Jason Kauffman at new archives space

Archives make the move to Elkhart

By Walt Wiltschek ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA archivist Jason Kauffman can’t tell you exactly how many archival items are in the 6,500 boxes that have been carefully packed. “I’m sure it’s in the millions of documents,” he says. That’s about 4,500 linear feet worth of materials, for those of you […]

Biology for service: Archival traces of Mennonite environmentalist thought

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA In 1995, the Mennonite Environmental Task Force (METF) organized a “Creation Summit” in Camp Lake, Wisconsin, that brought together farmers, educators, mission workers, and students from across North America. While the goal of the conference was to develop an “Anabaptist theology of […]

New hymnals and the politics of Mennonite music

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. “P.S. Change is not always a sign of growth but could also be a sign of shriveling, death, and decay.” This is how one chorister from Ohio ended his six-page letter to Mary Oyer in 1963. It crossed her desk at Goshen […]

New Archives director, relocation announced

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA)—Jason B. Kauffman of Durham, North Carolina, has been named full-time director of archives and records management for the denomination’s Executive Board (EB) staff, effective July 1, 2016. He will be responsible for planning and overseeing the relocation of the denomination’s archive collections from Goshen (Indiana) College to the Elkhart office […]

Collecting, sharing, and preserving stories of Mennonite Christian discipleship

Mennonite Church USA Archives The Archives, a ministry of Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board, are located in North Newton, Kan., in the Bethel College library, and in Goshen, Ind., in Newcomer Center at Goshen College. Each year, the Archives hosts several hundred researchers in person and answers about 1,000 reference questions for in-person and remote […]

For love, for friends, for questions: Elkhart’s Partly Dave Coffee House Ministry, 1966–1975

By Ted Maust “Only the righteous are served at the [traditional church] supper, but all manner of sinners find their way to the coffee house. This situation is distressing to those who have forgotten that they, too, are sinners, essentially no different from the coffee house customers.” “The theoretical goal of all coffee house programming […]

Mennonite Church USA Archives an ArchivesSpace charter member

The Mennonite Church USA Archives is among 55 archival repositories participating as charter members of ArchivesSpace, a new open source web application that manages information about archival collections. Other ArchivesSpace charter members include Brigham Young University, the Indianapolis Museum of Art Library and Archives, the New York Public Library, Pennsylvania State University, and the Smithsonian […]

Archives as ministry: An Anabaptist approach to the historical record

This piece is reprinted courtesy of The Mirror, a bimonthly publication of Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Colleen McFarland is archivist for Mennonite Church USA. By Colleen McFarland Twenty years ago, when I was eagerly anticipating my graduation from the College of Wooster (Ohio) with a shiny new bachelor of arts in German and history, I […]

River of Anabaptist story stirred by archival venue change

By Laurie Oswald Robinson Mennonite Church USA—In the centuries-long flow of the Anabaptist story, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff members believe that the decision to transfer MCC’s archival collections from the Mennonite Church USA Archives in Goshen, Ind., to the MCC U.S. offices in Akron, Pa., is a short-term stirring of the waters for long-term […]

Volunteers extend reach of Mennonite Church USA archives

By Rich Preheim GOSHEN, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—Retiree Stan Voth of Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, Kan., used to work in an historical library and archives. Goshen (Ind.) College senior Tillie Yoder is considering doing so. Both are volunteers at the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee’s archives—Voth in North Newton and Yoder in Goshen. […]