Archives of the Mennonite Church
By Dennis Stoesz
What follows is a sampling of personal papers and organizational
records that have come into the archives during 1995 and the
first six months of 1996. They are listed alphabetically by the
name of the collection.
Graber, Esther, 1912-1996, Goshen, Indiana. Scrapbook,
1978, entitled "This is Thursday, Mission News Sheet
takes priority, eg. NOT FOR PUBLICATION, April 1978." Graber
eceived this upon her retirement and in commemoration of her
twenty-eight year service with Mennonite Board of Missions. The
scrapbook includes 1978 correspondence, photographs, cards and
cartoons from many of the missionaries and colleagues she had
come in contact with in editing the news sheet and in her work
as Administrative Assistant to J. D. Graber and Wilbert R. Shenk
in the Overseas Department, 1950-78. 1 Scrapbook. Donor: Lena
Hernley, H. Ralph, Goshen, Indiana. Papers, 1860-1982,
including correspondence, reports, minutes, clippings, magazines
and books reflecting Hernley's involvement in Civilian Public
Service, Goshen College, and such Mennonite organizations as
Mennonite Community Association, Mennonite Economic Development
Associates and Mennonite Board of Education. Also includes older
materials such as diaries, 1872-74, from John S. Loucks (1848-
); school treasurer books, 1884-86, from Jacob S. Loucks (1829-1916);
books from his father, Henry R. Hernley, who worked at the Mennonite
Publishing House from 1907-53; a photograph and letter regarding
Mennonite boys at Camp Lee, 1918; a diary of Ethel Jane Loucks,
ca. 1930; a diary from John R. Loucks, 1947-48; and historical
materials on the schools and history of Scottdale, Pennsylvania,
which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1954. 11.25 linear feet.
Donor: H. Ralph Hernley.
Holdeman Mennonite Church, 1851- , Wakarusa, Indiana.
Church records, 1929-95, including Women's Sewing Circle minutes,
reports, and financial records, 1929-73; Sunday School secretary
book, 1942; Funeral Dinner record books, 1949-53 and 1970-72;
Summer Bible School pupil records, 1959-91; record of Torchbearers'
activities, 1976-85; Christmas Plates to Shut-Ins, 1987-94; and
Church Bulletins, Newsletters, and Reports for 1995. 1.7 linear
feet. Donor: Miriam and Virginia Weldy, and Congregational Historians
John and Lowell Nunemaker.
Hoover, Ira J., 1907-1996, Goshen, Indiana. Papers,
1841-1996, which reflect Hoover's life as a teacher in various
rural schools in Harrison Township, Elkhart County, from 1928-42.
Also includes souvenir school booklets, diplomas, certificates,
farming diary (1943-44), birthday books, family bible records,
autograph album, etc. which came from his spouse, Clara Mumaw;
his father, Daniel S. Hoover, who was a farmer; his ancestor,
J. S. Hoover, who also was a school teacher in Harrison township,
1875-81; and his grandparents, Jacob H. and Anna (Overholt) Kreider,
who originated from Bethel Mennonite Church, Wadsworth, Ohio,
and settled in Indiana in the late 19th century. 1.25 linear
feet. Donor: Herb Maust, Executor of Hoover Estate.
Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, 1943- , Mount Pleasant,
Pennsylvania. Records, 1976-89, of the programs and events
at Laurelville through these years, which included children and
youth camps, adult retreats and special symposiums and conferences.
The material includes correspondence, reports, contracts, photographs,
brochures and 33 audio tapes. Program directors who served during
this period were Arnold Cressman, -1977, James E. Metzler, 1977-82,
James E. Horsch, 1982-84, and Levi Miller, 1984-91. 6.25 linear
feet. Donor: Robert Koch, Program Director.
Leichty, Jacob, 1819-1896, Collection. Papers, 1840-1887,
originating from France; Ontario, Canada; Stark County, Ohio;
and Henry and Washington Counties, Iowa. It includes correspondence,
1840-1852, and 1877; French and United States citizenship papers,
1840 and 1856 respectively; an indenture, 1851; a land certificate,
1852; a military exemption, 1862; and some land and estate documents,
1853-87. Leichty emigrated from France to North America in his
youth, first going to Ontario, 1840-47; then to Wayne County,
Ohio, about 1847-51; and then to Henry and Washington Counties,
Iowa, 1851-87. Correspondents include Peter Stoll, Jean Liechty,
Christ Graber, Christian and Daniel Eicher, and Christ Liechty.
