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Leonard Gross Papers 1942-2018

  • US MCUSAA HM1/447
  • Collection
  • 1530-2018

This collection is organized by series:

(1) Manuscripts and Published Writings of Leonard Gross: Dissertation and other manuscripts

(2) Personal Papers: Notes, Organizations, and Conferences

(3) Hutterites: Pre-20th Century Hutterites and Society of Brothers

(4) Research: Research in Progress and Projects

(5) Involvements: Historical Committee, Family, MCC, Amish, Sermons, Service, Anabaptist Materials, Projects, College Mennonite Church, and others

(6) Correspondence: 1942, 1951-2018

(7) Clippings

(8) Miscellaneous

(9) Oversize

Gross, Leonard, 1931-

D. B. (Daniel B.) Swartzendruber Collection 1857-1923

  • US MCUSAA HM1/144
  • Collection
  • 1568-1861

The Daniel B. Swartzendruber Collection contains numerous documents, which shed light on 19th-century Amish life in America, particularly the Johnson County, Iowa and Somerset County, Pennsylvania communities.  Thanks to the interest in the church and its history of at least five generations of Swartzendrubers the Archives has this sizable collection. Other material of the Swartzendruber family can be found at the archives of the Iowa Mennonite Historical Society.  In an attempt to aid the researcher working with this collection, this description of the collection has been prepared.

A brief genealogical chart (see Box 1/Folder1) affords an overview of the relationships of the various people who wrote or whom are written about, in the collection. (The names of the collection’s significant writers are in red).  Many of the dates on the chart come directly from the collection and so there may be some minor discrepancies in the dates, particularly those of the earlier generations.  It is not completely clear that the Abner Yoder who is named on the chart is the same man whom Jacob Swartzendruber visited in Somerset County (the Glades) in 1860, and whom later moved to Iowa. It seems likely that he is the one so therefore without verifying the information fully he was placed on the chart.  This chart is not included in this inventory, but is available upon request.

The chart hosts different name spellings from what they are normally in the documents.  The spellings for the same person do vary in the documents so consistency was kept by using the spellings found in the Mennonite Quarterly Review and the Mennonite Bibliography. This helped also in allowing for only one spelling in a particular generation.  In order to save space only initials in this paper will be used when referring to Jacob Schwarzendruber {JS} (1800-1868), Friedrich Schwartzendruber {FS}(1825-1895), Jacob Friedrich Swarzendruber {JFS} (1851-1924), Daniel B. Swartzendruber {DBS} (1875-1950), and Elmer G. Swartzendruber {EGS} (1890-19??).

The collection has a somewhat arbitrary organization but one should be able to locate any item without much difficulty by using the folder listing  Basically, the organization follows JFS’s copy book {Folder 2} and then the additional materials in EGS’s transcriptions {Folder 3} and JFS’s “Register der alten Schriften” {Folder 4}.  Then there are additional documents, family history materials, and some of DBS’s personal material.

In order to identify the documents which have been copied or identified in JFS’s or EGS’s transcriptions or the “Register der alten Schriften” those materials have been listed with numbers (Box 1 / Folder 1) and will refer to those numbers in the folder descriptions.

Researchers should note that the date span includes the original dates of documents copied into copy books and collected documents. The record keeping activity of the Swartzendruber family extends only back to the 19th century.

Swartzendruber, D. B. (Daniel B.), 1875-

Land Tenancy Agreements for Lorens Peter and Andreas Rös

  • Collection
  • 1721, 1987

Photocopies and transcriptions of German-language land tenancy contracts for two Swiss men.  Also includes a photocopy and transcription of a letter complaint by another Swiss man, Johannes Gräbe.

Bender, Elizabeth Horsch, 1895-1988

Michael Kaufman Letter

  • Collection
  • 1758

The collection consists of undated transcripts of a letter written to Mennonites in Holland by Michael Kaufman.

Kaufman, Michael

Jacob K. Gross Correspondence (Photocopies)

  • US MCUSAA HM1/154
  • Collection
  • 1764-1907

Photocopies of family correspondence of a Mennonite bishop in Ontario.  Full inventory may be found on the Web site of the Mennonite Heritage Center, which owns the originals.

Gross, Jacob K., 1780-1865

Ina Plank Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/322
  • Collection
  • 1767-1970

The papers are divided into two series:

(1) Family Papers, 1767-1911

(2) Genealogical Research Files, circa 1960-1970

Plank, Ina

D. Parke (David Parke) Lantz Papers 1919-1959

  • US MCUSAA HM1/215
  • Collection
  • 1769-1959

A set of personal papers created by a missionary to Argentina and later relief worker in Spain during the Spanish Civil War in the (old) Mennonite Church.  Materials include incoming correspondence, speeches and sermons, records pertaining to relief work, photographs, and miscellaneous materials.

