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Mennonite Research Foundation (Goshen, Ind.) Administrative Records


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Charter, Publicity, Meeting Minutes, Annual Reports, Newsletters ("Research News and Notes"), and Financial Records

Executive Director Correspondence

Executive Director Correspondence, Treasurer Correspondence, and Project Reports

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Mennonite Research Foundation (Goshen, Ind.) Administrative Records, 1944-1959 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

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Title: Mennonite Research Foundation (Goshen, Ind.) Administrative Records, 1944-1959Add to your cart.

ID: V/07/005

Primary Creator: Mennonite Research Foundation (Goshen, Ind.)

Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Flat

Subjects: Mennonite Research Foundation (Goshen, Ind.)

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records pertaining to the decision-making, finanical, and other administrative aspects of the research agency of the (old) Mennonite Church.  Materials include founding documents, publicity materials, meeting minutes, budgets, financial reports, newsletters and other publicity materials, and correspondence of the executive director and treasurer.

Biographical Note

The Mennonite Research Foundation began operation in 1947 as a semi-autonomous, chartered agency of the Mennonite Board of Education.  Its mandate was "to conduct research through its own organization either on its own initiative or at the request of other agencies" and to "aid and co-ordinate research carried on by other agencies as may be requested and needful".  Thus it was to serve the needs of the Mennonite Church as a whole.

The Mennonite Research Foundation took on a wide variety of projects and published a number of reports in the Gospel Herald.  Projects sometimes resulted in dissertations, books, and study papers.  Some projects were terminated without completion, while others were declared complete without fulfilling the original scope.  A few unfinished projects were transferred to the Historical Committee in 1959.

Prominent staff members of the Mennonite Research Foundation included A. J. Metzler (treasurer from 1947 to 1959) and Melvin Gingerich (director of research from 1947-1955, 1958-1959), and Guy F. Hershberger (acting director of research from 1955 to 1958).  Board members included Paul Erb, chairman;  H. S. Bender, secretary;  the presidents of Eastern Mennonite College, Goshen College, and Hesston College;  and a member of the Board of Education.  Also represented were the Publication Board and the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities.

In August of 1959 the Mennonite General Conference decided to give the function of the Research Foundation a more official status within the church organization.  Thus the Mennonite Research Foundation ended, having its work absorbed by the Historical Committee.  The combined operation was named the Mennonite Historical and Research Committee.

Subject/Index Terms

Mennonite Research Foundation (Goshen, Ind.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 records cartons and 1 archives box

Access Restrictions: These materials are open for public research.

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

Preferred Citation: Mennonite Research Foundation (Goshen, Ind.) Administrative Records, 1944-1959.  V-07-05.  Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen.  Goshen, Indiana.

Other Note:

Researcher should note that numbers on the folders do not correspond with the current arrangement of the records.

Originally, these materials were cataloged into separate series numbered V-07-05, V-07-06, V-07-07, V-07-08, V-07-09, and V-07-10.  These six series were all consolidated into V-07-05 in March 2012.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Charter, Publicity, Meeting Minutes, Annual Reports, Newsletters ("Research News and Notes"), and Financial Records, 1947-1959],
[Box 2: Executive Director Correspondence, 1944-1954],
[Box 3: Executive Director Correspondence, Treasurer Correspondence, and Project Reports, 1947-1959],

Box 2: Executive Director Correspondence, 1944-1954Add to your cart.

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