What follows is a sampling
of personal papers and organizational records that have come
into the archives during 1995. They are listed alphabetically
by the name of the collection.
C. Papers, 1963-91, including
correspondence, research files, lecture notes, unpublished and
published articles, and copies of some primary source materials
which focus on Anderson's interest and research on Hutterites,
Amish and Mennonites. He was a Professor of Geography at Mankato
State College, Minnesota. Collection also includes files on the
geography of religion and various utopian and collective settlements.
6.5 linear feet. Donor: Lawrence C. Anderson.
Gross, Paul S., Hutterite
Sermon Collection. Hutterite
sermons and Vorreden (introductory sermons) which virtually
all date from the 16th and 17th centuries, when the Hutterites
lived in Moravia (Chech Republic) and Slovakia (Hungary). Sermons
are organized by the passage of scripture used, Matthew through
Revelation, and then Genesis through Sirach. A few of them have
been identified by their use: wedding, funeral, Easter, Christmas,
and church rules and discipline (1651). The sermons are handwritten
in the "Gothic" script, and are in the German language.
The collection includes 584 sermons and 267 Vorreden,
copied by many individuals including those copied by Elias Walter,
Standoff Colony, Alberta between 1899 and 1917. These sermons
form the largest sammlung of Hutterite sermons found at
one place, and are the result of Gross's efforts through the
years. 6.8 linear feet. Donor: Paul S. Gross and the Spokane
Hutterite Colony, Washington.
Kauffman, Kathy A.,
Oral History Project. Tapes,
1993-94, focussing on the experience of eight women on faculty
at Goshen College, spanning sixty years, 1927-87: Mary Eleanor
Bender, Viola Good (1907-1993), Mary Katherine Nafziger, Mary
Oyer, Mary Royer, Edna Shantz, Lois Winey and Olive Wyse. Interviews
by Kauffman include questions about early growing up years, education,
work history and experience at Goshen College. Transcripts included.
13 cassette tapes, 5 linear inches. Donor: Kathy A. Kauffman,
Lehman, Stella (Sharp)
and Joseph L. Correspondence,
1918-34, mostly from Stella (Sharp) Lehman, Kenmare, North Dakota,
to her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. David S. Lehman, Chambersburg,
Pennsylvania. Collection includes some correspondence from Joseph
L. Lehman (1898-1928); a typical dress clothes worn by him as
a boy; and Byerly's Spelling Book used by Christian Sharp, John
Zook and Stella Sharp. Stella married Joseph on October 27, 1920,
and they had seven children before Joseph's died in 1928. 5 linear
inches. Donor: Genevieve (Lehman) Buckwalter, Goshen, Indiana,
on behalf of the family.
Mennonite Central Committee,
1920- , Akron, Pennsylvania.
Records, 1954-94, including Information Services files, 1954-84;
Washington Office files, 1968-88; Reference books and files,
1960-94; and Peace booklets and pamphlets, 1956-84. The paper
copies of the central correspondence and report files for 1984
are not included here, since they are currently being microfilmed.
5 linear feet. Donor: Irene Leaman, Records, Library and Archives
Mennonite Health Association,
1952-94, Goshen, Indiana. Records,
1980-94, including minutes and reports of annual meetings, correspondence
from program files, photographs, displays and artifacts, which
reflect this Association's role of providing a resource and network
for Mennonites involved in the health field as professionals
and volunteers, and as part of various agencies and institutions.
Directors for this time period were H. Ernest Bennett, 1980-90,
Paul N. Kraybill, 1990-93, and Dean Preheim-Bartel, 1993-94.
In 1994, this work was taken over by Mennonite Health Services,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 20 linear feet. Donor: Rachel Eby and
Dean Preheim-Bartel, Goshen, Indiana.
Miller, Andrew A.,
1918-1992. Papers, 1948-55, including
correspondence, writings and publications, that reflect Miller's
involvement in the Amish mission movement in Holmes County, Ohio.
Publications for those years included Amish Christian Fellowship
Bulletin, Christian Fellowship Review and Witnessing, 1952-55.
Also some materials on Goodwill Book Exchange, 1951-54; Maple
Grove Mission church, 1955-63; sermons from Gospel Broadcasts,
1962-64; photographs, 1955; and an account book, 1935-39. 15
linear inches. Donor: Levi Miller, Scottdale, Pennsylvania.
Salem Mennonite Church,
1889- , New Paris, Indiana. Church
records which include business meetings, 1918-75; Young People's
meetings, 1947-76; Faith and Practice Committee, 1950-54; Sewing
Circle, 1956-65; News Letters, 1961-68; and a Church Directory,
1972. This church began in 1889 when the "Dutch" and
"German" Mennonites built a joint meetingplace, and
called it Salem. A history of the church was compiled by Marie
Yoder in 1947-48, and in 1989 Salem held its 100th anniversary.
15 linear inches. Donor: Wayne Weaver, Goshen, Indiana.
A. Papers, 1925-91, reflecting
Showalter's life as a student, writer, administrator, editor
and teacher. The materials up to and including 1959 consist of
a scrapbook from Eastern Mennonite School and College, 1925-34;
her 1934 thesis on "Bird Study as a Hobby," which launched
her writing career and was published in Youth Christian Companion
in 1935; two scrapbooks of Showalter's published articles, 1937-80;
correspondence, 1949-59, and diary, 1948-51, from her work at
Mennonite Publishing House as editor and writer of Words of
Cheer, and of Summer Bible School and Sunday School curriculum.
After 1959, the correspondence, diaries, and scrapbooks reflect
Showalter's involvement as a teacher in Nigeria, 1960 and 1966-67;
her ongoing communication with missionaries and students in Africa,
1960-75; as an administrator with Books Abroad in Scottdale,
Pennsylvania, 1961-69; as a teacher at Goshen College, 1961-63,
and Eastern Mennonite College, 1967-69; as a writer and editor
with Laubach Literacy, 1964-66; and as a student at Syracuse
University, 1962-65. In 1969 Showalter retired to Harrisonburg,
Virginia, and started a Books Abroad program there, 1970-91.
4.5 linear feet. Donor: Elizabeth A. Showalter.
Conference, 1948-1994, Downey, California.
Records including conference reports and correspondence, 1975-91;
program files, 1986-93; Ministerial Committee, 1988-91; Council
of Anabaptists in Los Angeles, 1991-94; and Financial records,
1988-94. In 1994 this conference joined with the a portion of
General Conference's Pacific District to become the Pacific Southwest
Mennonite Conference. Donor: Irene Mendoza, Executive Assistant,
and Jeff Wright, Conference Coordinator.
Mennonite Historical Bulletin, January, 1996