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Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Mennonite Heritage Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection
Date [inclusive]:
1955-2007
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.5
Extent:
2 Linear feet ((3 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Audiovisual Collection contains 48 reel-to-reel and cassette tapes on which Mr. Kulp documented some of his research, interviews and historical work over the years. On these tapes can be heard traditional music of the Pennsylvania German community, as well as folklife interviews conducted by I. C. Kulp and fellow historians. In addition to audio tapes, there is a set of DVD’s that contain 28 hours of explanation and discussion by I. C. Kulp, John Ruth and Alan Keyser on items in Mr. Kulp’s collections.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp historical collection
Date [inclusive]:
1743-2005
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.2
Extent:
14 Linear feet ((20 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., PA. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Historical Collection consists of documents, correspondence, etc. from three centuries of PA German life in eastern Pennsylvania. Much of the material was bought by Mr. Kulp at family auctions, some was given to him. Highlights of this collection are papers and scrapbooks from Abraham H. Bergey (1876-1964) of Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co. (including papers from fraktur artist Samuel K. Gottschall), papers from the family of Abraham Harley Cassel (1820-1905) of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., and papers of Lutheran minister Josiah S. Renninger (1838-1919).
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp papers
Date [inclusive]:
1907-2007
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.1
Extent:
19 Linear feet ((19 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., PA. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Papers include personal and family manuscripts and correspondence, papers from his involvement in organizations and projects including the Goschenhoppen Historians (of which he was a founder), and papers related to his varied interests. The highlight of Mr. Kulp’s papers are his historical and folklore diaries. During his active adult life, I. C. Kulp kept historical diaries in which he made notes about things told to him by local people regarding folklore, etc.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp photo collection
Date [bulk]:
1900-2000
Date [inclusive]:
1865-2006
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.4
Extent:
5 Linear feet ((8 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Photo Collection: Mr. Kulp amassed an important collection of over 3,200 photographic images (an item-level inventory is available at http://www.mhep.org/files/inventories/HM436photoinventorydetailed.pdf). Many of the photos are local, including groups from the Kulp, Gottshall, Cassel, Foutz, Harley, Custer, Kriebel, and Metzger families. The most notable part of the collection is a unique group of 35 glass negatives from young photographer Jonas H. Nyce in the years 1900-1910. These are original images that give a rare view into life on the Indian Creek in central Montgomery County, Pennsylvania at the turn of the twentieth century.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Hershey, Mary Jane Lederach, 1930-
Title:
Mary Jane Lederach Hershey fraktur research collection
Date [inclusive]:
1979-2005
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.407
Extent:
4 Linear feet ((18 flat boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
From 1979 to 2005, historian Mary Jane Lederach Hershey visited many libraries, museums and private fraktur collections in the eastern United States, gathering data and photographs of fraktur produced by or related to the Mennonite community of eastern Pennsylvania. She collected data on over 1,000 items. Some were featured in her book This Teaching I Present: Fraktur from the Skippack and Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse Schools, 1747-1836 (Good Books, 2003). A full inventory of the data/photo sheets is available in PDF: http://mhep.org/files/inventories/HM407inventory.pdf or as an Excel spreadsheet (for sorting): http://mhep.org/files/inventories/HM407inventory.xlsx. Search either of these by pressing Ctrl+f.
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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2014

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Forrest L. Moyer

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Forrest L. Moyer

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Forrest L. Moyer

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Mary Jane Lederach Hershey and Forrest L. Moyer

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Brethren (Church of the Brethren).
Form/Genre(s)
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Research notes
Personal Name(s)
  • Baver, Florence, 1911-1999
  • Birmelin, John, 1873-1950
  • Frey, J. William (John William), 1916-1989
  • Gottshall, Rein F., 1880-1976
  • Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Subject(s)
  • Folk songs, Pennsylvania German
  • Folklore
  • Hymns, German
  • Interviews
  • Pennsylvania German dialect
  • Singing
  • Storytelling

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Cassel
  • Gottshall
  • Renninger
  • Shisler
Form/Genre(s)
  • Broadsides
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Family papers
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Manuscripts
  • Scrapbooks
Personal Name(s)
  • Cassel, Abraham Harley, 1820-1908
  • Gottschall, Samuel K., 1808-1898
  • Renninger, Josiah S., 1838-1919
Subject(s)
  • Fraktur art
  • Lutheran Church--Clergy
  • Spiritual healing

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc..
Family Name(s)
  • Gottshall
  • Kulp
Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Family papers
  • Postcards
  • Research notes
  • Scrapbooks
Personal Name(s)
  • Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Subject(s)
  • Folklore
  • Fraktur art
  • Pennsylvania German dialect
  • Storytelling

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Cassel
  • Custer
  • Foutz
  • Gottshall
  • Harley
  • Kulp
Form/Genre(s)
  • Glass negatives
  • Photographs
Personal Name(s)
  • Cassel, Abraham Harley, 1820-1908
  • Metzger, Allen G., 1865-1946
  • Nyce, Jonas H., 1884-1948

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Cassel
  • Godshall
Form/Genre(s)
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Research notes
Personal Name(s)
  • Dock, Christopher, d. 1771
  • Eyer, John Adam, 1755-1837
  • Gottschall, Samuel K., 1808-1898
  • Hunsicker, Isaac Z., 1803-1870
  • Johnson, Henry G., 1806-1879
  • Kolb, Andreas, 1749-1811
  • Kulp, David, 1777-1834
  • Souder, John D., 1865-1942
Subject(s)
  • Education
  • Fraktur art
  • Music
  • Singing

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Collection Inventory

Series A. Audio material.

Sub-Series A1. Reel-to-reel tapes.

Box Reel

Second Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1958; singing of Pennsylvania German "spirituals" by Ira R. Bright (1887-1975) and daughter Grace S. Bright (1921- ), no date; interview and singing by Sallie Moyer Landis (1867-1962) in Pennsylvania German, no date.

49 1

Second Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1958 (continued)--dedication of Henry Funk and Jacob Landis memorial stones.

49 2

Third Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1959; singing of German hymns by James B. Derstine (1876-1961), Jacob C. Clemens (1874-1965), Hanna Rittenhouse Clemens (1880-1977), Rein F. Gottshall (1880-1976), Sallie Landis and others, recorded in several sessions probably circa 1960-1961.

49 3

Fourth Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1960 (recording is poor).

49 4

Singing of Evangelical hymns by Rein Gottshall; interview with Sallie Landis in Pennsylvania German; historical talks by Alan G. Keyser, Roy C. Kulp, Abe Hunsicker, Jacob C. Clemens, Wesley Reiff and Warren K. Schlotterer, 1961.

49 5

Interviews and singing by Jacob and Hanna Clemens, Rein Gottshall, Ira Bright and niece Miriam Bright Horne (1897-1978), recorded 1962-1963; singing of English folk hymns by Yvonne Milspaw, 1977.

49 6

Interviews with Bessie Gottshall Kulp (1901-1986), Maggie Oberholtzer (Denver, PA), and Rein Gottshall, 1962-1964; "Concept" radio program of J. William Frey speaking about Pennsylvania Dutch music, no date; Florence Baver radio program, no date; (Sixth?) Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, probably 1962.

49 7

Seventh Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1963--I. C. Kulp, moderator.

49 8

Eighth Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1964.

49 9

Organ music by Warren K. Schlotterer (1881-1968); congregational singing (possibly at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, PA); German hymns led by Peter Wiebe; singing of Pennsylvania German "spirituals" by Harvey G. Cressman (1880-1961), Mary Lizzie Derstine Cressman (1884-1967), I. Wilbur Lapp (1909-1995), and Isaac Clarence Kulp.

49 10

John E. Lapp (1905-1988), I. Wilbur Lapp, and Harvey Cressman (tape recorded by Ephraim Delp), no date.

49 11

Interview and singing of German hymns by Rein Gottshall, May 1967.

49 12-13

Singing of Brethren hymns by Rein Gottshall, no date ("Geduld" by Peter Becker, and Christopher Sower Jr's acrostic hymn).

49 14

Florence Baver dialect radio program--the "Pennsylvania Dutch Show" on WKEP, no date.

49 15

I. C. Kulp reading from his collection of folk cultural notes collected 1950-1968.

49 16

I. C. Kulp reading from John Theobald Faber’s powwow book (recording is poor).

49 17

Eight-part lecture series given by I. C. Kulp at Longenecker’s Brethren Meetinghouse (Lititz, PA) on the theme “Our Brethren Heritage”, 1975.

49 18-21

Sub-Series A2. Cassettes.

Box Cassette

Goschenhoppen Sing-Gemeinde singing from A. G. Clemmer's German-language appendix to the 1927 Mennonite Church Hymnal, no date.

49 1-2

Singing at Klein's Meetinghouse, Harleysville, PA, 5 October 1980.

49 3

"'Nun Danket Alle Gott': Hymnody of the Pennsylvania Germans", talk given by Isaac Clarence Kulp at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA, 27 April 1981.

49 4

Pennsylvania German singing at Delp's Meetinghouse, Harleysville, 30 August 1981--I. C. Kulp, leader.

49 5

Interview with Ernest R. Clemens (1900-1997), recorded 1979; singing with plain people at Indian Creek Haven Farm, Harleysville, 31 August 1981.

49 6

Interview with Ruth Kraybill Souder (1889-1993) by I. C. Kulp, 1981-1982.

49 7

Goschenhoppen Sing-Schieler at I. C. Kulp's home, Vernfield, PA, 25 January 1982.

49 8

Funeral of Bessie Gottshall Kulp, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, 1986.

49 9

I. C. Kulp and John L. Ruth touring the Harley Burial Ground at Klein's Meetinghouse, 25 August 2000.

49 10-11

Pennsylvania German (Dutch) Poems and Stories by Ernie Bechtel, no date.

49 12

Gedichde un Gschichde: Pennsylvania-German Poems and Stories with audience response by Ernest G. Gehman, Harrisonburg, VA, 1979.

49 13

I. C. Kulp speaking at a money management conference at Line Lexington (PA) Mennonite Church, 1974.

49 15

Sub-Series A3. Compact discs.

Arrangement note

Copies of cassettes 49-7, 49-10 and 49-11.

Sub-Series A4. Phonograph records.

Box Record

45 RPM record of John Birmelin poems: “Der Rumhocker Poem” and “ABC Poem”, produced by the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, no date.

49 1

Three-record album (78 RPM)-- Folksongs of the Pennsylvania Dutch / sung and interpreted by J. William Frey (3-record album), produced by the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, Franklin and Marshall College, no date.

49 2-4

Series B. Visual/AV material.

Sub-Series B1. VHS cassettes.

Arrangement note

One tape; private.

Sub-Series B2. Digital photo CDs.

Box Disc

Slides from the I. C. Kulp Photo Collection scanned to CD, 2007.

50 1

Sub-Series B3. Digital video discs.

Box Disc

Isaac Clarence Kulp memorial DVD, compiled by Bud Gross for Kulp’s burial and memorial services, August 2007.

50 2

I. C. Kulp, John L. Ruth and Alan G. Keyser examining and reflecting on items from Kulp's collections, recorded by Eugene Wampler, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, 2001. A transcript is available.

50 3-31

Sub-Series B4. Digital camcorder cassettes.

Arrangement note

Original camcorder tapes for content on discs 50-3 through 50-31.

Box
51

Collection Inventory

Series A. Paper files.

Subseries A1. Historical miscellanea.

Box Folder

Memorabilia and ephemera.

20 1-4

Leaves from two copies of the German Bible published by Christoph Sower at Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1743.

20 5

Cards (2) from Der Frommen Lotterie, published by Christoph Sower, Germantown, 1744.

20 6

Leaves from a copy of the German Bible published by Christoph Sower, Germantown, 1763.

20 7

Leaves from Carl Friedrich Egelmann's copy book, Deutsche und Englische Vorschriften für die Jugend, Reading, PA, 1821.

20 8

Calendars, local historical and church birthday, 1952-1995. [oversized].

59 5-6
Maps. [oversized].
Related Archival Materials note

See also folder 17-5.

60 5

Subseries A2. Broadsides.

Box Folder
Small broadsides.
Scope and Contents note

File includes published notice of the resignation of Rev. John Andrew Strassburger from the Tohickon-Indianfield Reformed charge, 1854.

20 9

Small commercial broadsides.

20 10

Songs and poems (broadsides and pamphlets).

20 11

Large broadsides. [oversized].

58 5

Fire letter broadsides. [oversized].

58 6

Himmelsbrief (Heaven's letter) broadsides. [oversized].

58 7

Pennsylvania Dutch Recipe Frakturs by Adele Hostetter Hershey and Ruth Hershey Irion, Hamburg, PA, 1947. [oversized].

58 8

Broadsides printed by Harry F. Stauffer at Farmersville, Lancaster County, PA, circa 1953-1970. [oversized].

58 9

Fraktur motifs. [oversized].

58 10

Posters, circa 1950-1989. [oversized].

58 11

Oversize broadsides.

60 6

Des Saengers Harmonie broadside, by Samuel K. Cassel, 1855. [oversized].

60 7

Auction broadside for property of Henry Kolb, Salfordville, PA, 1877. [oversized].

