Papers, 1893–1947, 1 microfilm reel. Mennonite pastor. A member of the Relief Commission to Russia in 1922–23. His diary describes his experiences, as do some letters. Originals are in the Mennonite Library and Archives in North Newton, Kansas.
Harold Stauffer Bender Papers (1917-1962)
46 linear ft. Correspondence, mss. of writings, reports, minutes, student and teacher notes, research notes, sermons, audiotapes, films, artifacts, photos, and other papers, relating chiefly to Bender's involvement in the Mennonite Church in the United States and abroad, and his research on Anabaptist and Mennonite history and faith. Includes papers relating to activities as a student at Princeton Theological Seminary and University of Heidelberg, professor of church history and the Bible, and dean of Goshen College, his involvement with Goshen Biblical Seminary, work on behalf of the historical, peace, education, relief, and service efforts of various boards and committees of the Mennonite Church, visits to Mennonites in the Soviet Union and his efforts to assist them in emigrating to Brazil and Paraguay (1929-1934), assistance to conscientious objectors in participating in civilian public service in the U.S. (1941-1947), relief and reconstruction efforts in Europe during and after World War II, collecting of historical manuscripts, and travels to Europe (1929, 1940, and 1947-1948), Soviet Union (1929 and 1956), and South America (1930 and 1938).
John Funk (1835-1930)
Papers, 1852–1929, 35 ft. Mennonite bishop and publisher. Collection contains the following items: box 68, records of the Mennonite Board of Guardians, an agency set up to aid Russian Mennonite immigration; box 138, 1 notebook of the 1873 journey of 12 Russians to America in search of land; boxes 51–54, Funk's historical memorandum books with documents and clippings relating to Russian emigration. His correspondence also contains much data on Russian Mennonite immigrants in 1874. Unpublished inventory. (Hist. Mss. 1–1)
John Horsch Mennonite History Essay Contest
Collection, 1957-present, 5.75 ft. and growing. Collection of student writings, a few on Russian Mennonites. Among them are: Winston J. Martin, "Russian Mennonite Immigration to Manitoba with Special Reference to Aid Received from Ontario Mennonites, 1870–1880"; E. A. Isaac, "The Landless of the Molotschna [Molotschna being a Mennonite colony in Russia]"; B. Harry Dyck, "Johann Cornies [Russian Mennonite leader]"; Werner Funck, "The Cooperation of the Church Leaders with the Colony Government in Russia during the Years, 1859–1864"; John Kroeker, "Tensions between the Russlander and Kanadier in Canada"; Arlin Claassen, "Russian Mennonites in the Nineteenth Century, The Influence of Chiliasm on"; and Ruth Heinrichs, "A History of Susa Neustadter and Isaak Zacharias." (1–3-3)
Mennonite Central Committee
Records, 1920present, 807 ft. and growing. Correspondence, reports, office files, and photographs. Over 36 ft. concern American Mennonite relief work in Russia during the post-World War I years and the resettlement of Russian Mennonites in Paraguay. These records are divided into 3 sections: Russian relief (IX-1); Maxwell H. Kratz, relief and immigration files, 1920–34 (IX-2); and Paraguayan immigration, 1920–33 (IX-3). The following MCC collections also include scattered references and documentation relating to Russian Mennonite refugees during World War II: general correspondence files (IX-6–1); data files (IX-12); Gronau files (IX-14); and European files (IX-19). Unpublished inventory.
Papers, 1874–80, 3 folders. Photocopies. Includes a memorandum book, records of the Ontario Mennonites, and a Russian Mennonite Aid Committee (Ontario) record book. All relate to Russian Mennonite immigration to Canada in 1874. Originals are in Ontario. (Hist. Mss. 1–180)