|Hist. Mss. 1-42
Hostetler, John A.
7 Boxes (3 Green, 1 Long Green, 2 Gray, 1 Oversize)
John A. Hostetler, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, first
deposited some personal papers into the Archives in 1949, as found in
Box 1. A few additional materials were collected and added to the
collection from 1949-73, as found in Box 2. Then Hostetler
deposited photocopies of the Old Order Swiss - Amish letters in 1977,
as found in Box 3. Hostetler deposited some additional personal
papers into the Archives from 1997-2001, during his retirement years in
Goshen, Indiana, as found in Box 4 and 5. The 1569 Hutterite
codex was given to the Archives by Hostetler in 2000, as found in Box 6
Note that the bulk of the John A. Hostetler Archives
Collection is found at Penn State, Pennsylvania. A listing of
that collection is included in this collection.
Box 1 (Green)
1/1 Poultry Interests, 1940
1/2 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1926-31
1/3 Composition Book & Other, 1933-42
1/4 Diplomas & School documents, 1933, 1939-42
1/5 American Poultry Association Certification,
1/6 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1939-41
1/7 Research Projects, 1953
1/8 Publications, 1952, 1992
1/10 Folk & Scientific Medicine in Amish, 1963-64
1/11 The Hutterian Brethren – Bibliography
1/12 Anabaptist Connection of Child Nurture and
1/13 “Hutterites: The Hutterites in Perspective,”
1960, 24 pages.
Box 2 (Green)
2/1 Frommer, Karl Johann, 1947-48
2/2 Diary, 1934
Box 3 (Long Green)
3/1 Old Order Amish Travel Documents, 1830-1885
3/2 Old Order Amish Letters, 1858-1906
3/3 Old Order Amish Letters, 1721-1857
Box 4 (Gray)
4/1 Obituary, 2001
4/2 Book, Amish Society, by John A. Hostetler, 1963
4/3 Selected Hutterian Documents in Translation,
4/4 Anabaptist Conceptions of Child Nurture and
4/5 Amish Society brochures; KIT, 1992
4/6 Autobiography, “An Amish Beginning..”, 1992
4/7 List of Tapes, 1959-1973
4/8 Nebraska Amish, Pennsylvania, 1986
4/9 “Society of Brothers.. Concerns”, 2000
4/10 “What is a Mennonite?”, ca. 1960
4/11 Hutterite Marine Michael Tschetter, Jr., 1956
4/12 Inventory, Items at Penn State, 1998
4/13 Tapes: Hutterite speech; Singing, 1973
Folksongs of the Pennsylvania Dutch, 1940s?, Family Praises, 1963
Cassette tapes of two original phonograph records:
"Family Praises, Sung by Ivan J. Miller" and "Folksongs of the
Pennsylvania Dutch interpreted by J. William Frey." File includes
photocopies of the two phonograph record cases, and correspondence
regarding transfer of original recordings onto tape, 1999.
Folksongs of the Pennsylvania Dutch, interpreted
[sung] by J. William Frey. Series One. 78 rpm. [Ca.
1951] Produced for Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, Inc.,
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Produced
by Nelson Cornell Custom Records, Inc., 149 Washington Ave.,
Rutherford, New Jersey.
Record 1, Side 1 (CCR 1901)
Record 1, Side 2 (CCR 1902)
Record 2, Side 1 (CCR 1903)
Record 2, Side 2 (CCR 1904)
"I Wish I Was
(Ich wutt ich wair en bower)
Record 3, Side 1 (CCR 1905)
My Darling Daughter"
(Shpin, Shpin, meiny leevy
Record 3, Side 2 (CCR 1906)
"I Am a Pennsy
Family Praises, sung by the Ivan J. Miller Family, Grantsville,
Maryland. 33 1/3 RPM. 1963. Recorded by Weaver Audio
Service, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Pressed by Columbia Record
Productions, New York.
Side 1, 11 Songs
Side 2, 10 Songs
Box 5 (Oversize)
5/1 Photocopies of two original phonograph
records: "Family Praises, Sung by Ivan J. Miller" and "Folksongs of the
Pennsylvania Dutch interpreted by J. William Frey."
Amish, Mennonite and Communal Living Posters(7), dating from 1984-92
5/2 Alaska, Rainbow Glacier, 1992
Photograph of a Rainbow Glacier,
Alaska, as taken by Marlys J. Johnson, Instructor of Alaskan History
and Geography, Haines, Alaska. Johnson was a Presbyterian who joined
the "Move of God" communal group. It is a renewal movement, whose
members read Anabaptist literature as well as the
5/3 Amish Farm
Color photograph of an oil
painting of an Amish house, barn and yard, done by Amish farmer, Dannie
Yoder, of his own place, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. Painting hung in
wash house (utility room) in the house. Photograph of painting made by
Hostetler in 1988. Further mention of this painting is made in
Hostetler's book on Amish Roots. 20" x 29 1/2".