60 8
Oversize posters. [oversized].
Scope and Contents note

File contains a poster for the Historic Schaefferstown Folklife Conference, circa 1965, and the Old Goshenhoppen Church Annual Picnic, 1977.

60 9

Subseries A3. Local business promotionals.

Box Folder

Business promotionals, 20th century.

20 12-18

Business promotional calendars. [oversized].

59 7-10

Subseries A4. Local programs.

Box
20
Folder
19-27

Subseries A5. Manuscripts.

Related Archival Materials note

See also papers of ministers of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, PA, in the I. C. Kulp Brethren Collection, box 36, folders 6 through 14, and box 37.

Box Folder

Sundry manuscripts, 18th-20th centuries.

20 28-29
Oversize manuscripts.
Scope and Contents note

File includes an unidentified family record, circa 1755-1775.

58 12

Artwork.

20 30
Certificates, 1800-1964.
Scope and Contents note

1) Jacob Schardel membership in the German Society of Reading, PA, 1800; 2) Jacob Krauss and Lydia Kriebel marriage, Worcester, PA, signed by Casper Wack, 1830; 3) Samuel and Hannah Mohler Landes family record, professionally printed, 1836 or after; 4) Charles Kern and Mary Yerger marriage, signed by J. S. Dubs, 1855; 5) Susan Gilbert confirmation, Douglassville, PA, signed by G. A. Struntz, 1866; 6) Mamie Wolf collection for the American Bible Union to “give the Sacred Scriptures to the Freedmen of America,” 1876; 7) Thomas R. Brendle “citation for pastoral service” from the United Church of Christ, 1965.

20 31
Oversize certificates.
Scope and Contents note

1) Lydia Hersch confirmation by Rev. Daniel Weiser, 1839; 2) Michael and Mary Ann Kettering Nafzger/Nafziger family record, ca. 1850-1864; 3) Michael and Maria Rosenberger Swartley marriage, 1861; 4) blank birth and baptismal certificate printed by Scheffer, Harrisburg, PA; 5) I. C. Kulp 8th grade diploma, 1952; 6) I. C. Kulp perfect attendance at Sunday School, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, 1952; 7) I. C. Kulp membership in the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, 1957 (see file 14-24); 8) I. C. Kulp birth and baptismal certificate, late 20th century; 9) Bessie Gottshall Kulp award of merit from the Goschenhoppen Historians, circa 1982.

58 13
Confirmation songs.
Scope and Contents note

One unsigned and undated; one written by Jefferson M. Ditzler and lettered by George J. Miller, Bethel, PA, 1852.

20 32
Letters, 1871-1974.
Scope and Contents note

Older letters include: 1) letter from Joel Kantner, Lower Bern, Berks County, PA, 1871; 2) envelope addressed in rhyme to J. S. Michener, New London, Chester County, PA; 3) letter fragment from Pike Township, Berks County; 4) envelopes addressed to Alice Hagey at Salfordville and Elroy, PA, in Henry D. Hagey’s handwriting, sent from New York City, 1898; 5) letter from J. M. Kaufman at the American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtari, India, to William D. Fretz, Perkasie, PA, 1911; 6) resignation letter from James B. Shisler to Amwell Church of the Brethren, Amwell, NJ, 1911.

20 33

Unidentified manuscript hymn book, no date.

20 34
Unidentified manuscript "seal book", 1865.
General note

Photocopy; original discarded due to poor condition.

20 35

Unidentified restaurant placemat collection, 1960s. [oversized].

52 6

Baumann, August--bookplates for Alice M. Geisinger, 1903, and Oscar W. S. Huber.

20 36

Bördors, Johann Theil--estate inventory, 1744.

20 37

Bucher, Isaac (presumably 1880-1970)--papers.

20 38

Culp, Samuel and Jane--papers from family Bible. [oversized].

20 70

Dinges, Catharina (circa 1794)--papers from her hymnbook.

20 39

Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata, PA--receipt from Sister Sophia to Abraham Konigmacher, trustee, 1811.

20 40

Gottshall, Benjamin--manuscript New Year wish, 1823.

20 41

Gottshall, Reinhart F. (1880-1976)--German translation of the gospel hymn "The Ninety and Nine", 1963.

20 42

Harley, Herbert--essays on Brethren history.

20 43-44

Hittel, John and Maria Frey (married 1847)--family Bible record (partially lettered by Martin Wetzler).

20 45

Jung, Johannes M.--bookplate, 1872.

20 46

Kinsie, Abraham--leaves from practice book, 1803.

20 47

Krebs, Friedrich (d. 1815)--birth and baptismal certificate for Elisabeth Beckle, Heidelberg Township, Dauphin County, PA, 1805. [oversized].

58 14

Kulp, John H. and Catherine Swartley (married 1844)--family Bible record.

20 47A

Landes, Rachel Harley (1789-1877)--birth record and papers from her Bible, 1840 circa.

20 47B

Laros, Jesse (1823- )--manuscript communion hymn.

20 48

Laros (Gross), Sarah Ann (1853- )--bookplate, 1867.

20 49

Metz, Henry G. and Susanna Alderfer (married 1858)--family Bible record.

20 50

Metz, Ida Groff (1866-1958)--papers. For related photos, see folder 40-25.

20 51-52

Moyer, Ella Slotter (1888-1973)--papers from her Bible.

20 53

Moyer, Frank G. (1874-1958)--papers.

20 54

Moyer, Leroy H. and Ruth Moyer (married 1943)--papers. For clippings, see oversize folder 63-7.

20 55

Moyer, Sarah--bookplate, 1838.

20 56
Musselman, William F. (1899-1958)--historical papers.
Scope and Contents note

Several family Bible records (two lettered by Martin Wetzler); manuscript memoirs regarding powwowing experiences, etc. by Musselman; manuscript material by Souderton historian Henry S. Landes (1871-1950), etc.

20 57

Oda, Wilbur H. (1892-1953)--manuscript notes on Pennsylvania German publishing.

20 58

Price, Benjamin and Mary Anna Boos (married 1857)--family Bible record.

20 59

"S. Catharina" paper cutting, 1769?.

20 60

Schellhase, Adam E.--papers, including notes on powwowing.

20 61

Schelly, Susanna--fraktur bookplate, 1837.

20 62

Schucker, Benjamin and Angelina Schäfer (married 1860)--family Bible record, lettered by Martin Wetzler.

20 63
Scherdel, Jacob--legal form practice sheet, circa 1795.
Related Archival Materials note

See also Jacob Schardel certificate in folder 20-31.

20 64

Seibert, Reuben and Katie Henry (married 1897)--family Bible record, lettered by August Baumann, and papers from the Bible.

20 65-66

Shisler, Melvin F. (1899-1984)--papers. See also birthday book in box 25 and scrapbooks in box 56.

20 67

Stoltzfus, Simmon K. and Katie Glick (married 1889)--family Bible record.

20 68

Souder, John D. (1865-1942)--artwork. [oversized].

58 15
Stover, Susan Keeler (1891-1978)--papers.
Scope and Contents note

One notebook in this file contains manuscript recipes; another includes estate appraisals for Christian F. and Elizabeth Moyer Moyer, 1936.

20 69

Unidentified fraktur Vorschrift: " Darum trage deine Ketten...", 1809.

21 1

Civil War era songs.

21 2

Alderfer, John B. (1839-1887)--fraktur family record.

21 3

Cassel, Jacob--draft of land belonging to the heirs of Elizabeth Stump Hagey, Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., 1823.

21 4
Gottshalk, Gottshalk (1753-1824)--account book, 1788-1798.
Scope and Contents note

Original account book, rebound, with record of attendees at the Gottshall Reunion, 1918, transcription/translation by Raymond Hollenbach, and a related note by I. C. Kulp.

21 5
Gottshall, William Z. (1784-1875)--account book, 1832-1846.
Scope and Contents note

Original account book and transcription/translation by Raymond Hollenbach.

21 6

Kerver, Adam (1822?- )--blacksmith accounts, letters, etc. See also oversize ledger in folder 58-12.

21 7

Kindig, Samuel (1806-1869)--fraktur practice book, circa 1825.

21 8

Moyer, Harvey S. (1870-1957)--papers: poems and genealogy.

21 9
Nyce, William G. (1888-1958)--papers.
Related Archival Materials note

For related photos, see files 41-1 through 41-3, boxes 42 and 43, and MHEP.Hist.Mss.382 William G. Nyce Coll.

21 10
Overholt, Joseph G. (1832-1905)--papers.
Scope and Contents note

Manuscript tune book and “Ohio accounts”/ medicinal book (circa 1855); fraktur ABC song lettered by Joseph Overholt, 1863; correspondence, musical notation, penmanship practice sheets, etc.; undated manuscript tune book.

21 11-14

Phillips, Wheeler W.--manuscript copy of will, Bergen County, NJ, 1893.

21 15

Price, Abraham A. (1883-1966)--schoolteaching records, Indian Creek School, Vernfield, PA, circa 1905-1917.

21 16

Sower, Christopher (1695-1753)--administration bond for the estate of Anna Sybilla Cramer, 1745.

21 17

Weaver, Menno B. (1887-1963)--papers.

21 18

Werstler, Christian--bond, 1805, and receipt, 1820.

21 19

Subseries A6. Clippings.

Scope and Contents note

Clippings featuring I. C. Kulp; Mennonite-related; German language; Church of the Brethren (mostly from the COB Messenger); PA German dialect and other columns: “  ‘S Pennsylfawnishe Deitsch Eck,” by Preston A. Barba and C. Richard Beam, 1935-1984; “  Es Deitsch Schtick,” by Richard Druckenbrod, 1979-1982; “  Der Shdivvel Knecht,” by Clarence G. Reitnauer, 1968-1984; “‘I remember’ by the old timer."; “Pumpernickle Bill,” by William S. Troxell, 1947-1952; “Up and Down Montgomery County,” by Edward W. Hocker (an extensive collection); 100-year reprint pages from the  Town and Country, Pennsburg, PA, 2001-2007; Leroy H. and Ruth Moyer Moyer clippings. Oversize clippings are in box 60, folders 11-15 and box 63, folders 6-9.

Box
21
Folder
20-32

Subseries A7. Obituaries, funeral and memorial cards, 1867-2006.

Related Archival Materials note

For funeral programs, see folder 20-27; also see oversize obituaries in folder 63-5.

Box
22
Folder
1-8

Subseries A8. Land deeds.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Dielman Kolb to Jacob Hackman, Franconia Township, Philadelphia County, PA—lease and release, 1748-1749.

23 1

George and Catharina Frederick to Herman Weishy, Upper Salford Township, Philadelphia County, 1763.

23 2

Two deeds for land in “Millersburg,” printed at Ephrata Cloister: John and Elizabeth Miller to Michael Haverstick and Philip Frick, 1765.

23 3

Henry and Susanna Van Pool to Michael Kolb, Marlborough Township, Philadelphia County, 1774.

23 4

Frederick Alderfer to John Alderfer, Lower Salford Township, Philadelphia County, 1776.

23 5

Michael and Magdalena Kolb to Andrew Mowrer, Upper Hanover Township, Philadelphia County, 1784.

23 6

Jacob and Mary Price to Peter Wile, Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, 1812.

23 7

Estate of John Reiff to John Tyson, Towamencin Township, Montgomery County, 1834.

23 8

Two deeds for land bordering Hatfield Church of the Brethren, Hatfield Township, Montgomery County: George and Christiana Fisher to Charles Keller, 1857-1859.

23 9
Six deeds for the David H. Cassel property, Lower Salford Township, 1848-1884.
Scope and Contents note

File includes the following: 1) Jonas C. and Catharine Godshalk and Charles Fronefield to Isaac Landis, 1848; 2) Jonas and Catharine Godshalk to Michael Freed, 1849; 3) Isaac and Hettie Landis to Michael Freed, 1849; 4) Daniel and Barbara Clemens to Michael Freed, 1850; 5) Michael and Sarah Freed to Henry Harley, 1862; 6) Estate of Henry Harley to Benjamin N. Halteman, 1884.

23 10
Twelve deeds for the Isaac H. Delp property, Lower Salford Township, 1816-1884.
Scope and Contents note

File includes the following: 1) John and Barbara Snyder to Jacob Kulp, 1816; 2) Jacob and Elisabeth Stong to Philip Zieber, 1820; 3) Philip and Margaret Zieber to Isaac Schneider, 1833; 4) Jacob and Elizabeth Kulp to Isaac Schneider, 1837; 5) Isaac Schneider to Abraham Barndt, 1852; 6) Abraham and Margaret Barndt to Paul Barndt, 1856; 7) Jacob H. and Catharine Alderfer to Paul Barndt, May 1863; 8) Jacob and Catharine Alderfer to Paul Barndt, December 1863; 9) Enos and Catharine Wambold to Henry Z. Richard, 1865; 10) Henry Z. and Elizabeth Richard to Paul Barndt, 1866; 11) Paul and Elizabeth Barndt to Isaac H. Delp, 1875, with mortgage; 12) Jonas N. and Catharine Alderfer to Isaac H. Delp, 1884.

23 11-12

Wallace G. and Ella Kulp to Stanley and Florence Kircher, Lower Frederick Township, Montgomery County, 1931.

23 13

Series B. Bound manuscripts and scrapbooks.

