Collection 00/MS.194 - Abraham Ratzlaff Papers

Identity area

Reference code

US BCMLA 00/MS.194


Abraham Ratzlaff Papers


  • 1883-1935 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Born 3 September 1850, Franzthal, Molotschna, Russia. Parents Peter Ratzlaff and Maria Richert Ratzlaff. Baptized in Rudnerweide church.

Married Helena Schmidt (1853-1938) 1 May 1873. Came to United States in 1874. Joined Hoffnungsau church at its organization. Elected minister 24 Apr 1880. Elected elder 28 September 1902.

Died 1939.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Includes diaries, autobiography, translations, and a very small amount of correspondence.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement


Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

open for research use

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English
  • German

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier


Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places