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John F. (John Fretz) Funk Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Diaries

Correspondence

Financial Records

Autobiographical Materials

Historical Memorandums

Sermon Notes

Church and Conference Affairs

Mennonite Publishing Company

Herald of Truth Articles

Manuscripts

Clippings and Tracts

A.B. Kolb Correspondence and Materials

Miscellaneous



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John F. (John Fretz) Funk Papers, 1835-1930 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

By Natasha Sawatsky-Kingsley

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Collection Overview

Title: John F. (John Fretz) Funk Papers, 1835-1930Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1852-1929

ID: HM1/001

Primary Creator: Funk, John F. (John Fretz) (1835-1930)

Extent: 76.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: By series

Subjects: Funk, John F. (John Fretz), 1835-1930

Forms of Material: Autobiography, Correspondence, Diaries, Sermons

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

FINDING AID IN PROGRESS

Biographical Note

Funk was an outstanding leader in the Mennonite Church, and served as a publisher, a Mennonite bishop, and was a major organizer of Mennonite Board of Guardians for Russian immigration.

John Fretz Funk, 1835-1930, was one of the most important leaders among (Old) Mennonites in the 19th century.  He served as a publisher beginning in 1864-, a Mennonite Bishop beginning in 1892, and was a major organizer of the Mennonite Board of Guardians for Russian Mennonite immigrants in the 1870?s.

Funk was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and lived there until he was 22 years old.  He was trained as a school teacher at Freeland Seminary (now Ursinus College).  He taught in his home community, but after two years, he moved to Chicago in 1857 to work in the lumber business with his brother-in-law, Jacob Beidler.

In January of 1864, John Funk started a printing and publishing business in Chicago.  He decided to move himself and his publishing house to Elkhart, Indiana, in 1867, after ten years in Chicago.  John Funk lived the rest of his years in Elkhart.  He belonged to the Prairie Street Mennonite Church and was buried there in 1930.  He died at the age of 95.

Funk's well-known Herald of Truth was published in Elkhart at the Mennonite Publishing Company.  In 1908 "the Herald," as it was called, merged with the Gospel Witness to create the Gospel Herald, which was published in Scottdale until 1998.  Also published by Funk were Mennonitische Rundschau, and Mennonite Sunday School Quarterly.  In 1908 Funk sold many of his publications to the Mennonite Church and the Publication Board in Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

Dutch-Russian Mennonites met Funk as they passed through Elkhart and Prairie Street Mennonite Church on their way to new homes in Minnesota, Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.  John Funk was an organizer and supporter of the Mennonite Board of Guardians, an agency to assist Mennonites to immigrate from Russia to America in the 1870s.

Subject/Index Terms

Funk, John F. (John Fretz), 1835-1930

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Access Restrictions: Material is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Preferred Citation: John Fretz Funk Papers, 1835-1930. HM1-1. Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.

Processing Information: Papers processed, organized and listed by Sharon Klingelsmith, April 17, 1975.

Finding Aid Revision History: Box listing typed into computer and posted on web by Monical Zimmerman, June 27, 2001. Inventory of Boxes 1-50 typed in computer by Nelda Nussbaum, Marth 11, 2004. Inventory of Boxes 51-142 typed into computer by Helen Hostetler, January 2005.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries, 1852-1926],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1853-1928],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1875-1925],
[Series 4: Autobiographical Materials],
[Series 5: Historical Memorandums],
[Series 6: Sermon Notes],
[Series 7: Church and Conference Affairs],
[Series 8: Mennonite Publishing Company],
[Series 9: Herald of Truth Articles],
[Series 10: Manuscripts],
[Series 11: Clippings and Tracts],
[Series 12: A.B. Kolb Correspondence and Materials],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],
[All]

Series 2: Correspondence, 1853-1928Add to your cart.
Box 5: Correspondence, 1853-1862Add to your cart.
Box 6: Correspondence, 1861-1870Add to your cart.
Box 7: Correspondence, 1871 - June 1875Add to your cart.
Box 8: Correspondence, 1875-1885Add to your cart.
Box 9: Correspondence, August 1885 - March 1887Add to your cart.
Box 10: Correspondence, April 1887 - December 1887Add to your cart.
Box 11: Correspondence, January 1888 - October 1888Add to your cart.
Box 12: Correspondence, November 1888 - June 1889Add to your cart.
Box 13: Correspondence, July 1889 - December 1889Add to your cart.
Box 14: Correspondence, January 1890 - September 1890Add to your cart.
Box 15: Correspondence, October 1890 - April 1891Add to your cart.
Box 16: Correspondence, May 1891 - January 1892Add to your cart.
Box 17: Correspondence, February 1892 - Misc. 1892-93Add to your cart.
Box 18: Correspondence, January 1893 - Misc. 1894-95Add to your cart.
Box 19: Correspondence, Misc. 1898 - August 1894Add to your cart.
Box 20: Correspondence, September 1894 - January 1896Add to your cart.
Box 21: Correspondence, February 1896 - February 1898Add to your cart.
Box 22: Correspondence, March 1898 - March 1899Add to your cart.
Box 23: Correspondence, April 1899 - August 1900Add to your cart.
Box 24: Correspondence, September 1990 - October 1901Add to your cart.
Box 25: Correspondence, November 1901 - December 1902Add to your cart.
Box 26: Correspondence, January 1903 - September 1906Add to your cart.
Box 27: Correspondence, October 1906 - December 1907Add to your cart.
Box 28: Correspondence, January 1908 - December 1909Add to your cart.
Box 29: Correspondence, January 1910 - 1915Add to your cart.
Box 30: Correspondence, 1916 - 1924Add to your cart.
Box 31: Correspondence, 1925 - 1928Add to your cart.
Box 32: Correspondence, Carbon Books, 1900-1901, 1906, 1908-1909,1909Add to your cart.
Box 33: Correspondence, Carbon Books, 1909, December 22, 1909 - October 24, 1910Add to your cart.
Box 34: Correspondence, Carbon Books, October 24, 1910 – October 10, 1912Add to your cart.
Box 35: Correspondence, Carbon Books, October 10, 1912 - December 5, 1913, March 21,1908 - November 4, 1908Add to your cart.
Box 36: Correspondence, Carbon Books, ca. 1875-1904, 1910, 1918-19Add to your cart.
Box 37: Correspondence, Carbon Books, 1900 - 1906Add to your cart.
Box 38: Correspondence, Carbon Books, December 23, 1905 - May 10, 1906Add to your cart.
Box 69: Additional Funk Correspondence, 1858-1929Add to your cart.
Box 70: Correspondence by Martha Funk, 1857-1921Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries, 1852-1926],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1853-1928],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1875-1925],
[Series 4: Autobiographical Materials],
[Series 5: Historical Memorandums],
[Series 6: Sermon Notes],
[Series 7: Church and Conference Affairs],
[Series 8: Mennonite Publishing Company],
[Series 9: Herald of Truth Articles],
[Series 10: Manuscripts],
[Series 11: Clippings and Tracts],
[Series 12: A.B. Kolb Correspondence and Materials],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],
[All]


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