Subseries B1. Bound manuscripts.

Box Volume

Weiss, George (1687-1740)--manuscript hymnbook presumably lettered by Schwenkfelder minister George Weiss, containing hymns based on biblical characters.

24 1
1761 edition of C. H. von Bogatzky’s Güldenes Schatz-Kästlein, containing autographs from students of the Lutheran seminary at Halle, Germany, 1765.
Biographical/Historical note

Several of the signers later came to Pennsylvania as ministers.

24 2

Faber, John Theobald (1771-1833)--powwow notebook of Reformed minister John Theobald Faber Jr., circa 1797-1816.

24 3

Unidentified manuscript tune book, circa 1800.

24 4

Ruth, Jacob (New Britain/Doylestown, Pa.)--manuscript tune book with fraktur bookplate dated 1806.

24 5

Demuth, Julia Susan--literary notebook, York, PA, 1838.

25 1

Underkoffler (Faust), Sarah (1840-1916)--autograph book, Frederick, PA, circa 1862-1865.

25 2

Wieand, Peter (1786-1868)--(in rear of notebook) record of public sale of the property of Peter Weiand/Wieand, Frederick, PA, 1869.

25 3

Hemmig, Benjamin F.--herbology notebook, Gouglersville, PA, circa 1880.

25 4

Allebach (Alderfer), Mary G. (1866-1963)--autograph book, Sellersville, PA, circa 1886-1887.

25 5

Unidentified manuscript prayers (Lutheran, German language), 20th century.

25 6

Unidentified manuscript notes from lectures by Drs. Frick, Horne and Haas, no date.

25 7

Unidentified manuscript recipes in a business diary from Walter W. Moyer Co., Ephrata, PA, circa 1927.

25 8

Shisler, Melvin F. (1899-1984)--birthday book, circa 1920.

25 9

Fry, Emma Derstine (1897-1984)--visiting diaries, Telford, PA, 1936-1940, 1943-1946.

25 10-11

Alderfer, Allen A. (1876-1963)--diaries, Souderton, PA, 1941, 1943, 1944.

25 12-14

Troxell, William S. (1893-1957)--Pennsylvania German lecture notes of columnist “Pumpernickel Bill” (William Troxell), mid-20th century.

25 12

Subseries B2. Scrapbooks.

Box Volume

Clippings compiled by Isaac Clarence Kulp, circa 1962.

26 1-2

Pennsylvania German dialect clippings, presumably compiled by James O. Boyer, circa 1940-1950.

26 3-6
Lansdale High School activities, 1940-1941. [oversized].
Related Archival Materials note

From the Melvin F. Shisler papers (see folder 20-67).

56 5-6

Clippings, mostly obituaries from the Towamencin-Skippack (Montgomery County, PA) community, presumably compiled by William F. Kriebel, circa 1915. [oversized].

57 1

Scrapbook presumably from the family of John D. Souder, circa 1920-1930. [oversized].

57 2

Unidentified scrapbook, primarily clippings from the photo section of the New York Times, circa 1935. [oversized].

57 3

Unidentified scrapbooks, primarily newspaper clippings related to local weddings and anniversaries, circa 1950-1960. [oversized].

57 4-5

Series C. Books.

Subseries C1. Locally-owned schoolbooks, 19th century.

Scope and Contents note

Sixteen schoolbooks owned by the following (per inscription): Alvin C. Alderfer (1869-1941); Gereon H. Deisher, Kutztown School, Kutztown, PA, 1836; Mary L. Gehman, Franconia Township, PA, 1874; Aaron M. Lewis (1871-1962), Bergey’s School, Franconia Township; Benjamin Moyer; John W. Moyer and Nora Moyer, Hamburg, PA; Nelson N. Moyer and George S. Clemens; Henry B. Shisler (1860-1934); Benjamin D. Wolford, Franklin D. Wolford, Elmer B. Wolford and Hannah B. Wolford, Salfordville, PA, 1857-1892; Horace J. Ziegler (presumably J. Horace Ziegler, 1857-1928), Kulpsville, PA.

Box
27

Subseries C2. Locally-owned songbooks, late 19th-early 20th century.

Scope and Contents note

Sixty songbooks owned by the following (per inscription): Benjamin Clement N. Alderfer (1883-1966), Souderton, PA; Hannah A. Alderfer, Mainland, PA, 1888, and Philip Grant S. Alderfer, Lansdale, PA; Romanus H. Alderfer (1868-1946); Samuel K. Alderfer and Elmer A. Alderfer, 1895-1951; Ada S. Anders, 1915; Amanda Bucher, Reistville, Lebanon County, PA, circa 1917; Annie H. Cassel, David H. Cassel and Elizabeth Price Cassel, Vernfield, PA, 1904-1922; Jonas N. Cassel (1881-1964); Menno S. Clemens (1872-1950), Harleysville, PA; Isaac Grimley, circa 1905; Mrs. Lizzie Ann Halteman, circa 1905; Milton L. Hershey (1895-1988); Emily B. Kratz, circa 1904-1924; Howard D. Moll, East Greenville, PA, circa 1890; Edwin L. Moyer (1883-1962), Harleysville, Pa.; Samuel M. Moyer and Sarah M. Moyer, 1884; Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church, Perkasie, Pa., ca. 1899; Minerva A. Whitman, Heidelberg Reformed Sunday School, Schwenksville, PA, circa 1888; Franklin D. Wolford, Elmer B. Wolford and Hannah B. Wolford, Salfordville, PA, 1881-1915; John C. Ziegler, Sarah Brown Ziegler, Dora M. Ziegler and John B. Ziegler, Limerick, PA, 1904-1924; fourteen songbooks owned by Mary Jane Bechtel (1898-1989) in box 29.

Box
28-29

Series D. Abraham H. Bergey papers.

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham H. Bergey (1876-1964) was the son of Samuel G. and Amanda Heckler Bergey. He was an amateur historian and antiquarian who lived in Harleysville, Pa. He and his wife, Catherine Wampole Bergey, were members of the Franconia Mennonite congregation. I. C. Kulp, as a young man, spent significant time with Bergey, and acquired an assortment of historical material and papers from Bergey’s estate.

Subseries D1. A. H. Bergey papers.

Box Volume

Receipt book maintained by Samuel G. Bergey for estate settlement of his mother-in-law, Annie Schueck Young, 1895-1896.

30 1

English New Testament and Psalms containing manuscript notes on the folk religious meaning of some chapters and psalms and indication of verses used at funerals of local people., early 20th century.

30 2

Catherine Wampole Bergey’s copy of Stark’s Tägliches Hand-Buch, late 19th century.

30 3

Sundry papers, including historical notes and sketches.

30 1

Subseries D2. A. H. Bergey historical manuscript collection.

Box Folder
Clemmer, Josiah S. (1827-1905)--Franconia/Souderton Mennonite Church membership record, 1888, with additions through 1904 and death records, 1888-1904.
Biographical/Historical note

Bishop in the Franconia and Souderton Mennonite congregations (at that time a single congregation); earliest known membership record for the congregation.

30 2
Gottschall, Jacob (1769-1845)--manuscript tune book, circa 1800.
Biographical/Historical note

Schoolteacher and fraktur artist; later a bishop in the Franconia Mennonite congregation.

30 3
Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--record book, primarily of weather, with fraktur bookplate, 1837.
Biographical/Historical note

Son of bishop Jacob Gottschall; schoolteacher in Franconia Township and an accomplished fraktur artist.

30 4

Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--clipping scrapbook, circa 1837-1892.

30 5

Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--record of deaths, 1879-1898.

30 6

Heckler, Abraham D. (1830-1905)--ciphering books (one containing some primitive folk art), 1846-1847.

30 7

Heckler, Abraham D. (1830-1905)--manuscript letter, 1869.

30 8

Subseries D3. A. H. Bergey clippings.

Box
30
Folder
9

Subseries D4. A. H. Bergey scrapbooks, circa 1950. [oversized].

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clippings, obituaries, historical notes and some artwork.

Box
56
Volume
1-4

Series E. Cassel-Shisler papers.

Scope and Contents note

Material from the family of Abraham H. and Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel of Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA, including many interesting letters and manuscript material. Abraham Harley Cassel (1820-1905) was a well-known historian and bibliophile. I. C. Kulp intentionally modeled his own persona after Cassel. The series contains significant material from the family of A. H. Cassel's daughter, Hannah Cassel Shisler (1858-1921). For related papers, see file 14-34 and memorial cards in file 22-5. Related photos are in files 41-7, 41-14, 46-18 and photo album #2006.4.1004.

Subseries E1. Cassel-Shisler miscellanea.

Box
Abraham H. Cassel magnifying glass, circa 1900.
General note

Note attached: "Abraham Cassel. He was almost blind when he used this."

31

Sundry items and clippings.

31 1-2

Oversize items and clippings.

60 10

Subseries E2. Abraham H. Cassel papers.

Box Folder
Manuscript memorandum books, 1839-1841, 1844-1895.
Scope and Contents note

The earlier book includes a record of local Brethren baptisms, 1840-1841.

31 3-4

Baptismal certificate, signed by Elder William W. Price, 1839. [oversized].

58 16
Schoolteaching records, 1840-1846. [oversized].
Scope and Contents note

Kreeble's School, Oct 1840-Mar 1841; "Harolite" School (presumably in the old Herrite/Delp's Meetinghouse), Oct 1842-Apr 1843; Reiff's School, Nov 1844-Mar 1845; Franconiaville School, Aug 1845-Mar 1846; Cassel’s "account of boarding and lodging" for 1846.

58 17

Subseries E3. Hannah Cassel (Shisler) papers, circa 1884.

Box
31
Folder
5

Subseries E4. Cassel-Shisler correspondence.

Box Folder
Letters from Abraham H. Cassel (21 letters), 1850-1871.
Scope and Contents note

Thirteen of these were sent home to Cassel’s family while on a trip west in 1858; published and annotated by John Baugher Bryer in Brethren Life and Thought 38:1-2 (Winter/Spring 2003), pp. 39-65; available online at http://www.johnbryer.com/ahc/AHC_Letters_article.pdf

31 6

Letters from Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel (2 letters), 1858, 1877.

31 7

Letters from Amanda Cassel to her parents and family (43 letters), 1867-1891.

31 8

Letters from Hannah Cassel (Shisler) to her parents and family (64 letters), 1870-1885.

31 9

Hannah Cassel literary compositions, mailed home with correspondence, 1877-1878.

31 10

Letters received by Abraham and Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel from nephew Theodore Rhoads, 1877, and daughter Sarah Cassel Booz, 1892.

31 11

Letter from Hannah Shisler to foster son Harry Moyer, 1913.

31 12

Letters received by Sara C. Shisler, primarily from her mother Hannah Shisler (18 letters), 1916-1920.

31 13

Letters from Sara Shisler to her family, while serving as a missionary in Nigeria (4 letters), 1927-1928.

31 14

Series F. Josiah S. Renninger papers.

Biographical/Historical note

Josiah S. Renninger (1838-1919) was a Lutheran minister, native of New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, PA, who worked in several parishes throughout eastern Pennsylvania and served as treasurer of the Danville (PA) Lutheran Conference, circa 1900-1910.

Box Volume

Jacob Renninger’s copy of Erbauliche Lieder Sammlung…, Philadelphia, 1814, with calligraphy inscription.

32 1

Textbooks used by Josiah Renninger while a student at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA, 1861-1863.

32 2-4
Subscription account books associated with the Lutheran Church, circa 1865-1905.
Scope and Contents note

Including: 1) gifts for support of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, undated; 2) gifts for the financial support of J. M. Maisch, "to continue his study for the ministry,” undated; 3) gifts in support of "liquidating the debt of St. John's Ev. Luth. Parsonage between now (Nov. 3rd, 1901) and January 1st, A.D. 1902" (no subscriptions are listed); 4) gifts in support of "our missions in far away India," ca. 1905 (not all gifts were monetary; material goods are listed as well).

32 5-8

Bankbook and checkbooks for an account with First National Bank of Elizabethville, PA, 1903-1904, 1907.

32 9-11

Receipt books for the treasury of the Danville (PA) Lutheran Conference, 1906-1907.

32 12-13

Josiah Renninger diary, 1912.

32 14

Josiah Renninger sermon notes, circa 1911-1919.

32 15

Josiah Renninger notebook containing a “treatise on surveying,” 1854, notes from lectures at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, 1862, and memoirs, circa 1906.

33 1

Josiah Renninger manuscript ledger containing financial and schoolteaching records, 1854.

33 2

Josiah Renninger manuscript notes from lectures at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, 1861-1862.

33 3-5

Josiah Renninger manuscript obituaries and sermon notes (German script), circa 1878-1882.

33 6

Book of marriage certificates, partially used and containing minister's receipts for 24 marriages conducted by J. S. Renninger in Lehigh County, PA, 1893-1898.

33 7

Bertha A. Renninger manuscript notebook, Hagerstown Female Seminary, Hagerstown, MD, 1883.

33 8

Peter Renninger (J. S. Renninger’s father) financial records, 1841-1853, 1861.

33 9-10

Sundry papers (including calligraphy family records for Peter Renninger).

33 1-2

Collection Inventory

Series A. Notebooks.

Journals and diaries, 1957-2006.

