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M. S. (Menno Simon) Steiner Papers

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M. S. (Menno Simon) Steiner Papers, 1869-1911 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: M. S. (Menno Simon) Steiner Papers, 1869-1911Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1885-1911

ID: HM1/033

Primary Creator: Steiner, M. S. (Menno Simon) (1866-1911)

Extent: 7.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: By series.

Date Acquired: 02/13/1952. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Mennonite Board of Missions, Missionaries - Illinois, Steiner, M. S. (Menno Simon), 1866-1911

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Photographs

Languages: English

Abstract

Personal papers of a Mennonite minister, evangelist, and first president of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These papers are divided into three series:

(1) Diaries, 1893-1907

(2) Photographs, circa 1890-1910

(3) Correspondence, 1885-1911

(4) Notes and Clippings, 1869-1911

Biographical Note

Menno Simon Steiner was a Mennonite minister and evangelist from Ohio.  He was the president of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities.

 

1866         Born near Beaverdam, Ohio on April 30, 1866 to Christian Peter Steiner  and Barbara Thut.

1885         Joined the Riley Creek Church

1887         Graduated from Bluffton High School; became a teacher

1889         Became the first secretary of the Mennonite Book and Tract Society

1891-92   Studied theology at Oberlin College

1893         Ordained as a minister on March 9 by Bishop John F. Funk; founded the Home Mission in Chicago

1894         Married Clara Daisy Eby on April 8, together they had 5 children

1897         Moved to a farm near Columbus Grove, Ohio

1899         Wrote Pitfalls and Safeguards; became the first president of the Mennonite Board of Charitable Homes

1901         Helped to organize the Mennonite Old People's Home near Rittman, Ohio

1903         Wrote a biographyof John S. Coffman entitled John S. Coffman

1906         Became the first president of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities; remained president until his death

1911         Died on March 12 at the Bluffton Sanitarium

Subject/Index Terms

Mennonite Board of Missions
Missionaries - Illinois
Steiner, M. S. (Menno Simon), 1866-1911

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Accruals:

Mrs. J. C. (Esther) Meyer, Acc. 2357, 07/18/1972

Dorothy Bixel Aschenbrenner, Acc. 4507, 05/28/1985

Esther Steiner Meyer, Acc. 4998, 11/03/1986

Esther Shenk Buckwalter, Acc. 6580, 05/07/1996

Alternate Extent Statement: 13 archives boxes and 2 half archives boxes

Access Restrictions: These materials are open to public research.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Acquisition Source: L. E. Steiner, Esther S. Meyer, Acc. 160

Preferred Citation: M. S. (Menno Simon) Steiner Papers, 1869-1911.  HM1-033.  Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen.  Goshen, Indiana.

Other Note: Photographs associated with the M.S. Steiner papers were at one time placed in a separate photo collection (HM4-166).  The photos were returned to the M.S. Steiner papers in 2011.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries, 1890-1907],
[Series 2: Photographs, circa 1890-1910],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1885-1911],
[Series 4: Notes and Miscellaneous Materials, 1869-1911],
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Series 1: Diaries, 1890-1907Add to your cart.
Most diaries contain sporadic, short entries regarding daily activities.
Box 1: Diaries, 1890, 1893-1897, 1899, 1900-1904, 1906-1907Add to your cart.
Series 2: Photographs, circa 1890-1910Add to your cart.
Photographs of M. S. Steiner, the Chicago Home Mission, the Mennonite Orphans Home, Dr. William B. Page, Mary Burkhart, La Junta Mennonite Sanitarium, Andrew Blosser, Abram B. Kolb, Tiny Burkhart, E. J. Hildebrand, G. L. Bender, and Will Coffman.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs, circa 1890-1910Add to your cart.
Series 3: Correspondence, 1885-1911Add to your cart.
Contains primarily incoming correspondence to M. S. Steiner, arranged chronologically and thereunder alphabetically by author.  Also includes substantial correspondence from M. S. Steiner to his wife, Clara Eby Steiner.
Box 2: Incoming Correspondence, 1885-1894Add to your cart.
Folder 1: To A[braham]. P. Shenk, 1885-1899Add to your cart.
Outgoing personal letters by M. S. Steiner to Shenk (of Elida OH) sharing various news with a friend and evidently peer.  Frequent mention of Sunday school activities; occasional references to romantic interests; a few mentions of John S. Coffman and activities at Elkhart, Indiana.  One letter comments a bit unfavorably on the new "H & T" ("Hymns and Tunes"?) songbook; several warn not to emphasize clothing regulation.  On church matters from the youthful, Quickening perspective, but not in much depth.
Folder 2: By S. E. Steiner to A. P. Shank [sic], November 17, 1899Add to your cart.
Personal letter, envelope addressed to Shank [Shenk?] at Dale Enterprise VA where recipient apparently was visiting.  About work, a funeral, whether A.P. would be bringing a wife back, and singing.
Folder 3: A - Z, 1890Add to your cart.
1 letter, from S. D. Ebersole, Dec. 30, on Chicago matters: reference to Steiner coming to visit; Moody Bible Institute; etc.
Folder 4: A - Z, 1891Add to your cart.
4 letters.  C. K. Hostetler, Wooster OH, writing on mission questions (including query about official status of Eusebius Hershey).  A John S. Coffman letter to David Bergey.  A Samuel Yoder of Gardner IL wanting justice meted to some rascals....  Etc. Evidently addressing Steiner in his capacity with Funk's Herald of Truth.
Folder 5: A - G, 1892Add to your cart.
7 letters from D. H. Bender, some of them as he was at various places apparently holding evagelistic meetings; he wrote very much as a supporter of the Quickening.  A couple of warm ones from John S. Coffman. One from S. D. Ebersole.  15 or 20 letters in all.
Folder 6: H - R, 1892Add to your cart.
Several letters from J. K. Hartzler.  One from R. J. Heatwole on Sunday school and tract work.  One from C. K. Hostetler who evidently was literature salesman for a non-Mennonite or -Amish firm, and attended a Presbyterian church, then several from Hubbard OR after he quit that job; he was struggling with wanting to do evangelistic work but relucting to do it without a church mandate.  One from Aaron Loucks (very aware of the sociology of the Scottdale community and its implications for evangelism).  Several from W. B. Page, mostly from Ada OH, including one referring to a "Miss Effie" who had left the Mennonites for the Methodists--yet an S. K. Plank seems to think "Effie Buckwalter" might be a good mate for Steiner.  Letters have quite a bit about Sunday school conference (a new event, at Clinton Frame church near Goshen IN?).
Folder 7: S - Z, 1892Add to your cart.
2 letters from "J. S. S." (brother of M. S.?).  One from J. M. Shenk.  Two from J. M. Smucker, Smithville OH "Manufacturer of Fancy Creamery Butter."  Founder of Smucker preserves manufactory?).  One from C. Z. Yoder.  One letter Lina Zook to J. S. Coffman.   Etc.  Letters often refer to the Sunday school conference.
Folder 8: A - C, 1893Add to your cart.
Half-dozen letters from E. J. Berkey, attending Hayward Collegiate Institute.  Several from D. H. Bender, including one about being enamored with a certain young woman.  Several from George Bender.  A half-dozen from John S. Coffman.  A post card from S. F. Coffman.  Etc.
Folder 9: D - K, 1893Add to your cart.
Correspondence from S. D. Ebersole, John F. Funk, J. K. Hartzler, J. S. Hartzler,L. J. Heatwole, C. K. Hostetler, A. B. Kolb, and others.
Folder 10: L - T, 1893Add to your cart.
Correspondence from John H. Mellinger, Aaron Loucks, S. H. Musselman, J.. S. Lehman, W. B. Page, J. M. Smucker; to & from Clara Steiner'; and others.
Folder 11: U - Z, 1893Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Peter Unzicker, C. Z Yoder, A. R. Zook, and others.
Folder 12: Miscellaneous, 1992-1893Add to your cart.
Three or 4 letters, one mentioning Clara, one probably from M.S.'s brother Joe.
Folder 13: Metzler, Noah, 1894Add to your cart.
One item.  Letter Metzler to Stiner [sic] is dated 1884, but from internal evidence seems to be from 1894.
Folder 14: Miscellaneous Items, 1894Add to your cart.
Eight or 10 letters or fragments; one in German to S. D. Ebersole.  Etc.
Folder 15: A - B, 1894Add to your cart.
Correspondence from J. W. Baughman, Anna Baughman, D. H. Bender, George L. Bender, E. J. Berkey, C. B. Brenneman, C. M. Brackbill, and others.  Much Young People's Paper business.
Folder 16: C - E, 1894Add to your cart.
Correspondence from John S. Coffman (many), Bartbara Coffman,S. F. Coffman , S. D. Ebersole, and others.
Folder 17: F - H, 1894Add to your cart.
Correspondence from John F. Funk (7 or 8), Maude Funk, (half-dozen), J. B. Greaser (half-dozen), N.B. Grubb, J. K. Hartzler (8 or 9), J. S. Hartzler (several), L. J. Heatwole, R. J. Heatwole, Isaac E. Hershey (half-dozen), E. T. Hildebrand (8 or 9), John Horsch (7 or 8), C. K, Hostetler (7 or 8), and others.
Folder 18: I - M, 1894Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Daniel Kauffman (2), A. B. Kolb (many), D. H. Kurtz (half-dozen), J. S. Lehman (many--Young People's Paper business), Aaron Loucks, H. A. Mumaw, and others.
Folder 19: N - S, 1894Add to your cart.
Correspondence from W. B. Page, J. M. Shenk--half-dozen, C.C.and/or Cora Shoemaker--several, J. S. Shoemaker, J.D. Smith, J.M.Smucker, and others.
Box 3: Incoming Correspondence, 1894-1898Add to your cart.
Folder 1: T - Z, 1894Add to your cart.
Correspondence from E. W. Weaver--several, Amos Wenger, A. I. Yoder, C. Z. Yoder, A.R.Zook (or Bertha Zook)--many, and others.
Folder 2: A - B, 1895Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. H. Bender--about 10, G. L. Bender--7 or 8, on Young People's Paper business & including a long one about the controversy between Elkhart folks around Funk and younger activists, E. J. Berkey--many, Levi A. Blough--half-dozen, C. M. Brackbill, C. M. Brenneman, Jacob Burkhart, and others.
Folder 3: C - E, 1895Add to your cart.
Correspondence from J. S. Coffman--7 or 8, and two letters to him; from S. F. Coffman--many; and from others.
Folder 4: F - J, 1895Add to your cart.
Correspondence from C. K. Hostetler--many, J. S. Hartzler,--half-dozen John F. Funk--4, J. K. Hartzler--half-dozen, at least one about trouibles the Chicago Home Mission faced, N. B. Grubb, L. J. Heatwole, John Horsch, and others
Folder 5: K - Q, 1895Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Daniel Kauffman--2, A. B. Kolb--dozen or so letters, partly about the organizational struggles of the Chicago mission and other agencies, Aaron Loucks, H. A. Mumaw--half-dozen, G. W. North--half-dozen, and others.
Folder 6: R - V, 1895Add to your cart.
Two letters to G. L. Bender from Steiner discussing conflict over control of Young People's Paper, Steiner at odds with Elkhart folks.  Correspondence from J. A. Ressler--4 items, Jos. S. Steiner--half-dozen, J.S. being M.S.'s brother, Alice Thut, and others.
Folder 7: W - Z, 1895Add to your cart.
Correspondence from J. S. Lehman--2 items on necessity of taking control of Young People's Paper from Steiner, needing someone to run it from Elkhart.  Other items from; Amos Wenger--half dozen items, A I. Yoderr--half-dozen items, C.Z Yoder, J. S. Yoder, A.R.Zook--many, Lina Zook, and others.
Folder 8: Miscellaneous Items, 1895Add to your cart.
Three letters in old German script (one from Caledonia, Michigan, one from Cranberry, Ohio, and one from undesignated place but signed by a Barbara (?).  One letter from Steiner's father, C. P. Steiner.
Folder 9: A - G, 1896Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. H. Bender--4, E. J. Berkey--4, J. S. Coffman--half-dozen. N. B. Grubb and others.  A stiff letter from Isaac Eby forbidding Steiner to hold meetings in his district.  Various correspondense from Alabama and Georgia: Steiner seems to have been contemplating some project involving purchase of land in the South.
Folder 10: H - Z, 1896Add to your cart.

