Agnes Albrecht Gunden Papers, 1905-1942
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Brief Description: The collection includes a diary 1905-1907; Diary 1907-1909; Diary 1909-1910; and diary 1913-1915. Also included is a diary 1910-1912, a diary 1922-1925, and a variety of correspondence with people involved in mission activities. The diaries from 1905-10 were written when Agnes was single, and when she was between the age of 17 and 23, while living in Illinois.  Her diaries tell of every day events in her life including weather, school work, funerals, visitors, church services in English and German and sermon texts, chores, anxiety over church dissensions, concern for starving in India, great interest in missions, a trip to Oregon, California, and Oklahoma, train ride over Rocky Mountains, and the Inauguration Day of President Taft.  Taken from  “A Guide to Mennonite Women’s Diaries (1840-1950), by Anne Yoder, Mennonite Quarterly Review, October 1996, page 488.
Held at:
Mennonite Church USA Archives
3145 Benham Ave, Ste. 1
Elkhart, IN 46517
Phone: 574-523-3080
Email: JasonK [at]
Record Series Number: HM1/332
Created by: Gunden, Agnes Albrecht (1888-1963)
Volume: 0.4 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1966. Additional diary of 1913-15 deposited by Doris and Carl Metzler in 2007. Another diary, 1928-1932, deposited by Doris and Carl Metzler on November 3, 2010.
Arrangement: flat
Biographical Note for Gunden, Agnes Albrecht (1888-1963) :

1888    Born on January 29 in Livingston County, Illinois to August and Lydia (Slagel) Albrecht

1911    Married Christian J. Gunden on September 28, and had nine children.  Christian went by Chris, and in later years, C. J.

1930    Moved to Goshen, Indiana with her family, where she became a member of College Mennonite Church

1961    Husband, Christian J. Gunden, died on December 18

1963    Died at age 75 on December 22 of pneumonia.  Survived by nine children and 22 grandchildren.  Buried in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, Indiana

Access Restrictions: Materials are open to the public.
Genres/Forms of Material
Mennonite women - Diaries
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U. S. C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.
Acquisition Notes: Mrs. Wilbur Huneryager
Related Materials: Some digital records from this collection (diaries) are available in the Gutenberg to Gigabyte digital collection. For more information please see
PreferredCitation: Agnes Albrecht Gunden Papers, 1905-1942. HM1-332. Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.
Finding Aid Revisions:

Existing inventory: June 4, 2008 / Posted / Inventory updated July 24, 2007 / Dennis Stoesz

January 28, 2004 / Posted to Web by Rebecca Allen