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Gustav Heinrich Enss Papers


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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Collection Overview

Title: Gustav Heinrich Enss Papers, 1910-1965Add to your cart.

ID: HM1/604

Primary Creator: Enss, Gustav Heinrich (1885-1965)

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Flat

Date Acquired: 07/19/1966

Subjects: Enss, Gustav Heinrich, 1885-1965, Mennonites - Ukraine, Theology

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Languages: English, German, Russian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These papers consist primarily of manuscripts of Gustav Enss's writings, most of which are theological in nature.  Other materials include notes, correspondence, and ephemera.  Researchers should note the "Catalog of Gustav H. Enss Papers" in Box 1, Folder 1, which provides some annotations and contextual information.

Biographical Note

Born 13 Apr 1885, Samara, Russia. Parents: Heinrich Enss and Justina Claassen. Married Amy Greaves Sudermann in 1912. Moved to the United States in 1915. Taught at Bethel, Hesston, and Goshen Colleges. Held several pastorates, including Hopefield Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kansas. Died 10 Nov 1965 in Columbia, Missouri.

Subject/Index Terms

Enss, Gustav Heinrich, 1885-1965
Mennonites - Ukraine

Administrative Information

Repository: Goshen College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 records carton

Access Restrictions: These materials are open for public research

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: Jacob Sudermann, Acc. 1695

Related Materials: Photographs of Enss may be found in the Jacob Sudermann Papers, 1900-1980.  HM1-606.  Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen.  Goshen, Indiana.

