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Abram and Aganetha (Reimer) Friesen family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1921-1938; 1956-1982

This fonds consists of two sections of letters which Jacob and Sara Braun received from the Friesen family. The first section dated 1921 to 1938 were received from the Friesen family in Ogus Tobe, Crimea, first while living in Tiegenhagen (Ukraine) and then after 1925 while living at Ste. Elizabeth, Manitoba. The second section dated 1956 to 1982 are letters written mainly by Helene Dueck, Renate Dueck, Peter Friesen and Anna Wall in the Soviet Union to Jacob and Sara Braun in Manitoba. The letters are arranged chronologically by year. The letters provide a view of how one immigrant family to Canada remained in contact with the family members left in the home country. They also provide a view of how one family experienced life in the Soviet Union from 1921 to 1982.

Friesen family (Descendants of Abram *1870)

Abram B. Kolb Papers 1866-1923

  • US MCUSAA HM1/391
  • Collection
  • 1866-1965

Papers of a friend and associate of John F. Funk who served as assistant editor / editor in chief of the Herald of Truthfrom 1886 to 1904.  Kolb edited a number of other Mennonite periodicals, was active in the Sunday school movement, and served as president of the Mennonite Evangelizing and Benevolent Board.  He married John F. Funk's daughter, Phoebe, in 1893.

Kolb's papers are divided into two series:

(1) Correspondence, 1866-1923

(2) Miscellaneous, circa 1853 - 1965

Kolb, Abram B., 1862-1925

Ada Burkhart Ziegler Correspondence

  • Collection
  • 1925-1944

Five incoming letters to Ada Burkhart Ziegler, a nurse who served as a medical missionary at the Mennonite Home for the Aged in Eureka, Illinois and later taught on the faculty of La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing in La Junta, Colorado. ALl correspondence is addressed to Ada Burkhart, as Ziegler did not marry until later in life.

(1) From J. D. Smith, Superintendent of the Mennonite Home for the Aged, indicating the recommendation of Ms. Burkhart by D. H. Bender and informing her that the Mennonite Home for the Aged requested her service, and asking whether she intended to accept the position.

(2) From Allen H. Erb of La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing, commending Ms. Burkhart on her service and reminding her to follow the doctrine of Christ and the training program, including the adherence to modest dress ("be an especial example on the custom or style of short sleeves and low necks").

(3) From "Mary Alice" describing a recent trip to Goshen, Indiana and her imminent departure for India to perform mission service.

(4) From "Mary Alice" regarding her voyage to India.

(5) From Allen H. and Stella Erb offering condolences on the occasion of Burkhart's father's death.

Also includes a 1922 commencement program from La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing.

Ziegler, Ada Burkhart, 1897-1992

Adam C. Lantz Family Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/185
  • Collection
  • 1807-1958

These assorted family papers are divided into two series:

(1) Miscellaneous family documents, 1807-1944

(2) Photographs, 1958, undated

Lantz, Adam C., 1831-1893

African American Mennonite Association Records 1974-1993

  • US MCUSAA I/06/007
  • Collection
  • 1969-2001

Records of the African American constituency group of the (old) Mennonite Church. Emerging from the Minority Ministries Council, the African American Mennonite Association began its orginizational life as the Black Council or Black Caucus.  In the early 1980s the name was changed to the African American Mennonite Association (AAMA).  The AAMA strove to support black and racially integrated congregations in the (old) Mennonite Church through annual assemblies and programming, leadership training, educational opportunites, and congregational economic development.

Records are divided into the following series:

(1) Founding and Governing Documents

(2) Assemblies and Events

(3) Dockets and Minutes

(4) Photographs

(5) Educational Program Records

(6) Correspondence and Subject Files

(7) Sound Recordings

African American Mennonite Association

A.J. Metzler Papers 1919-1996

  • US MCUSAA HM1/417
  • Collection
  • 1826-1996

Personal papers of A. J. (Abram Jacob)  Metzler, consisting of sermon outlines, correspondence, subject files, and audio recordings. Records of Metzler's travels and work abroad are included, as are his published articles, his files on congregations he pastored, and a biography of him along with family records.

This collection is divided into the following series:

(1) Sermon Outlines, 1927-1983

(2) Correspondence and Subject Files, 1826, 1919-1993

(3) Audio Recordings, 1956-1996

(4) Photographs and Video Recordings, 1882-1991

Metzler, Abram Jacob, 1902-1996

Alan Hochstetler Papers 1958-1961

  • US MCUSAA HM1/996
  • Collection
  • 1957- circa 2011

A set of personal papers documenting Alan Hochstetler's voluntary service work in Vietnam and Korea under the auspices of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).  The papers consist primarily of correspondence from Hochstetler to his family in Nappanee, Indiana.  The letters provide a lot of detail about the daily work and activities of Hochstetler and other MCC volunteers.  In his correspondence, Hochstetler also discusses the weather, major political events, and his relationships with his fellow voluntary service workers.