Correspondence from J[onathan]. K. Hartzler, Isaac E. Hershey, C. K. Hostetler, John Horsch*, Daniel Kauffman, A. B. Kolb, J.S. Lehman (letter on status of their personal conflict), Aaron Loucks--half-dozen, and others. Pleny of evidence that Steiner has ideas of locating a colony in the South.

*Horsch has decided that he has been "fighting" too much for one denomination rather than for the Lord Jesus.  He writes of having gotten into conflict with fellow-Mennonites,  He writes of the failure of his health-food business, and of trying to decide where to relocate.  His English is excellent.

Folder 11: A - C, 1897Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. H. Bender, G. L. Bender, George R. Brunk, John S. Coffman--half-dozen letters, and others.  (G. L. Bender wrote of Book & Tract Society business, but also of conflicts at Elkhart, saying J. S. Coffman was trying to be neutral, but G. L. Bender was now in Steiner's camp.
Folder 12: D - L, 1897Add to your cart.

Correspondence from John Horsch*, John F. Funk (wanting Steiner to come to Elkhart), C. K. Hostetler (evidently some tension between the two over control of Young People's Paper)--several; Daniel Kauffman--half-dozen; and others.

*Horsch wants the Herald of Truth to declare itself forthrightly against higher criticism.

Folder 13: M - Z, 1897Add to your cart.
Correspondence from George Musselman--4, H. A. Mumaw , J. A. Ressler, Peter Unzicker--half-dozen, and others.
Folder 14: A - B, 1898Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. C. Amstutz--half-dozen, George R. Brunk--several, G. L. Bender (including tensions with J. S. Lehman)--about 20; D. H. Bender--several, and others
Folder 15: C - G, 1898Add to your cart.

Correspondence from John S. Coffman*--7 or 8; John F. Funk**--8 or 10, David Garber, --half-dozen; and others.

*Coffman is anguished by charges against him, that is Coffman, at Elkhart Church, has made confession, etc.

**Funk's are very much about the troubles at Elkhart, very unhappy with G. L. Bender; Steiner is caught up because he had been invited to hold meetings there, then disinvited.

