The Mennonite Historical Library
One of the world’s most comprehensive collections related to Anabaptist and Mennonite history
On June 13, 1906, the Alumni Association of Goshen College passed a resolution to establish a Mennonite Historical Library. The collection grew slowly, occupying only three shelves in the college library by 1927. About this time Harold S. Bender and Ernst Correll revived the Mennonite Historical Society and through it began a campaign to collect Anabaptist-Mennonite historical materials. The acquisition of the John F. Funk library in 1930 and the major part of the historical collection from the Mennonite Publishing House at Scottdale, Pa., in the 1940s greatly enriched the collection. The latter, maintained as a memorial to the Mennonite historian John Horsch, is particularly rich in Reformation materials.
The library includes bibliographies, texts and images on topics related to the Radical Reformation, the Anabaptists, Hutterites, Mennonites, Amish and various related groups.
Hours through May 24, 2013
Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- 2013 SUMMER HOURS
Memorial Day, May 27: MHL Closed
- May 28 – June 28:
Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m
- June 29-July 28: MHL CLOSED
- July 29-Aug. 18:
Mon.-Thurs. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays closed
- Aug. 19-Sept. 1:
Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Sept. 2: return to regular hours (M-F 8-5)
- MHL will be open 10-5 on these Saturdays
in 2013: Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7
- If Good Library is closed and the MHL is open, visitors can use the call box at the main building entrance.
We are located on the 3rd floor of the Good Library on the campus of Goshen College (Goshen, IN).
Phone: (574) 535-7418
Fax: (574) 535-7438
See the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism to read about our current program initiatives.
The library provides special carrels for scholars doing research for extended periods, enabling researchers to work evenings, except during college vacation periods. Laptop computers may be used in these carrels. Microfilm readers and a photocopier are available, but there are no facilities for producing microfilms.
The staff is pleased to exhibit and explain parts of the library’s resources and to give talks about the collection to interested individuals and groups. Members of the staff will help researchers in any way they can.
Inquiries by mail and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be answered as staff time permits. The serious researcher will find it more advantageous to visit the library and examine the collection in person. The library usually has more resources relating to a research project than can be determined by correspondence, and many of the library’s materials do not circulate.