1 Legal File Folder. Donor: Delia Herr, Goshen, Indiana, on behalf
of Leichty Family.
Mennonite Board of Education, 1905- , Elkhart, Indiana.
Official Central Files, 1951-86, the bulk of which dates from
1977-86. These records reflect the changing program of this board
during these years. This included being responsible to the Mennonite
Church for the operation of Goshen Biblical Seminary, and Hesston
and Goshen Colleges, and came to include Eastern Mennonite College
and Seminary as well. The work also entailed a coordinating and
consulting role with the 11 high schools, through the Secondary
Education Council, and came to include working with the 18 elementary
schools through the Elementary Education Council. Minority and
Pastoral Leadership Education, helping minority young people
obtain a high school education through the High-Aim program,
providing direction in theological education, student aid, and
the Conrad Grebel Lectureship were also part of the program.
Personnel during the years, 1977-86, were Albert J. Meyer as
Executive Secretary, and staff persons Paul Bender, Alvin H.
Brown, Marilyn Grasse Brubaker, Donald Garber, Arthur J. Griffin,
Helen Hostetler, John J. Hostetter Jr., Lynn J. Miller, Gerald
L. Mumaw, Irving N. Perez, Averno M. Rempel, Glen A. Roth, John
E. Sharp, Kathy Smoker, Leamon Sowell Jr., Loren E. Swartzendruber,
and Orville L. Yoder. 25 linear feet. Donor: Ruth E. Schrock,
Mennonite Board of Education.
Mennonite Board of Missions, 1908- , Student and Young
Adult Services, Elkhart, Indiana. Records, 1970-90, reflecting
the work of three directors over this time period: Virgil Brenneman,
1959-74; Hubert L. Brown, 1974-80; and Myrna Burkholder, 1980-90.
Organized into two sets of files, 1970-80 and 1980-90, these
records include correspondence minutes, reports, and the newsletters
Forum, 1970-81, Feedback, 1977-90, in search, 1983-91, and Menno
News. 6 linear feet. Donor: Ruth I. Horst and Ethel Hoffman,
Mennonite Board of Missions.
Smith, Willard H. and Verna (Graber), Goshen, Indiana.
Papers, 1917-92, including correspondence with family and between
Willard Smith and Verna Graber, 1917-32; school notes from Smith's
time at University of Wisconsin and Chicago, 1920s-32; manuscripts
of his research and book projects, 1939-83, Schulyer Colfax,
Paraguayan Interlude, William Jennings Bryan, and Mennonites
in Illinois; diary of Verna (Graber) Smith of trip to Paraguay,
ca. 1949-50; office papers and artifacts from Willard H. Smith's
long career as professor of history at Goshen College, 1929-72;
photographs and slides; graduation diploma and robes; and a trunk
used for their trip to Paraguay. 26 linear feet. Donor: Willard
South Central Mennonite Conference, 1876- , North Newton,
Kansas. Records of the South Texas Mennonite Church Council,
1959-67, 1971-77, and 1984-88. Includes papers of J. Weldon Martin,
Corpus Christi, Texas, 1959-67; those of Chuy Navarro, Premont,
Texas, 1971-77, who was chair of this council; and those of Angel
Luis Miranda, Alice, Texas, 1984-88, who was District Minister
for the Council. 4.4 linear feet. Donor: Lois Leinbach, Administrative
Umble, Roy H., Goshen, Indiana. Papers, 1925-94, including
correspondence back home with Ferne (Smith) Umble, and with his
parents, John S. and Alice (Landis) Umble, while Umble was serving
in Civilian Public Service, 1944-46. Also includes papers which
reflect Umble's long-standing involvement as professor in forensics,
speech, drama, and peace at Goshen College, 1946-83; papers given
at the Intercollegiate Peace Speech Contest, 1948-55, as well
as the early history of this association, 1906-25, by Al Albrecht;
correspondence from sabbatical trips to Greece, 1956-58, and
to Barbados, 1966-67, and involvement in the China Educational
Exchange program, 1983-86; correspondence with family, friends
and colleagues; an autobiography, ca. 1980-93; and photographs.
10 linear feet. Donor: Roy H. Umble.
Denis Stoesz has served as archivist since 1989.
Mennonite Historical Bulletin, July 1996