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John Thut Photographs

  • US MCUSAA HM4/388
  • Collection
  • 1920-1946

The richest materials among these photographs are the140 color slides depicing Thut's volunteer work in England with German prisoners of war after World War II and his subsequent travel in the Western United States to Civilian Public Service (CPS) camps. These labeled and well-composed slides include images of Thut's living and working conditions in England, art work made by German POWs, and scenes of CPS work in Montana, South Dakota, and California. Also of note is a slide of Peter and Elfrieda Dyck's wedding gifts.

Click on "Online Images / Records" to see an inventory of the slides.

Other materials among Thut's photographs include a number of poorly-labeled black and white photographic prints of Goshen College in the early 1920s. Notable scenes include a May Day celebration and the construction of the college gymnasium. Also included is his passport obtained in 1944.

Thut, John, 1898-1994

Bethel Mennonite Church (West Liberty, Ohio) Records

  • US MCUSAA III/35-21
  • Collection
  • 1899-2021

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)

Hudson Lake Mennonite Church (New Carlisle, Ind.) Records

  • US MCUSAA III/14-23
  • Collection
  • 1950-2020

Records of a small Mennonite congregation founded as an Olive Mennonite Church church plant in 1950.  These records are divided into the following series:

Hudson Lake Mennonite Church (New Carlisle, Ind.)

Rachel Waltner Goossen Collection on LGBTQ Mennonite Leaders

  • US MCUSAA HM1/1030
  • Collection
  • 2016-2020

Oral histories recorded during the course of Goossen's research on the rise of LGBTQ leaders in Mennonite Church USA.  Goossen's research was published in an article entitled, "'Repent of the Sins of Homophobia': The Rise of Queer Mennonite Leaders" (Nova Religio 24:3 (February 2021).  The collection includes nineteen oral history interviews and copies of consent statements signed by interviewees. Other oral interviews conducted for this project were not released for public research (at the request of those who participated with Goossen in the interviews) and remain in Goossen's possession.

Goossen, Rachel Waltner, 1960-

Allegheny Mennonite Conference International Guest House Records

  • US MCUSAA II/016/01
  • Collection
  • 1966-2020

Digitized records of the International Guest House (Washington, D.C.) which operated as a ministry of the Allegheny Mennonite Conference from 1967 to 2020.

Most IGH records were digitized in 2016 by Clayton Steiner, a two-year IGH host. Steiner updated the records after IGH closed and reprocessed the entire collection in 2021. The collection also includes hard copy duplicates for select document sets, as indicated in the finding aid.

International Guest House (Washington, D.C.)

Plow Creek Fellowship (Tiskilwa, Ill.) Records

  • Collection
  • 1971-2019

Organizational records of a Mennonite intentional community in rural, north central Illinois. Materials are arranged chronologically and include correspondence, memorandums, reports, newsletters, finance reports, elder meeting minutes, questionnaires, and policies. Also included in the collection are legal and property records, articles of incorporation, bylaws, brochures, and miscellaneous sharing group and committee meeting minutes.

Plow Creek Fellowship (Tiskilwa, Ill.)

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