Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Mennonite Central Committee Collected Records, 1940-current

Collection: CDG-A

Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399 U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator); Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/

Descriptive Summary
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
MCC staffpersons
Mennonite Central Committee Collected Records
Inclusive Dates
Call Number

Language of Materials
Materials in English
5 linear inches [papers only]
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) was formed when representatives of various Mennonite conferences met July 27-28, 1920, in Elkhart (Indiana), and pledged to aid hungry people, including Mennonites, in Russia and Ukraine.Since then thousands have served with MCC worldwide on relief, peace and development projects.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Received via mail
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Yoder (Archivist), January 2010
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mennonite Central Committee Collected Records (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found in the online library/archival catalog.
See tripod

Related Collections
Mennonite Central Committee: Peace Section / U.S. Peace Section Collected Records (CDG-A)

Historical Background
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) was formed when representatives of various Mennonite conferences met July 27-28, 1920, in Elkhart (Indiana), and pledged to aid hungry people, including Mennonites, in Russia and Ukraine.The first three MCC workers, Orie O. Miller, Clayton Kratz and Arthur Slagel, delivered aid in Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. Kratz disappeared and was believed killed. Miller and Slagel returned. Since then, more than 13,000 people have served one-, two-, three- and five-year assignments with MCC worldwide on relief, peace and development projects. Thousands of others have volunteered in thrift shops, at relief sales and in other ways. Its vision statement states: "Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation." More may be learned at http://mcc.org/about/welcome. The Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office (see http://washington.mcc.org/) opened in July 1968, upon the recommendations of Mennonite denominational bodies and conference peace committees, after a decade of study and discernment concerning Mennonite witness to government. From its beginning, the Washington Office has been a listening and interpreting post for MCC constituents and a bridge between MCC constituent concerns and the U.S. government. MCC also has an United Nations Laision Office.

Collection Overview
This small collection includes printed material (brochures, reports, newsletters) and print-outs of emails.

The bulk of MCC's archives is held by Mennonite Archives USA in Goshen, Indiana (see the finding aid at http://www.mcusa-archives.org/MCC/IX-00-00(MCC).html) [may have been moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2013/2014].

The newsletter "Draft Counselor's Update" (1980-1989) was removed to the Periodical Collection.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Material, 1940-1949
- pamphlet "Our Attitude As Nonresistant Christians in the Present Situation: A Message to Mennonites and Other Nonresistant Christians, Adopted by the Mennonite Central Committee, Chicago, January 3, 1942"- pamphlet "Must Christians Fight: A Scriptural Inquiry" by Edward Yoder, in collaboration with Jesse W. Hoover and Harold S. Bender, 1943
- pamphlet "Handbook," 1943
- pamphlet "Compromise With War: A Brief Critique of the War Philosophy of Charles Clayton Morrison" by Edward Yoder, 1944
- pamphlet "The Christian and Conscription: An Inquiry Designed as a Preface to Action" by Edward Yoder and Don Smucker, 1945
- pamphlet "Mennonite Community Sourcebook" ed. by Esko Loewen, 1946
- pamphlet "Before You Decide: A Quest of Christian Youth for Alternatives in an Age of Violence" by Howard Charles in collaboration with Jesse W. Hoover, 1948
- pamphlet "Twenty-Five Years: The Story of the M.C.C. 1920 to 1945"
- etc.
Material, 1950-1999
- pamphlet "A Declaration of Christian Faith and Commitment," 1950
- pamphlet "From Military Service to Christian Nonresistance: The Testimony of a Former French Army Officer" by Pierre Widmer, 1950
- pamphlet "Proceed With Caution: An Orientation Booklet for Men Enter I-W Service," 1954
- pamphlet/leaflet "A Statement of Guiding Principles About Civil Defense," 1956
- pamphlet/leaflet "Portrait of a Peacemaker" (2 versions)
- pamphlet "Think...On These Things" (2 versions)
- article "The Peace Mission of the Mennonite Central Committee" by John A. Lapp, circa 1989
- pamphlet "MCC's Commitment to Peace," circa 1980s
- booklet "Silence and Courage: Income Taxes, War and Mennonites, 1940-1993" by Titus Peachey, 1993 (MCC Occasional Paper #18)
- etc.
Material, 2000-current
Civilian Bonds for war relief and Civilian Public Service (CPS)
Civilian Public Service (CPS) and I-W Service
Mutual aid
Relief efforts
Annual reports, 1958-1965
Reports on cluster bombs, 2000
Newsletters: miscellaneous

This file was last updated on August 21, 2015