Collection I/06/006 - Hispanic Mennonite Convention Records

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US MCUSAA I/06/006


Hispanic Mennonite Convention Records


  • 1969-1999 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

15.10 Linear Feet; 23 archives boxes, 3 half archives boxes, and 2 records cartons

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Administrative history

The Hispanic Mennonite Convention was a national denominational organization that represented the interests and concerns of Hispanic Mennonites in the (Old) Mennonite Church. 

Before the late 1960s, Hispanic Mennonite congregations had no particular representation or organization within the govenance of the Mennonite Church.  Two organizations under the Mennonite Board of Missions, the Urban / Racial Council (1968) and the Minority Ministries Council (1969-1973), were created to represent Mennonites of color.

In 1974, the Office of Latin Concerns was established as an official governing body of the Mennonite Church.  In 1975, the organization was renamed the Concilio Nacional de Iglesias Menonitas Hispanas.  Around 1990, the organization was again renamed as the Hispanic Mennonite Convention.

Leaders of the Hispanic Mennonite Convention were Jose Ortiz (1974-1981), Samuel Hernandez (1981-1991) and Samuel Lopez (1991-2001).

The Hispanic Mennonite Convention was dissolved under the 2002 merger of the Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church.  Within the Mennonite Church USA, Hispanic interests are represented by the Iglesia Menonite Hispana.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acc. 3715.

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Scope and content

These records are divided into the following series:

(1) Executive Council Meeting Minutes

(2) Director's Correspondence and Subject Files

(3) Conference Records

(4) Photographs

(5) Publications

(6) Audiovisual materials

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Acc. 2011-37; minutes, subject & correspondce files, photos, audio-visual material; 11.00 linear feet.  Donated by Samuel Lopez

System of arrangement

By series

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

These materials are open for public research.

Conditions governing reproduction

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Language of material

  • English
  • Spanish

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U-Matic video cassettes cannot be screened without digital transfer.

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  • English



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