Box
1-2

Fraktur, library, and personal records, 1950-1997.

Box
3

Series B. Family papers.

Clarence G. and Bessie Gottshall Kulp papers.

Box
4-5

Elizabeth Garges Gottshall papers.

Box
4
Folder
23

Henry G. Gottshall musical compositions.

Box
4
Folder
24

Series C. Personal papers.

Sundry papers and financial records, 1950-2007.

Box
4
Folder
25-40

Childhood papers.

Box
6
Folder
1-3

School papers.

Box
7

Writings.

Box
6
Folder
4-8

Biographical material.

Box
6
Folder
9-11

Artwork. [see also oversized material].

Box
8

Scrapbooks.

Box
53

Postcard collection.

Box
54-55,55A

Series D. Correspondence.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1943-1976.

6 12-30

Correspondence, 1977-1995.

9 1-26

Correspondence, 1996-2006.

10 1-4

Greeting cards received.

10 5-14

Series E. Organization and project files.

American Folklife Society, 1973-1979.

Biographical/Historical note

Maintained the Keim Homestead near Lobachsville, PA and held an annual Colonial American Cherry Fair.

Box
10
Folder
15

Bethlehem '83, 1983.

Biographical/Historical note

North American Mennonite adult and youth gatherings at Bethlehem, PA, 1983. I. C. Kulp was involved in a local meetinghouse tour.

Box
10
Folder
16

Brethren Encyclopedia, 1978-1987.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp provided photos and some level of consultation for the Brethren Encyclopedia.

Box
10
Folder
17

Brethren Genealogists of Southern Pennsylvania, 1979-1991.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp led Montgomery County (PA) tours for this group.

Box
10
Folder
18

A Brethren Pilgrimage, circa 1976.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp edited and wrote for this publication. Original artwork by Leon Z. Moyer is in box 60, folder 1.

Box
10
Folder
19-20

Brethren Revival Fellowship, 1960-1983.

Biographical/Historical note

Conservative renewal movement in the Church of the Brethren.

Box
10
Folder
21

Bucher's Meetinghouse, Cornwall, PA, 1964-1981.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp attended annual German language services at this Brethren meetinghouse built in 1871.

Box
10
Folder
22

Christopher Dock Bicentennial, 1971.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp served on the Christopher Dock Bicentennial Commemoration Committee, curated a fraktur exhibit during the bicentennial celebrations and played the role of Dielman Kolb in the film The Quiet in the Land, created for this occasion. See also posters in file 58-11 and photos of exhibited fraktur in file 39-2.

Box
10
Folder
23

Community Historians, Franklin and Marshall College, 1962-1966.

Box
10
Folder
24

Delp's Meetinghouse (Herrehaus), Harleysville, PA, 1958-2004.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was instrumental in the 1956-58 restoration of this Funkite/Herrite (Reformed Mennonite) meetinghouse built in 1811, and in the celebration of annual memorial services there over a forty year period. File contains programs, song sheets, promotional materials, correspondence, etc. related to the meetinghouse and services. For related photos, see files 39-3 and 41-11 and photos 41-9-9 and 46-17-1. Audio recordings of services in the 1950s and 1960s are in box 49.

Box
10
Folder
25

The Eden Story (Eden Mennonite Church, Schwenksville, PA), 1968.

Biographical/Historical note

Drama celebrating the 150th anniversary of Eden Mennonite Church. I. C. Kulp helped produce the drama and played the role of Rev. William S. Gottshall.

Box
10
Folder
26

Fereinicht Pennsylfawnish Deitsch Fulk, 1962-1986.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German heritage society based in Berks County, PA. File consists primarily of the organization's newsletter Da Ausauga.

Box
10
Folder
27

Franconia Township, PA, 250th Anniversary, 1980-1981.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was involved with numerous parts of the anniversary celebration, including historical dinners (for which he wrote commentary on PA German food), church tours and programs, and designing a new official seal for the township.

Box
10
Folder
28

Frick's Meetinghouse, Hatfield, PA, 1956-1991.

Biographical/Historical note

For nearly thirty years, I. C. Kulp was involved in annual reunion meetings at this union meetinghouse built in 1882 for use by Mennonites, Brethren, and Brethren in Christ. File contains primarily programs for annual reunion meetings, but also a certificate of participation in singing school at Frick’s Meetinghouse, July 9, 1978 (handdrawn by Bishop John E. Lapp). See file 39-5 for related photos.

Box
10
Folder
29-30

Gemeinschaft 1723, 1976.

Biographical/Historical note

Manuscripts and typescripts for a play, Gemeinschaft 1723, written by I. C. Kulp, in commemoration of the organization of the Church of the Brethren in America, performed at Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, PA in 1976. Kulp played the role of Peter Becker. See file 39-6 for related photos.

Box
10
Folder
31

Gemeinschaft I and II, 1973-1974.

Biographical/Historical note

Locally-held conferences on the theme of Christian community, with voices from across the Anabaptist spectrum. I. C. Kulp was a primary organizer, with John Ruth and Arthur Gish.

Box
10
Folder
38

German-American Tricentennial, 1983.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp welcomed West German visitors to the Franconia, PA area. File contains programs, newsletters, etc.

Box
10
Folder
32

German Reformed Church in America, 250th Anniversary, 1975.

Box
10
Folder
33

Goschenhoppen Historians.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp gave public talks on behalf of the Goschenhoppen Historians (see file 6-8), he was founder and first curator of the Goschenhoppen Folklife Museum, and founding editor of the Historians' folklife journal, The Goschenhoppen Region, 1968-1969. See also notebooks in box 1 and photos in file 39-7.

Box Volume

Notebooks, 1965-1968.

11 1-7

General papers, 1964-2002.

11 1-7
Board minutes, 1965-2007.
Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp served as secretary, 1966-1967.

11 8-14

Correspondence, 1965-1992 (Bulk, 1965-1969) .

11 15-19

Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, 1967-2007.

11 20-22

Goschenhoppen Folklife Museum, 1965-1995.

12 1

The Goschenhoppen Region, 1968-1970.

12 2-4

Goschenhoppen Region manuscripts, 1968-1970.

13

Membership records, 1966-1968.

12 5-8

The Goschenhoppen Newsletter, 1964-2007.

12 9-11

Scrapbooks compiled by Eva Frank, 1965-1969. [oversized].

59 1-4

Scrapbooks compiled by Eva Frank, 1965-1969. [oversized].

63 4

Goschenhoppen Sing Schieler, 1981-2003.

Biographical/Historical note

Traditional singers led by I. C. Kulp. The group’s home base was Klein’s Meetinghouse, Harleysville, PA, where they led semi-annual song services (see file 12-27). This file contains financial records, programs, and original folk art invitations by I. C. Kulp (see also file 12-28). See file 39-8 for related photos and box 49 for audio recordings.

Box
10
Folder
34-35

Grundsow Lodge, 1975-2003.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German men’s club; file contains programs for gatherings of various local chapters.

Box
10
Folder
36

Harley Memorial Association, 1957-2005.

Biographical/Historical note

File contains primarily programs for the annual Harley Reunion held at Klein's Meetinghouse, Harleysville and later at Peter Becker Community, Harleysville, but it also includes correspondence and historical articles (see family history research file 16-25). I. C. Kulp was a descendant of the Harley family. See photo files 40-20 and 40-21, photos 58-19-1 and 58-19-3.

Box
12
Folder
12-13

Hecklerfest, 1976-1980.

Biographical/Historical note

Annual folk festival held at Heckler Plains (the historic Freed/Heckler farm) in Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA. See file 39-9 for related photos and poster in file 58-11.

Box
12
Folder
14

Heckler's History of Harleysville and Lower Salford, 1958.

Biographical/Historical note

Subscription lists for a reprint of James Y. Heckler's History of Harleysville and Lower Salford, published privately by I. C. Kulp, Alan Keyser and Robert Bucher, 1958.

Box
12
Folder
15

Historic Foundation of Montgomery County (PA), 1966-1968.

Biographical/Historical note

Organization founded to provide direction and networking for historical work in Montgomery County. I. C. Kulp was involved early on through his work with the Goschenhoppen Historians.

Box
12
Folder
16

Historic Schaefferstown.

Biographical/Historical note

Historical society in Schaefferstown, PA that preserves and interprets the Pennsylvania German culture of southern Lebanon County and surrounding areas. I. C. Kulp was a visionary and founder in the early 1960s, and served as a board member and in roles and activities throughout the organization, including leadership of German language worship services at the annual Schaefferstown Folk Festival. See file 39-16 for related photos, box 54 for related postcards, and file 60-9 for a related poster.

Box Folder

General papers, 1960-2001.

12 17-18

Board minutes, 1964-1991.

12 19-20

Folk Festival religious services, 1968-1988.

12 21

Historical Society of Montgomery County (PA), 1945-1990.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp held membership in this society, circa 1958-1965. File contains transcript of a slide presentation on "Meetinghouses of Montgomery County" that I. C. Kulp gave at a meeting of the Historical Society in 1977. Slides used in this presentation are in file 41-11; digital copies are on compact disc 50-1.

Box
12
Folder
22

Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley, 1967-2005 (Bulk, 1998-2005) .

Institute of Pennsylvania Rural Life and Culture, 1958-1985 (Bulk, 1970-1974) . [oversized].

Biographical/Historical note

Annual conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. I. C. Kulp participated several times, sometimes as a presenter.

Box
52
Folder
1-2

James E. Frill's Musick Book.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp at one time owned a manuscript tune book entitled "James E. Frill's Musick Book" that contained musical notation of the late 17th and early 18th centuries by Reading, Pennsylvania musicians including Henry Schoener and James Frill. I. C. Kulp loaned this manuscript to Irvin Rathman, who wrote a book on it (see bound manuscript below). A transcription of the music, edited by Carl Baron, was privately published in 2002 and by the Goschenhoppen Historians in 2005.

Box Folder

Irvin Rathman research on the Frill music book.

12 24

Photocopy of the Frill music book.

12 25

Manuscript: James Frill and His Friends and the Musical Life of Their Town, by Irvin Rathman, 1984.

12 1

Keystone Bible Institute, 1977-1998.

Biographical/Historical note

Annual one-week seminar on biblical and church life themes, sponsored by the Mennonite Church. I. C. Kulp taught courses in 1982.

Box
12
Folder
26

Klein's Meetinghouse and Harley Burial Ground, Harleysville, PA.

Biographical/Historical note

Brethren meetinghouse built in 1843 for the Indian Creek congregation. I. C. Kulp was visionary in restoring the meetinghouse from a state of bad disrepair, circa 1977. He was involved in annual memorial meetings, and the meetinghouse served as the home base for his Goschenhoppen Sing Schieler (see file 10-34), who led semi-annual song services there. For related photos, see files 39-11 and 41-11 and photos 39-8-3, 40-21-9, 41-9-9, 46-17-1 and 46-18-13.

Box Volume

General papers, 1939-2005.

12 27

Folk art invitations to song services at Klein's Meetinghouse, 1986-2002.

12 28

M. Therese Page watercolor (print) of Klein's Meetinghouse and Harley Burial Ground. [oversized].

58 4

Kolb-Kulp-Culp Family Association, 1925-2006.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp served on the executive committee for a number of years. This file includes executive committee and genealogical correspondence, as well as material from Warren K. Schlotterer, treasurer of the reunion in the late 1940s-early 1950s. See file 39-12 for related photos.

Box
14
Folder
1-3

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 1961-1982.

Box
14
Folder
4

Lower Salford Historical Society, 1989-2006.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was a visionary and founder of this historical society for Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA, where Kulp was a resident. He served on the board of directors and the Bergey Mill Farmstead committee. File includes organizational documents, minutes, and material related to the celebration of Lower Salford's 250th anniversary in 1991. See also maps in oversize file 60-5.

Box
14
Folder
5-6

Lower Salford Township Bicentennial Committee, circa 1975.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp proposed a commemorative booklet on Lower Salford Township for the American Bicentennial.

Box
14
Folder
7

Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania, 1974-2006.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp had a close relationship with this organization. He was given a life membership in 1978. Over many years, he attended and demonstrated at the annual Apple Butter Frolic (see file 39-1 for related photos). In 1980, he allowed the MHEP to photocopy his historical collection; one set of copies was kept by MHEP and another was given to Kulp (see boxes 18 and 19). During this process, he sat on the Library and Heritage Center Committee. Kulp loaned artifacts and his own artwork to MHEP for exhibits (see files 4-30 and 8-4), and he donated his papers and historical collection to MHEP in 2006 (see files 4-25 and 4-42).

Box
14
Folder
8

Montgomery County (PA) Federation of Historical Societies, 1979-1981.

Biographical/Historical note

Sponsored the publication of Montgomery County: The Second Hundred Years. I. C. Kulp wrote an article on the Church of the Brethren (pp. 1161-64).

Box
14
Folder
9

Montgomery County (PA) Historical Advisory Board, 1972-1976.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was a member of this county board responsible for the administration of the Peter Wentz Farmstead, Worcester, and Sunrise Mill, Frederick. Plans for Sunrise Mill Park are in oversize folder 60-2.

Box
14
Folder
10-11

New Call to Peacemaking, 1980-1981.

