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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 6: Sermon NotesAdd to your cart.
Box 44Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Acts 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Anabaptist/Mennonite HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "Anchor of my Soul"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Ancient Landmarks"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Baconian Literary Society OrientationAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Baedeker, G.D.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: BaptismAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Bible Study: Word of GodAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: BishopAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Brenneman, J.M.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Brotherhood (race)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Burkholder, Noah L.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: CallingAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: ChangeAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: CharityAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: ChicagoAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: ChristAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Christian LifeAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: ChristmasAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Chronicles 34:14-28Add to your cart.
Folder 21: ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Method in Church WorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Church Obedience, Rules, and MembershipAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Church Unity and DissensionAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Civil WarAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: ClassAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Clerical CoatAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Mrs. Coffman Funeral ServiceAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Colossians 3Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Communion ServiceAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: ConfessionAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: I CorinthiansAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: II CorinthiansAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Counsel MeetingAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: CovenantAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: CriticismAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: CrossAdd to your cart.
Box 45Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Davey, HenryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Death / Funeral SermonsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: DeuteronomyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: DiscipleshipAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: DisciplineAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Divorce / MarriageAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: DoctrinalAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "The Dull Preacher"Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Dyck, HermanAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: EasterAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Ecclesiastes 12:1Add to your cart.
Folder 12: EducationAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Elkhart InstituteAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Elkhart Mennonite ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: ElijahAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: EphesiansAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: ExodusAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: EzekialAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: FaithAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: FaithfulnessAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: FellowshipAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: ForgivenessAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Fruits of the SpiritAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Funk, Abraham KAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Address to Chicago, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Biographical MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Church DifficultiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Sermon Preached on 90th Birthday, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Southern Trip and Railroad ExperienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: GalationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: John GeilAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: GenesisAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: German LanguageAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: GodAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: GraceAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Grant, James BAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: HealingAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: HeavenAdd to your cart.
Box 46Add to your cart.
Folder 1: John 10Add to your cart.
Folder 2: John 11-20Add to your cart.
Folder 3: I JohnAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Joshua 24:15Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Kingdom of God / ChristAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: I and II KingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Lambert, GeorgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Lantz, NormanAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Lapp, SamuelAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Life PurposeAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: LightAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: LoveAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: LukeAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: JeremiahAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: JerichoAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: John 1-9Add to your cart.
Folder 17: JamesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: InfluenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Instruction ClassAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: IsaiahAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: HebrewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Holy SpiritAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Hosea 8:12Add to your cart.
Folder 24: HumilityAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: HypocrisyAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: ImmortalityAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Marriage / WeddingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Martyrs MirrorAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Matthew 4 and 5Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Matthew 6-28Add to your cart.
Folder 31: McClintic, Charles WillardAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Mennonite ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Mennonite Publication BoardAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Mennonites in Elkhart CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Miller, CalvinAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: MinistersAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Miscellaneous (Scrapbook of Church Talks)Add to your cart.
Folder 39: MissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Moody Memorial Church Dedication, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 41: MosesAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Mumaw, Henry (Funeral Service)Add to your cart.
Folder 43: New YearAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: NonconformityAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Numbers 23:10Add to your cart.
Folder 46: ObedienceAdd to your cart.
Box 47Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ober, JohnAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Old AgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Dr. PageAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: PaulAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Peace / NonresistanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: PentecostAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: PeterAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: II and II PeterAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Philippians 1 and 2Add to your cart.
Folder 10: PoetryAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: PrayerAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: PrideAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: ProphecyAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: ProverbsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: PsalmsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Reading MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: ReconciliationAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: ReligionAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: RepentanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: RestitutionAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: ResurrectionAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Sacred and/or SecularAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: SacrificeAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: SaltAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: SalvationAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: SanctificationAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Second Coming of ChristAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Secret SocietiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: RevelationAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Revolutionary WarAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: RomansAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Mennonites in RussiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: SabbathAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: ShaumAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Shaum Meeting HouseAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Shelly, M.D.Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Minnie ShreinerAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Peter ShreinerAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: SinAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Smith, Henry CAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: SlaveryAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Southern ChurchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: StewardshipAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: I and II SamuelAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: SufferingAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Summers, JosephAdd to your cart.
Box 48Add to your cart.
Folder 1: TemperanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: TemptationAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: ThanksgivingAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: I Timothy 1:15Add to your cart.
Folder 5: I and II TimothyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: TobaccoAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: TraditionAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Weaver (Suicide)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: WisdomAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Words of CheerAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: WorshipAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Young PeopleAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Evangelizing SermonAdd to your cart.
Item 14: December 7 1890 - February 15, 1891Add to your cart.
Item 15: February 15, 1891 - August 30, 1891Add to your cart.
Item 16: September 3, 1891Add to your cart.
Item 17: April 16, 1887 - October 7, 1887Add to your cart.
Item 18: February 1886 - April 1886Add to your cart.
Item 19: March 14, 1890 - July 27, 1890Add to your cart.
Item 20: January 1, 1896Add to your cart.
Item 21: May 1889 - July 1889Add to your cart.
Item 22: TemperanceAdd to your cart.
Item 23: August 1, 1890 - December 14, 1890Add to your cart.
Item 24: January 1884 - August 1884Add to your cart.
Item 25: July 1, 1883 - July 13, 1884Add to your cart.
Item 26: February 1, 1888 - April 28, 1888Add to your cart.
Item 27: April 22, 1888 - August 27, 1888Add to your cart.
Item 28: August 27, 1888 - December 9, 1888Add to your cart.
Item 29: December 2, 1888 - March 1889Add to your cart.
Item 30: 1892Add to your cart.
Item 31: October 1, 1892Add to your cart.
Item 32: September 1884 - December 7, 1884Add to your cart.
Item 33: 1884Add to your cart.
Item 34: May 8, 1889 - October 20, 1889Add to your cart.
Item 35: February 1, 1885 - July 12, 1885Add to your cart.
Item 36: July 26, 1885 - February 1886Add to your cart.
Item 37: March 1, 1889 - May 1889Add to your cart.
Item 38: April 20, 1895 - January 1, 1896Add to your cart.
Item 39: February 20, 1893Add to your cart.
Item 40: October 20, 1889 - November 30, 1889Add to your cart.
Item 41: Life InsuranceAdd to your cart.
Item 42: Mennonite Church DoctrinesAdd to your cart.
Item 43: Death of MotherAdd to your cart.
Item 44: Light and Salt of the WorldAdd 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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