Hist Mss 1-891
Paul S. Gross Collection
Hutterian Brethren Sermons and Vorreden (Introductory Sermons),
6 Boxes (Large)
This collection, donated by Paul
Gross and the Spokane Hutterian Brethren, contains hundreds of
sermons and vorreden originating in the 18th and 19th
centuries. As the Hutterites moved from Moravia, through Slovakia,
Hungary, and the Ukraine, and finally to the United States and Canada,
these sermons continued to be used in worship. The sermons collected
here were copied from the originals by various transcribers, a process
beginning in the 1890s and continuing at least into the 1980s.
These copies were gathered by
Gross and presented to the Mennonite archives as research materials.
They remain in their original German form. Of particular note is the
work of Elias Walter from Standoff Colony, Alberta, whose copies
(1898-1917) occupy the second half of this collection. Included are
various Hutterite related writings and pamphlets, including works
written by Paul S. Gross and Robert Friedmann.
Sermons are not to be duplicated,
except with permission of the Spokane (Washington) Hutterian Brethren.
attention to Philip Gross, 3610 N. Wood Road, Reardan, WA 99169.
Telephone: (509 / 299-5400).
October 3, 2007 / September 3,
2002 / Typed into
by Marilyn Voran. February 22, 1996 / Collection processed and
inventory prepared by Richard B. Sieber. November 7, 1994 / Index of
sermons prepared by Philip Gross and Patrick Murphy.
Series and Box Listing
Boxes 1-3 (Large)
Hutterian Sermons and Vorreden from Spokane
In total, there are 389 "Sermons
Vorreden" and 224 "Vorreden" from the Spokane Colony, making for a
total of 613.
(Box # / File #)
1/1 – 3/97 Sermons, with
Vorreden (see inventory)
3/98 – 3/157 Vorreden books (see inventory)
Boxes 4-6 (Large)
Hutterian Sermons and Vorreden from Standoff
Alberta, with various Hutterian writings and pamphlets
In total, there are 195 "Sermons
Vorreden" and 43 "Vorreden" from the Standoff Colony, for a total of
238. These include some funeral sermons and a Gemeinde Ordnung from
1651 (6/Sermon #195). See also eight additional files as noted below
(6/22 – 6/29).
(Box # / File #)
4/1 – 6/10 Sermons, with
Vorreden, copied by Elias Walter (see inventory)
6/11-6/21 Vorreden Books, copied by Elias Walter (see inventory)
6/22 Hutterian Sermons from I John
6/23 Epistle Book by Johannes Kleinsasser
6/24 Elias Walter Pfingsten Buch
6/25 Book – Lehrin: Kesseldorf
6/26 Hutterian Pamphlets by Paul S. Gross
6/27 Hutterian Pamphlets by Robert Friedman
6/28 Hutterian Travel Diaries – 1875 (copies)
6/29 Hutterian Pamphlets
The list of the sermons is
only as a paper copy. This index was prepared by Philip Gross and
Patrick Murphy in 1994. It consists of 12 pages. A sample below:
(Box# / Sermon #)
1/1 Matthew 2:1-23 Mike P. Entz
1/2 Matthew 2: 1-12 Lena Gross (Copyist)
1/3 Matthew 2: 1-6 John M. Wurz (Copyist)
Note: the sermons and vorrede
a unique number; this number is typed on the folder. This # is not the
same as the File #, which is written in blue ink on the folder.
Name and Subject Tracings
(Archives Card Catalog)
Chronology, ca. 1750 – 1900
Hutterian Brethren – Colonies – North America
Hutterian Brethren – Sermons
Hutterian Brethren – Vorreden
4/1-2/21; 6/21; 6/24
October 3, 2007 / Updated by
February 11, 2004 / Posted on the
by Rebecca Allen
September 23, 2003 / Updated by Helen Hostetler
Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen, 1700 S
Goshen, Indiana 46526