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Delton Franz Papers, 1952-2000 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

By Colleen McFarland

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Collection Overview

Title: Delton Franz Papers, 1952-2000Add to your cart.

ID: HM1/012

Primary Creator: Franz, Delton (1932-2006)

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: By series

Date Acquired: 01/17/2013

Subjects: Franz, Delton, 1936-2006, General Conference Mennonite Church - Clergy, Race relations - Religious aspects, Woodlawn Mennonite Church (Chicago, Ill.)

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Personal papers of a Mennonite pastor affiliated with the General Conference Mennonite Church who was a pioneer in interracial and urban ministry in the mid 20th century.  These papers are divided into two series:

(1) Correspondence and Subject Files

(2) Journals

Collection Historical Note

Delton Franz was born in 1932 to John J. and Sara Siemens Franz in Hutchinson, Kansas.  He graduated from Bethel College (North Newton, Kansas) in 1954 and married Marian Claassen.  He moved to Chicago to pastor Woodlawn Mennonite Church and attend Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 1954.  Franz pastored at Woodlawn until 1968, when he moved to Washington, D. C. to serve as the first director of the Mennonite Central Committee  Washington Office. He served as Mennonite Central Committee's primary liaison to the U. S.  federal government until his retirement in 1994. 

Throughout his career, Franz's work focused on race relations and peacemaking.  He was active in the Civil Rights Movement and was a Mennonite pioneer in interracial and urban ministry.  Franz also was a founding member of Churches for Middle East Peace.

Franz died in 2006.

Subject/Index Terms

Franz, Delton, 1936-2006
General Conference Mennonite Church - Clergy
Race relations - Religious aspects
Woodlawn Mennonite Church (Chicago, Ill.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 records cartons

Access Restrictions: These materials are open for public access.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Acquisition Source: Mennonite Central Committee, Acc. 2013-021

Preferred Citation: Delton Franz Papers, 1952-2000.  HM1-012.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Africa Study Tour, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Argentina: Includes Patrick Erb Incidence, 1976-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries (AMBS), 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries (AMBS) Orientation Worship, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Bible Versions / Translations, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Bluffton College Chicago Inter-Term, 1966-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Booklets, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Brazil, 1970-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Brochures, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Central America, 1982-1985, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Central America / Haiti Trip, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Central America Retreat, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Central District Conference, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Christian Peacemaking (Christian Peacemaker Teams), 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Christian Race Relations (Conference Proceedings), 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Christic Institute, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Church-State and Peacemaking Issues Survey / Lancaster Mennonite and Virginia Conferences and Washington Office, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Church Renewal Committee, 1964-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Churches for Middle East Peace, 1984-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Committee on City Churches, 1959-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Committee on City Churches, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Committee on City Churches, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Committee on City Churches, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Comparative Demographic Analysis: Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church, circa 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Consultation on Draft and National Service, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Cuba, 1972-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Development in Mission, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 28: East Harlem Protestant Parish Newsletter, 1957-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Egpyt, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 30: El Salvador (Includes Salvadorian Refugees), 1981, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Empire Building, circa 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Europe, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 33: For Love of Children (FLOC), 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Franz, Delton, Articles and Essays, 1959-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Franz, Delton Correspondence, 1966, 1978-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Franz, Delton and Woodlawn Mennonite Church Correspondence, 1954-1962Add to your cart.

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