A Guide to the Archives of the

General Conference Mennonite Church

1970-2002


compiled by John D. Thiesen



















February 1995

Mennonite Library and Archives

Bethel College

North Newton, Kansas



VII.       General Conference 1970-2002

              A.          Commission on Overseas Mission (241.2 cu. ft.)

              B.          Commission on Education (220.9 cu. ft.)

              C.          Commission on Home Ministries (163.6 cu. ft.)

              D.          The Mennonite (23.85 cu. ft.)

              E.          Conference sessions (5 cu. ft.)

              F.           Treasurer and financial records (53.2 cu. ft.)

              G.          Poverty Fund (4.9 cu. ft.)

              H.          Ministerial Leadership Services (19.1 cu. ft.)

              I.            General secretary (staff position) (43.75 cu. ft.)

              J.           Conference secretary (elected officer) (no holdings)

              K.          News Service (7.2 cu. ft.)

              L.          Faith and Life Press (178.4 cu. ft.)

              M.         Youth (6.35 cu. ft.)

              N.          Women in Mission (20.5 cu. ft.)

              O.          Higher Education (15.15 cu. ft.)

              P.           Faith and Life Radio and Television (6.55 cu. ft.)

              Q.          Peace and Social Concerns (20.3 cu. ft.)

              R.          Voluntary Service (117.8 cu. ft.)

              S.           Mutual Aid Services, Inc. (1.75 cu. ft.)

              T.          Stewardship activities (13.95 cu. ft.)

              U.          Communications coordinator/director (30.7 cu. ft.)

              V.          Historical Committee (.7 cu. ft.)

              W.         Spiritual Emphasis Committee (.15 cu. ft.)

              X.          Division of Administration (Division of General Services) (22.7 cu. ft.)

              Y.          Church Extension Services, Inc. (.15 cu. ft.)

              Z.          Mennonite Men (1.05 cu. ft.)

              AA.       General Board (3.6 cu. ft.)

              BB.        Faith Communities Today research project (1 cu. ft.)

              CC.        Staff Council (.15 cu. ft.)

              DD.       Human Sexuality Study Committee (.6 cu. ft.)

              EE.        Statistical reports from congregations (4 cu. ft.)

              FF.         Mennonite Biblical Seminary (12.15 cu. ft.)

              GG.       Conference of Mennonites in Canada (.15 cu. ft.)

              HH.       Personnel Office (1.75 cu. ft.)

              JJ.          Audio-visual items (1 cu. ft.)

              KK.       Transformation/Integration items (.15 cu. ft.)

              LL.        Program Committee (.15 cu. ft.)

              MM.      Mennonite Indian Leaders Council (2.75 cu. ft.)

              NN.       Development Office (3.45 cu. ft.)

              OO.       Vertical file (2 cu. ft.) (This a temporary holding spot for these. These are files pulled from the MLA vertical files. They need to be sorted out by date (many will go in the pre-1970 Gen. Conf. records) and by organization (many are items from triennial sessions, for example).)


(Total volume 1254.8 cu. ft., 19 % of it is COM.)



In 1968 the General Conference underwent a major reorganization, so the General Conference archives are split into 2 categories, MLA.I for the period 1859-1969 and MLA.VII for 1970-2002. Since some positions carried on through the transition, it has not been possible to make a perfect division by time periods. If documents you want come from the 1960s or 1970s, you will need to look in both categories to have complete coverage.




Dates and locations of General Conference sessions


1st

West Point, Iowa

May 28-29, 1860

2nd

Wadsworth, Ohio

May 20-23, 1861

3rd

Summerfield, Illinois

Oct. 19-24, 1863

4th

Wadsworth, Ohio

Oct. 15-19, 1866

5th

Wadsworth, Ohio

May 31-June 1, 1869

6th

Wadsworth, Ohio

Oct. 28, 1872

7th

Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Nov. 15-26, 1875

special

Wadsworth, Ohio

Dec. 4-12, 1876

8th

Wadsworth, Ohio

Nov. 25-Dec. 2, 1878

9th

Halstead, Kansas

Nov. 14-22, 1881

10th

Berne, Indiana

Nov. 6-12, 1884

11th

Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Nov. 7-12, 1887

12th

Childstown Township, Freeman, South Dakota

Oct. 16-21, 1890

13th

Bluffton, Ohio

Oct. 19-26, 1893

14th

Goessel, Kansas

Oct. 19-27, 1896

15th

Bally, Pennsylvania

Oct. 12, 1899

16th

Berne, Indiana

Oct. 15, 1902

17th

Mountain Lake, Minnesota

Oct. 5-12, 1905

18th

Beatrice, Nebraska

Sept. 3-9, 1908

19th

Bluffton, Ohio

Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 1911

20th

Meno, Oklahoma

Sept. 2-7, 1914

21st

Reedley, California

Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 1917

22nd

Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Aug. 29-Sept. 5, 1920

23rd

Freeman, South Dakota

Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 1923

24th

Berne, Indiana

Aug. 22-29, 1926

25th

Hutchinson, Kansas

Aug. 20-28, 1929

26th

Bluffton, Ohio

Aug. 23-30, 1933

27th

Upland, California

Aug. 4-9, 1935

28th

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

July 31-Aug. 7, 1938

29th

Souderton, Pennsylvania

Aug. 17-22, 1941

30th

North Newton, Kansas

May 31-June 1945

31st

Berne, Indiana

Aug. 20-27, 1947

32nd

Freeman, South Dakota

Aug. 23-30, 1950

33rd

Portland, Oregon

Aug. 15-23, 1953

34th

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Aug. 15- 22, 1956

35th

Bluffton, Ohio

Aug. 12-20, 1959

36th

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Aug. 8-14, 1962

37th

Estes Park, Colorado

July 11-18, 1965

38th

Estes Park, Colorado

July 13-20, 1968

39th

Fresno, California

Aug. 14-21, 1971

40th

St. Catherines, Ontario

Aug. 1-7, 1974

41st

Bluffton, Ohio

July 28-Aug. 3, 1977

special

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Feb. 9-10, 1979

42nd

Estes Park, Colorado

July 12-18, 1980

43rd

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Aug. 1-7, 1983

44th

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

July 21-27, 1986

45th

Normal, Illinois

Aug. 1-6, 1989

46th

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

July 22-26, 1992

47th

Wichita, Kansas

July 25-30, 1995

special

Winnipeg, Manitoba

July 6-8, 1997

48th

St. Louis, Missouri

July 22-26, 1999