Rachel Waltner Goossen Collection on John Howard Yoder, 1973-2014
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Brief Description: 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.
Held at:
Mennonite Church USA Archives
3145 Benham Ave, Ste. 1
Elkhart, IN 46517
Phone: 574-523-3080
Email: JasonK [at] MennoniteUSA.org
Record Series Number: HM1/049
Created by: Goossen, Rachel Waltner (1960-)
Volume: 0.5 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/26/2015.

These materials are divided into two series:

(1) Collected Documents, 1973-2014

(2) Oral History Interviews and Documentation, 2014

Biographical Note for Goossen, Rachel Waltner (1960-) :

Born in Newton, Kansas. Parents James Waltner and Lenore Pankratz.

Graduated from Bethel College 1982. From University of California Santa Barbara 1984. From University of Kansas 1993, Ph. D. in history.

History professor at Goshen College 1995-1999.

History professor at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, 2000-.

Author of  Women against the Good War: Conscientious Objection and Gender on the American Home Front, 1941-47(University of North Carolina Press, 1997).

Access Restrictions:

These materials may not be digitally reproduced, photographed, or photocopied.

These materials are open for public research.  Names of women abused by Yoder who do not wish to make their identities public have been redacted.

Subject Index
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Mennonite Church USA. Indiana-Michigan Conference
Oral history
Prairie Street Mennonite Church (Elkhart, Ind.)
Sexual harassment of women
Yoder, John Howard
Genres/Forms of Material
Compact discs
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.
Acquisition Notes: Rachel Waltner Goossen, Acc. 2015-011
PreferredCitation: Rachel Waltner Goossen Collection on John Howard Yoder, 1973-2014.  HM1-049.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.