Folder 16: H - K, 1898Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Jonathan K. Hartzler, L. J. Heatwole, John Horsch (living now at Madison, Wsconsin and trying to start a Farm and Home paper), C. K. Hostetler--half-dozen, Daniel J. Johns--2 (wrote a sermon for Steiner book), Daniel Kauffman--7 or 8, S. A. Kurtz--several, and others.
Box 4: Incoming Correspondence, 1898-1901Add to your cart.
Folder 1: L - Z, 1898Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Aaron Loucks, J.B. Smith, C.C. Shoemaker--2, J.S. Shoemaker, A.R.Zook, A.D. Wenger, and others.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous Items, 1896-1898Add to your cart.
2 letters, one apparently from M.S.'s mother, one from a "Hary" who spelled poorly, etc.
Folder 3: A - B, 1899Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D.C.  (or D.C. and Fannie) Amstutz, Amstutz Old People's Home, Marshallville, Ohio--dozen letters; D. H. Bender (including Elkhart matters, with anit-Funk tone)--dozen; G. L. Bender (including anti-Funk)--dozen; E. J. Berkey; George R. Brunk (on writing a piece for Steiner's book)--4 or 5; N. E. Byers; and others.
Folder 4: C - J, 1899Add to your cart.
Correspondence from John S. Coffman (including investigation of Elkhart Institute; wanting M.S.'s parents to send "Vigor Food"; Book and Tract matters; troubles at Elkhart); W. P. Coffman (proposing Steiner write a biography of John S. Coffman, he having died on July 22); John F. Funk (fearing a church split); J. S. Hartzler; L.J. Heatwole--3; C. K. Hostetler; about 10' and others.
Folder 5: K - L, 1899Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Daniel Kauffman (including strongly rather sarcastic anti-Funk language, the idea of a new alternative paper, and discussion of institutional and church issues--polotics?--around such emphases with sometimes language downwrote violent by 21st century standards--many items.  Also from: A. B. Kolb--8 or 10; J. S. Lehman (including on struggle Elkhart Institute vs. Mennnonite Publishing Company, with Lehman acting as spokesman for the latter)--several letters; Aaron Loucks--8 or 9 letters; and others.
Folder 6: M - O, 1899Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Elhart people (J. S. Lehman, "C. C. S."--C. C. Shoemaker?) concerning publishing Steiner's Pitfalls and Safeguards book.  Also from: A. Metzler of E. Lewistown, Ohio, and other points--dozen or more; S. K. Plank of Orriville, Ohio, 4 or 5; and others.
Folder 7: R - Z, 1899Add to your cart.
Correspondence from C. C. Shoemaker, J. S. Shoemaker--half-dozen; J. B. Smith, S. J. Speicher--4; A. D. Wenger, C. Z. Yoder, A. R. Zook, and others.
Folder 8: Miscellaneous Items, 1899-1900Add to your cart.
Two letters. both from from "your brother, Albert" at Elkhart, Indiana, a student [surely at Elkhart Institute].  March 1, 1899 expresses "pity [for] J. S. Coffman and J. S. Hartzler for the way they are treated  Its just awful".  Other is from March, 1900, about Albert's school plans.  Note: surely the letters were from M. S.'s sibling Albert J. Steiner.
Folder 9: A - C, 1900Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. C. Amstutz;  D. H. Bender--5; G. L. Bender (perhaps 12 or 15; some reference to moving Elkhart Institute elsewhere, etc.; still denouncing the Funk-Lehman faction). Also from:  E. J. Berkey--half-dozen; W. P. Coffman; and others.
Folder 10: D  - J, 1900Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Mary S. Denlinger; Melinda Ebersole; Isaac Eby (anti-general conference, not favorable to Steiner, Elkhart Institute, the Elkhart people, the new hymn book); John F. Funk (making clear that C. C. Shoemaker was onlty Assistant Manager of the Publishing Co.--J. S. Lehman was Manager, and final voice about contracts; J. S. Hartzler; John Horsch  (unfavorable to Funk).  Correspondence from C. K. Hostetler, many letters (Elkhart Institute stationery, Elkhart conflicts; about the Institute's moving (to West Liberty, Ohio?: that Funk says "that brother Steiner must make his things right before he can preach in the Mennonite church in Elkhart.  He has it in for you hard....").  Also from Daniel J. Johns, who is now convinced that Funk is in the wrong ""but what can we do but pray, and weep.".  And others.
Folder 11: K - M 1900, 1900Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Daniel Kauffman--half-dozen; A. B. Kolb--6 or 8; A. C. Kolb; A. H. Leaman; Aaron Loucks--4; A. Metzler--half-dozen; C. C. Shoemaker--4 or 5; and others.
Folder 12: N - Z 1900, 1900Add to your cart.
Correspondence from A. D. Wenger; C. C. Shoemaker (dealing with possible strain between them, and with book business; AND GIVING SOME MATERIAL FOR JOHN C. COFFMAN BIOGRAPHY)--half-dozen or more; J. S. Shoemaker; Republican leader Mark Hanna and U. S. Senators, re petition for Rural Free Delivery to Columbus Grave; C. Z. Yoder; A. R. Zook; and others.
Folder 13: A - G 1901, 1901Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. C. Amstutz--many; D. H. Bender (including establishing a church publishing house, and entanglement with Elkhart)--half-dozen; G. L. Bender; E. J. Berkey; Georeg R. Brunk; N. E. Byers--4 or 5; Fannie Coffman--3 or 4; Jonas (and Becca) Cullar--half-dozen; H. C. Frick (Andrew Carnegie's sometime aide) to Aaron Loucks re moving Elkhart Institute; and others.
Folder 14: H - L 1901, 1901Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Lewis J. Heatwole; Levi Hooley--4; C. K. Hostetler (including the tensions with the Funk faction at Elkhart)--many items; Daniel Kauffman-half-dozen; A. B. Kolb--half-dozen; P. Y. Lehman (frequent correspondent in previous folders)--half dozen; Aaron Loucks--half-dozen; and others.
Folder 15: M - R 1901, 1901Add to your cart.
Correspondence from A. Metzler (Mennonite Board of Charitable Homes)--many; and others.
Folder 16: S - Z 1901, 1901Add to your cart.
Correspondence from C. C. Shoemaker; J. S. Shoemaker--about 10; J. B. Smith; S. J. Speicher (frequent correspondent in previous folders); A. D. Wenger; C. Z Yoder--half-dozen; and others.
Box 5: Incoming Correspondence, 1902-1904Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A - D, 1902Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. C. Amstutz (or D. C. and Fanny; Rittman, Oh.; Mennonite Board of Charitable Homes letterhead)--many; D. H. Bender--5; and others.
Folder 2: E - L, 1902Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Lewis J. Heatwole--3; C. K. Hostetler; Daniel Kauffman; A. B. Kolb; L. J. Lehman--8 or 9; Aaron Loucks--4 or 5; and others.
Folder 3: M - R, 1902Add to your cart.
Correspondence from John H. Mellinger; A. Metzler--many; J. A. Ressler; and others.
Folder 4: S - T, 1902Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Peter Schantz--several; Sandford G. Shetler; A. D. Wenger; J. M. Shenk (Mennonite Board of Charitable Homes letterhead); J. S. Shoemaker; and others.
Folder 5: W - Z, 1902Add to your cart.
Correspondence from A. D. Wenger--3; J. G. Wenger (Superintendent of Old People's Home at Rittman, Oh.)--many; S. E. Allgyer; and others.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous Items, 1902Add to your cart.
Half-dozen unidentified letters.
Folder 7: A - B, 1903Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. C. Amstutz--many; D. H. Bender (including getting rid of Elkhart Institute at Elkhart)--about 10; G. L. Bender (wants to move out of Elkhart, thinking city life not good for his children); Noah O. Blosser (frenquent letters in earlier folders)--several; N. E. Byers--4; and others.
Folder 8: C - J, 1903Add to your cart.
Correspondence from W. P. Coffman--8 or 10 (see previous folders, also); Joseph C. Driver--4 or 5; Lewis J. Heatwole--3; John Horsch; C. K. Hostetler (including about starting a school in Lancaster County, Pa.; also, doubts about a trip Steiner evidently made to Russian Mennonites in Manitoba--8 or 9; Peter Jensen, Russian Mennonite of Nebraska (on establishing Mennonite and Doukhobors in western Canada); D. J. Johns; and others.
Folder 9: K - M, 1903Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Daniel Kauffman--7 or 8; A. B. Kolb--half-dozen; L. J. Lehman--many; Aaron Loucks--2; Noah Mack (or Noah and Lizzie)--4; A. Metzler--many; D. D. Miller; J. H. Mosseman [sic]; and others.
Folder 10: N - Z, 1903Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Sanford G. Shetler; J. S. Shoemaker--5; A. D. Wenger; J. G. Wenger--half-dozen; and others.
Folder 11: Miscellaneous Items, 1903Add to your cart.
Two letters.
Folder 12: A - B, 1904Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. C. Amstutz--many; S. E. Allgyer; D. H. Bender (that Elkhart matters were "in bad shape," etc.)--many; G. L. Bender; N. O. Blosser--8 or 9; George R. Brunk; and others.
Folder 13: C - F, 1904Add to your cart.

