Mennonite Church USA Archives


The Mennonite Church USA Archives seeks to inspire people worldwide to follow Christ by engaging them with the historical record of Mennonite Christian discipleship.

 
The  archives holds collections associated with the Mennonite Church (MC) and Mennonite Church USA, as well as select records for Mennonite congregations east of the Mississippi River. 

3145 Benham Ave, Suite 1
Elkhart, IN 46517

574-523-3080

Monday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Closed

Spring 2018 Closures

Jason Kauffman, Director of Archives and Records Management: JasonK@MennoniteUSA.org

Records of the former General Conference Mennonite Church are housed at the Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College (N. Newton, KS). For inquiries, please contact archivist John Thiesen at jthiesen@bethelks.edu.

Mission:

The Mennonite Church USA Archives seeks to inspire people worldwide to follow Jesus Christ by engaging them with the historical record of Mennonite Christian discipleship.

Vision:

  • We serve as the official repository for the historical records of Mennonite Church USA and its predecessors, the Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church.
  • We manage the current records of Mennonite Church USA both to hold denominational leaders accountable and to ensure that today’s examples of Mennonite Christian discipleship are not lost to future generations.
  • We maintain a manuscript collection documenting Mennonite history, theology and faith practices.
  • We provide resources for worship, faith formation and evangelism that exemplify Mennonite Christian discipleship and trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • We support Christian communities spanning time and distance through the use of Internet technologies. We strongly value online access to archival materials.
  • We empower regional Mennonite historical organizations, area conferences and local congregations to collect, preserve and provide access to their historical collections by offering education, advice and technical support.
  • We partner with Mennonite schools, colleges, universities and seminaries to improve access to, provide the care of and education through historical records documenting Mennonite Christian discipleship.
  • We strive to deal honestly and openly with individual, community, and corporate failings of North American Mennonites. Corporately, the church seeks forgiveness for those failings.

Adopted 9/2012