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Conference on Mennonite Educational and Cultural Problems Records, 1941-1967

By Natasha Sawatsky-Kingsley

Collection Overview

Title: Conference on Mennonite Educational and Cultural Problems Records, 1941-1967

ID: X/021

Creator: Conference on Mennonite Educational and Cultural Problems

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: By series.

Date Acquired: 03/14/1966

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes the conference material, correspondence, and papers of the Conference on Mennonite Educational and Cultural Problems.

Biographical Note

A number of American Mennonite leaders became conscious of the need for discussion of common problems on an inter-Mennonite basis. Harold S. Bender, Guy F. Hershberger, Melving Gingerich and J. Winfield Fretz organized a program for a one-day discussion of some of the common problems confronting Mennonites. It was called a Conference on Mennonite Sociology and was held on 31 December 1941. It was agreed that further conferences should be held. A committee drew up a two-day program for a conference to be held on 7-8 August 1942. There were 119 registered guests at the first session of what came to be known as the Conference on Mennonite Cultural Problems.

The Conference on Mennonite Cultural Problems met annually 1942-1947, and then biennially , changing its name in 1951 to "Conference on Mennonite Educational and Cultural Problems." After its first session, which had been sponsored by a Conference on Mennonite Sociology, it was taken under the wing of the Council of Mennonite and Affiliated Colleges. The conference was unofficial and open to the general public; its range of interest included Mennonite sociology, ethics, education, community interests, and other topics relating to the total life of the Mennonite community. The sessions attracted primarily faculty members of the participating colleges, public school teachers, ministers, and a scattering of laymen. Perhaps its most important achievements were the creative writing it stimulated, the research it encouraged, and the body of information on the cultural life of Mennonites it produced. It was the only officially sponsored American inter-Mennonite group that met regularly for intellectual fellowship and discussion. The last meeting of the Conference on Mennonite Educational and Cultural Problems was held in 1967. Proceedings of the 16 conferences are held at most Mennonite historical libraries.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 records carton

Access Restrictions: These materials are open for public research.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Acquisition Source: Melvin Gingerich, Acc. 1636

Preferred Citation: Conference on Mennonite Educational and Cultural Problems Records, 1941-1967. X-21. Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Constitution and Evaluation Sheets, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Index and Addresses, 1942-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Registration Lists, 1944, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Minutes of Planning and Program Committee, 1943-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Conference on Mennonite Sociology, Chicago - (notes, programs, etc.), 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Conference Program, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Conference Program, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Conference Program, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Conference Program, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Conference Program, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Conference Program, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Conference Program, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Conference Program, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Conference Program, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Conference Program, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Conference Program, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Conference Program (Thirteenth), 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Conference Program, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Conference Program, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Conference Program, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Conference Group Photographs, 1957, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Orders for Proceedings, 1942-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Suggested Topics, Topics which have been DiscussedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: SuggestionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Financial Statements, Balance Sheets, 1941-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Council of Mennonite and Affliated Colleges Correspondence, 1946-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Mennonite Research Fellowship - Charter Minutes, Applications, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, A - L, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, K-Z, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz , M-Z, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz - Carl Kreider, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz - Paul Shelly, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, A-L, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Correspondence M-Z, Orders for Proceedings, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Correspondence - J. W. Fretz, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Correspondence - J.W.Fretz, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Correspondence - J.W.Fretz, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Correspondence - Carl Kreider, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Correspondence - Carl Kreider, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Correspondence - Carl Kreider, A-K, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Correspondence - Carl Kreider, L-Z, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Correspondence - J.W. Fretz - Carl Kreider, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Correspondence - Carl Kreider, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Correspondence - Carl Kreider, 1949-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Correspondence - Lloyd L. Ramseyer, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Correspondence - Paul Shelly, 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Correspondence - Tobe E. Schmucker, 1950-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Correspondence - C. N. Hostetter, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Annual C.P.S. Reunion, Peace and V.S.  Conference, also Honeyville, 1951, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Miscellaneous, 1942-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Papers, Charts, etc, 1947-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Papers, Charts, stc., 1944-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Papers, Questionnaires, etc., 1945-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Papers on Hutterites, 1946Add to your cart.