Preferred Citation: Gustav Heinrich Enss Papers, 1910-1965.  HM1-604.  Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen.  Goshen, Indiana.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Catalog uf Enns' Papers, 1913-1947, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Obituary of Gustav H. Enss, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1919-1935, 1955-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sermon Notes, 1932-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 5: A Bibliography, 1934-1935?Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Lectures, 1918?-1926Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Book Reviews, circa 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Karl Barth on the Church (lecture manuscripts), 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 9: First Steps in Christian Theology (typed manuscript, 61 pp.), 1928-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Ph.D In Theology dissertation, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Der Offensbarungs Begriff in Barth, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Doctrine of the Atonement in the Gospel of John, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Outline: Study of Revelation in German, 1930-1935?Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Widening Horizons (book? manuscript, typed, 57 pp.), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Life Story (covering 1925-1946), 1925-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "The Price of Truth" (17 pp typed paper, by Enss), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "Myth and Meaning" (handwritten, 6 pp.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "The Religious Way of Life"(typed, 4 pp.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "An Interpretation of I Cor. 11:2=16" (typed, 12 pp.; cover note), 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "The Religious Quest and Religions Convictions"/"Why the Church is Divided on the Peace Problem" (Typed, 11 pp., by "G.H.E."), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: "Editorial" (typed, 3.5 pp., by "G.H.E"; journal not named), no date (post WWI)Add to your cart.
Folder 22: "Broadening the Foundation of Our Faith" (typed, 6 pp.: notation that "seems ... for a sermon"), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: G.H.Enss, "The Background of Christian Ethics" (typed, 18 'pp.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: "Kant's Theory of God" (typed, 11 pp.; marked "G.H.E" and graded "A-", no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: "Lost in Space"/:"New Directions" (typed, s. spaced, 8+7 pp., notation "G. H. Enss Original", no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Gustav H. Enss, "Concepts and Reality: Another 'Change of Mind'" (typed, 5 pp.; approving cover note by [Jacob Suyderman], no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: "Christian Baptistm and the Birth of Personality" (typed, 2 paragraphs. no explanation), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: "The 'Gospel' Falls with Genesis" (typed, 3 pp.; notation in GHE hand, "A Mentle Struggle Against Accepted Ideas"), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: "The Strengtjh of a Nation in Peace and War" (typed, 7 pp., no date (internal evidence might suggest 1939)Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Gustav H. Enss, "While Our Minds Are Changing" (typed, 5 pp.; again, "''Gospel' Falls With Genesis" theme; notation), no date (post 1935?)Add to your cart.
Folder 31: "Christian Pacifism" (hanwritten in Enns hand, 2 pp.; defends taking up arms?), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: "The Mysteries of Life" (typed, 1 s. spaced p.), no date (seems late in life)Add to your cart.
Folder 33: "Welcher Platz sollte des feste...." (handwitten in old German, 11 pp.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: "The Premises of the Christian Faith" (handwitten, GHE hand, partly typed), GHE note says 1960-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 35: "The Peace Problem: Why the Christian Church is divided on the Peace Question" (handwritten draft, GHE hand, 17 pp.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: "Scattered Thoughts on Religion" (handwritten, 5 pp., GHE hand), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Untitled, and "Christianity and World Peace: Related Issues" (handwritten, GHE hand, 7 & 13 pp.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: "Man's Since Desire" & 2 other short writings, One piece marked "May 1950"Add to your cart.
Folder 39: G. H. Enss, "Spritual Fitness" (typed, 2 copies, 5 pp.), 1962-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 40: "I believe" (typed, .5 p., notations by J[acob] S[uderman]), "from late in life...." (d. 1965)Add to your cart.
Folder 41: "The Human Riddle" (typed, 1 p.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: "History" (typed, .5 p.), note mentioning May 28th 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 43: G. H. Enss, "A New Faith in Man"/"A New Faith in Man" (2 sheets, each titled, each typed, 1 p.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: G. H. Enss, "A New Faith in God"/"A New Faith in God" (2 sheets, each titled, typed, 1 p.), no date (Florida address--late life?)Add to your cart.
Folder 45: G. H. Enss, "Man and His Destiny" (2 typed drafts, each 7 pp.; on Gen. 1 & 2), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: "Dass Verhalten der Mennoniten wahrend der ...." (old German script, 7 pp.), no date (subtitle mentions Bethel College)Add to your cart.
Folder 47: G. H. Enss, "Teaching a Philosophy of Religion to College Students" (typed, 6 pp.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: "Oncle [sic] Sam's Sympathetic Heart" (Typed, 2 pp.), late 1930s (from internal evidence)Add to your cart.
Folder 49: "The Unfortunate Dino" (typed, 3 pp.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: "Studies in Genesis: Genesis ONE Came to Late" (typed, 17 pp.., editorial marks), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: "Back to the Sources" (typed, 3 pp.; on religion), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: "Nazi Religion" (3 pp.), mid-1930s?Add to your cart.
Folder 53: "Resurrection or Immortality" (handwritten, GHE hand, 7 pp., no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: "The Organization and Integration of Knowledge" (typed, 6 pp.), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: G. H. Enss, "The Religious Attitude" (typed, 3 s.spaced; 2 copies), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: "Aristotle Teaching Concerning the Soul" (typed, 28 pp.; graded "A, good"; notation by J[acob] S[uderman], "Course, Stufy by G.H.Enss", no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: "Religion in the Space Age" (severn drafts, typed & handwritten, up to 17 pp.), 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 58: "Forum on Possible Solutions to the Conflict Between the United States and Russia" (typed, 10 pp.), 1952-1955, acc. to markingAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: Fragments and Notes from Later life, 1950 and after?Add to your cart.
Folder 60: "Platio Examinattion Questions" (ca. 8 pp. typed & handwritten), no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: "Leitfaden [manual]  fuer den Religionsunterricht" (hardcover book; compiled by B. Unruh; Part I, Old Testament; Haltstadt, 1913, ca 150 pp.  G. Enss autograph on flyleaf), 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Gustav Enss, "Der Mensch Und die Menschwerdung Jesu Christi" (46 pp. booklet; Mennonite Brethren Publishing House, Hillsboro KS, Spring 1919; 2 identical copies), 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 63: "Geschichtliche Darlegung der Ereignisse in der Hoffnungsfeld Gemeinde" (booklet; seems to be a conference committee report; from Feb. 1924; 83 pp.), 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 64: W. B. Selbie, "Schliermacher: A Critical and Historical Study" (New York, 1913) Ch. X, ""[His] Place ... in Modern Theology" (typed, 21 pp., "G.H.Enns autograph on cover page), 1913 (surely typed later)Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Friedrich Schleiermacher, "Brief Outline of the Study of Theology...." (Edinburgh, 1850); (typed, ca. 130 pp.), no date for the typingAdd to your cart.
Folder 66: "Der Anfang der Evangelischen Bewegung in Wolynuien bis 1918" ("Beginnings of the Evangelical Movement in Volhynia" (typed, 8 s. spaced pp., 2 copies; related materials; cover letter says translated from Russian), post 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 67: [Issues of journal] "Auf Zum Werk!: Organ der Russischen Bibel= und Evagelisations=Gesellschaft" (Gustav Enss, ed.; issues from Aug  1921 to May 1922; many duplicates), 1921-1922Add to your cart.
Folder 68: B. T. Greaves 1947 diary in booklet "America Rediscovered" re American trip including visit withGustav and Amy (sister to Greaves) Enss family at Goshen IN, July 2-Aug 5., 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Enss notebooks (ca. 6 items; school notes from student days, notes for sermons), 1910 to perhaps 1920sAdd to your cart.
Folder 70: Letterheads/stationery ("Auf Zum Work" paper; Bethel College; Goshen College), 1920s to 1940s ?Add to your cart.
Folder 71: [Printed items] from Ebenezer Baptist Church, Plymouth [Detroit area] MI; several items, including one w/ editorial by Enss as pastor; good photo of Enss, 1938-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Financial records (several items, typed sheets), 1932-1934, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 73: "Meeting of the Executive Committee, Mennonite Board of Education...." (minutes, much on accepting Enss into college congregation, as minister, etc., Sep. 22, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 74: "Family Reunion Schedule" (typed, 2 pp.; event at Bridgewater), 1949?  (possibly 1960?) [these years match weekdays mentioned]Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Bridgwater College publications (2 items, including 1955 catalog, with photos of Enss), 1955 and ?Add to your cart.
Folder 76: U of Mich. Commencement programs [1937, 1938], wedding invitation, etc., 1931, 1937, 1938, & no yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 77: Materials for a German-language Christmas program at Goshen College (German club or class?), 1928-1934?Add to your cart.
Folder 78: [Leather-bound hymnbook] "Gesangbuch mit Noten" (Berne IN, 1913); (J[acob] S[udermann] note inside says Enss used this at Hoffnungsfeld Church, 1918-1927Add to your cart.

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