5/4 Mifflin County Heritage, 1789-1989
Description of wall hangings, by
Wall Hanging Committee, Mifflin County Historical Society, Ray C.
Allison, Chairman; Nancy L. Aurand, and E. Jane Pursel. 8 1/2" x 11".
Includes one reference to the
Amish: "The Amish were an early group of settlers who were attracted by
the fertile soil of the county. During their westward movement from
1780 to 1790, many stopped here as a way-station and found a permanent
home. (Artwork taken from original pen and ink drawing by Daphne K.
5/5 New Zealand, Woman, 1984
Photograph of a woman, wearing a
shawl on her head, who is digging out thistles in the
pasture land, New Zealand. Hostetler took the photograph when he gave a
week of lectures on Anabaptist history, around 1984, to this renewal
group, led by Neville Cooper. This group holds property in common. They
also read Anabaptist literature like the Martyrs Mirror, and have
republished several books.
5/6 Riehl, Susie
"Sunshine and Shadow", 1987.
Color drawing of quilt hanging in porch. Artist is an Amish lady, in
her 50's, who lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 18" x 25".
5/7 Schmitt, Abraham
Poster with words on it: "I love
you when I choose to be for you what you need me to be without counting
the cost to myself." Schmitt grew up in Old Colony Mennonite community
in southern Saskatchewan in the 1920s, and has written an autobiography
on his life, The Brilliant Idiot. Schmitt received a Ph.D., and served
for some years as a marriage counselor in Souderton, Pennsylvania. 17
1/4" x 23".
5/8 Taylor, Florence Starr
"The Amish Drawings", September
27-31, 1986, Dream Framer Gallery, Mountville, Pennsylvania. Poster
includes samples of black and white drawings of Amish. Signed "Florence
Starr Taylor, 1986". 24" x 32".
Maps of Hutterite and Mennonite Settlements in Russia (3), and
Hutterite Settlement in Montana, 1991 (1)
The three maps of Russia are German (Nazi) made
maps, that were sent to Hostetler by Arnold M. Hofer, Dalton, South
Dakota, 57023, in 1975. Hofer is a former member of the Hutterites and
has given tours to Russia. Hostetler tried to identify the settlements
where Hutterites lived during their sojourn in Russia.
5/9 Saporoshje, Ukraine, Russia
Map of Eastern Europe with title
"Saporoshje" on it - a major city in this region. Map has no date.
Includes area of Mennonite settlement in Russia, at Chortitza and
Moloschna colonies, from 1789-1940s. Towns underlined include:
Chortitza, Molotschansk, Kuschtschewa, and Sherebez. Handwritten note
on map indicates that "Dabriticha was across river from Lubuenanka, See
D. M. Hofer, page 58". Map has no date. 19 1/2" x 24".
5/10 Melitopol, Ukraine, Russia
Map of eastern Europe with title
"Melitopol" on it. Towns of Johannesruhe and Guterta underlined.
19 1/2" x 24". Map has no date.
5/11 Novgorod-Seversky, Russia
Map fragment with two towns
underlined: Raditschew and Wischenki. 9" x 10". Map has no date.
5/12 Montana Hutterian Colonies, 1991
"Hutterian Colonies in Montana"
produced by Lawrence C. Anderson, Department of Geography, Mankato
State University. 17 1/4" x 11 1/2". (4 copies)
Box 6 (Green)
codex, 1569 / 1764 [Original], “Die Offenbarung Joanes” [The Revelation
of John, Chapters 1-11]. [Photocopy for reference purposes found
in Box 7 Gray]
This codex is an adaptation by
Hutterian Brethren scribes of a writing by Melchoir Hoffman (died 1543
or 1544), entitled “Ausslegung der heimlichen Offenbarung Joannis”,
published in the 1600s. A similar such codex [with the date 1795
on flyleaf], which also includes the first 11 chapters of Revelation,
is found at the Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen College.
That library has identified Hoffman as the author. (DBCN
This 1569 / 1764 codex is
handwritten, in the Gothic script, and German language. It
includes 205 pages of written text. Only right hand side of pages
numbered, #1 through #102. Inscription in pencil on first page of
writing indicates [1569 – 1764]. Inscription in inside cover
reads “Dieses Buch gehort der Christian und Katrina Waldner....”
[This book belongs to Christian and Catherine Waldner]. Waldner
is a common Hutterite name.
The earliest mention of this 1569
/ 1764 codex is in 1933, when Johannes P. Entz notes that “this book
was copied” and that this book has the dates “1569” and “1764” included
as part of the introduction to the Sixth Chapter of Revelation.
