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B. Frank and Esther Johnson Stoltzfus Papers

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Diaries and Correspondence

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B. Frank and Esther Johnson Stoltzfus Papers, 1910-1997 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: B. Frank and Esther Johnson Stoltzfus Papers, 1910-1997Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1919-1972

ID: HM1/999

Primary Creator: Stoltzfus, B. Frank (1893-1972)

Other Creators: Stoltzfus, Esther Johnson (1895-1997)

Extent: 2.7 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: By series

Date Acquired: 05/16/2017

Subjects: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (Boston, Mass.), American College -- Sofia, Bulgaria, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Religion - Study and teaching, Robert College -- Turkey

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Diaries, Photographs, Sermons

Languages: Bulgarian, English, Turkish

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Personal papers of B. Frank and Esther Johnson Stoltzfus, who served as missionaries, educators, and administrators at multiple American colleges in Bulgaria, Lebanon, and Turkey from 1924 to 1960. Materials consist of diaries, correspondence, teaching records, writings, and family photographs. Of particular interest are a series of 1947 dispatches written to Floyd H. Black, President of the Sofia American College, which document Stoltzfus’s experiences in and impressions of Bulgaria during the early years of the country’s communist regime.

The papers are divided into the following series:

(1)  Diaries and Correspondence, 1918-1997

(2)  Teaching Records and College Publications, 1914-1981

(3)  Sermons, Essays, and Writings, 1919-1953

(4)  Miscellaneous, 1910-1983

Collection Historical Note

B. Frank Stoltzfus was born in Emporia, Kansas, and grew up in West Liberty, Ohio. He graduated from Goshen College in 1917 and served as a relief worker in Palestine and Istanbul, Turkey until 1919 when he returned to the United States and enrolled at The Biblical Seminary in New York. Stoltzfus met Esther Johnson in New York City and they were married in 1924. Shortly after this, they accepted a teaching assignment in Bulgaria through the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Between 1924 and 1960, Frank held teaching positions at multiple American colleges in Bulgaria, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. These included the American College in Samokov (1924-1930), the American College in Sofia (1933-1942), the American College in Aleppo (1943), the American University of Beirut (1944-45), and Robert College (1946-1960). Frank received his PhD in Comparative Religions from the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1932 and Esther received a M.Ed. from the Columbia Teachers College in 1947. She served in a number of different administrative roles at the American College for Girls (Istanbul) until the couple retired to West Liberty, Ohio, in 1960.

Subject/Index Terms

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (Boston, Mass.)
American College -- Sofia, Bulgaria
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Religion - Study and teaching
Robert College -- Turkey

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 archival boxes, 1 long archival box, 1 oversize folder, and 1 rolled map

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to the public.

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

Acquisition Source: Acc# 2016-025

Separated Materials: B. Frank Stoltzfus dissertation and course texts deaccessioned to Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen, Indiana. Collection of yearbooks from American College of Sofia and Robert College also deaccessioned.

Related Materials: Benjamin Byler Stoltzfus Family Papers, 1896-1946. HM1-897. Mennnonite Church USA Archives - Elkhart. Elkhart, Indiana.

Preferred Citation: B. Frank and Esther Johnson Stoltzfus Papers, 1910-1997. HM1-999. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Elkhart. Elkhart, Indiana.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries and Correspondence, 1918-1997],
[Series 2: Teaching Records and College Publications, 1914-1981],
[Series 3: Sermons, Essays, and Writings, 1919-1953],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1910-1983],
[All]