Correspondence from a railroad land agent of Au Sable, Michigan--many; W. P. Coffman (including a suggestion that the "Funkites" had been sending out false financial report on Mennonite Publishing Company)--many; Samvuel Frederick (S. F.) Coffman; and others.

Also: draft of a letter Steiner to John F. Funk, urging that the church bueiness and the for-profit business of Mennonite Publishing Company, giving other details of a plan to settle matters, and writing quite fortherightly to Fund--and what appears to be a reply to that letter as sent.  Also another, later brief letter from Funk.

Folder 14: G - K, 1904Add to your cart.
Correspondence from E. S. Hallman (frequent correspondent in earlier folders)--several; J. E. Hartzler; Lewis J. Heatwole--4; C. K. Hostetler; Noah Mack; Daniel Kauffman--dozen; and others.
Folder 15: L -M, 1904Add to your cart.
Correspondence from George J. and Esther Lapp; A. Hershey Leaman; L. J. Lehman--many; J. A. Liechty-several; Aaron Loucks--many; Noah Mack--4 or 5; John H. Mellinger--half-dozen; A. Metzler--4; Rudolph B. Metzler (frequent correspondent in past folders--dozen; J. D. Mininger (and Hettie B. Kulp, or after marriage, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Mininger)--many; and others.
Folder 16: N - S, 1904Add to your cart.
Correspondence from J. A. Ressler; J. S. Shoemaker; A. J. Steiner--several; and others.
Box 6: Incoming Correspondence, 1904-1906Add to your cart.
Folder 1: T - Z, 1904Add to your cart.
Correspondence from A. D. Wenger--9; J. G. Wenger--4; P.  E. Whitmer; C. Z. Yoder--5; and others.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous Items, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 3: A - D, 1905Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. C. Amstutz; D. H. Bender (incldung:  "I think J. F. F. feels pretty sore over the new paper venture but says very little.")--half-dozen; G. L. Bender--8 or 10; John Blosser (president of Mennonite Book and Tract Society)--half-dozen; N. O. Blosser; J. D. Charles; Fannie Coffman; S. F. Coffman; J. N. Durr (rather frequent correspondent in earlier folders)--7 or 8; and others.
Folder 4: E - J, 1905Add to your cart.
Correspondence from H. W. Eby (frequent earlier correspondent)--8 or 10; Tilman Erb; E. S. Hallman; J. K. Hartzler; J. S. Hartzler; John Horsch; C. K. Hostetler--9 or 10; and others.
Folder 5: K - L, 1905Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Daniel (or Daniel and Mollie) Kauffman--about 10; B. B. King--many; George Lambert--2; A. Hershey Leaman--4 or 5; L. J. Lehman--many; J. A. Liechty--half-dozen; Aaron Loucks--dozen; and others.
Folder 6: M 1905, 1905Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Noah H. Mack--10 or 12; A. D. Martin (Secretary of Mennonite Book and Tract Society)--half-dozen; John H. Mellinger--dozen; A. Metzler--dozen; R. B. Metzler--4; a couple of strange messages from a "Marrieta"; Hettie B. Mininger (spouse of J. D. M.); J. D. Mininger--about 14; John H. Mosemann--3; S. H. Musselman--6; and others.
Folder 7: N - S, 1905Add to your cart.
Correspondence from J. A. Ressler--4; S. E. Roth--4 or 5; J.M. Shenk--8 or 10; S. G. Shetler--half-dozen; J. S. Shoemaker--half-dozen; J. A. Sprunger--2; A. J. Steiner--half-dozen; Clara Steiner; and others.
Folder 8: T - Z, 1905Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Peter Unzicker--several; A. D. Wenger--several; S. B. Wenger--several; C. Z. Yoder--half-dozen; A. R. Zook--half-dozen; and others.
Folder 9: Miscellaneous Items, 1905Add to your cart.
A dozen unidentified letters; and two in German from Johann P. Epp of Mountain Lake, Minnesota.
Folder 10: A - B, 1906Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. C. Amstutz--7 or 8; D. H. Bender--dozen; G. L. Bender; half-dozen; E. J. Berkey; John Blosser--half-dozen; Adeline (Addie) Brunk--3 or 4; J. B. Brunk--many; N. E. Byers--2; and others.
Folder 11: C, 1906Add to your cart.
Correspondence from J. D. Charles--3; land agent at Au Sable, Michigan--half-dozen; and others.
Folder 12: D - G, 1906Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Irvin R. Detweiler--about 10; Dr. H. W. Eby--half-dozen; C. R. Egle--2, in German; John [sic] (or Johann) P. Epp--several, in German, most in modern handscript; German-language letters from some named Fast and others, from Nebraska and Mountain Lake, Minnesota--at least one concerning Peter A. Friesen (eventually missionary in India), and a couple German letters from Tiena Flaming of Saskatchewan; half-dozen (in English) from P. A. Friesen himself (written from various places, e.g. Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Langham, Saskatchewan; mostly Mountain Lake); and others.
Folder 13: H - J, 1906Add to your cart.
Correspondence from E. S. Hallman--3; John E. Hartzler--3; J. S. Hartzler--half-dozen; Lewis J. Heatwole; C. K. Hostetler (one urging caution about establishing a hospital at Goshen, another mentioned the idea of nurses' training)--8 or 9; D. J. Johns (at least two commenting on P. A. Friesen)--dozen on so; and others.
Box 7: Incoming Correspondence, 1906-1907Add to your cart.
Folder 1: K - L, 1906Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Daniel Kauffman--20 or more; B. B. King--about 30; Rose Lambert; A. Hershey Leamanh; P. R. Lantz; L. J. Lehman--7 or 8; George Lambert--half-dozen; M. C. Lapp; Aaron Loucks; 17 or 18; and others.  A few letters in German.
Folder 2: M - N, 1906Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Noah H. Mack--3; A. D. Martin--half-dozen; Alice Martin--4 or 5; John H. Mellinger (including "Lambert is pushing his hospital and nurses training project")--several; A. Metzler--dozen; R. B. Metzler; J. D. Mininger (or J. D. and Hettie)--25; S. H. Musselman--4; and others.
Folder 3: O - S, 1906Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Daviid Plank (frequent correspondent through the years)--4; J. A. Ressler--half-dozen; Peter Schantz--5; J. S. Shoemaker--about 25; C. Henry Smith; J. A. Sprunger--3; J. G. Stauffer--about 10; Valentine Struhbar--several; Albert J. Steiner--half-dozen; and others.  Several items of Steiner writing to wife Clara--including some about trying to establish a deaconess hospital and nurses training program--apparently a serious proposal.
Folder 4: T - Z, 1906Add to your cart.
Correspondence from J. A. Wall (in German, including about Friesens)--4; A D. Wenger--about 10; C. Z. Yoder--10 or 12; and others.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous Items, 1906Add to your cart.
Three letters, two cards.  Letter from "Bert" is almost certainly from Steiner's brother Albert.  One letter is clearly signed by E. A. Bontrager of Fairview, Michigan.  Two postcards signed "S. G. S." are surely from Sanford G. Shetler, although mailed from Ontario.  One letter, from a "Sister in Faith" remains unidentified.
Folder 6: A - D, 1907Add to your cart.
Correspondence from D. C. Amstutz (or "Fanny and D. C.)--3; D. H. Bender--2; G. L. Bender--dozen; J. F. Brunk--half-dozen; N. E. Byers (including about a missionary training school and a nurses training school--half-dozen; J. D. Charles--3; I. R. Detweiler--8; and others.
Folder 7: E - J, 1907Add to your cart.
Correspondence from H. L. Eby--4; Isaac Eby (strongly objecting to T. K. Hershey as potential missionary, alleging financial impropriety); Tilman Erb--4; Joseph Esch--10; writers in German from Nebraska and Mountain Lake, Minnestoa and Saskatchewan--half dozen; P. A. Friesen (in English, from Egypt and then India)--2; Barbara E. Gingerich from a hospital and training school in South Bend, Indiana--2; S. D. Guenerich--2; John E. Hartzler; Lewis J. Heatwole--3; J. M. Hershey--about 10; T. K. Hershey (consenting to go to Fort Wayne, etc.)--half-dozen; John Horsch (wants to get more into "the Lord's work")--3; C. K. Hostetler (including Goshen effort to recruit among "Stucke" and "Egli" people--i.e., those who were becoming Central Conference and Defenseless, then Evangelical, Mennonite)--half-dozen; D. J. Johns--half-dozen; and others.
Folder 8: M - R, 1907Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Noah Mack--half-dozen; John H. Mellinger--7; A. R. Messinger--5; A. Metzler--dozen
Folder 9: M - R, 1907Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: Noah Mack--half-dozen; A. Hershey Leaman; John H. Mellinger--half-dozen; A. R. Messinger--half-dozen; A. Metzler--dozen; J. D. Mininger--about 20; John H. Mosemann--2;S. H. Musselman; J. A. Ressler--2; and others.
Folder 10: S - Z, 1907Add to your cart.