Biographical/Historical note

This was an intiative of the historic peace churches--Brethren, Friends and Mennonites. I. C. Kulp served on a speakers bureau.

Box
14
Folder
12

Old Dry Road Farm, Wernersville, PA, 1977-1987.

Biographical/Historical note

Living history farm museum of which I. C. Kulp was a visionary and founder. He served on the executive board for a number of years. File includes board minutes, newsletters, promotional material, etc.

Box
14
Folder
13

Palatines to America, 1983.

Biographical/Historical note

Genealogical society for descendants of colonial immigrants from the Palatinate. I. C. Kulp gave a lecture at the 1983 convention on early Schwenkfelder, Brethren and Moravian congregations in Pennsylvania.

Box
14
Folder
14

Penn'a Du documentary, 1982.

Biographical/Historical note

Script for a German documentary on the Pennsylvania German ("Pennsylvania Dutch") people and dialect: Penn'a Du..., 1982. I. C. Kulp was a principal interviewee in the film.

Box
14
Folder
15

Pennsylvania Folklife Society, 1957-2002.

Biographical/Historical note

One of the first and most vital PA German folklife societies, founded by Alfred Shoemaker, Don Yoder and others in the 1950s. The organization published a model folklife magazine, Pennsylvania Folklife, and hosted the annual Kutztown Folk Festival. I. C. Kulp participated as an exhibitor and lecturer for many years, on behalf of himself, the Goschenhoppen Historians, and the Pennsylvania German Studies program at Ursinus College (see file 14-27). See file 39-13 for related photos and oversize file 60-3 for I. C. and Bessie Kulp's 1965 display on "The Plain Sects of Montgomery County".

Box
14
Folder
16-19

Pennsylvania German dictionary project, 1965-1999.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was a primary informant for C. Richard Beam's work in developing a Pennsylvania German-English dictionary.

Box
14
Folder
20-23

Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, 1956-1961.

Box
14
Folder
24

Pennsylvania German Society, 1959-1987.

Box
14
Folder
25-26

Pennsylvania German Studies, Ursinus College, 1974-1986.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp taught in this program under the leadership of Dr. William Parsons, especially in its extension at Kutztown Folk Festival. See also file 15-46.

Box
14
Folder
27

Pennsylvania Log House Society, 1973-1979.

Biographical/Historical note

Organization formed by I. C. Kulp, Robert Bucher and others, with the goal of preserving early log houses, especially on the Charming Forge historic site in western Berks County.

Box
14
Folder
28

Price Family Association.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was a descendant of the Price family. File contains copies of the Price family hymn and a history of the Abraham M. and Susan Alderfer Price family.

Box
14
Folder
29

Pricetown Meetinghouse, Pricetown, PA, 1973-1982.

Biographical/Historical note

Oldest unaltered Brethren meetinghouse, built 1777. Maidencreek/Mohrsville Church of the Brethren maintains the meetinghouse and holds annual memorial services there. I. C. Kulp was involved in leading these services over a number of years. File contains primarily programs from services, but also some correspondence. See photos 39-8-1, 41-8-26 and 46-18-12.

Box
14
Folder
30

Salford Legacy, 1991.

Biographical/Historical note

Planning materials for a local history journal entitled Salford Legacy, 1991. I. C. Kulp, Robert Bucher and Richard Daub planned this journal on the tails of Lower Salford Township's 250th anniversary celebrations in 1991, but it was never published.

Box
14
Folder
31

Schleitheim Seminar, 1977.

Biographical/Historical note

Seminar held at Schleitheim, Switzerland to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Schleitheim Confession of Faith. Initiative of the Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Heritage Committee. I. C. Kulp was invited to participate, but ultimately did not.

Box
14
Folder
32

Schwenkfelder Library, Pennsburg, PA, 1954-1960.

Box
14
Folder
33

Silent Night, Holy Night playscript.

Biographical/Historical note

Script for a play, Silent Night, Holy Night, on the story of the hymn's origin. I. C. Kulp played the role of hymn author Franz Gruber.

Box
15
Folder
1

Social Security: Surviving the System documentary, 1982.

Biographical/Historical note

Transcript of a radio documentary, Social Security: Surviving the System, aired on KYW News Radio, Philadelphia, PA, 1982. I. C. Kulp participated as a commentator on the Old Order approach to provision for the elderly.

Box
15
Folder
2

Souderton-Telford Ministerium, 1976.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp served on a consultation committee in relation to the American Bicentennial.

Box
15
Folder
3

Teaching and speaking engagements, 1967-2004.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp taught courses on Pennsylvania German history and culture at Cheltenham Township Adult School, circa 1967-1975; Methacton Continuing Education, circa 1976; and Souderton Area Community School, circa 1982-1989. He was engaged as a public speaker in numerous settings until 2004.

Box
15
Folder
4-5

Towamencin Historical Society, 1974-1975.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp lectured for this township historical society in 1975.

Box
15
Folder
6

Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society, 1974-1980.

Box
15
Folder
7

The "Wisdom Table", 1993-1995.

Biographical/Historical note

Informal group of friends who met with I. C. Kulp, John Ruth and Alan Keyser at the Energy Station restaurant, Vernfield, PA on Tuesday mornings for a number of years; sort of an ecumenical Pennsylvania German breakfast club. In the 1990s, the group held an annual Christmas banquet. File contains hand-drawn invitations by I. C. Kulp for the Christmas dinners, 1993-1995. See file 39-18 for related photos.

Box
15
Folder
8

Series F. Personal interest files.

Amish.

Box
15
Folder
9

C. Richard Beam.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German columnist known as "der Bischli-Gnippli," compiler of a Pennsylvania German-English dictionary, and head of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies at Millersville University.

Box
15
Folder
10

Keith Brintzenhoff.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German musician and proprietor of Pennsylvania Dutch Hobbies, Kutztown, PA. File contains primarily catalogs of books available in his shop, 1982-1984.

Box
15
Folder
11

Lamar W. Bumbaugh.

Biographical/Historical note

Lamar W. Bumbaugh (1910-1997)--book dealer at Barto, PA and founder of "Mountain Bummy's Herb Society," of which I. C. Kulp was a member. Kulp bought many valuable books from Bumbaugh over the years. File contains primarily book catalogs and Herb Society material.

Box
15
Folder
12

Abraham H. Cassel.

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham H. Cassel (1820-1908)--I. C. Kulp modeled his persona after this well-known Brethren antiquarian and historian. Papers, photos, etc. from Cassel and his family are in the I. C. Kulp Historical Collection (see separate finding aid).

Box
14
Folder
34

Deborah Rahn Clemens.

Biographical/Historical note

Essay on Evangelical and Reformed Church music by Deborah Rahn Clemens, 1991.

Box
15
Folder
13

Jacob C. Clemens.

Biographical/Historical note

Jacob C. Clemens (1874-1965)--amateur historian and minister in the Plains Mennonite congregation, Hatfield, PA.

Box
15
Folder
14

Sandra Lee Cronk, dissertation on Gelassenheit.

Biographical/Historical note

Manuscript dissertation, Gelassenheit: The Rites of Redemptive Process in Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite Communities, by Sandra Lee Cronk (1942-2000), Quaker author and co-founder of School of the Spirit at Pendle Hill retreat center, Wallingford, PA. Ms. Cronk had significant correspondence with I. C. Kulp (see boxes 9 and 10).

Box
15
Folder
15-16

Falkner Swamp Reformed Church, Gilbertsville, PA.

Box
15
Folder
17

William Fetterman.

Biographical/Historical note

Theatre scholar of New York, NY. The bulk of this file is a paper written by Fetterman on Pennsylvania German folk plays.

Box
15
Folder
18

Robert Frost, poet.

Box
15
Folder
19

Nancy Kettering Frye, essay on Sarah Richter Major.

Biographical/Historical note

Biographical essay on Sarah Righter Major (1808-1884), by Nancy Kettering Frye, 1997. Sarah Major was an early female preacher in the Church of the Brethren.

Box
15
Folder
20

John F. Funk, "Journal of the Quincyville School".

Biographical/Historical note

Transcription of Funk's "Journal of the Quincyville School, Montgomery Co., Pa....1855". John F. Funk (1835-1930) was a Mennonite church leader and pioneer in Mennonite publishing. This journal is from his years of teaching school as a young man.

Box
15
Folder
21

German hymns.

Box
15
Folder
22-23

German language worship.

Box
15
Folder
24

Good Shepherd Reformed Church, Boyertown, PA.

Scope and Contents note

Congregational directory for 1911.

Box
15
Folder
25

Heidelberg Reformed Church, Schwenksville, PA.

Scope and Contents note

Annual reports for 1902, 1907 and 1908.

Box
15
Folder
26

Himmelsbriefen (letters from Heaven).

Scope and Contents note

Draft of an article on Himmelsbriefen, author unknown. I. C. Kulp was very interested in the traditional reverence for  Himmelsbriefen among Pennsylvania Germans. For broadside examples of  Himmelsbriefen, see oversize file 58-7.

Box
15
Folder
27

Amos B. Hoover.

Biographical/Historical note

Old Order Mennonite deacon and founder of Muddy Creek Farm Library, Denver, PA.

Box
15
Folder
28

Alan G. Keyser.

Biographical/Historical note

File contains articles written by Keyser. He and I. C. Kulp were close friends and historical associates.

Box
15
Folder
29

Michael S. Kriebel.

Biographical/Historical note

Contemporary fraktur artist.

Box
15
Folder
30

Abraham Lincoln.

Biographical/Historical note

President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)--I. C. Kulp, particularly in his teenage years, was fascinated with Lincoln, not least because there was rumor of Lincoln having Brethren associations. See also newspaper clippings in boxes 21 and 63 and the Feb. 6, 1955 issue of Horizons, the Church of the Brethren youth periodical.

Box
15
Folder
31

Local politics, 1961-1981.

Box
15
Folder
32

Stephen L. Longenecker, biography of the Christopher Sauers, 1980-1981.

Box
15
Folder
33-34

Mennonites.

Box
15
Folder
35-42

Richard P. Middleton.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German poet. File contains primarily verse written by Middleton, mostly in the form of humorous limericks, circa 1982-1983.

Box
15
Folder
43

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bally, PA.

Box
15
Folder
44

New Goshenhoppen Reformed Church, East Greenville, PA.

Scope and Contents note

Historical material and texts of sermons preached by Deborah Rahn Clemens, Antonio Villareal, and Thomas Marlin, 1995-2002.

Box
15
Folder
45

Old Goshenhoppen Church, Woxall, PA.

Box
15
Folder
51

William T. Parsons.

Biographical/Historical note

William T. Parsons (1923-1991)--chair of Pennsylvania German Studies at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. I. C. Kulp taught under Parsons in the Pennsylvania German Studies program (see file 14-27).

Box
15
Folder
46

Pennsylvania German dialect.

Related Archival Materials note

See also files 14-15 and 14-20 through 14-23, notes and notebooks in boxes 1 and 2, map of Montgomery County with PA German place names in file 60-5, and PA German word game and card file in box 64.

Box Folder
PA German dialect, general.
Scope and Contents note

File includes manuscript word lists by I. C. Kulp and issues of Pfälzer Heimatgruß, 1971-1979.

15 47

PA German dialect worship services, 1959-1985.

15 48
PA German dialect hymns and folk songs.
Scope and Contents note

Some manuscript material by I. C. Kulp and others.

15 49

PA German dialect plays, poetry, columns, etc.

15 50

Pennsylvania sites and tourism, 1960-2000.

Box
16
Folder
1-3

Quakers (Society of Friends).

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp maintained close relations with several Quakers and occasionally spoke to Quaker groups.

Box
16
Folder
4

Recipes for food, soap, household remedies, etc.

Scope and Contents note

Significant amount of manuscript material.

Box
15
Folder
52

Barbara Reimensnyder, interviews on powwowing.

Scope and Contents note

Transcripts of oral interviews conducted by Barbara Reimensnyder in Union County, PA on the topic of powwowing and home remedies, 1976.

Box
16
Folder
5

Rudy's Country Kitchen, Harleysville, PA.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp ate breakfast at this family-owned restaurant for a number of years.

Box
16
Folder
6

Alexander Schaeffer, account book transcription.

Biographical/Historical note

Transcription of an Alexander Schaeffer account book, 1762-1768. Schaeffer founded Schaefferstown, PA, where I. C. Kulp was involved with folklife preservation and interpretation (see files 12-17 through 12-21).

Box
16
Folder
7

Schwenkfelders.

Box
16
Folder
8-9

Amos L. Seldomridge.

Biographical/Historical note

Reformed minister at Old Goshenhoppen Church, Woxall, PA; involved with the Goschenhoppen Historians.

Box
16
Folder
10

Shakers (United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing).

Box
16
Folder
11

U. S. Census, 1930, Lower Salford and Towamencin Townships, PA.

Scope and Contents note

Facsimiles of census pages for Lower Salford and Towamencin Townships, Montgomery County, 1930, with a transcription of the Towamencin Township census.

Box
16
Folder
12

Vernfield, PA.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp lived in Vernfield (Montgomery County) all his life. For photos related to Vernfield, see files 41-2, 41-3 and 41-7 through 41-14.

Box
16
Folder
13

John Weaver, diary transcription.