Other materials in this collection include correspondence from MCC and the selective service, slides and photographs taken during his service work, photographs taken during a 1997 trip to Vietnam, clippings, a Vietnam diary, a hand drawn map of the Leprosarium, the Tidings of the Banmethouoat Leprosarium, a service certificate from MCC, and a nine-page manuscript containing personal reflections and recollections of his service work and his return trips to Vietnam.

Hochstetler, Alan, 1939-

Albert S. and Lois Buckwalter Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/097
  • Collection
  • 1949-2004

These papers consist of five series:

(1) Correspondence, 1949-2003

(2) Reports and Correspondence to Mission Board, 1951-1993

(3) Linguistic / Translation Materials, 1970-1996

(4) Miscellaneous, 1951-2019

(5) Photo Albums and Misc., 1952-1993

Buckwalter, Albert S., 1922-2004

Aldine Carpenter and Eva Harder Brunk Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/445
  • Collection
  • 1908-1950

Photographs, correspondence, diaries,  sermons, and other material documenting the Brunks' mission work in India.  The most unusual item in the papers is Eva Brunk's essay, "My First O.B. Case in Dondi," which provides a first hand account of childbirth and post-natal care and customs in a "High Caste Brohmin's home" in the early 20th century.

Brunk, Aldine Carpenter, 1886-1969

Alice Kauffman Gingerich Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/1018SC
  • Collection
  • 1948-1953

The collection contains letters and research materials for the biography of her father, Daniel K. Kauffman, written by Alice Kauffman Gingerich in 1954. The letters were sent in response to Alice's request in the Gospel Herald for information and memories about her father. Included are Daniel and his wife Mary's marriage certificate, correspondence regarding the publishing of the book, and certificate of copyright registration for the book. Also included are Alice's memorial service program, obituary, and several photographs.

A copy of Daniel Kauffman's book, The Mennonite Church and Current Issues (Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, Pa., 1923), was removed from the collection.

Gingerich, Alice Ruth Kauffman, 1911-2011

Allen and Elsie Shirk Correspondence

  • Collection
  • 1960-1967

Two "update" letters from the Shirks describing their missionary work in India and Hong Kong.

Shirk, Allen

Allen G. (Allen Gehman) Martin Letter

  • Collection
  • 1958

Letter written by a missionary serving Russian Mission, Alaska; describes his trip to the Moravian mission in Bethel, Alaska.  Also includes his impressions of the local Russian Orthodox church, priest, and congregation.

Martin, Allen G. (Allen Gehman)

Allen H. Erb Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/212
  • Collection
  • 1921-1978

Personal papers of a bishop of the (old) Mennonite Church and administrator of La Junta Mennonite Hospital and Sanatarium (La Junta, Colorado).  Series include:

(1) Correspondence and Subject Files, 1928-1975

(2) Diaries, 1921, 1961-1963, 1966

(3) Miscellaneous, 1925-1969

Erb, Allen H., 1888-1975

Alma Slagel Eigsti Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/493
  • Collection
  • 1946-1993

Alma Slagel Eigsti "adopted" a Russian Mennonite refugee named Margareta Unruh through her Sunday school class at Waldo Mennonite Church in Illinois. Unruh and her family were forced to flee Russia in 1943, first staying in Holland and later immigrating to Paraguay. Eigsti and Unruh corresponded with each other from 1946-1981. In this collection are the letters that Eigsti received from Unruh. The letters describe Unruh's domestic life and her personal needs. There is also a small amount of correspondence from Tina Boschmann.

Eigsti, Alma Slagel, 1893-1989

Alpha L. and Jacob C. Buzzard Papers

  • Collection
  • 1860-1919

Fragmented personal papers, including a number of Jacob C. Buzzard's teaching certificates and a message to his children written just prior to his death.  Also includes a letter to President Woodrow WIlson from the Illinois Mennonite Church Conference, dated May 30, 1919.  The letter, signed by Alpha L. Buzzard and John Nice, thanks Wilson for his consideration of the Mennonites' nonresistance and asks for exemption from all military training.  Other materials include documents from the Illinois Mennonite Church Conference and a certificate of baptism in German for Johanna Friedricke Krause.

Buzzard, Alpha L., 1871-1964

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