Correspondence from: J. M. Shank--several; J. S. Shoemaker--about 25; C. Henry Smith--2; J. A. Sprunger--4; H. C. Unruh--2; Peter Unzicker--half-dozen; C. M. Wall of Nebraska and J. A. Wall of Mountain Lake, Minnesota (the latter in German),--half-dozen; A. D. Wenger--several; Paul E. Whitmer; A. F. Wiens (in German)--half-dozen, from Chicago; C. Z. Yoder--half-dozen; and others.

(Note: The Unruh, Wall, and Wiens like P. A. Friesen's and others in other folders of this era, demonstrate ties with some "Russian" Mennonites--probably all or mostly those of the denomination that took on the name "Evangelical Mennonite".  For a time it almost appeared as if that group would become a special German-language conference of the "old" Mennonite church.)

Folder 11: Miscellaneous Items, 1907Add to your cart.
Half-dozen letters or cards, some with identifiable signatures.  Several others may be from Steiner's siblings.  One almost certainly is from Noah O. Blosser.
Box 8: Incoming Correspondence, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A - B, 1908Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: S. E. Allgyer; D. C. Amstutz (or "Fanny and D. C.")--4; D. H. Bender; G. L. Bender--about 25 (see esp. May 4 letter, a somewhat angry one, on the matter of supporting church workers): J. L. Brunk (and other Brunks of the Mennonite sanitarium at La Junta, Colorado)--about 10; Noah E. Byers; and others.
Folder 2: C - E, 1908Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: J. D. Charles; S. F. Coffman; Florence Cooprider; M. C. Cressman--several; Mary S. Denlinger; I. R. Detweiler (one is about buying a house for Mary Burkhard, in Goshen)--half-dozen; Joseph Esch (and others) from the land-promoters' settlement at Comins, Michigan)--dozen or more; H. L. Eby--several; Johann P. Epp (in German); Tillman Erb--half-dozen or more; and others.
Folder 3: F - J, 1908Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: E. L. Frey; John F. Funk; J. S. Hartzler--half-dozen; J. E. Hartzler--several; D. J. Johns (regarding conflicts at the Fort Wayne mission); J. M. Hershey--dozen or so; John Horsch--half-dozen; C. K. Hostetler ("I have retired my position at Goshen College...."); and others.
Folder 4: K - L, 1908Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: Daniel Kauffman--8 or 9; J. N. Kaufman--half-dozen; Ben B. King--several; R. Kuehn (of Switzerland)--2 in German, one in English; George J. Lapp; M. C. (or Mr. and Mrs.) Lapp--8 or 9; A. Hershey Leaman (or Amanda)--about a dozen; P. R. Lantz; Aaron Loucks--dozen; and others.
Folder 5: M - Q, 1908Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: Noah Mack; John H. Mellinger--4; A. R. Messinger--2; A. Metzler--10; J. D. Mininger--dozen; John H. Mosemann--3; S. H. Musselman; and others.
Folder 6: R - S, 1908Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: J. A. Ressler--half-dozen; Sanford G. Shetler; J. S. Shoemaker--nearly 30; J. A. Sprunger--3; Albert J. Steiner--8; and others.
Folder 7: T - Z, 1908Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: J. A. Wall (in German)--2; C. Z. Yoder--half-dozen; and others.
Folder 8: Miscellaneous Items, 1908Add to your cart.
Several fragments signed Joseph Esch (settler at Comins, Michigan?); several other items.
Box 9: Incoming Correspondence, 1909-1910Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A - D, 1909Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: D. C. Amstutz--half-dozen; D. H. Bender (including comment on tensions between Hesston College founders and Goshen College officials, and resulting strains on Bender and Steiner's friendship)--half-dozen or more; G. L. Bender--about a dozen; L. J. Burkholder--5; N. E. Byers (very interesting regarding ussues at Goshen--attire, musical instruments, faculty orthodoxy, the student newspapers--that were creating tensions with the constituency, and whom Byers was consulting about the problems)--3 or 4; Brunks at La Junta sanitarium--several; S. F. Coffman; I. R. Detweiler; H. L. Eby--3; Tillman Erb--3; and others.
Folder 2: E - J, 1909Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: Peter A. Friesen (hint that Steiner has been critical of India missionaries)--2; E. L. Frey; John F. Funk--2; J. S. Hartzler--about 8; J. M. Hershey--about 8; Samuel Honderich--5; John Horsch--2; D. J. Johns--2; and others.
Folder 3: K - L, 1909Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: Daniel kauffman--about 15; J. N. Kaufman; Ben B. King--2; Rose Lambert; George J. Lapp--3; M. C. Lapp--dozen; A. Hershey Leaman--5; Aaron Loucks--8; and others.
Folder 4: M - R, 1909Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: John H. Mellinger; A. Metzler--5; W. H. Miller--several; J. D. Mininger--3; John H. Mosemann (including that "we are in the closing days of this age")--several; S. H. Musselman--3; J. A. Ressler--8 or 9; and others.
Folder 5: S, 1909Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: J. W. Shank--2; J. S. Shoemaker--about 25; J. M. Smucker (apple butter maker, Orrville, Ohio); A. J. Steiner--half-dozen; and others.
Folder 6: T - Z, 1909Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: George D. Troyer (realtor at Fairview, Michigan)--half-dozen; Peter Unzicker; J. A. Wall (in German)--2; C. Z. Yoder--dozen; and others.
Folder 7: Miscellaneous, 1909Add to your cart.
About a dozen items (one in German), including a long letter clearly by J. M. Nunemaker, president of the Mennonite Sanitarium at La Junta, very candid about leadership problems there.
Folder 8: A - B, 1910Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: L. J. Burkholder; D. H. Bender (including letters about a false report that Hesston College had expelled male students for wearing neckties)--half-dozen; G. L. Bender--about 40; J. L. Brunk (or J. L. Brunk and wife)--4 or 5; and others.
Folder 9: C - G, 1910Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: S. F. Coffman; H. L. Eby; H. W. Eby; Johann P. Epp (in German)--3; Tillman Erb--half-dozen; John F. Funk (urgently wants money owed to him)--2; and others.
Folder 10: H - J, 1910Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: J. E. Hartzler--half-dozen; J. M. Hershey--about 10; J. S. Hooley--dozen; D. J. Johns--half-dozen; and others.
Folder 11: K - L, 1910Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: Daniel Kauffman--half-dozen; J. N. Kaufman; Ben B. King; Rose Lambert (datelined Elkhart, Ind.); P. R. Lantz--4; M. C. Lapp--2; A. Hershey Leaman--8; Aaron Loucks--half-dozen; and others.
Folder 12: M - N, 1910Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: John H. Mellinger--3; A. R. Messinger--half-dozen; A. Metzler--half-dozen; R. B. Metzler--7 or 8; V. C. Miller (note: correspondent in previous folders; from Comins, Michigan land settlement)--many; S. H. Musselman--half-dozen; J. M. Nunemaker; and others.
Folder 13: O - R, 1910Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: J. A. Ressler (now at Smithville, Ohio, Acting Secretary of Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities)--more than 40; and others.
Folder 14: S - Z, 1910Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: J. W. Shank; Mary Shank; J. S. Shoemaker--more than 20; C. Henry Smith--2; John L. Stauffer; Albert J. Steiner-- several; Peter Unzicker--3; J. A. Wall; C. Z. Yoder--7; D. S. Yoder (frequent correspondent in previous years also)--4; and others.
Box 10: Incoming Correspondence, 1910-1911 & undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes frank correspondence from J. S. Hartzler regarding the Elkhart Institute and its relationship to a future school in eastern Ohio or western Pennsylvania.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous Items, 1910Add to your cart.
Several letters from Montana from someone who signs only with (unclear) initials; a strange letter from "Jordan Station" somewhere in Canada who comments interestingly on Canadian Mennonites' relation to Canadian government; letter fro "Reuben" at La Junta, Colorado; one probably from S. F. Coffman; and half-dozen others.
Folder 2: A - Z, 1911Add to your cart.
Correspondence from: G. L. Bender--7; P. S. Hartman--4; J. E. Hartzler; Daniel Kauffman--2; Ben B. King; Aaron Loucks; John H. Mellinger; A. Metzler; J. A. Ressler--7 or 8; J. S. Shoemaker--2, from India; J. A. Sprunger; C. Z. Yoder; and others.
Folder 3: Undated, A - DAdd to your cart.
Items from S. E. Allgyer; D. C. Amstutz; G. L. Bender (4, all probably from 1890s); a number from John F. Bressler, most probably from about 1903-1905 and concern mission at Fort Wayne, Indiana; one from L. J. Burkholder of Ontario, July 15, 1907; an interesting letter from N. E. Byers advocating the founding of a Mennonite school in Lancaster County or somewhere in East--probably written about 1907 or 1908; many others.
Folder 4: Undated, E - KAdd to your cart.
Undated correspondence from: H. L. Eby, J. S. Hartzler; D. J. Johns; C. K. Hostetler; and others--often dated by day and month but not year.  Some letters carry approximate dates; quite a few a letters or fragments from regular correspondents of Steiner, so that dates might be established by comparing content with other letters from the same persons. Correspondence from J. S. Hartzler addresses the possibility of a future Mennonite school in eastern Ohio or western Pennsylvania and its relationship to the Elkhart Institute.
