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Jacob and Mary Y. Burkhard Papers


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Autobiography and Diaries, Scrapbooks of Clippings, and Other Records

Correspondence, Bibles, and Other Records

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Jacob and Mary Y. Burkhard Papers, 1899-1957 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

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Title: Jacob and Mary Y. Burkhard Papers, 1899-1957Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1899-1915

ID: HM1/191

Primary Creator: Burkhard, Jacob (1873-1906)

Other Creators: Burkhard, Mary Y. (1880-1957)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Flat

Date Acquired: 05/00/1959. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Burkhard, Jacob, 1873-1906, Burkhard, Mary Y., 1880-1957, Mennonites - India, Mennonites - Missions, Missionaries - India, Missions - India

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Diaries

Languages: English, Hindi

Scope and Contents of the Materials

A small set of personal papers documenting the work of this Mennonite missionary couple in India at the turn of the century.  The papers consist primarily of Jacob Burkhard's outgoing correspondence, but also include incoming correspondence to Jacob Burkhold, the memoirs and diary of Jacob Burkhard, letters and notes written by Mary Burkhard, scrapbooks of clippings regarding Mennonite missionary work in India, and Mary Burkhard's Bibles.

Biographical Note

Jacob Burkhard was born in Stephenson County, Illinois on October 11, 1873.  He was baptized in Adams County, Nebraska, where he and his family lived, by Bishop Albrecht Schiffler in 1894.

His first ministry was that of Sunday school superintendent of a Sunday school held in the Antioch School House near Pauliae, Nebraska.  He married Mary M. Yoder of Champagne County, Illinois, in 1900, and both he and his wife were appointed foreign missionaries to India shortly thereafter.  He was ordained to the ministry by Bishop J. A. Ressler in 1901.

In India, he and his wife evangelized and organized an orphanage for Indian children who lost parents in the famine of 1900. 

He died in India on September 29, 1906 of a carbuncle between the shoulder blades.  J. A. Ressler eulogized him as "a martyr to the cause of the India mission."

Subject/Index Terms

Burkhard, Jacob, 1873-1906
Burkhard, Mary Y., 1880-1957
Mennonites - India
Mennonites - Missions
Missionaries - India
Missions - India

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives


02/14/1968, Nelson Springer, Acc. 1812

08/23/1967, Anna Yoder, Acc. 1840

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 archives boxes

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: Samuel T. Burkhard, Acc. 902

Preferred Citation: Jacob and Mary Y. Burkhard Papers, 1899-1904.  HM1-191.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

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