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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 8: Mennonite Publishing CompanyAdd to your cart.
Box 53Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles of AssociationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: By-lawsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Rules of Order for EmployeesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Notices of Annual MeetingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous Notes and CircularsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Stockholders Meeting, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Stockholders Meeting, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Stockholders Meeting, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Annual ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: General Statements, 1914-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Miscellaneous StatementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Proxies - Folder #1Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Proxies - Folder #2Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Proxies - Folder #3Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Proxies - Folder #4Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Proxies - Folder #5Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Blanks for Proxy AppointmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Letters and Articles about Finances, Bond Issues, EtcAdd to your cart.
Item 19: German Books, 1910Add to your cart.
Item 20: Addresses, 1924Add to your cart.
Item 21: German Books and PricesAdd to your cart.
Item 22: Record of Mennonite History and Other BooksAdd to your cart.
Item 23: Postage RatesAdd to your cart.
Item 24: List of  Books Published by Other SocietiesAdd to your cart.
Item 25: Telephone CallsAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Book Lists and CatalogsAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Book Lists and CatalogsAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Book Lists and CatalogsAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Book Lists and CatalogsAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Book SummariesAdd to your cart.
Item 31: Antiquarian Books, August 15, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Book ListsAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: EngravingsAdd to your cart.
Box 54Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Subscriber's ListAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Subscriber's ListAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Stockholder's CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Stockholder's CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Stockholder's CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Stockholder's CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Stockholder's CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Bank Failure and Bond IssuesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Free Herald FundAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Letter of Publishing House Achievements and Asking for SupportAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Letter to Friends about Rival CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Aim and PurposeAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: ReportAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Responses regarding Financial HelpAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Miscellaneous Form LettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Stockholder Correspondence, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Bond Correspondence, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Bond Issue Correspondence, March 1-10, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Bond Issue Correspondence, March 11-31, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Bond Issue Correspondence, April 1-15, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Bond Issue Correspondence, May 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Bond Correspondence (Renewal), 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Letter to R. G. Dun CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Circulars for Books, etcAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Household GoodsAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Miscellaneous EnvelopesAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Brochures and Business CardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Miscellaneous Memo BooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Miscellaneous Memo BooksAdd to your cart.
Item 34: Visitor Record BookAdd to your cart.
Box 55Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Non-Mennonite Ads and BookletsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Non-Mennonite Ads and BookletsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Legal PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Letter for Increased SubscriptionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Stock of Y.P.P., 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Young People's Paper Association Minute BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters of Edwin Long for PublicationAdd to your cart.
Box 56Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Blauch FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Fritz Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Funk Family History, 1876-1878Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Funk Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Funk History MemorandumsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Funk and Fritz Family DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Geil Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Rosenberger Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Wismer, Jacob HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Wismer History SubscribersAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1893-1894Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence regarding Family Histories, 1900-1926Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Miscellaneous regarding Family HistoriesAdd 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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