Folder 5: Undated, L - ZAdd to your cart.
Items from M. C. Lapp (written from India); Rose Lambert (written from Elkhart); P. R. Lantz; A. Hershey Leaman--many; Aaron Loucks; J. D. Mininger; H. A. Mumaw; J. A. Sprunger; Peter Unzicker; A. D. Wenger; S. D. Ebersole; Lina Zook; and others.
Folder 6: Anonymous, undatedAdd to your cart.
Letter fragments from:  Dale Enterpise, Virginia, May 15, 1905; "Vienna," Aug 24, 1903; Freeport, Michigan, Sep 9, 1901; Freeport, Ill. (J. S. Shoemaker?  C. C. Shoemaker -- concerns engaging a printer to publish a book), Jul 8, 1901; 2 from Versailles, Missouri (surely by Daniel Kauffman)--the first, Oct 31, 1899, comments quite graphically about tensions with Funk"s Mennonite Publishing Company (depicted as "a big, fat, chuffy fellow...."), and laying out a plan of action for the insurgents, and the second, Mar 16, 1900, includes comments on J. S. Coffman and on "the Morgan Co. congregation", and about relations with John F. Funk's Mennonite Publishing Company; East Lewstown, Ohio, Jul 26, 1899; Morgan County, Missouri (postcard), Jul 7 1896; Cranberry, Ohio, Nov 24, 1905.  Also a bill, 1894.
Folder 7: Unclassified, undatedAdd to your cart.
1/2 stack of letters and other items.  Some possible or probable authors:  Emma Oyer; Melinda Ebersole; Aaron Loucks; A. Hershey Leaman.  Undated item from E. J. Berkey.  Some materials from controversy John F. Funk v. younger leaders, including around Elkhart Institute.  Quite a few organizational documents other than letters.  Etc.
Box 12: Correspondence to Clara Eby Steiner, 1890-1894Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence with Clara Eby, 1890Add to your cart.
One letter only, from Steiner to "Dear Sister," from Ada, Ohio, February 18, 1890.  Folder label, not letter itself, indicates it was to Clara Eby.  Internally the letter suggests there is a courtship going not known to his parents, at least.  Letter apparently is one of earnest Christians.  Topics: relation of picture-taking to "lust of the eye"; whether denominations ought to have extra-biblical rules (legalism?), etc.  At that stage, Steiner often misspelled, or, e.g., used "sighted" for "cited."
Folder 11: Correspondence with Clara Eby, 1891, 1893Add to your cart.
Half-inch-high stack of letters, all Steiner to Eby.  Written from Elkhart, Indiana (occasionally elsewhere--Chicago, beginning Nov. 1893), May 7, 1891 through 1893, late 18--addressing her "Miss Clara" and "Dear Friend," or more and more "My ever dear Miss Clara" or something similar. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 12: Correspondence with Clara (Eby, then Eby Steiner), 1894Add to your cart.
Correspondence the year they married (April 8, 1894)--letters from him to her. Stack nearly 1" high.  Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Box 13: Correspondence to Clara Eby Steiner, 1895-1900Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1895Add to your cart.
Letters of Steiner to wife, Clara Eby Steiner.  Handwrirtten, 1/2" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 2: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1896Add to your cart.
Letters of Steiner to wife, Clara Eby Steiner.  Handwrirtten, 1" stack.  Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 3: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1897Add to your cart.
Letters of Steiner to wife, Clara Eby Steiner.  Handwrirtten, 1/2" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 4: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1898Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 3/4" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 5: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1899Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 1" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 6: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1900Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 1" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Box 14: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1901-1910Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1901Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 1/2" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 2: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1902Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 1/4" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 3: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1903Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 3/8" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 4: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1904Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 1/4" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 5: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1905Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 1/2" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 6: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1906Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 5/8" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 7: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1907Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 5/8" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 8: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1908Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 1" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 9: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, 1909Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 5/8" stack. Letters are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.
Folder 10: Correspondence with Clara Eby Steiner, January - October, 1910Add to your cart.
Handwrirtten, 1/2" stack. Letters run only from January to October 21.  They are personal, but also include much about Steiner's work, institutions, and programs.  In backj of folder is a printed sheet "How to Use the Betz Baths", giving instructions for taking vaporized biths with a "Mineral Vitalizer."  (He died at the Bluffton Sanitarium on March, 12, 1911)
Series 4: Notes and Miscellaneous Materials, 1869-1911Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Funeral Notice, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Biographical Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Notes on Lectures - Oberlin College, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: New Testament Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Bible Outlines, 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 11: New Testament, Homiletics, 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Teaching Methods, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Homiletics, 1892Add to your cart.
Hard-bound, lined-page notebook, approx 6" x 8 1/2" x 3/8" thick.  First page inscribed: "Homiletics.  Notes from Prof Currier; Secon [sic] term 1891&2".  (I.e., Steiner's year at Oberlin.); notes fill about half the book.  A few handwritten documents folded in.
Folder 2: Confession of Faith and Ministers' Manual, 1893Add to your cart.
The small (appox. 4" x 5 1/2", 127 pp.) Confession of Faith and Ministers Manual (Elkhart, Indiana: Mennonite Publishing Company, 1890).  On flyleaf, in Steiner's handwriting:  "M. S. Steiner Elkhart, Ind.  3-9-'93.  Was chosen of God to the Ministry in early life, Called by the Churc h on Sunday March 5th and oordained (by J. F. Funk*) on the evning of the 9th (Thursday) of March 1893 A. D."  [*this phrase a superscript addition, obviously an editorial addition).  No marginal notes, underlining, or other addition to the text itself.
Folder 3: Sermon Notes, Dates, and Texts, 1893-1894, 1902-1903, 1908-1910Add to your cart.
3 small bound and lined notebooks with semi-hard covers. One has on early page: "This book was presented to M. S. Steiner for SErmon Notes, by E. J. Bercky [sic; E. J. Berkey], July 29th, 1894.  Chicago" -- but the sermon notes in it bear dates from 1893 [i.e., did Berkey or Steiner take the notes?]  The actual sermon notes are few and cursory.  Another book is marked on flyleaf as Steiner's journal and name & address book. Its entries few and often not dated, but some with dates from 1902 and 1903.  The third book has, inside front cover, "M. S. Steiner  Columbus Grover Ohio.  March 14 - 1908."  All but a half-dozen of its pages are empty, but those with notes show some places he preached and texts he used, in 1908, 1909, and 1910.
Folder 4: Account Books, circa 1885-1889, 1892Add to your cart.
Two pocket-size books approx 1/4" thck.  Accounts in one (pencilled, and intermittent, are from at least 1885 to 1889; in the other the only dates seem to be 1892.  Familiar names show up, such as D. H. Bender, D. S. Yoder.  In the second, at least some of the records are of money received for "M. P. C. stock" [Mennonite Publishing Company].
Folder 5: Miscellaneous Notebooks, circa 1885-1903Add to your cart.

