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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

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-

Ben Boese Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.246
  • Collection
  • 1930-1990

Box 1: books, pamphlets (farm machinery), slides, cassette tape

Box 2: books. clippings, Boese family letters, Boese family information

Box 3: agriculture and machinery periodicals and brochures

Box 4: family history information

Boese, Ben, 1910-1996

Bethel Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Ohio) Records

  • US MCUSAA III/35-21
  • Collection
  • 1899-2012

These records are divided into the following series:

(1) Annual Meetings and Reports, 1907-2012 (2) Bulletins, 1953-2010 (3) Vacation Bible School Materials, 1932-1969 (4) Newsletters, 1977-2012 (5) Miscellaneous Congregational Records, 1899-1970

Bethel Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Ohio)

Board of Missions

  • US BCMLA 01/01/000
  • Collection
  • 1870-1969

General Conference Mennonite Church

C. Warren Long Papers 1946-1969

  • US MCUSAA HM1/394
  • Collection
  • 1921-1996

These personal papers of an (old) Mennonite Church pastor and bishop from Illinois are divided into two series:

(1) Sermons, 1946-1969

(2) Miscellaneous Materials, 1946-1969

Long, C. Warren, 1904-1969

Clayton Beyler Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/805
  • Collection
  • 1944-1947

Outgoing correpondence, photographs (slides) and miscellaneous material documenting Beyler's Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) service in India and China.  Beyler's letters are quite descriptive and frequent, making them an excellent source of information about MCC"s brief presence in post World War II China.  Over half of the slides are well-labeled.

Beyler, Clayton, 1918-1973

Daniel H. Stoltzfus Mennonite Missionaries in China Photographs and Film

  • US MCUSAA HM1/013
  • Collection
  • 1949-1951

Thirteen color slides depicting (old) Mennonite Church missionaries stationed in China who were relocated to Hong Kong at the end of the Chinese Civil War.  J. N. Byler, J. D. Graber, Don and Dorothy McCammon, Eugene and Luella Blosser, Franklin Beahn, John and Agnes Wienke, "Grandpa Bartel," Irmtrude von Haugwitz, Thali Anderson, Christine Weaver, and Ruth Beahn.  Also includes an 8 mm film depicting the arrival of Dorothy McCannon, Christine Weaver, and Ruth Beahn in Hong Kong in 1951.

Stoltzfus, Daniel H.

Deknatel Organ records

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.355
  • Collection
  • 1965-1989

Correspondence and research files of Esko Loewen about his work on the Deknatel organ at Kauffman Museum, North Newton, Kansas.

Also correspondence, research files, and slides of Robert Kreider relating to the organ.

Loewen, Esko, 1917-1981

Elma Esau Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.308
  • Collection
  • 1893-2000

Elma E. Esau was born September 14, 1917, to Edward and Clara (Claassen) Esau near Whitewater, Kansas. She graduated from Whitewater High School in 1935 and attended Bethel College for two years. She returned to Bethel and completed her BA degree in 1969. From 1943 to 1981 she volunteered and then worked for MCC and its subsidiary, MTS (Menno Travel Service). Elma Esau began her MCC service at the Ypisilanti, Michigan, relief training unit in 1943. She then worked to set up and manage relief clothing centers in Ephrata, Pennsylvania; Kitchener, Ontario; and Newton, Kansas. In April, 1945, she went to the MCC Center in London, England, and from there on to serve in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. In the summer of 1947 she traveled around the US speaking to women’s groups at Mennonite churches about MCC’s relief work in Europe, and then she remained at Akron until April, 1949, when she went to Gronau, Germany, for additional relief service. In 1951 she escorted Mennonite refugees to Brazil and Uruguay. After two years in the MCC Personnel Office in Akron, she began her work for MTS in Newton in 1953 and continued there until 1958. In 1959 she ran the MTS office in Amsterdam. From 1962 through 1965 she directed the MTS office in Beirut, returning from mid-1966 to 1967, when the office was evacuated during the 6 Day War. She worked in numerous other locations for brief terms before returning to the MTS Akron office from 1969 to 1980, where she directed the tour department and lead many tours. She retired to her family farm near Whitewater in 1981 and moved to Kidron-Bethel in 1991. She was a lifelong member of the Emmaus Mennonite Church. She passed away on November 16, 2009. The collection provides unique and extensive documentation, including original correspondence and photographs, of the MCC work with refugees during and after World War II. In her MTS career she kept diaries and photographs from the numerous tours she directed. She also collected tourist literature from the dozens of countries she visited, and during the steamship area, kept items like menus and tickets. This collection also contains the papers (1 cubic foot) of Edward Esau (Elma’s father), who was born in Hohendorf, Am Trakt, Russia, on November 27, 1887. He immigrated to the United States in 1908 to avoid the Russian Forestry Service. He lived for a year with family in Bessie/Cordell, Oklahoma, and then moved to the Whitewater/Potwin area of Kansas. From 1908 through 1936 (except 1918-1920) he received frequent letters from his family and friends in Russia, primarily from his brother, Gerhard, and sister, Renate. The letters he received constitute almost the entirety of his papers and are all in German, but many have been translated and published by Elma in Russia Letters, 1995.

Esau, Elma, 1917-

Emma Ruth Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.236
  • Collection
  • 1900-1960

Box 1: correspondence, diaries, teaching certificates, clippings, notes

Box 2: correspondence, photos, school materials, slides, diaries, creative writing materials

Box 3: photos, clippings, family history info, video copy of movies in box 4

Box 4: 8mm home movies

Box 5: framed photo of Jakob Haury (1839-1929) family

"Box" 6 (map folder): diplomas, certificates

box 7: photos removed from photo processing area 8 Sept 2011

Ruth, Emma, 1891-1965

Florence Nafziger Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/175
  • Collection
  • 1881-1999

These personal papers include autobiographical writing, photographs, slides, and ephemera pertaining to Nafziger's work as a Mennonite medical missionary in India.  They also contain some Nafziger family records, specifically a farm journal created by Christian Nafziger II.

Nafziger, Florence, 1918-

Gladys Widmer Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/675
  • Collection
  • 1909-2006

Personal papers of a Mennonite missionary to Puerto Rico and advocate for Hispanic Mennonite Congregations in the United States.  The papers are divided into four series:

(1) Biographical Information and Family Papers, 1909-2006

(2) Correspondence and Subject Files, 1949-2006

(3) Photographs and Plaques, 1915-2004

(4) Puerto Rican Mennonite Records, 1967-2003

Widmer, Gladys, 1915-2006

Glenn W. Whitaker Papers 1936-1972

  • US MCUSAA HM1/929
  • Collection
  • 1936-1981

These papers document the ministry of Glenn W. Whitaker and are divided into four series:

Series 1: Early Ministry and Service, 1936-1981 Series 2: Photographs, 1936-1951 Series 3: Sermon Ministry, 1950-1972 Series 4: Phonograph Records, 1943-1950

Whitaker, Glenn W., 1909-1979

H. Ernest Bennett Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/621
  • Collection
  • 1939-1993

A small, fragmented set of personal papers primarily documenting Bennett's early career.  Materials include correspondence, speeches and presentations, photographs / slides (most poorly labeled) and miscellaneous materials.  Photographs and slides primarily depict Bennett's life in Akron as an MCC worker, as well as his relief work in France and Spain.

Bennett, H. Ernest, 1915-2009

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