indiana.
Dennis Stoesz serves as archivist for the
Archives of the Mennonite Church.
Mennonite Historical Bulletin, July 1999