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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 12: A.B. Kolb Correspondence and MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Kolb, 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Kolb, 1872-1888Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Kolb, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Kolb, 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Kolb, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Kolb, 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Kolb, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Kolb, 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Kolb, 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Kolb, 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Kolb, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Kolb, January-October 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Kolb, November-December 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Kolb, January-February 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Kolb, March-April, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Kolb, May-June 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Kolb, July-October 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Kolb, November-December 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Kolb, January-February 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Kolb, March-April 1901Add to your cart.
Box 65Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Kolb, May-July 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Kolb, August 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Kolb, September-October 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Kolb, November-December 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Kolb, January 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Kolb, February 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Kolb, March 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Kolb, April-May 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Kolb, June 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Kolb, July 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Kolb, August 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Kolb, September 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Kolb, October 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Kolb, November 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Kolb, December 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Kolb, January 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Kolb, February 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Kolb, March 1903Add to your cart.
Box 66Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Kolb, April-May 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Kolb, June 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Kolb, July-August 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Kolb, September 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Kolb, October 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Kolb, November 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Kolb, December 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Kolb, Unclassified 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 9: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Kolb, January-February 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Kolb, March-May 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Kolb, June-July 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Kolb, August-September 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Kolb, October-December 1904Add to your cart.
Box 67Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Kolb, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Kolb, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Kolb, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Kolb, 1908-1910Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Kolb, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Kolb, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Miscellaneous and ReceiptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Anniversary Centennial of the HeraldAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Anniversary 70th of the HeraldAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Austell Improvement Co.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Response to the Attack on the Elkhart ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: MSSAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: EpitaphsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: J.F. Funk ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: J.F. Funk CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Helen's Bible Story BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Herald of Truth ManuscriptAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: HymnbookAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence to A.B. KolbAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: A.B. Kolb GeanologyAdd to your cart.
Box 68Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous LettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Men of Conviction Manuscript of Book on FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Mennonite Aid PlanAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Moody, D.LAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Pamphlets and ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Rittenhouse, MosesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Sermon of John F. Funk at 92Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Stories of GrandfatherAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence about Funk, 1929-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Chapter 1 of Funk BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence on Funk Book, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 13: AutobiographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Biographies of Children and J.F. FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Booklets on J.F. FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Kolb, A.C. General InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Helen's Notes on Biography of FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Funk, J.F. Autobiography and ExcerptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Letters, Information, DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Sunday School WorkAdd 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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