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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. Elkhart, 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 9: Herald of Truth ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Box 57Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Herald of Truth Articles: AAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Herald of Truth Articles: BAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Herald of Truth Articles: CAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Herald of Truth Articles: DAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Denk, HansAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Herald of Truth Articles: EAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Herald of Truth Articles: FAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Herald of Truth Articles: GAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Herald of Truth Articles: HAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Herald of Truth Articles: JAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: King, DavidAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Herald of Truth Articles: LAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Lambert, RoseAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Herald of Truth Articles: MAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Herald of Truth Articles: KAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Herald of Truth Articles: NAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Herald of Truth Articles: PAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Poetry VerseAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Questions to the EditorAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Herald of Truth Articles: RAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Herald of Truth Articles: SAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Steiner, M. S.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Herald of Truth Articles: TAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Herald of Truth Articles: WAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Herald of Truth Articles: YAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: DisciplineAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: EducationAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: General ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Mennonite ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Mennonite Publishing CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: MillenialismAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Philip, DeitrichAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Poetry by J. F. FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Sleeping Preacher (John D. Kauffman)Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Prayer for Herod Der WahrhertAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Trips to Pa.Add to your cart.
Folder 38: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Anabaptist/Mennonite HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: MissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Marriage NoticesAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Miscellaneous CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: General ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Caledonia, MichiganAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: EducationAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Church/StateAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Mennonite Publishing Company PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Reformed Mennonite ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Miscellaneous (1 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Miscellaneous (2 of 3)Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Miscellaneous (3 of 3)Add to your cart.
Box 58Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Herald of Truth Articles: IncompleteAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Miscellaneous AAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Miscellaneous BAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: GermanAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: GermanAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: GermanAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: GermanAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: GermanAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: GermanAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: GermanAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Obituaries: GermanAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Obituaries: AAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Obituaries: BAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Obituaries: CAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Obituaries: DAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Obituaries: EAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Obituaries: Salome Kratz FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Samuel FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Obituaries: FAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Obituaries: GAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Obituaries: HAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Obituaries: JAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Obituaries: KAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Obituaries: LAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Obituaries: MAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Obituaries: NAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Obituaries: OAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Obituaries: PAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Obituaries: QAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Obituaries: RAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Obituaries: SAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Obituaries: TAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Obituaries: YAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Obituaries: WAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Obituaries: ZAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Obituaries: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Church MemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Clinton/Shore CongregationAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: Civil War PensionersAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Conscientious Objector / Theordore Rooseverlt Statement and Letter, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 54: European Mennonite HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Henry Funk WritingAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Funk Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Home and Foreign Relief CommissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: Mennonite Board of Charitable HomesAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: Mennonite History by C. Henry SmithAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Mennonites - Colonial AmericaAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: MissionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: Russian MennonitesAdd to your cart.
Folder 64: Sunday SchoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 65: German DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 66: Mennonite History - Tithing, circa 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Mennonite Publishing CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 68: BooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 69: Das Himmels MannerAdd to your cart.
Folder 70: Enchiridion by Dietrich PhilipAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: Funk Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 72: Herald of TruthAdd to your cart.
Folder 73: Martyrs MirrorAdd to your cart.
Folder 74: Menno SimonsAdd to your cart.
Folder 75: Mennonite Publication Board Refusal of Funk Offer, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Mennonitische RundschawAdd to your cart.
Folder 77: PublicityAdd to your cart.
Folder 78: Publishing CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 79: TractsAdd to your cart.
Folder 80: Young People's PaperAdd to your cart.
Folder 81: MiscellaneousAdd 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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