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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

Abram Penner Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.225
  • Collection
  • 1904-1940

The collection contains Abram Penner’s personal diaries from 1904 to 1940, the time of his death.  Entries are mostly daily events and weather data.  Other records include his travel diary from his trip to Russia, family records, and letters.  There is also an account ledger from the general store in Mountain Lake.

Penner, Abram, 1849-1940

Frank and Agatha Balzer Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.237
  • Collection
  • 1850-1940

Includes correspondence between Agatha Hiebert and David Goerz; other correspondence, David Hiebert correspondence and business records, scattered photos, family history information (Hiebert, Balzer), school papers, Christmas Wünsche, autobiographical material (Frank), financial records books from lumber business. clippings

Balzer, Frank, 1859-1944

David C. Wedel Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.242
  • Collection
  • 1940-1985

Box 1: earliest items donated July 1987; clippings, etc. related to Bethel College history and C. H. Wedel; 1971 file on Bethel College and Western District; James Juhnke interview with D. C. Wedel (transcript) (donated 19 October 2000); autobiography; CPS #8 Marietta, Ohio, reunion materials (donated 27 January 1998); books; 2 8mm films about Marietta CPS by Hubert C. Overmyer and VHS copy of films (donated April 1991)

Box 2: Bethlehem 1983 General Conference session packet; clippings and notes re CPS Marietta (donated 12 August 2003)

Box 3: church directories, clippings, printed matter, sermons

Box 4-6: sermons

Box 7: oral history interview, spring 1971, about Bethel College during the 1930s

Wedel, David C., 1908-2010

Helena Graewe Warkentin Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.255
  • Collection
  • 1917-1940

Diaries covering roughly 1917-1940.



book of handwritten poems or songs

photocopy of typed account of Central Asia trek

Warkentin, Helena Graewe, 1865-1942

James Liu and Stephen Wang Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.262
  • Collection
  • 1930-1990

Box 1: correspondence, speeches, autobiographies

Box 2: audio cassettes and CD copies, book in Chinese, video tape and DVD copy

Liu, James, 1904-1991

Herman H. Enns and Margaret Reimer Enns Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.268
  • Collection
  • 1985

Includes her autobiography, list of books donated (most not retained), John H. Enns memoir 1985, Herman Enns autobiography, Russian language document (passport?), correspondence, poetry by her. All are photocopies.

Enns, Herman H., 1897-1996

Daniel S. Thiesen Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.274
  • Collection
  • 1920-1980

box 1: autobiography, financial notebooks, school composition notebooks, diaries (his?), clippings, correspondence, Low German readings, translation projects, family history material

box 2: negatives used to print Andreas and Eva Schmidt Genealogy 1640-1966

Thiesen, Daniel Samuel, 1899-1988

Henry A. Toews and Mary Wiens Toews Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.288
  • Collection
  • 1920-1955

box 1: Bible study outlines, correspondence, legal documents, photo album, print ephemera, periodicals, autobiography, music translations, scrapbook of color pencil drawings (by her?), books

box 2: sermons, Bibles in Pende and Luba-Lulua, the "hairy Bible" (Pende New Testament), small artifacts

Toews, Henry A., 1900-1954

Adalbert Goertz Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.289
  • Collection
  • 1950-2010

Articles/publications, research notes, physics notebooks, Goede family VHS tape, correspondence, photos, physics PhD and masters dissertations, audio cassette of lecture

Goertz, Adalbert, 1928-2011

Harold Ratzlaff and Ruth Regier Ratzlaff Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.302
  • Collection
  • 1930-1980

box 1: slides, photo albums (disassembled)

box 2: slides, guest books, mission files, autobiography (his)

box 3: diaries (hers)

box 4: diaries (hers), photo album, slides

box 5-7: 16mm films

box 8: additional copy of Harold autobiography brought in by anonymous donor 12 May 2015

Ratzlaff, Harold, 1911-2006

Lester Hostetler Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.318
  • Collection
  • 1940-1980

Box 1-5: hymn books and song books
Box 6: autobiography and audio cassette of 1980 interview

Hostetler, Lester, 1892-1989

Marie J. Regier Frantz Janzen Papers

  • US BCMLA 00/MS.54
  • Collection
  • 1920-1990

The papers consist mostly of correspondence and articles relating to the various mission fields. Most important would be the materials on the General Conference Mennonite mission in China. Especially interesting is the material on the Japanese internment, including a large group of sketches of camp life, and items relating to the changes in China after the war.

The family history materials in the collection are also significant. They shed light on the early Bethel College (Halstead Seminary) and on Emmaus Mennonite Church near Whitewater, Kansas.

See box list for contents of unprocessed boxes.

Janzen, Marie J. Regier Frantz, 1897-1994

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