This comprehensive collection of church records includes annual meeting and history reports; minutes of church council, commission and annual meetings; reports from Women's meetings, anniversaries, library, and other groups; bulletins, calendars, phone lists, etc. The records are primarily grouped by terms of service by church pastors.
While these records include a handful of typical congregational records (primarily bulletins), the bulk of the collection consists of sound recordings and transcripts associated with the "Peace Stories Oral History Project" of 1990-1994. The oral history project sought to document the experiences of conscientious objectors in the congregation and resulted in over 20 interviews. Other materials include administrative documents and publications associated with the oral history project.
This collection contains records pertaining from at least 6 different fonds in the State Archive of the Zaporozhe Region. They include the Berdyansk Uezd Steppe Forestry Department (Fond 250), the Alexandrovsk Uezd Land Survey Commission (Fond 230), the Melitopol Uezd Statistical Bureau (Fond 255), the Berdyansk Uezd Land Survey Office (Found 263), the A.A. Koop Agricultural Equipment and Machinery Factory (Fond 158) and the Zaporozhe Okrug Executive Committee (Fond 316). The materials focus roughly on four themes – forestry, description of land and estate possessions, business correspondence and emigration.
Administrative records pertaining to the young people's magazine of the (old) Mennonite Church. While Youth's Christian Companion was published from 1938 to 1968, these records cover only the last eight years of the periodical's run. Records consist primarily of correspondence documenting reader reactions to magazine content.
A small set of personal papers created by a Japanese Mennonite poet. Yaguchi's correspondence consists of incoming letters from English language poets, including James Kirkup, Bill Costley, Sajed Kamal, Jonas Negalha, Robert Bly, Anne Sexton, Gary Snyder, William Stafford, and R. S. Thomas. Other materials include miscellaneous poetry manuscripts and an interview transcription with Yujin Yaguchi, Yaguchi's daughter.
A thin folder of Betty Weber's incoming and outgoing correspondence pertaining to children's stewardship of mission and relief work. The correspondence came about as a follow up to an article that appeared in the (old) Mennonite Church periodical Words of Cheer in 1947.
A small set of financial records, including ledgers (1944-1962, 1987-1989, and 1995-1996) and annual treasurer's reports (1974-1988, 1995-1997). These records also include treasurer's correspondence, most of which acknowledges financial gifts received (1924, 1943-1963).
Records pertaining to the literary functions of the Women's Missionary and Service Commission, including the production of publications and reading lists and the supplying of free literature to missionaries. These records are divided into three series:
(1) Publications, 1952-1996 (2) Administrative Records, 1929-1997 (3) Mennonite Women: A Story of God's Faithfulness Research Files, circa 1975-1983
Correspondence files of two presidents of the Women's Missionary and Service Commission (WMSC): Lina Ressler (1929-1938) and Minnie Graber (1951-1959). Ressler's correspondence comprises only one folder of this set of records. The remaining materials pertain to the presidency of Minnie Graber. Most correpondence appears to be among various WMSC executive committee members.
Assorted photographs, most pooly labeled and identified, from the 1960s depicting various meetings, speakers, and worship services of the Women's Missionary and Service Commission. Researchers may find original photographs used in Women's Missionary and Service Commission publications in these records. Also among these records are several photographs of Annie Vallotton, illustrator of the Good News Bible, first published in 1966.