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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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Folder 1: Uganda, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: United Theological Seminary, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: United States Government Contacts, 1959, 1976-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Urban Church Papers, 1952-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Urban Church Papers, 1952-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Urban Pastor's Seminar, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Urban Renewal, 1958-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Vietnam, 1965-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Voluntary Service and 1W, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Voluntary Service and W1, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Washington Office (Includes Seminars, etc.), 1971-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Washington Office 25th Anniversary, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Watergate, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 14: West Bank and Gaza (Includes Vegetable Marketing Crisis), 1986-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 15: West Bank School Closures, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Woodlawn Mennonite Church, 1956-1970, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Woodlawn Mennonite Church (A Self Study Guide), 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Woodlawn Mennonite Church Race Relations, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Item 19: Notebooks (20), 1969-1980Add to your cart.
A set of 40 notebooks spanning from 1969-1992 that served as Franz's planners, memo space, and general note-taking space.

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