Eight pocket-size notebooks:

    1. Seems to be notes kept on a trip in Kansas and Nebraska in 1885, visiting both "old" and "Russian" Mennonites and also the Brethren college at McPherson, Kansas.  Some very interesting critical comments not just by Steiner (that a certain church's members frequented saloons) but also by Mennonite he met (including a "Pre. Grebill's" comments on John Horsch, others on Funk's publications."

     2. Small, pocket-size Memoradum book, 1st page inscribed: "Memorandum of M. S. Steiner, Elkhart, Ind.  Words & definition."  Not many entries, but a few definitions of words ranging from "sanguine" to "transubstantiation."  One rather long discourse on dancing.  Very probably from years 1890-1893.

     3. Very small notebook, 1st page inscribed "M. S. Steinver's Memo9randum.  March 21, '91  Elkhart, Ind. 320 Main St.  Notes on various thoughts.  A longer discourse on "Masonry compared with the Church."  One on Drunkenness.  Etc.

      4. 1st page inscription: "Memorandum of M. S. Steiner's notes and comments gathered during travels and on public occasions.  M. S. Steiner, Elkhart, Ind.  320 Main St.  March 21, 1891.  Soon an "Index of Subjects," Alphabetically from "Adversity" through, e.g., "Infant Baprtism" to "Soup for Sinners".  Then entries on at least quite a few of those.

     5. 1st page says "Memorandum, Cooper Union New York, Dec. 10th 96  Moody Meeting Notes"    Inside one entry is dates Dec 11 - '96.  Notes are extensive, handwritten seemingly very rapidly and almost attempting a transcription.

     6. Inscribed on first page, "Lectures  Delivered at Bible Conference  Scottdale, Penna  Dec 28.96 to Jan    97.  By J. S. Coffman  D. H. Bender  M. S. Steiner.    Clara E. Steiner  Cranberry, Ohio.  [Clara Eby Steiner]"  (Coffman lectures: "The Lost World", 4 on "Plan of Salvation"; 3 on "Ordinances and Symbols"; "Church Government"; "The Worker".)  (Steiner lectures: 3 on "Sermon on the Mount"; 7 on "Acts of the Apostles"; "Tests of Prophesy".)  No notes on any D. H. Bender lecture.    3. Inscribed on first page, "Lectures  Delivered at Bible Conference  Scottdale, Penna  Dec 28.96 to Jan    97.  By J. S. Coffman  D. H. Bender  M. S. Steiner.    Clara E. Steiner  Cranberry, Ohio.  [Clara Eby Steiner]"  (Coffman lectures: "The Lost World", 4 on "Plan of Salvation"; 3 on "Ordinances and Symbols"; "Church Government"; "The Worker".)  (Steiner lectures: 3 on "Sermon on the Mount"; 7 on "Acts of the Apostles"; "Tests of Prophesy".)  No notes on any D. H. Bender lecture.

     7. Small bound notebook.  Begins with inscription "J. S.Coffman, biographical statistics...."  Has notes on life of John S. Coffman (d. 1899); rather obviously these were notes for the biography of Coffman the family asked Steiner to write, which became John S. Coffman: Mennonite Evangelist (1903).

     8. Small bound notebook.  Apparently no date indicated.  Wide variety of notes and entries, from one on Kisses to one on "The Labor Question" to one on Revelation.

Folder 6: Miscellaneous Notebooks, circa 1887-1908Add to your cart.

8 very small notebooks:

    1. Contents are miscellaneous names and addresses, quick thoughts, short discourses (e.g., Prohibition in Iowa), record of payment for Herald of Truth subscription--one record datelined Wayland Iowa and dated Aug. 9 '87.

    2. Contents are miscellaneous notes and thoughts.  A list of illustrations to use in Temperance lectures.  A short discourse on Nonresistance in the Old Testament.  Etc. etc.  One entry dated  "Mon Sep 26, - 92"

    3.  On cover:  "The Summer of 1893."  Notes apparently from "Dr. Scofield on Revelation at Moody Institute, Chicago.  An entry that says "Moody's Address.  Emphasises [sic] Singing and study of the Bible.  His idea of advertising."  Etc.

    4.  On cover:  "November 1894  Canton  Ohio.  One page on "a siphelistic girl" in Ohio; another entry on a young man in Pennsylvania who lost his mind from self-abuse, masturbation [Steiner used the word]. An entry beginning: "In a Rut.  The M. church is in a rut.  She should be teaching the world the nonresistant faith and instead is excluding herself from the public on every side...."

    5.  Few entries.  One short one noted the cost of a "fancy dress ball" on Feb. 10, 1897 ("1/4 million).  Many empty pages.

    6.  Small notebook well filled with substantial thoughts on a variety of topics.  One entry has the date "July 31, 91"

    7.  Very small booklet.  One entry, is "Locating a College, not a Pleasure Resort"--suggesting that the book may be from 1901-1903, when Elkhart Institute was yielding to a new college at a new location.

    8.  Very small booklet.  The last entry, headed "Intro to Clara's Booklet" may suggest 1907 or 1908 (her booklet's date is 1908).  Flyleaf says "M. S. Steiner, Pandora, Ohio."  Has what may be an interesting entry on Daniel Kauffman.  Some material on Christian's relation to politics. One entry is about a "nigger."  Etc.