Scope and Contents note

Typed transcription of the diary of John Weaver (1824-1904), September-December 1873. Photocopies of the original diary are in box 19, folders 25 through 39.

Box
16
Folder
14

William Woys Weaver.

Biographical/Historical note

Horticulturalist and culinarian.

Box
16
Folder
15

Frederick S. Weiser.

Biographical/Historical note

Frederick S. Weiser (1935-2009)--Lutheran minister, historian and fraktur scholar. File contains his article "Piety and Protocol in Folk Art: Pennsylvania German Birth and Baptismal Certificates," 1973.

Box
16
Folder
16

Don Yoder.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German folklorist and early leader in folklife studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Box
16
Folder
17

Series G. Catalogs.

Auction catalogs, 1958-2000.

Scope and Contents note

Catalogs from Pennypacker Auction House, Reading, PA (1962-1984), Alderfer Auction Company, Hatfield, PA (1968-2000), Horst Auctioneers, Ephrata, PA (1982-1996) and others.

Box
16
Folder
18-21

Book catalogs, 1952-1996.

Scope and Contents note

Catalogs from the Weaver/Provident Bookstore and Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society book auctions, 1962-1982.

Box
16
Folder
22-24

Series H. Research files.

Family history.

Box
16
Folder
25

Historic architecture.

Box
16
Folder
26

Pennsylvania Jewish history.

Box
16
Folder
27

Plain culture.

Box
16
Folder
28

Series I. Photocopies.

Collected photocopies.

Box Folder

Photocopies: documents and drafts related to bridges over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek by the Alderfer/Groff mill, Lower Salford Twp., Montgomery Co.,PA, 1827-1860.

17 1

Photocopy: “ Geistliche u. andächtige Lieder, aufgesetzt von Br. Johannes Preiss…,” 1753.

17 2

Photocopy: Montgomery County Historical Society transcription of James Y. Heckler’s 1892 History of the Heckler Family.

17 3

Photocopy: J. G. Henitsch apothecary record, Lancaster, PA, 1821-1834.

17 4
Photocopies: maps.
Related Archival Materials note

See also oversize folder 60-5.

17 5

Photocopies: letters from John B. and Sarah Young Moyer, Montgomery County, OH, to Jacob B. Mensch, 1862-1865. From the Mensch Collection at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville.

17 6

Photocopy: Pennsylvania Town and Country-Man’s Almanack for 1764, printed by Christoph Saur, Philadelphia, PA, 1763.

17 7

Photocopy: “ Ein neu Trauer Lied…Tod ist wieder kommen,” printed for Jacob Schweitzer by J. Bauman, Ephrata, PA, 1828.

17 8

Photocopy: unidentified manuscript account book, ca. 1808-1896.

17 9

Photocopies: general historical material, ca. 1649-1975.

18 1

Photocopies: general historical material (undated).

18 2

Photocopies: Jacob Gottschall papers.

Biographical/Historical note

Jacob Gottschall (1769-1845) was a leading bishop in the Franconia Mennonite Conference in the early to mid 19th century. File includes some manuscript translation and interpretive work by I. C. Kulp and others, circa 1980. The original papers were at one time in Mr. Kulp's collection, but were sold.

Box
18
Folder
3-8

Photocopies: I. C. Kulp Historical Collection.

Scope and Contents note

Historical material (mostly manuscript) that is or was in the I. C. Kulp Historical Collection (see separate finding aid). These copies were made by the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania in 1980.

Box
19
Folder
1-43

Collection Inventory

Series A. Personal and family photos.

Subseries A1. Personal interest photos.

Box Folder

Apple Butter Frolic, Harleysville, PA--4 photos, 1985-2002.

39 1

Artifacts--89 photos.

39 2

Delp's Meetinghouse (Herrehaus), Harleysville--49 photos, 1900-2000 (Bulk, 1957-2000) .

39 3

Donald Shelley--5 photos, 1997.

39 4

Frick's Meetinghouse, Hatfield, PA--3 photos, 1985-1990.

39 5

Gemeinschaft 1723 (play)--8 photos, 1973.

39 6

Goschenhoppen Historians--35 photos, 1964-1993 (Bulk, 1964-1975) .

39 7

Goschenhoppen Sing-Gemeinde/Sing-Schieler--4 photos, 1977-1997.

39 8

Heckler Plains, Harleysville--16 photos, 1976-1980.

39 9

Isaac Clarence Kulp artwork--24 photos, 1972-1998 (Bulk, 1992-1995) .

39 10

Klein's Meetinghouse and Harley Burial Ground, Harleysville--37 photos, 1956-2006.

39 11

Kolb-Kulp-Culp Reunion--24 photos, 1919-1982 (Bulk, 1966-1973) .

39 12

Kutztown (PA) Pennsylvania German Festival--14 photos, 1959-1970.

39 13

Methacton Cemetery, Fairview Village, PA--5 photos, 1992-1995.

39 14

Rudy's Country Kitchen Restaurant, Harleysville--11 photos, circa 1995.

39 15

Schaefferstown, PA--60 photos, 1963-1982.

39 16

William Kulp (1811-1880) clock--3 photos, 1979.

39 17

The "Wisdom Table", Energy Station Restaurant, Vernfield, PA--15 photos, 1992-1999.

39 18

Subseries A2. Family photos, 1890-2003.

Scope and Contents note

Over 600 photos from I. C. Kulp's immediate and extended Kulp and Gottshall families, including the photo collection of his grandmother Elizabeth Garges Gottshall (numerous cabinet cards, circa 1890).

Box Folder

Family photos.

39 19-22

Family photos.

40 1-6

Series B. Acquired photo collections.

Subseries B1. Benner, Joseph D. and Sallie Landis--69 photos, 1890-1970.

Biographical/Historical note

Joseph D. (1882-1946) and Sallie Landis Benner (1883-1974) lived in Souderton, PA and are buried in Souderton Mennonite Cemetery. These photos are mostly identified, and include a collection from Sallie's mother, Elizabeth Price Landis.

Box
40
Folder
7-10

Subseries B2. Cassel, Abraham H. and Elizabeth Rhoads--52 photos, 1870-1932.

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham H. Cassel (1820-1908) was a well-known Brethren antiquarian and book collector. He and his wife Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel (1823-1898) lived near the Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, PA, where they were members. This album contains photos of their family.

Subseries B3. Foutz, Rebecca--294 photos, 1880-1955.

Biographical/Historical note

Rebecca Foutz (1885-1955) was a Brethren woman, originally of Waynesboro, PA and later of Philadephia, PA. She never married, and her extensive collection of photographs came to I. C. Kulp through Lincoln G. Nyce. These are photos of Ms. Foutz's family and friends, and are nearly all identified.

Box
40
Folder
11-18

Subseries B4. Grater, Elias T. and Sarah Bergey--4 photos, 1900-1910.

Biographical/Historical note

Elias T. (1858-1939) and Sarah Bergey Grater (1861-1955) lived in Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, PA and are buried in Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery.

Box
40
Folder
19

Subseries B5. Harley, Elizabeth--86 photos, 1865-1930.

Biographical/Historical note

Elizabeth Harley was historian of the Harley Family Association. She gave these photos to I. C. Kulp. Most are of descendants of Jacob S. (1801-1882) and Sarah Price Harley (1804-1882), including a multi-generational collection from the family of national Women's Rights leader Flora Harley Britten (b. 1864).

Box
40
Folder
20-21

Subseries B6. Johnson, Ralph W. and Ella Custer--34 photos, 1885-1935.

Biographical/Historical note

Ralph W. (1898-1981) and Ella Custer Johnson (1902-1977) lived in Creamery, Montgomery County, PA and are buried in Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery. These are mostly photos from the Custer family, and most are identified.

Box
40
Folder
22-24

Subseries B7. Metzger, Howard K.--186 photos, 1890-1925.

Scope and Contents note

Most of these photos are from the studio of Howard Metzger's father, photographer Allen G. Metzger (1865-1946) of Harleysville, PA. Many tintypes, including an album from the Kriebel-Metzger family.

Box
40
Folder
26-29

Subseries B8. Nyce, William G. photos, 1890-1955.

Biographical/Historical note

William G. Nyce (1888-1958) was founder of Nyce Printing Company and a member of Hatfield (PA) Church of the Brethren. This collection includes many glass negatives and prints of local photography by Jonas H. Nyce of Vernfield and Souderton, circa 1900-1910. For additional Jonas Nyce photography, see folders 41-14 and 46-3.

Box Folder

William G. Nyce photos--44 photos, 1890-1955.

41 1

Jonas H. Nyce photograpy (prints)--89 photos, 1900-1910.

41 2-3

Jonas H. Nyce photography (glass negatives)--35 negatives, 1900-1910.

42-43

Subseries B9. Shup, John and Sarah Bealer--8 photos, 1865-1900.

Biographical/Historical note

John (1832-1907) and Sarah Bealer Shup (1838-1924) lived in Milford Township, Bucks County, PA. These are unidentified photos from their family Bible.

Box
41
Folder
5

Subseries B10. Sundry local photos.

Box Folder

Local photos--646 photos, 1880-1995.

41 7-14
Local glass negatives--37 negatives.
Scope and Contents note

Images of Sumneytown, Green Lane and Ridge Valley, circa 1900, photographer unknown.

44-45

Subseries B11. Unidentified photos (481 photos).

Box
41
Folder
15-22

Subseries B12. Copy prints.

Box Folder

Published in Heckler Plains (1977)--16 photos, circa 1976.

46 1

Published in Pennsylvania Folklife 12:2 (1961)--8 photos of local meetinghouses by Peter Macinskas, circa 1961.

46 2

Reprints of historic Brethren images--58 photos.

46 3

Subseries B13. Oversize and framed photos (38 photos), 1880-2005 (Bulk, 1880-1930) .

Box
47-48

Collection Inventory

Series 1. Data/photo sheets for items featured in This Teaching I Present.

Box
1

Series 2. Data/photo sheets arranged by artist.

Box Folder

Christopher Dock related.

2 1

Salford 1815-1818 group.

2 2

Salford/Skippack related.

2 3-4

Cassel family related.

3

John Adam Eyer related.

4 1-2

David Kulp related.

4 3

Andreas Kolb related.

5
Godshall family related.
Scope and Contents note

Including Isaac Clarence Kulp's translation of the Jacob Gottschall (1769-1845) dowry record book.

6-7

Henry G. Johnson related.

8 1-2

Isaac Z. Hunsicker related.

8 3

John D. Souder related.

8 4
Sundry artists and motifs.
Scope and Contents note

Files on: Fraktur before 1770; Herman Ache; Andreas Bauer; Henry Bauer; John Adam Beyscher; Henry Brachtheiser; Engraver Artist; Flying Angels motif; John Gehman; Isaac Gross; Susanna Heebner; Hereford Artist; Jacob Hummel; Kommt Liebe Kinder Artist; Jacob Landes; Rudolph Landes; John Moyer; Joseph Moyer; Samuel Moyer; Samuel Musselman; Jacob Overholt; Rockhill Artist; Durs Rudie; Side Floral Bookplate Artist; Star motif.

9-10

Series 3. Data/photo sheets arranged by type.

Box Folder

Vorschriften (penmanship models).

11 1

Birth certificates.

11 2

Cutwork.

11 3

Family registers.

11 4

Singing related.

11 5

Teaching pieces.

11 6-8

School rewards and pictures.

12 1-2

Schoolwork.

12 3

Notenbüchlein (manuscript tune booklets).

13

Bookplates.

14
Non-local/non-Mennonite.
Scope and Contents note

Files on: European fraktur; Christian Alsdorf; Amish fraktur; Matthew Fuchs; Lancaster fraktur; Schwenkfelder fraktur; Christian Strenge; John Van Minian; other non-local.

15

Series 4. Miscellaneous this and that.

Scope and Contents note

Includes record of fraktur owners; files on: fakes, fraktur in the Library of Congress, and the Donald Shelley auction; and numerous articles on fraktur.

Box
16

Series 5. Slides.

Box

Slides of fraktur, with numbers corresponding to data sheets, #1-1011.

17

Slides of local and Mennonite history, with additional unnumbered fraktur slides.

