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Agnes Albrecht Gunden Papers, 1905-1942 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

By Natasha Sawatsky-Kingsley

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Title: Agnes Albrecht Gunden Papers, 1905-1942Add to your cart.

ID: HM1/332

Primary Creator: Gunden, Agnes Albrecht (1888-1963)

Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: flat

Date Acquired: 00/00/1966. More info below under Accruals.

Forms of Material: Diaries, Mennonite women - Diaries

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes a diary 1905-1907; Diary 1907-1909; Diary 1909-1910; and diary 1913-1915. Also included is a diary 1910-1912, a diary 1922-1925, and a variety of correspondence with people involved in mission activities. The diaries from 1905-10 were written when Agnes was single, and when she was between the age of 17 and 23, while living in Illinois.  Her diaries tell of every day events in her life including weather, school work, funerals, visitors, church services in English and German and sermon texts, chores, anxiety over church dissensions, concern for starving in India, great interest in missions, a trip to Oregon, California, and Oklahoma, train ride over Rocky Mountains, and the Inauguration Day of President Taft.  Taken from  “A Guide to Mennonite Women’s Diaries (1840-1950), by Anne Yoder, Mennonite Quarterly Review, October 1996, page 488.

Biographical Note

1888    Born on January 29 in Livingston County, Illinois to August and Lydia (Slagel) Albrecht

1911    Married Christian J. Gunden on September 28, and had nine children.  Christian went by Chris, and in later years, C. J.

1930    Moved to Goshen, Indiana with her family, where she became a member of College Mennonite Church

1961    Husband, Christian J. Gunden, died on December 18

1963    Died at age 75 on December 22 of pneumonia.  Survived by nine children and 22 grandchildren.  Buried in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, Indiana

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Accruals: Additional diary of 1913-15 deposited by Doris and Carl Metzler in 2007. Another diary, 1928-1932, deposited by Doris and Carl Metzler on November 3, 2010.

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 small grey document cases

Access Restrictions: Materials are open to the public.

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

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Wilbur Huneryager

Related Materials: Some digital records from this collection (diaries) are available in the Gutenberg to Gigabyte digital collection. For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Agnes Albrecht Gunden Papers, 1905-1942. HM1-332. Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

Finding Aid Revision History:

Existing inventory: June 4, 2008 / Posted / Inventory updated July 24, 2007 / Dennis Stoesz

January 28, 2004 / Posted to Web by Rebecca Allen

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diary, 1905-1907Add to your cart.
Includes typed script of first few pages and last few pages of diary April 1 - May 24 1905 and July 22 - Nov 17, 1907. 16 pages.
Folder 2: Diary, 1907-1909Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Diary, 1909-1910Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Diary, 1913-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Diary, 1928-1932Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Includes diaries 1910-1912, 1922-1925 and a variety of correspondence.
Folder 1: Diary, September 8, 1910 - March 31, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Diary, September 3, 1922 - June 7, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 3: India Esch Correspondence, 1911-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 4: India Brunk Correspondence, 1926-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 5: India Notes And Correspondence, 1906-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Emma Oyer And Chicago Mission Correspondence, 1904-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 7: World War I CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Russia Arthur Slagel Correspondence, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Postcard, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Argentina Correspondence, 1942Add to your cart.

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