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Albert S. and Lois Buckwalter Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/097
  • Collection
  • 1949-2004

These papers consist of five series:

(1) Correspondence, 1949-2003

(2) Reports and Correspondence to Mission Board, 1951-1993

(3) Linguistic / Translation Materials, 1970-1996

(4) Miscellaneous, 1951-2019

(5) Photo Albums and Misc., 1952-1993

Buckwalter, Albert S., 1922-2004

Aldine Carpenter and Eva Harder Brunk Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/445
  • Collection
  • 1908-1950

Photographs, correspondence, diaries,  sermons, and other material documenting the Brunks' mission work in India.  The most unusual item in the papers is Eva Brunk's essay, "My First O.B. Case in Dondi," which provides a first hand account of childbirth and post-natal care and customs in a "High Caste Brohmin's home" in the early 20th century.

Brunk, Aldine Carpenter, 1886-1969

Allen and Elsie Shirk Correspondence

  • Collection
  • 1960-1967

Two "update" letters from the Shirks describing their missionary work in India and Hong Kong.

Shirk, Allen

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Annual Reports, Meeting Minutes, and Constitutions

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/001
  • Collection
  • 1902-1952

The core records of the American Mennonite Mission, India are divided into three series:

(1) Annual Reports, 1902-1929

(2) Business Meeting Minutes, 1910-1952

(3) Constitution and By-Laws, 1908-1909, 1920

Researchers should note that the only minutes included in these records are the business meeting minutes.  Other meeting minutes may be found elsewhere in the records of the American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India), IV-17.

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India)

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Auditing Committee Minutes and Reports

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/012
  • Collection
  • 1917-1951

A small set of records documeting the work of the auditing committee, which monitored the financial operations of the American Mennonite Mission in India.  Earliest years of the records include committee minutes; after 1921, only reports were retained.  Researchers should note that reports are not present for all years.

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India)

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Charitable Institutions and Stations Records

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/021
  • Collection
  • 1901-1960

Records of the various mission outposts operated by the American Mennonite Mission, including Baloghahan, Dondi, Ghatula, Mohadi, and Sankra.  Also includes records pertaining to the girls' orphanage and the leper asylum.  Materials include reports, correspondence, and ledger books containing records of activities at the various stations.

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India)

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Education Committee Records

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/006
  • Collection
  • 1915-1964

Committee meeting minutes, primary school reports, scholarship applications, curricula, and other records pertaining to the educational institutions supported by the American Mennonite Mission.  These institutions included the Dhamtari Christian Academy and a number of elementary and vocational schools.  Minutes of the education committee concern the progress of individual students, scholarship awards and the curriculum..

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India)

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Evangelistic Committee Records

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/007
  • Collection
  • 1907-1952

Committee meeting minutes, evangelism record books, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to American Mennonite Mission's efforts to convert Hindu and Muslim Indians to Christianity.  Meeting minutes generally do not discuss overall mission strategy, but focus on the assignments, performance, and financial compensation of Indian evangelists,  The evangelism record books provide in-depth accounts of preaching and books distributed to various villages.  Researchers should be aware, however, that these record books are in Hindi.  Also of interest in this series are the records pertaining to the Bible Women, who evangelized on behalf of the Mennonite mission.  Mennonite missionaries' evaluations of the Bible Women are in English, while the Bible Women's evangelism records are in Hindi.

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India)

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Executive and Managing Committee Meeting Minutes

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/002
  • Collection
  • 1911-1950

Meeting minutes documenting the work of the committee charged with managing the finances, property, and human resources of the American Mennonite Mission in India.  It appears that executive committee and the managing committee are two names for the same body.  This series also includes an index to the meeting minutes (1939-1945, 1949-1950) and scattered correspondence and miscellaneous records.

Researchers should note that earlier minutes for the executive committee may be found in the American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Secretary Correspondence and Subject Files (IV-17-004).

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India)

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Financial Records

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/005
  • Collection
  • 1899-1962

Financial reports, account books, and treasurer's correspondence documenting the financial operations of the American Mennonite Mission in Dhamtari, India.  Researchers should note that real estate records pertaining to properties purchased and sold by the mission may be found in S. Paul Miller's personal papers (HM1-379).

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India)

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Inter-Society Correspondence and Subject Files

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/016
  • Collection
  • 1922-1949

This small series contains correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, receipts, and other miscellaneous materials documenting interactions between the American Mennonite Mission in India and other Christian agencies in India.  These agencies include: National Christian Council, Mid-India Christian Council, Chhatisgarh Missionary Association, Union Hindi Weekly, N. I. Tract and Book Society, Bible Society, Himalayan School, and the Joint Examening Board.  Correspondence pertaining to a joint hymn book committee may also be found in this series.

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India)

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Medical Committee Meeting Minutes

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/010
  • Collection
  • 1917-1959

Minutes of the body charged with the administration of the mission medical facilities, including the hospital, the leprosaureum, and various dispensaries. After 1952, the Medical Committee was renamed the Medical Council.

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India)

American Mennonite Mission (Dhamtari, India) Mennonite Church in India Records

  • US MCUSAA IV/17/017
  • Collection
  • 1912-1966

These records contain the minutes, governing records, correspondence, and other materials documenting the development of the Mennonite Church in India.  The Mennonite Church in India began as a conference of Mennonite congregations under the auspices of the American Mennonite Mission.  In 1952, when the American Mennonite Mission ceased to exist, the Mennonite Church in India became an independent entity.  Of particular interest in these records is the Church Problems and Discipline File, which provides evidence of tensions between indigenous Indian Christians and mission staff regarding authority and power withing the Mennonite Church.

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