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Abraham B. Woelk and Abraham A. Woelk Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.441
  • Collection
  • 1909-1951

Diaries ranging from 1909 to 1951. Not clear which volumes belonged to the father and which to the son.
Bethesda Hospital membership certificates 1920-1927.
Woelk family history info.

Woelk, Abraham B., 1864-1928

Abraham Ratzlaff Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.194
  • Collection
  • 1883-1935

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

Ratzlaff, Abraham, 1850-1939

Adam, Helen, and Amelia Mueller Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.343
  • Collection
  • 1920-2004

The collection contains personal materials from all three creators, including school transcripts and diplomas, school papers, baptismal certificates and other documentation of their early family life. However, the most extensive personal materials are the writings of Helen and Amelia and the correspondence of Amelia and her family.

The other major category of materials in the collection is family history. This includes several generations of correspondence of Amelia’s family, especially of her many relatives in Germany who wrote to Amelia’s mother Elizabeth Ellenberger, her Aunt Selma Ellenberger, and to Amelia herself, covering a period of over a century. The family history materials, in addition to these primary source documents, includes extensive genealogical research materials. Published genealogies, primarily collected by Adam, relate to many branches of his ancestors, especially on his maternal, Becker, side. He and Amelia both compiled numerous family charts and histories.

Mueller, Adam Theodore, 1904-2004

Agnetha Duerksen Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.329
  • Collection
  • 1917-1979

Correspondence 1930-47 with gaps

diaries 1917-79 with gaps

autograph books


Duerksen, Agnetha, 1903-1985

Albert H. Penner Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.309
  • Collection
  • 1921-1931

Farm account book 1921-1931 plus some additional financial records.

Penner, Albert H., 1894-1967

Alfred G. Linscheid Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.327
  • Collection
  • 1956-1985

Consists almost entirely of his diaries 1956-1985. The diaries are somewhat in the  format of scientific lab notebooks, with numerous little drawings.

Also includes some funeral papers, wills, land records, military discharge, clippings, photos, death certificates.

Linscheid, Alfred G., 1897-1985

Anna Dester Papers 1908-1923

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.279
  • Collection
  • 1908-1923

Correspondence among Dester family members in Canada, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Most are originally in German, with English translations. Covering approximately 1908-1923.

Dester, Anna, 1861-1940

Anna Gertrude Penner Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.303
  • Collection
  • 1905-1966

The collection contains biographical and personal materials related to Anna Gertrude Penner’s extended career as a deaconess nurse, including a set of diaries spanning over fifty years. Perhaps most unique are papers related to her training as a public health worker and two years of work as a public school nurse in Newton (the first school nurse in Newton?), 1916-21.

Penner, Anna Gertrude, 1886-1967

Anna V. Lehman Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.189
  • Collection
  • 1864-1949

Johann Lehmann diaries 1864-1879. Anna Lehman diaries 1945-1949. Anna Lehman correspondence, a few financial papers, "Familien-Chronik" (probably removed from a Bible)

Lehman, Anna V., 1874-1968

Arnold A. Epp Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.172
  • Collection
  • 1948-1978

The papers consist entirely of Epp’s general subject files. Scattered through it is much material related to the various churches he served, especially First Mennonite in Newton. A folder labeled “Universalism” has much material related to the controversy over that subject in Meno during the time Epp was there. Also prominent in the papers are materials relating to the various committees and boards on which he served (usually filed under the name of the committee). Included are Commission on Overseas Missions, Western District Home Missions Committee, Mennonite Biblical Seminary Board of Trustees, General Conference Committee on Church Unity, and Newton Ministerial Alliance, among others.

Epp, Arnold A., 1917-1980

Arthur J. Frey and Cornelius Frey Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.152
  • Collection
  • 1890-1980

The collection has two distinct groups of materials. The larger group is the papers of Cornelius Frey. These papers contain a wide variety of materials, but the most significant is the extensive correspondence. There are letters from many of the leading Mennonites of his time, such as missionaries H. R. Voth and J. B. Frey (Cornelius’ brother), Oklahoma leader Michael Klaassen, and even a few European Mennonites such as Christian Neff. Among the other important materials are Bethanian Church records, a large group of pamphlets and printed matter, and some political materials. These political items are election records and census materials for West Branch Township, Marion County, for the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. These records provide a bit of first-hand evidence for the extent of Mennonite interest and involvement in politics at this time. The collection also contains quite a bit of personal materials such as diaries, financial records, and school materials. An interesting item in the school materials is the minutes of the Grünfeld Literary and Song Society for 1890. The papers of A. J. Frey, the other group of materials in this collection, consist almost entirely of genealogical materials. Frey collected all kinds of records and reminiscences in his genealogical research. These materials would be extremely important to the family histories of persons connected with the Alexanderwohl and Tabor churches. Also in A. J. Frey’s materials is a volume of Mennonite Aid Plan minutes, 1897-1960. Appendix: The materials in this addition to the collection are generally similar to the first part of the collection, consisting most importantly of correspondence, genealogy records, and Coy, Oklahoma, historical records. In addition, the appendix contains a small amount of correspondence and other material of family members other than Arthur J. or Cornelius Frey. They are: John Becker (1870-1968) and Eva Frey Becker (1880-1960), Eva sister of Cornelius Benjamin C. Frey (1895-1960), son of Cornelius Eva Balzer (Henry) Frey (1873-1936), sister-in-law of Cornelius Helena Schmidt (Cornelius) Frey (1870-1934), wife of Cornelius John B. Frey (1882-1942) and Sarah Unruh Frey (1885-1967), John brother of Cornelius Maria Wedel (Benjamin) Frey (1843-1934), mother of Cornelius Sara Elizabeth Frey (Paul G.) Schmidt (1898-1974), daughter of Cornelius Maria Ann Frey (McLoren) Temple (1906-), daughter of Cornelius

Frey, Arthur J., 1900-1980

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

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