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Rachel Waltner Goossen Collection on LGBTQ Mennonite Leaders

  • US MCUSAA HM1/1030
  • Sammlung
  • 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-

John M.T. Miller Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/1031SC
  • Sammlung
  • 1870-1881

Correspondence between John M.T. Miller and his father, Moses D. Miller. John was born and raised in Holmes County, Ohio, and moved to Bloomington, Illinois, in 1869 with his wife Gerta (Troyer) Miller. In 1877, they moved to Seward County, Nebraska, where they purchased land and helped to establish the East Fairview Amish Mennonite Church.

Made up of sixteen letters, the collection includes details about land sales and prices and the activities of Amish Mennonites from Holmes County, Ohio, and elsewhere who sought to profit from the acquisition and sale of land in Nebraska.

Miller, John M.T., 1835-1894

Rachel Waltner Goossen Collection on John Howard Yoder

  • US MCUSAA HM1/049
  • Sammlung
  • 1973-2014

Documents collected and oral histories recorded during the course of Goossen's research on John Howard Yoder's sexual abuse of women.  Goossen's research was published in an article entitled, "'Defanging the Beast': Mennonite Responses to John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Abuse" (Mennonite Quarterly Review 69 (January 2015).  Materials in this collection include documents collected by various individuals close to John Howard Yoder, the various intervention attempts, and the disciplinary process, Goossen's correspondence with various sources close to the events, documents collected by Goossen herself, and ten oral history interviews.

Goossen, Rachel Waltner, 1960-

Aaron Loucks Papers

  • US MCUSAA HM1/076
  • Sammlung
  • 1917-1945

The collection includes early legal and financial documents related to the Mennonite Publishing House and relief work, World War I newspaper clippings, and assorted papers and notes covering Louck's involvement in publishing and relief work.

Of particular interest is the 1918 warrant obtained to search Mennonite Publishing House and sieze materials advocating "refusal of duty in the military and naval forces of the United States."

Loucks, Aaron, 1864-1945

Samuel McRoberts Photo Collection

  • CA MHC 713
  • Sammlung
  • 1926-1929

By 1926, portions of the Chortitzer and Sommerfeld Mennonite churches belived they could no longer trust the Canadian government after they had lost control of educating their children. Samuel McRoberts, a wealthy banker who, at the behest of his wife, helped the Mennonites by purchasing their land on the prairies and selling them land in Paraguay. These photos were likely taken by McRobert's associate, Fred Engen and were intended to show the progress and good conditions in the Menno Colony in Paraguay and thus encouraging more movement to Paraguay.

Engen, Fred, 1863-1929

John Holdeman Papers

  • US BCMLA MS.92
  • Sammlung
  • 1860 - 1900

Much of the correspondence in this collection consists of letters written by Johann Holdeman to Peter Toews and his wife, 1882-1898, found in the J. I. Penner (JIP) collection from Kleefeld, Manitoba. These letters are all in German. There is also some correspondence to Peter Toews from other people. Much of the material came from collections owned by J. J. Unruh (JJU), Isaac Toews (IT), and some from Lizzie Benson (LB) and from Harry Wenger (HW).

The documents (folders 24-25) of the IT collection are of significance in the pre-migration and immigration to Canada period. They are related to Peter Toews and the Kleine Gemeinde.

In addition to the correspondence, there are also xeroxed copies of three account books: (1) Holdeman’s personal account book (1884ff.) with some record of his animal breeding and trade, planting crops and trees, weather conditions, home remedies, etc.; (2) his Botschafter der Wahrheit record book with subscriber lists, as well as a few miscellaneous items; and (3) his resume of debts, 1899-1900, indicating how he planned to deal with these or, in the event of his death, how they were to be settled. The first two are owned by Lizzie Benson, a granddaughter, and the third by F. H. Wenger.

No originals of these materials are in the MLA. As of 3 October 2000, the locations of all originals is unknown.

The method used in filing the Holdeman material proceeds from the personal to the more general in alphabetical and chronological order as much as possible; and from the material which is directly related to John Holdeman to that related to others. The various sources (LB, JIP, IT, JJU, FHW, and HW), unless the material has been filed under a specific category (e.g., account books, etc.) are filed in alphabetical order: Benson, Penner, Toews, Unruh, Wenger. (The material in ledger 3 of the J. J. Unruh collection, folders 29-33, precedes that of ledger 2.)

Holdeman, John (1832-1900)

Shirley Bergen Photograph Collection

  • CA CMBS NP132-01
  • Sammlung
  • 1900-1950

This is a family photo collection relating to Shirley (Penner) Bergen's mother (Ida Hiebert GRANDMA ID: 423753 ) and father (Isaac Penner GRANDMA ID: 23457).


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