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- Reference Policy:
- Limited reference service is provided in-person, by mail, telephone,
- Borrowing Privileges:
- These materials are rare and do not circulate.
- OCLC, SE Library Network. Published works cataloged since 1977
are included in OCLC
- Background Note:
- The School was founded in 1917; the Historical Library collection
was begun in 1926.
- Books and monographs:
- 25,011 volumes, most of which are religion-related. The inclusive
dates of the collection are 1501 to the present. The Historical
Library has major research holdings on the history, doctrine,
life, and arts of Anabaptists and Mennonites, beginning with the
16th-century Reformation. The particular focus of these materials
is the Dutch wing of Anabaptism. There are significant works on
the history and development of the Mennonites from the 17th century
to the present, including Pennsylvania German materials such as
Ephrata and Saur imprints; extensive materials pertaining to the
Amish; and an outstanding collection of central Shenandoah Valley
imprints (Harrisonburg, Singers Glen, Dayton, New Market), including
large holdings of the publications of Joseph Funk. Eastern Mennonite
University has perhaps the most extensive collection in North
America of the etchings (mostly in books), of the Dutch artist,
Jan Luiken (1649-1712)
The OPAC includes records from 1977 to present. These are
available on the Internet catalog. The card catalog covers through
the summer of 1995.
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- 465 current subscriptions; 976 non-current titles; approximately
8,006 non-current volumes. Inclusive dates of this collection
are 19th century to present. The Historical Library collects published
records that apply to any Mennonite group in the area, as well
as some unpublished material. The collection includes many regional
and local journals, area conference proceedings, and newsletters.
Beginning May 1996, serials will be entered in the OPAC.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- Approximately 200 linear feet. Inclusive dates of this collection
are 1830 to present. The Archives contains the official papers
of the Eastern Mennonite University and the several schools that
developed since Eastern Mennonite School began in 1917. There
are audio tapes of many events of recent decades, as well as Virginia
Mennonite Conference records and manuscripts. There are personal
papers, mostly Mennonite, of leaders and lay people who had institutional
ties as well as Virginia Mennonite Conference ties, (e.g. Lewis
J. Heatwole, Joseph Funk, Joseph K. Reubush, George R. Brunk,
John K. Mumaw, Grant M. Stoltzfus, J. Harvey Yoder, Myron Augsburger,
Grace Showalter, and others.) The collection includes Mennonite
records and congregational materials.
Most materials are inventoried by archival box. Virtually
no archival or manuscript collections are available in the OPAC.
Some materials are listed in the National
Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.
- 516 microfilms; The subject matter is Mennonite history in
the form of journals and dissertations. Some finding aids are
available for this collection.
- Videos and Sound Recordings:
- 1100 audio tapes, mostly of special Eastern Mennonite College
and Seminary and, after August of 1994, Eastern Mennonite University
- Vertical files:
- 1,949 vertical file folders; These include a 20th century collection
with minutes of Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite
High School; over 1,000 college term papers on Mennonite history
and Mennonite congregational history; a clipping file containing
newspaper articles, pamphlets and other items concerning Mennonite
and Amish history. The vertical file is organized alphabetically.
- Paintings, photographs, slides, and prints:
- Approximately 4,500 engravings, paintings, photographs, prints
and 2,000 slides. Most of the collection is 20th century although
the engravings and broadsides are 17th century. Most relate to
Mennonite history. The Luiken collection includes broadsides and
engravings. Many of the latter are in books.
- Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable sources:
- ATLA Religion Database on CD-Rom.
Amish; Anabaptists--History; Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712; Mennonite genealogy;
Mennonites; Mennonites--History; Reformation
Pellam, Herbert R. Eastern Mennonite College, 1917-1967:
A History. Harrisonburg, VA: Eastern Mennonite College, 1967.