Series 1: Diaries and Correspondence, 1918-1997Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diaries, 1918-1919, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 2: B. Frank Stoltzfus: Professional Correspondence, 1925-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 3: B. Frank Stoltzfus: Mission Correspondence - Letters, Receipts, Blueprints, 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 4: B. Frank Stoltzfus: Mission Correspondence - American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1936-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 5: B. Frank Stoltzfus: Mission Correspondence - Weekly Chronicle, 1937-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 6: B. Frank Stoltzfus: Mission Correspondence - Letters and Circulars re: Evacuation from Bulgaria, 1941-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 7: B. Frank Stoltzfus: Letters from Family, 1947-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 8: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, July 23-Aug. 5, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 9: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, July 25-30, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 10: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, Aug. 5-11, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 11: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, Aug. 13-19, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 12: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, Aug. 19-24, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 13: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 14: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, Aug. 25-Oct. 10, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 15: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, Sept. 30-Dec. 10, 1947Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, Oct. 27-Nov. 4, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: B. Frank Stoltzfus Dispatches to Floyd H. Black, Oct. 27-Nov. 9, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Esther Stoltzfus: Letters from Relatives in Sweden, 1925-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Esther Stoltzfus: Transcripts and Job Offer Letters, 1944-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Esther Stoltzfus: Letters from Stoltzfus Relatives, 1947-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence re: Car Accident, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Esther Stoltzfus: Letters from Friends in Ohio and Indiana, 1962-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Esther Stoltzfus: Letters from Colleagues, Friends, and Students, 1965-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Esther Stoltzfus: Letters from Sofia College Faculty, Students, and Friends, 1967-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Esther Stoltzfus: Correspondence with Floyd H. and Zarafinka Black, 1968-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Esther Stoltzfus: Letters from Hilda Wisor and Edith Summers (sisters), 1971-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Esther Stoltzfus: Correspondence re: B. Frank's Pension, 1972-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Esther Stoltzfus: Letters from Sofia College Faculty, Students, and Friends, 1974-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Esther Stoltzfus: Correspondence with United Church of Christ, Ohio Conference, 1975-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Esther Stoltzfus: Miscellaneous Notes and Recipes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Teaching Records and College Publications, 1914-1981Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Dissertation Notes and Summaries, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Notes on Robert Ernest Hume, "Treasure-House of the Living Religions", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Notes and Programs Taken from Classroom Texts and Yearbooks, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Comparative Religions Course Materials, 1938-1939Add to your cart.
Includes annotated copy of Robert E. Hume's "Treasure-House of the Living Religions"
Folder 5: Board of Missionary Preparation Pamphlets, 1914, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "The Presentation of Christianity to Moslems," Board of Missionary Preparation, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Annual Reports: Sofia American School and Samokov American School, 1924, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Annual Reports and Bulletins: Near East College Association, 1929-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American College of Sofia Bulletin and Annual Report, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 10: American College of Sofia Report of the President, 1937-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Various Publications: Sofia American College and Robert College, 1926-1981Add to your cart.
Series 3: Sermons, Essays, and Writings, 1919-1953Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous Notes and Writings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Poem, untitled, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Collection of Sermons, Essays, and Notes, circa 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Hand-made Chart of Old Testament History, Dec. 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Report on the Youth Movement, Indianapolis, Dec. 28, 1923-Jan. 1, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letter from Boutros Hlais, University of Beirut, Jan. 5, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Graduation Address to T.C. Students, May 16, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Essay: "The Voice of God," 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Bulgarian Sermon, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sermon: "Nietzsche and Schweitzer," Feb. 8, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Homilies for Good Manners, Chicago, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Essay: "Student Problems in Religion," 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sermon on Matthew 7:24-29, Oct. 14, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Sermon: "The Heart of Religion According to Jesus," Dec. 10, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Sermon: "Unknown Disciples" or "Religion that Satisfies," Feb. 11, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Sermon: "At Home in the Universe," June 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Essay and Notes: "To Hurt God," Feb. 3, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Sermon: "This is My Father's World," Oct. 20, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Sermon: "Whence Cometh Wisdom," Oct. 11, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Sermon Notes: "The Eternal Life," Sofia American College, Feb. 7, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Parable of Two Ships, Feb. 18, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Graduation Address, Sofia American College, June 22, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Essay on Journalism in Europe and America, Sofia, Bulgaria, Jan. 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Sermon: "Sons of Thunder," Feb. 5, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Sermon: "The Image of the Man I Shall Become," May 28, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Sermon: "In a Wicked Age," Nov. 6, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Sermon: "Little Flames of Fire," Mar. 10, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Sermon: "The Three Isaiahs," Dec. 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Sermon Outline: untitled, May 11, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Sermon: "Jericho School of the Prophets," Dec. 7, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Baccalaureate Sermon: "Power Brooding over Chaos," Aleppo College, June 20, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Poems: "To Esther and Ben" and untitled, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Interview with Man re: Mt. Ararat and Noah's Ark, June 22-July 1, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Sermon and Notes: "Dreamers of Dreams," Dutch Chapel, Istanbul, Jul. 23, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 35: "Christ's Chosen Saints," Dutch Chapel Fellowship Service, Istanbul, Feb. 22, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 36: "One Great Hour of Sharing," Dutch Chapel Fellowship Service, Istanbul, Mar. 23, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 37: "Newsletter from the American College for Girls (Istanbul)," by Dean Elizabeth B. Stanton, Dec. 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Prayers in Turkish with Some Translations in English, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Collection of Essays and Sermons, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: "Thirty Years in Bulgaria," by L.F. Ostrander, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Sermon: "I Believe," undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Book Review: "Leaders, Dreamers, and Rebels," by René Fülop Miller, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Essay: "Youth and Religion," undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Essay: "Henry Riggs' Last Literary Work, The Wayfarer," undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Essay: "The Law of Probability," undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Parable of the Magic Pot, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Sermon and Notes: "Magic Bread: Bread in the Life of Jesus," undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: "Quotable Poems," undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Notes on Jain Writings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Typed History of Constantinople Woman's College, no author, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Miscellaneous Notes and Writings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1910-1983Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Frankie Stoltzfus Spelling Book, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Commencement Program, West Liberty (OH) High School, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Certificates, Licenses, and Biographical Info, 1918-1970Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Passports, 1918-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Property Deeds and Contracts, 1935-1938, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Miscellaneous Letters, Clippings, Notes, 1959-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous Letters, Clippings, Photos from William A. Stoltzfus Family, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Family Photographs, various datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs and Negatives, 1919 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 6 OVAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Biblical Seminary in New York, Class of 1924 PhotographAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Panorama of Constantinople, Landmarks Identified by B. Frank Stoltzfus, undatedAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries and Correspondence, 1918-1997],
[Series 2: Teaching Records and College Publications, 1914-1981],
[Series 3: Sermons, Essays, and Writings, 1919-1953],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1910-1983],
[All]


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