18

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Mennonite Heritage Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection
Date [inclusive]:
1955-2007
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.5
Extent:
2 Linear feet ((3 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Audiovisual Collection contains 48 reel-to-reel and cassette tapes on which Mr. Kulp documented some of his research, interviews and historical work over the years. On these tapes can be heard traditional music of the Pennsylvania German community, as well as folklife interviews conducted by I. C. Kulp and fellow historians. In addition to audio tapes, there is a set of DVD’s that contain 28 hours of explanation and discussion by I. C. Kulp, John Ruth and Alan Keyser on items in Mr. Kulp’s collections.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp historical collection
Date [inclusive]:
1743-2005
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.2
Extent:
14 Linear feet ((20 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., PA. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Historical Collection consists of documents, correspondence, etc. from three centuries of PA German life in eastern Pennsylvania. Much of the material was bought by Mr. Kulp at family auctions, some was given to him. Highlights of this collection are papers and scrapbooks from Abraham H. Bergey (1876-1964) of Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co. (including papers from fraktur artist Samuel K. Gottschall), papers from the family of Abraham Harley Cassel (1820-1905) of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., and papers of Lutheran minister Josiah S. Renninger (1838-1919).
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp papers
Date [inclusive]:
1907-2007
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.1
Extent:
19 Linear feet ((19 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., PA. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Papers include personal and family manuscripts and correspondence, papers from his involvement in organizations and projects including the Goschenhoppen Historians (of which he was a founder), and papers related to his varied interests. The highlight of Mr. Kulp’s papers are his historical and folklore diaries. During his active adult life, I. C. Kulp kept historical diaries in which he made notes about things told to him by local people regarding folklore, etc.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp photo collection
Date [bulk]:
1900-2000
Date [inclusive]:
1865-2006
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.4
Extent:
5 Linear feet ((8 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Photo Collection: Mr. Kulp amassed an important collection of over 3,200 photographic images (an item-level inventory is available at http://www.mhep.org/files/inventories/HM436photoinventorydetailed.pdf). Many of the photos are local, including groups from the Kulp, Gottshall, Cassel, Foutz, Harley, Custer, Kriebel, and Metzger families. The most notable part of the collection is a unique group of 35 glass negatives from young photographer Jonas H. Nyce in the years 1900-1910. These are original images that give a rare view into life on the Indian Creek in central Montgomery County, Pennsylvania at the turn of the twentieth century.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Hershey, Mary Jane Lederach, 1930-
Title:
Mary Jane Lederach Hershey fraktur research collection
Date [inclusive]:
1979-2005
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.407
Extent:
4 Linear feet ((18 flat boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
From 1979 to 2005, historian Mary Jane Lederach Hershey visited many libraries, museums and private fraktur collections in the eastern United States, gathering data and photographs of fraktur produced by or related to the Mennonite community of eastern Pennsylvania. She collected data on over 1,000 items. Some were featured in her book This Teaching I Present: Fraktur from the Skippack and Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse Schools, 1747-1836 (Good Books, 2003). A full inventory of the data/photo sheets is available in PDF: http://mhep.org/files/inventories/HM407inventory.pdf or as an Excel spreadsheet (for sorting): http://mhep.org/files/inventories/HM407inventory.xlsx. Search either of these by pressing Ctrl+f.
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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2014

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Forrest L. Moyer

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Forrest L. Moyer

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Forrest L. Moyer

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Mary Jane Lederach Hershey and Forrest L. Moyer

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Brethren (Church of the Brethren).
Form/Genre(s)
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Research notes
Personal Name(s)
  • Baver, Florence, 1911-1999
  • Birmelin, John, 1873-1950
  • Frey, J. William (John William), 1916-1989
  • Gottshall, Rein F., 1880-1976
  • Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Subject(s)
  • Folk songs, Pennsylvania German
  • Folklore
  • Hymns, German
  • Interviews
  • Pennsylvania German dialect
  • Singing
  • Storytelling

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Cassel
  • Gottshall
  • Renninger
  • Shisler
Form/Genre(s)
  • Broadsides
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Family papers
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Manuscripts
  • Scrapbooks
Personal Name(s)
  • Cassel, Abraham Harley, 1820-1908
  • Gottschall, Samuel K., 1808-1898
  • Renninger, Josiah S., 1838-1919
Subject(s)
  • Fraktur art
  • Lutheran Church--Clergy
  • Spiritual healing

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc..
Family Name(s)
  • Gottshall
  • Kulp
Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Family papers
  • Postcards
  • Research notes
  • Scrapbooks
Personal Name(s)
  • Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Subject(s)
  • Folklore
  • Fraktur art
  • Pennsylvania German dialect
  • Storytelling

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Cassel
  • Custer
  • Foutz
  • Gottshall
  • Harley
  • Kulp
Form/Genre(s)
  • Glass negatives
  • Photographs
Personal Name(s)
  • Cassel, Abraham Harley, 1820-1908
  • Metzger, Allen G., 1865-1946
  • Nyce, Jonas H., 1884-1948

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Cassel
  • Godshall
Form/Genre(s)
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Research notes
Personal Name(s)
  • Dock, Christopher, d. 1771
  • Eyer, John Adam, 1755-1837
  • Gottschall, Samuel K., 1808-1898
  • Hunsicker, Isaac Z., 1803-1870
  • Johnson, Henry G., 1806-1879
  • Kolb, Andreas, 1749-1811
  • Kulp, David, 1777-1834
  • Souder, John D., 1865-1942
Subject(s)
  • Education
  • Fraktur art
  • Music
  • Singing

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Collection Inventory

Series A. Audio material.

Sub-Series A1. Reel-to-reel tapes.

Box Reel

Second Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1958; singing of Pennsylvania German "spirituals" by Ira R. Bright (1887-1975) and daughter Grace S. Bright (1921- ), no date; interview and singing by Sallie Moyer Landis (1867-1962) in Pennsylvania German, no date.

49 1

Second Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1958 (continued)--dedication of Henry Funk and Jacob Landis memorial stones.

49 2

Third Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1959; singing of German hymns by James B. Derstine (1876-1961), Jacob C. Clemens (1874-1965), Hanna Rittenhouse Clemens (1880-1977), Rein F. Gottshall (1880-1976), Sallie Landis and others, recorded in several sessions probably circa 1960-1961.

49 3

Fourth Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1960 (recording is poor).

49 4

Singing of Evangelical hymns by Rein Gottshall; interview with Sallie Landis in Pennsylvania German; historical talks by Alan G. Keyser, Roy C. Kulp, Abe Hunsicker, Jacob C. Clemens, Wesley Reiff and Warren K. Schlotterer, 1961.

49 5

Interviews and singing by Jacob and Hanna Clemens, Rein Gottshall, Ira Bright and niece Miriam Bright Horne (1897-1978), recorded 1962-1963; singing of English folk hymns by Yvonne Milspaw, 1977.

49 6

Interviews with Bessie Gottshall Kulp (1901-1986), Maggie Oberholtzer (Denver, PA), and Rein Gottshall, 1962-1964; "Concept" radio program of J. William Frey speaking about Pennsylvania Dutch music, no date; Florence Baver radio program, no date; (Sixth?) Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, probably 1962.

49 7

Seventh Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1963--I. C. Kulp, moderator.

49 8

Eighth Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1964.

49 9

Organ music by Warren K. Schlotterer (1881-1968); congregational singing (possibly at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, PA); German hymns led by Peter Wiebe; singing of Pennsylvania German "spirituals" by Harvey G. Cressman (1880-1961), Mary Lizzie Derstine Cressman (1884-1967), I. Wilbur Lapp (1909-1995), and Isaac Clarence Kulp.

49 10

John E. Lapp (1905-1988), I. Wilbur Lapp, and Harvey Cressman (tape recorded by Ephraim Delp), no date.

49 11

Interview and singing of German hymns by Rein Gottshall, May 1967.

49 12-13

Singing of Brethren hymns by Rein Gottshall, no date ("Geduld" by Peter Becker, and Christopher Sower Jr's acrostic hymn).

49 14

Florence Baver dialect radio program--the "Pennsylvania Dutch Show" on WKEP, no date.

49 15

I. C. Kulp reading from his collection of folk cultural notes collected 1950-1968.

49 16

I. C. Kulp reading from John Theobald Faber’s powwow book (recording is poor).

49 17

Eight-part lecture series given by I. C. Kulp at Longenecker’s Brethren Meetinghouse (Lititz, PA) on the theme “Our Brethren Heritage”, 1975.

49 18-21

Sub-Series A2. Cassettes.

Box Cassette

Goschenhoppen Sing-Gemeinde singing from A. G. Clemmer's German-language appendix to the 1927 Mennonite Church Hymnal, no date.

49 1-2

Singing at Klein's Meetinghouse, Harleysville, PA, 5 October 1980.

49 3

"'Nun Danket Alle Gott': Hymnody of the Pennsylvania Germans", talk given by Isaac Clarence Kulp at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA, 27 April 1981.

49 4

Pennsylvania German singing at Delp's Meetinghouse, Harleysville, 30 August 1981--I. C. Kulp, leader.

49 5

Interview with Ernest R. Clemens (1900-1997), recorded 1979; singing with plain people at Indian Creek Haven Farm, Harleysville, 31 August 1981.

49 6

Interview with Ruth Kraybill Souder (1889-1993) by I. C. Kulp, 1981-1982.

49 7

Goschenhoppen Sing-Schieler at I. C. Kulp's home, Vernfield, PA, 25 January 1982.

49 8

Funeral of Bessie Gottshall Kulp, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, 1986.

49 9

I. C. Kulp and John L. Ruth touring the Harley Burial Ground at Klein's Meetinghouse, 25 August 2000.

49 10-11

Pennsylvania German (Dutch) Poems and Stories by Ernie Bechtel, no date.

49 12

Gedichde un Gschichde: Pennsylvania-German Poems and Stories with audience response by Ernest G. Gehman, Harrisonburg, VA, 1979.

49 13

I. C. Kulp speaking at a money management conference at Line Lexington (PA) Mennonite Church, 1974.

49 15

Sub-Series A3. Compact discs.

Arrangement note

Copies of cassettes 49-7, 49-10 and 49-11.

Sub-Series A4. Phonograph records.

Box Record

45 RPM record of John Birmelin poems: “Der Rumhocker Poem” and “ABC Poem”, produced by the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, no date.

49 1

Three-record album (78 RPM)-- Folksongs of the Pennsylvania Dutch / sung and interpreted by J. William Frey (3-record album), produced by the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, Franklin and Marshall College, no date.

49 2-4

Series B. Visual/AV material.

Sub-Series B1. VHS cassettes.

Arrangement note

One tape; private.

Sub-Series B2. Digital photo CDs.

Box Disc

Slides from the I. C. Kulp Photo Collection scanned to CD, 2007.

50 1

Sub-Series B3. Digital video discs.

Box Disc

Isaac Clarence Kulp memorial DVD, compiled by Bud Gross for Kulp’s burial and memorial services, August 2007.

50 2

I. C. Kulp, John L. Ruth and Alan G. Keyser examining and reflecting on items from Kulp's collections, recorded by Eugene Wampler, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, 2001. A transcript is available.

50 3-31

Sub-Series B4. Digital camcorder cassettes.

Arrangement note

Original camcorder tapes for content on discs 50-3 through 50-31.

Box
51

Collection Inventory

Series A. Paper files.

Subseries A1. Historical miscellanea.

Box Folder

Memorabilia and ephemera.

20 1-4

Leaves from two copies of the German Bible published by Christoph Sower at Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1743.

20 5

Cards (2) from Der Frommen Lotterie, published by Christoph Sower, Germantown, 1744.

20 6

Leaves from a copy of the German Bible published by Christoph Sower, Germantown, 1763.

20 7

Leaves from Carl Friedrich Egelmann's copy book, Deutsche und Englische Vorschriften für die Jugend, Reading, PA, 1821.

20 8

Calendars, local historical and church birthday, 1952-1995. [oversized].

59 5-6
Maps. [oversized].
Related Archival Materials note

See also folder 17-5.

60 5

Subseries A2. Broadsides.

Box Folder
Small broadsides.
Scope and Contents note

File includes published notice of the resignation of Rev. John Andrew Strassburger from the Tohickon-Indianfield Reformed charge, 1854.

20 9

Small commercial broadsides.

20 10

Songs and poems (broadsides and pamphlets).

20 11

Large broadsides. [oversized].

58 5

Fire letter broadsides. [oversized].

58 6

Himmelsbrief (Heaven's letter) broadsides. [oversized].

58 7

Pennsylvania Dutch Recipe Frakturs by Adele Hostetter Hershey and Ruth Hershey Irion, Hamburg, PA, 1947. [oversized].

58 8

Broadsides printed by Harry F. Stauffer at Farmersville, Lancaster County, PA, circa 1953-1970. [oversized].

58 9

Fraktur motifs. [oversized].

58 10

Posters, circa 1950-1989. [oversized].

58 11

Oversize broadsides.

60 6

Des Saengers Harmonie broadside, by Samuel K. Cassel, 1855. [oversized].

60 7

Auction broadside for property of Henry Kolb, Salfordville, PA, 1877. [oversized].

60 8
Oversize posters. [oversized].
Scope and Contents note

File contains a poster for the Historic Schaefferstown Folklife Conference, circa 1965, and the Old Goshenhoppen Church Annual Picnic, 1977.

60 9

Subseries A3. Local business promotionals.

Box Folder

Business promotionals, 20th century.

20 12-18

Business promotional calendars. [oversized].

59 7-10

Subseries A4. Local programs.

Box
20
Folder
19-27

Subseries A5. Manuscripts.

Related Archival Materials note

See also papers of ministers of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, PA, in the I. C. Kulp Brethren Collection, box 36, folders 6 through 14, and box 37.

Box Folder

Sundry manuscripts, 18th-20th centuries.

20 28-29
Oversize manuscripts.
Scope and Contents note

File includes an unidentified family record, circa 1755-1775.

58 12

Artwork.

