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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 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Franz, Delton and Woodlawn Mennonite Church Correspondence, 1963-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Franz, Delton Personal Correspondence, 1950-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Franz, Delton Prisioner Correspondence, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General Conference Mennonite Church, 1958-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: General Conference Mennonite Church Board of Missions, 1964-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Guatemala (Includes Guatemalan Refugees in Mexico), 1980-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Hebron Mennonite Church, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Honduras, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: International Debt Crisis, 1984-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Iran, 1979-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Iraq, 1988, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Israel, 1980, 1987-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Israel U.S. Embassy Move, 1984-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Kenwood Cooperative Ministries, circa 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Lebanon, 1982-1993, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Liberation Theology, 1973, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 17: MARPEC, 1978-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Mennonite World Conference, Brazil, 1970-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Middle East, 1980-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Middle East Fact-Finding Mission, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Middle East Persian Gulf Crisis, circa 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Middle East Task Force Visit to Middle East, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Middle East Trip / Franz, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Military Concerns, circa 1979-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Miscellaneous, 1951, 1960-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Missions and Missionaries, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Nicaragua, 1983-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Nicaraguan  Mennonite Youth Kidnapped in Honduras, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Old Colony Mennonites, 1976-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Photographs, Miscellaneous (27), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Race Study Group, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Right Wing, 1975, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 33: School Prayer Amendment, 1980-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Selective Service, 19725-1989, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Sermon Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Sermon Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: South America Trip, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 38: "The Church, the Gospel, and War (A Report)", 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 39: The Mennonite Church in the City Newsletter, 1957-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 40: The Woodlawn Story, 1958Add to your cart.

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