Entz’s comments are included in the article by Werner O. Packull, “ ‘A
Hutterite Book of Medieval Origin’ Revisited” (Mennonite Quarterly
Review March 1982, page 150-51)
In examining the codex, these
dates are found on page “49” numbered in the codex. The two dates
“1569” and “1764” are written within the larger letter “W” in the first
word “Wie”. “Wie” is the first word in the sentence at the
beginning of the “Imhalt” [introduction] to “Das VI Cap.” [Chapter 6].
These dates may be one of the distinguishing marks of this codex.
Johannes P. Entz concludes that
this book “must have been written in 1764” and that the “writer copied
his book from an older one which was written in the year 1569.”
Judging from the pages themselves, which are similar to other 16th
century codices, it is also possible that this particular codex was
copied in 1569, and rebound in 1764.
Entz also comments that the
original book, from which the 1933 copy was made, “was very faintly
written and is very hard to copy and has cost much labor”. This
1569 /1764 original codex in the archives, however, is not hard to read
at all. This puts some uncertainty into matching the manuscript
mentioned in 1933 with this original in the archives. Neveretheless,
the dates “1569 / 1764” are found in this original.
Entz also indicates that in 1933,
“this book was copied from a very old book which contains no title
page, does not give the name of the writer, nor the time of
year”. It is not know where Entz’ 1933 copy is located, except to
say that in 1980, John B. Wipf, Macmillan Colony, provided Packull with
Entz’s notes, as found in this 1933 copy.
In examining this 1569 / 1764
codex, one can conclude that it has probably been rebound at some
point, with first six black pages begin part of the new binding.
These six pages are also soiled, maybe with an oil. Eight pages
at end of book are of similar quality. Manuscript contains some
markings in red pen throughout text. Small portions of pages
99-102 have been cut out of the top right hand corner, measuring 1 1/4”
x 3/4” piece. The cut out portions included some handwritten
portions of the manuscript.
Front and back cover of
manuscript includes four triangle metal tabs in each corner, and book
includes two clasps which help close the book.
We also know that Christian
Waldner received a similar such codex of the first 11 chapters of
Revelation (Codex G, rebound 1795) from Peter D. Hofer, New Rockport
(Craddock) Colony in 1940. This “Codex G” was given to Julius
Kubasak of the Brethren Community of Bright near Kitchener, Ontario,
who gave it to Johannes Entz, who in turn sold it to Robert Friedmann
for preservation in the Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen College,
in 1962. It is this copy which is at the Mennonite Historical
Library, Goshen College. Robert Friedmann’s mention of this codex in
the Mennonite Historical Library is found on page 57 and 152, of Die
Schriften der Huterischen Taeufergemeinschaften (1965).
So for the provenance of this
1569 /1764 codex, we
can only conclude that Christian Waldner had this codex at one point in
the 20th century, and that it found its way into the hands of John A.
Hostetler, who gave to the Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen,
Indiana, in 2000. Hostetler did not say from whom he had received
it. Photocopy was made of manuscript for reference purposes in
September 2001. It was cataloged into the Hostetler collection on
December 27, 2002.
Werner Packull’s 1982 article
also mentions two other similar codices which includes 22 Chapters of
Revelation, which he calls Codex W and Codex E.
Box 7 (Gray)
7/1 Hutterite codex, 1569 / 1764 [Photocopy], “Die
Offenbarung Joanes” [The Revelation of John, Chapters 1-11].
Photocopy is for reference purposes. Original is found in Box 6
Green. See full description of this codex under 6/1 Hutterite
7/2 Photocopies from a few pages of a book entitled
Neu vermehrtes geistliches Lust+Gaertlein frommer Seelen. Das
ist: Heilsame Anweisungen und Regeln zu einem gottseligen
Leben....Gebrauch des Heil. Abendmahls. Regensburg,
1852. Druck deer J. Reitmayr’schen Offizin. Book inscribed
on front cover “Peter Hochstetler”. Book stamped “E. Hochstetler,
Burgweinting bei Regensburg” on inside page. Includes photograph
of an Amish man with inscription “See Hochstetler genealogy,
9007”. Only photocopy of first few pages included, for provenance
purposes of this particular book; book remains in private hands.
Another copy of book is found at Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen
College, Goshen, Indiana.
January 28, 2004 / Posted on web by Rebecca Allen.
January 16, 2003 / Hutterian codex, 1569 /1764 , added to Boxes 6 and
7, and listed by Dennis Stoesz, with assistance from curator Joe
Springer, Mennonite Historical Library.
January 2, 2003 / Files listed by Nelda Nussbaum, as found in Boxes 1-4
Circa 1999-2001 / Listing for Box 5 posted on the Web
March 12, 1998 / Box 5 listed by Dennis Stoesz
August 1, 1985 / Box 3 organized by Rachel A. Shenk
June 11, 1973 / Boxes 1-2 organized by Sharon L. Klingelsmith
USA Archives, 1700 S. Main St.,
Goshen, Indiana, 46526
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