Lantz, D. Parke (David Parke), 1881-1962

Silas J. Smucker Collection of Smucker Family Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/559
  • Collection
  • 1774-1988

Family papers of a Mennonite agriculturalist and soil conservationist.  These materials provide information about the Schmucker, Smucker, Smoker family reunions as well as correspondence, photographs, and diaries of various members of the Smucker family.

Smucker, Silas J., 1904-1999

Nold and Yoder Family Collection

  • US MCUSAA HM1/442
  • Collection
  • 1775-1935

This set of collected family documents contains correspondence, financial records, broadsides, property records, tax receipts, sermons, and assorted ephemera pertaining to the Nold and Yoder families of Columbia, Ohio, later of Columbiana and Leetonia, Ohio.  Materials document the following individuals, all of whom held ministerial positions in area Mennonite congregations:

Bishop Jacob Nold (1765-1834)

Deacon Jacob Nold (1798-1864)

Deacon John Ziegler Nold (1823-1913)

Deacon John L. Yoder, son-in-law of John Ziegler Nold (1855 - 1940)

Bishop Paul L. Yoder (1897-1990)

The bulk of the correspondence comprises incoming correspondence to Jacob Nold (1898-1964) and Paul L. Yoder.

Of particular significance in this collection is the copy of a petition drafted by J. M. Brenneman to be sent to President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 that pleads for Mennonite exemption from military service in the American Civil War.

Yoder family

"Long" Christian Zook Papers 1820-1850

  • US MCUSAA HM1/469
  • Collection
  • 1779-1850

Photocopies of documents, primarily correspondence, to and from "Long" Christian Zook, an Amish minister in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, who led his congregation away from the larger Amish church in 1849.  Some documents have been transcribed and translated into English.

Zook, "Long" Christian, 1776-1851

Mrs. Lester Snyder Collection of Early Mennonite Documents

  • Collection
  • 1783-1875

The collection consists of early Mennonite documents collected by Mrs. Lester Snyder and their English translations. The documents include various baptismal certificates and letters from Langnau, Switzerland and Stark County, Ohio. Among the names listed in these documents are Christina Schwartz, Christian Schwartz, Ulrich Schwarz, Heinrich Sommer, Anna Barbara Wyss, Menonit Egli, Anna Haghegger, and Johannes Wyss.

Snyder, Mrs. Lester

Smid Family Papers 1786-1911

  • US MCUSAA HM1/086
  • Collection
  • 1786-2006

The bulk of the materials in this collection consist of sermons, poems, songs, and catechisms, a church register, and other religious writings documenting Mennonite church and community life in Balk, Friesland (The Netherlands) during the first part of nineteenth century, 1786-1850. The papers also include sermons, poems, correspondence, and other miscellaneous records pertaining to Balk Mennonite life in New Paris, Indiana.

Most materials are in Dutch. Available English translations are noted in the detailed collection description.

The collection is organized into series, most of which are groups of documents associated with the Smid Family siblings and the wife of R. J. Smid. Series include:

(1) Background Articles and Information on Balk Mennonites, 1948-2006

(2) Early Materials, 1786, undated

(3) Obe Johannes Smid, 1815-1849

(4) Akke Johannes Smid, 1820-1828

(5) Jacobjen Johannes Smid, 1822-1836

(6) Ruurd Johannes Smid (R. J. Smith), 1822-1893

(7) Grietje Jacobs Symensma (Margaret J. Smid), 1845-1895

Smid Family

Joseph Allen Hooley and Catherine Hooley Family Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/389
  • Collection
  • 1793-1932

Joseph Allen Hooley was the son of John C. Hooley and Elizabeth Hertzler Hooley, and his wife, Catherine (Hooley) Hooley was the daughter of David K. Hooley and Fannie (Hertzler) Hooley.  Joseph and Catherine Hooley moved from Mifflin County, Penn. to West Liberty, Ohio in 1904.  Both were members of the (old) Mennonite Church and appear to have made a living farming.

This small set of family papers consists primarily of land records (indentures, deeds, etc., mostly from Mifflin County, Penn.).  Other materials include family account books, farm records, autograph books, estate documents, and a scrapbook containing clippings of poems.

Hooley, Joseph Allen, 1859-1933

Yontz and Yoder Family Papers

  • Collection
  • 1799-1978

Scattered family records including family histories, a passport, a birth- and baptism certificate, and assorted correspondence.

Janzen family

Ira C. Mast Family Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/430
  • Collection
  • 1800-1985

A small set of personal papers documeting the life of Ira C. Mast, a Mennonite carpenter and builder in Elkhart, Ind., and his ancestors in the Mast and Plank families.

Mast, Ira C.

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