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Arthur J. Frey and Cornelius Frey Papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Register

Cornelius Frey correspondence

Cornelius Frey diaries

Cornelius Frey financial

Cornelius Frey miscellaneous

Cornelius Frey political

Cornelius Frey printed matter

Cornelius Frey school

Arthur J. Frey correspondence

Arthur J. Frey genealogy

Arthur J. Frey printed matter

Arthur J. Frey miscellaneous

Appendix

Oversize items

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Collection Overview

Title: Arthur J. Frey and Cornelius Frey Papers, 1890-1980Add to your cart.

ID: 00/MS.152

Primary Creator: Frey, Arthur J. (1900-1980)

Other Creators: Frey, Cornelius (1869-1948)

Extent: 10.5 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 01/01/1980. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Balzer family, Bethanian Mennonite Church (Coy, Oklahoma), Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.), Bethel College Mennonite Church (North Newton, Kan.), Bethesda Hospital (Goessel, Kansas), Boese family, Dalke family, Frey family, Koehn family, Lemke family, Mennonite Aid Plan (Freeman, South Dakota), Mennonite Church USA. Western District Conference, Mennonites - Kansas, Mennonites - Oklahoma, Nachtigal family, Pankratz family, Regier family, Reimer family, Richert family, Schartner family, Schmidt family, Schulz family, Sommerfeld family, Unruh family, Voth family, Wedel family

Forms of Material: Title abstract

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection has two distinct groups of materials. The larger group is the papers of Cornelius Frey. These papers contain a wide variety of materials, but the most significant is the extensive correspondence. There are letters from many of the leading Mennonites of his time, such as missionaries H. R. Voth and J. B. Frey (Cornelius’ brother), Oklahoma leader Michael Klaassen, and even a few European Mennonites such as Christian Neff. Among the other important materials are Bethanian Church records, a large group of pamphlets and printed matter, and some political materials. These political items are election records and census materials for West Branch Township, Marion County, for the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. These records provide a bit of first-hand evidence for the extent of Mennonite interest and involvement in politics at this time. The collection also contains quite a bit of personal materials such as diaries, financial records, and school materials. An interesting item in the school materials is the minutes of the Grünfeld Literary and Song Society for 1890. The papers of A. J. Frey, the other group of materials in this collection, consist almost entirely of genealogical materials. Frey collected all kinds of records and reminiscences in his genealogical research. These materials would be extremely important to the family histories of persons connected with the Alexanderwohl and Tabor churches. Also in A. J. Frey’s materials is a volume of Mennonite Aid Plan minutes, 1897-1960. Appendix: The materials in this addition to the collection are generally similar to the first part of the collection, consisting most importantly of correspondence, genealogy records, and Coy, Oklahoma, historical records. In addition, the appendix contains a small amount of correspondence and other material of family members other than Arthur J. or Cornelius Frey. They are: John Becker (1870-1968) and Eva Frey Becker (1880-1960), Eva sister of Cornelius Benjamin C. Frey (1895-1960), son of Cornelius Eva Balzer (Henry) Frey (1873-1936), sister-in-law of Cornelius Helena Schmidt (Cornelius) Frey (1870-1934), wife of Cornelius John B. Frey (1882-1942) and Sarah Unruh Frey (1885-1967), John brother of Cornelius Maria Wedel (Benjamin) Frey (1843-1934), mother of Cornelius Sara Elizabeth Frey (Paul G.) Schmidt (1898-1974), daughter of Cornelius Maria Ann Frey (McLoren) Temple (1906-), daughter of Cornelius

Biographical Note

A. J. Frey was born August 16, 1900, in Marion County, Kansas. He married Mabel C. Elder from Kingman County, Kansas, on September 21, 1924. Frey was a Newton-area builder, supervising construction of several buildings at Bethel College, the Bethel College Mennonite Church, and other Mennonite churches. He also worked with Mennonite Aid Plan and was an amateur historian and genealogist. He compiled The Wedel Sisters Genealogy which was privately published in Newton in 1977. A. J. Frey died February 22, 1980. He has two sons.

Subject/Index Terms

Balzer family
Bethanian Mennonite Church (Coy, Oklahoma)
Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.)
Bethel College Mennonite Church (North Newton, Kan.)
Bethesda Hospital (Goessel, Kansas)
Boese family
Dalke family
Frey family
Koehn family
Lemke family
Mennonite Aid Plan (Freeman, South Dakota)
Mennonite Church USA. Western District Conference
Mennonites - Kansas
Mennonites - Oklahoma
Nachtigal family
Pankratz family
Regier family
Reimer family
Richert family
Schartner family
Schmidt family
Schulz family
Sommerfeld family
Unruh family
Voth family
Wedel family

Administrative Information

Repository: Bethel College Mennonite Library and Archives

Accruals: The Appendix was donated to the MLA in November 1983 by the family.

Access Restrictions: open for research

Acquisition Source: Frey, J. R.

Acquisition Method: The papers of Arthur J. Frey and his father Cornelius Frey were donated to the MLA in 1980 by J. R. Frey, Arthur’s son.

Appraisal Information: A number of photographs from the Arthur J. and Cornelius Frey collection appendix have been transferred to the MLA photograph collection.


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[Series 6: Cornelius Frey political],
[Series 7: Cornelius Frey printed matter],
[Series 8: Cornelius Frey school],
[Series 9: Arthur J. Frey correspondence],
[Series 10: Arthur J. Frey genealogy],
[Series 11: Arthur J. Frey printed matter],
[Series 12: Arthur J. Frey miscellaneous],
[Series 13: Appendix, November 1983],
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[Series 7: Cornelius Frey printed matter],
[Series 8: Cornelius Frey school],
[Series 9: Arthur J. Frey correspondence],
[Series 10: Arthur J. Frey genealogy],
[Series 11: Arthur J. Frey printed matter],
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