Folder 7: Clippings:  Antichrist, Business morality, etc., undatedAdd to your cart.
Half-dozen clippings.
Folder 8: Clippings:  Temperance, undatedAdd to your cart.
Two clippings, one from the paper Ram's Horn.  Both have items on women and alcohol or saloon.  Some political articles--a Ram's Horn one commenting on slavery, temperance, and political influence of Mormons.
Folder 9: Clippings:  Race Problems; corruption of business in politics, undatedAdd to your cart.
Four or 5 clippings, undated and unidentified.  Ambiguous about revealing Steiner's beliefs and attitudes.
Folder 10: Clippings:  High school fraternities (in Chicago), 1908Add to your cart.
2 yellowed clippings, one dated March 13, 1908, and the other appearing to be from the same context.  They are on a controversiy in Chicago over fraternities in high school.  See www.http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F30613FA385A17738DDDAA0994D1405B888CF1D3.
Folder 11: Clippings:  The world's and Chicago's downtrodden, 1898-1904Add to your cart.
2 clippings.  One, unidentified, prints Richard Le Gallienne "The Cry of the Little Peoples."  An online source (http://books.google.com/books?id=w9oaAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA249&dq=Gallienne+%22Cry+of+the+Little+People%22&hl=en&ei=wJZvToygJovEgAeRztiMBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Gallienne%20%22Cry%20of%20the%20Little%20People%22&f=false) showing pages from Public Opinion, August 1900, indicates the book was an expression of anti-imperialism that arose from the Spanish-American war (i.e., "little people" are the politically and militarily weak peoples of the earth, such as the Filipinos).  The other is from The Pilgrim, March 1904, with an article on Chicago, sympathetic to its immigrants, by the eventually-famous, highly progressive attorney, Clarence Darrow.
Folder 12: Clippings:  Missions & Philanthropy, ca 1907-1910Add to your cart.
Four clippings.  Three, probably from about 1905-1910 (one is from the Toledo Blade of March 22, 1907), are about philanthropies of John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and Helen M. Gould (daughter of Jay Gould, late-nineteenth-century business tycoon).  The fourth, from Literary Digest of 1907 (p. 671) has an article on the cultural benefits that Christian missions were having on Chinese.
Folder 13: Clippings:   Life Insurance, ca 1906 ?Add to your cart.
Half-dozen or more unidentified clippings that appear to have come in the wake of Burton J. Hendrick's expose of life insurance company abuses, printed in McClure's magaine in 1906.
Folder 14: Clippings:  Nonresistance, ca 1904-1907Add to your cart.
About a dozen clippings, some dated, mostly 1904-1907, and mostly about war, armament or disarmament, etc.  Some on topics such as treatment of prisoners, and one or two seemingly not related to the theme of nonresistance.
Folder 15: Clippings:  Nonresistance, 1904Add to your cart.

Handwritten notes (Leonard Gross handwriting?) about Steiner's positions re nonresistance.  Typed manuscripts:  [Gross,] "Is War Justifiable? Two Sides to the Question, from the Standpoint of the Year 1904" (for printed version see Mennonite Historical Bulletin, Jan. 1976, pp. 2-3); typescript of Rev. J. W. Hill, D. D., "Is War Justifiable?" (from the Ada [Ohio] Record, 1904, according to Gross); typescript of part of "Is War Justifiablle: Rev. J. W. Hill in a Reply to M. S. Steiner..." (see citation below).  Clippings:  Rev. J. W. Hill, D. D., "Is War Justifiable?" (from the Ada [Ohio] Record, 1904, according to Gross; article says "Paper Read Before the Ada Ministerial Association); M. S. Steiner, "'Is War Justifiable?'  The Subject from ... an Adherent of Non-Resistance" (from the Bluffton Leader, April, 1904, according to Gross): and "Is War Justifiable: Rev. J. W. Hill in a Reply to M. S. Steiner..." (marked "Bluffton Leader May 25th 1904).

Other clippings: one marked "From Times-Democrat, Lima O., April 12 - 1904" on end of a court case in which Swiss Mennonites at Pandora had been quarreling; and M. S. Steiner, "Pine Bluff," apparently in the Bluffton Leader, datelined Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Feb. 25, 1904, describing a Steiner visit there, visiting at least two acquaintances from Pandora [Ohio].

Folder 16: Sermon Notes 1, undatedAdd to your cart.
Handwritten notes on many different topics, for (or potentially for) sermons.  The stack of paper is 3/4" deep, many of the sheets quite small and some of the content cryptic and sketchy.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sermon Notes 2, undatedAdd to your cart.
Handwritten notes on many different topics, for (or potentially for) sermons.  The stack of paper is 5/8" deep, many of the sheets quite small and some of the content cryptic and sketchy.
Folder 2: Sermon Notes 3, undatedAdd to your cart.
Handwritten notes on many different topics, for (or potentially for) sermons.  The stack of paper is 5/8" deep, many of the sheets quite small and some of the content cryptic and sketchy.
Folder 3: Sermon Notes 4, undatedAdd to your cart.
Handwritten notes on many different topics, for (or potentially for) sermons.  The stack of paper is 3/8" deep, many of the sheets quite small and some of the content cryptic and sketchy
Folder 4: Minutes of National Christian Association, Pandora, Ohio, undatedAdd to your cart.
Handwritten, not well organized.  Perhaps these were raw notes before the typing, which may also account for lack of dates.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous Clippings, 1895, 1904, and undatedAdd to your cart.

In envelope labeled "Articles on Trips South" (a "Mennonie Board of Charitable Homes" envelope): a clipping (not identified or dated) by a William Curtis on the people of Appalachia; and one by Steiner, "Louisiana Rice Fields," datelined "Lake Charles, Louisiana, March 7, 1904")

In (Home Mission, Chicago) envelope labeled "Of Interest to Mennonites": a printed tract calling Christians to do home mission work, with pencilled marking "Home Mission Advocates, Lancaster, Pa, '95; a clipping about Methodist Church's General Book Committee, with printed date March 9, 1895 and penciled markings "Epworth Herald Chicago" and a marking that includes "What M. P. C. ought to be"; an article on the first annual Ohio Mennonite Sunday School convention, from the Wooster Daily Republican, September 7, 1895.

In a (Mennonite Board of Charitable Homes) envelope labeled "Lectures to Women" an unidentified, undated clipping of Elaine Goodale Eastman, "Child Culture in the Home  I--The Willing Mother"

In a (Mennonite Board of Charitable Homes) envelope labeled "Argentine South America" an undated clipping apparently from the Toledo Times, with subtitle: Residents of Argentina Have Qualities Peculiar to New England"

A few other scraps of paper with jottings.

Folder 6: Miscellaneous Financial, 1907, 1908Add to your cart.
Two documents: One of Treasurer's Office, Allen County, Lima, Ohio, dated June 8, 1907, seeming to be bill for taxes on the Louisa Snavely estate (estate often mentioned in Steiner's correspondence; another that appears to be bill to Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities from Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, dated July 28, 1908, for some printing.
Folder 7: Marriage Outline, undatedAdd to your cart.
One large sheet with very large writing in black crayon, with outline titled "Marriage"; possibly to put on an easel for a talk to a small audience.
Folder 8: Pitfalls and Safeguards by M. S. Steiner, 1899Add to your cart.
Copy of Steiner's "First Book" (as dedication page says).  Published by Mennonite Publishing Company, Elkhart, Indiana, 1899.  (The book has much content about evil or temptations: money, city environment, wrong recreation, theater, dance, saloon, fashions, wrong courtship, good and bad friends, etc., but also more positive chapters on home and religion.
Folder 9: Rudimentary Psychology for Schools and Colleges by G. M. Steele; Moral Philosophy, or the Science of Obligation by James H. Fairchild, 1889, 1869Add to your cart.
Two textbooks whose flyleaf inscriptions in Steiner hand indicate to be from his Oberlin year, 1891-1892: one on moral philosophy, one on "rudimentary psychology."
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sunday School Congerence Guest Lists, 1903-1907Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Nonresistance by M. S. Steiner, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Histories of Logan and Champaigne Counties Sunday School, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Articles Intended for the Young People's Paper, circa 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Notebook, 1907Add to your cart.

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