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Mennonite Library & Archives: Archival Collection

Archival collections in the Mennonite Library & Archives

The Mennonite Library & Archives holds archival collections in six areas:

  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary (Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary)
  • Multiply (MB Mission)
  • General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches
  • Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches
  • Personal papers collections

Fresno Pacific University

The Mennonite Library & Archives is the official archival repository for Fresno Pacific University, and holds records for most of its offices and programs. The following list includes some of the most significant collections.

The Mennonite Library & Archives is the official archival repository for the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, and holds records for most of its offices and programs.Since 2010 the seminary has been part of Fresno Pacific University.

The following list includes some of the most significant collections.

MB Church Archives

The Mennonite Library & Archives is the official archives of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, which existed from 1878 until 2002. It included all Mennonite Brethren congregations in the United States and Canada. All of the organizations listed below ceased to exist in 2002, except for MB Mission and the Historical Commission.

The MLA holds records for the following General Conference agencies and organizations:

MB Mission is the mission agency of the Mennonite Brethren Church, with programs in many countries around the world. The Mennonite Library & Archives is the official archival repository  for MB Mission records. The MB Mission records held by the MLA include the following:

The Mennonite Library & Archives is the official archives of the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, which was founded in 1912. The conference includes all Mennonite Brethren congregations in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Utah. The MLA holds records for the following PDC organizations and agencies:

In addition to its PDC organizational and agency records, the MLA also holds records for many Mennonite Brethren local congregations in the Pacific District Conference.

Personal papers collections

In addition to its institutional archival holdings, the Mennonite Library & Archives holds hundred of "personal papers" collections. These collections include documents and other items that were created by individuals over the course of their lives, and which contain information of significance to the study of Mennonites. The following is a partial list of some of the most significant personal papers collections in the MLA. Click on the links below to see the catalog record for that collection.