20 30
Certificates, 1800-1964.
Scope and Contents note

1) Jacob Schardel membership in the German Society of Reading, PA, 1800; 2) Jacob Krauss and Lydia Kriebel marriage, Worcester, PA, signed by Casper Wack, 1830; 3) Samuel and Hannah Mohler Landes family record, professionally printed, 1836 or after; 4) Charles Kern and Mary Yerger marriage, signed by J. S. Dubs, 1855; 5) Susan Gilbert confirmation, Douglassville, PA, signed by G. A. Struntz, 1866; 6) Mamie Wolf collection for the American Bible Union to “give the Sacred Scriptures to the Freedmen of America,” 1876; 7) Thomas R. Brendle “citation for pastoral service” from the United Church of Christ, 1965.

20 31
Oversize certificates.
Scope and Contents note

1) Lydia Hersch confirmation by Rev. Daniel Weiser, 1839; 2) Michael and Mary Ann Kettering Nafzger/Nafziger family record, ca. 1850-1864; 3) Michael and Maria Rosenberger Swartley marriage, 1861; 4) blank birth and baptismal certificate printed by Scheffer, Harrisburg, PA; 5) I. C. Kulp 8th grade diploma, 1952; 6) I. C. Kulp perfect attendance at Sunday School, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, 1952; 7) I. C. Kulp membership in the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, 1957 (see file 14-24); 8) I. C. Kulp birth and baptismal certificate, late 20th century; 9) Bessie Gottshall Kulp award of merit from the Goschenhoppen Historians, circa 1982.

58 13
Confirmation songs.
Scope and Contents note

One unsigned and undated; one written by Jefferson M. Ditzler and lettered by George J. Miller, Bethel, PA, 1852.

20 32
Letters, 1871-1974.
Scope and Contents note

Older letters include: 1) letter from Joel Kantner, Lower Bern, Berks County, PA, 1871; 2) envelope addressed in rhyme to J. S. Michener, New London, Chester County, PA; 3) letter fragment from Pike Township, Berks County; 4) envelopes addressed to Alice Hagey at Salfordville and Elroy, PA, in Henry D. Hagey’s handwriting, sent from New York City, 1898; 5) letter from J. M. Kaufman at the American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtari, India, to William D. Fretz, Perkasie, PA, 1911; 6) resignation letter from James B. Shisler to Amwell Church of the Brethren, Amwell, NJ, 1911.

20 33

Unidentified manuscript hymn book, no date.

20 34
Unidentified manuscript "seal book", 1865.
General note

Photocopy; original discarded due to poor condition.

20 35

Unidentified restaurant placemat collection, 1960s. [oversized].

52 6

Baumann, August--bookplates for Alice M. Geisinger, 1903, and Oscar W. S. Huber.

20 36

Bördors, Johann Theil--estate inventory, 1744.

20 37

Bucher, Isaac (presumably 1880-1970)--papers.

20 38

Culp, Samuel and Jane--papers from family Bible. [oversized].

20 70

Dinges, Catharina (circa 1794)--papers from her hymnbook.

20 39

Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata, PA--receipt from Sister Sophia to Abraham Konigmacher, trustee, 1811.

20 40

Gottshall, Benjamin--manuscript New Year wish, 1823.

20 41

Gottshall, Reinhart F. (1880-1976)--German translation of the gospel hymn "The Ninety and Nine", 1963.

20 42

Harley, Herbert--essays on Brethren history.

20 43-44

Hittel, John and Maria Frey (married 1847)--family Bible record (partially lettered by Martin Wetzler).

20 45

Jung, Johannes M.--bookplate, 1872.

20 46

Kinsie, Abraham--leaves from practice book, 1803.

20 47

Krebs, Friedrich (d. 1815)--birth and baptismal certificate for Elisabeth Beckle, Heidelberg Township, Dauphin County, PA, 1805. [oversized].

58 14

Kulp, John H. and Catherine Swartley (married 1844)--family Bible record.

20 47A

Landes, Rachel Harley (1789-1877)--birth record and papers from her Bible, 1840 circa.

20 47B

Laros, Jesse (1823- )--manuscript communion hymn.

20 48

Laros (Gross), Sarah Ann (1853- )--bookplate, 1867.

20 49

Metz, Henry G. and Susanna Alderfer (married 1858)--family Bible record.

20 50

Metz, Ida Groff (1866-1958)--papers. For related photos, see folder 40-25.

20 51-52

Moyer, Ella Slotter (1888-1973)--papers from her Bible.

20 53

Moyer, Frank G. (1874-1958)--papers.

20 54

Moyer, Leroy H. and Ruth Moyer (married 1943)--papers. For clippings, see oversize folder 63-7.

20 55

Moyer, Sarah--bookplate, 1838.

20 56
Musselman, William F. (1899-1958)--historical papers.
Scope and Contents note

Several family Bible records (two lettered by Martin Wetzler); manuscript memoirs regarding powwowing experiences, etc. by Musselman; manuscript material by Souderton historian Henry S. Landes (1871-1950), etc.

20 57

Oda, Wilbur H. (1892-1953)--manuscript notes on Pennsylvania German publishing.

20 58

Price, Benjamin and Mary Anna Boos (married 1857)--family Bible record.

20 59

"S. Catharina" paper cutting, 1769?.

20 60

Schellhase, Adam E.--papers, including notes on powwowing.

20 61

Schelly, Susanna--fraktur bookplate, 1837.

20 62

Schucker, Benjamin and Angelina Schäfer (married 1860)--family Bible record, lettered by Martin Wetzler.

20 63
Scherdel, Jacob--legal form practice sheet, circa 1795.
Related Archival Materials note

See also Jacob Schardel certificate in folder 20-31.

20 64

Seibert, Reuben and Katie Henry (married 1897)--family Bible record, lettered by August Baumann, and papers from the Bible.

20 65-66

Shisler, Melvin F. (1899-1984)--papers. See also birthday book in box 25 and scrapbooks in box 56.

20 67

Stoltzfus, Simmon K. and Katie Glick (married 1889)--family Bible record.

20 68

Souder, John D. (1865-1942)--artwork. [oversized].

58 15
Stover, Susan Keeler (1891-1978)--papers.
Scope and Contents note

One notebook in this file contains manuscript recipes; another includes estate appraisals for Christian F. and Elizabeth Moyer Moyer, 1936.

20 69

Unidentified fraktur Vorschrift: " Darum trage deine Ketten...", 1809.

21 1

Civil War era songs.

21 2

Alderfer, John B. (1839-1887)--fraktur family record.

21 3

Cassel, Jacob--draft of land belonging to the heirs of Elizabeth Stump Hagey, Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., 1823.

21 4
Gottshalk, Gottshalk (1753-1824)--account book, 1788-1798.
Scope and Contents note

Original account book, rebound, with record of attendees at the Gottshall Reunion, 1918, transcription/translation by Raymond Hollenbach, and a related note by I. C. Kulp.

21 5
Gottshall, William Z. (1784-1875)--account book, 1832-1846.
Scope and Contents note

Original account book and transcription/translation by Raymond Hollenbach.

21 6

Kerver, Adam (1822?- )--blacksmith accounts, letters, etc. See also oversize ledger in folder 58-12.

21 7

Kindig, Samuel (1806-1869)--fraktur practice book, circa 1825.

21 8

Moyer, Harvey S. (1870-1957)--papers: poems and genealogy.

21 9
Nyce, William G. (1888-1958)--papers.
Related Archival Materials note

For related photos, see files 41-1 through 41-3, boxes 42 and 43, and MHEP.Hist.Mss.382 William G. Nyce Coll.

21 10
Overholt, Joseph G. (1832-1905)--papers.
Scope and Contents note

Manuscript tune book and “Ohio accounts”/ medicinal book (circa 1855); fraktur ABC song lettered by Joseph Overholt, 1863; correspondence, musical notation, penmanship practice sheets, etc.; undated manuscript tune book.

21 11-14

Phillips, Wheeler W.--manuscript copy of will, Bergen County, NJ, 1893.

21 15

Price, Abraham A. (1883-1966)--schoolteaching records, Indian Creek School, Vernfield, PA, circa 1905-1917.

21 16

Sower, Christopher (1695-1753)--administration bond for the estate of Anna Sybilla Cramer, 1745.

21 17

Weaver, Menno B. (1887-1963)--papers.

21 18

Werstler, Christian--bond, 1805, and receipt, 1820.

21 19

Subseries A6. Clippings.

Scope and Contents note

Clippings featuring I. C. Kulp; Mennonite-related; German language; Church of the Brethren (mostly from the COB Messenger); PA German dialect and other columns: “  ‘S Pennsylfawnishe Deitsch Eck,” by Preston A. Barba and C. Richard Beam, 1935-1984; “  Es Deitsch Schtick,” by Richard Druckenbrod, 1979-1982; “  Der Shdivvel Knecht,” by Clarence G. Reitnauer, 1968-1984; “‘I remember’ by the old timer."; “Pumpernickle Bill,” by William S. Troxell, 1947-1952; “Up and Down Montgomery County,” by Edward W. Hocker (an extensive collection); 100-year reprint pages from the  Town and Country, Pennsburg, PA, 2001-2007; Leroy H. and Ruth Moyer Moyer clippings. Oversize clippings are in box 60, folders 11-15 and box 63, folders 6-9.

Box
21
Folder
20-32

Subseries A7. Obituaries, funeral and memorial cards, 1867-2006.

Related Archival Materials note

For funeral programs, see folder 20-27; also see oversize obituaries in folder 63-5.

Box
22
Folder
1-8

Subseries A8. Land deeds.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Dielman Kolb to Jacob Hackman, Franconia Township, Philadelphia County, PA—lease and release, 1748-1749.

23 1

George and Catharina Frederick to Herman Weishy, Upper Salford Township, Philadelphia County, 1763.

23 2

Two deeds for land in “Millersburg,” printed at Ephrata Cloister: John and Elizabeth Miller to Michael Haverstick and Philip Frick, 1765.

23 3

Henry and Susanna Van Pool to Michael Kolb, Marlborough Township, Philadelphia County, 1774.

23 4

Frederick Alderfer to John Alderfer, Lower Salford Township, Philadelphia County, 1776.

23 5

Michael and Magdalena Kolb to Andrew Mowrer, Upper Hanover Township, Philadelphia County, 1784.

23 6

Jacob and Mary Price to Peter Wile, Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, 1812.

23 7

Estate of John Reiff to John Tyson, Towamencin Township, Montgomery County, 1834.

23 8

Two deeds for land bordering Hatfield Church of the Brethren, Hatfield Township, Montgomery County: George and Christiana Fisher to Charles Keller, 1857-1859.

23 9
Six deeds for the David H. Cassel property, Lower Salford Township, 1848-1884.
Scope and Contents note

File includes the following: 1) Jonas C. and Catharine Godshalk and Charles Fronefield to Isaac Landis, 1848; 2) Jonas and Catharine Godshalk to Michael Freed, 1849; 3) Isaac and Hettie Landis to Michael Freed, 1849; 4) Daniel and Barbara Clemens to Michael Freed, 1850; 5) Michael and Sarah Freed to Henry Harley, 1862; 6) Estate of Henry Harley to Benjamin N. Halteman, 1884.

23 10
Twelve deeds for the Isaac H. Delp property, Lower Salford Township, 1816-1884.
Scope and Contents note

File includes the following: 1) John and Barbara Snyder to Jacob Kulp, 1816; 2) Jacob and Elisabeth Stong to Philip Zieber, 1820; 3) Philip and Margaret Zieber to Isaac Schneider, 1833; 4) Jacob and Elizabeth Kulp to Isaac Schneider, 1837; 5) Isaac Schneider to Abraham Barndt, 1852; 6) Abraham and Margaret Barndt to Paul Barndt, 1856; 7) Jacob H. and Catharine Alderfer to Paul Barndt, May 1863; 8) Jacob and Catharine Alderfer to Paul Barndt, December 1863; 9) Enos and Catharine Wambold to Henry Z. Richard, 1865; 10) Henry Z. and Elizabeth Richard to Paul Barndt, 1866; 11) Paul and Elizabeth Barndt to Isaac H. Delp, 1875, with mortgage; 12) Jonas N. and Catharine Alderfer to Isaac H. Delp, 1884.

23 11-12

Wallace G. and Ella Kulp to Stanley and Florence Kircher, Lower Frederick Township, Montgomery County, 1931.

23 13

Series B. Bound manuscripts and scrapbooks.

Subseries B1. Bound manuscripts.

Box Volume

Weiss, George (1687-1740)--manuscript hymnbook presumably lettered by Schwenkfelder minister George Weiss, containing hymns based on biblical characters.

24 1
1761 edition of C. H. von Bogatzky’s Güldenes Schatz-Kästlein, containing autographs from students of the Lutheran seminary at Halle, Germany, 1765.
Biographical/Historical note

Several of the signers later came to Pennsylvania as ministers.

24 2

Faber, John Theobald (1771-1833)--powwow notebook of Reformed minister John Theobald Faber Jr., circa 1797-1816.

24 3

Unidentified manuscript tune book, circa 1800.

24 4

Ruth, Jacob (New Britain/Doylestown, Pa.)--manuscript tune book with fraktur bookplate dated 1806.

24 5

Demuth, Julia Susan--literary notebook, York, PA, 1838.

25 1

Underkoffler (Faust), Sarah (1840-1916)--autograph book, Frederick, PA, circa 1862-1865.

25 2

Wieand, Peter (1786-1868)--(in rear of notebook) record of public sale of the property of Peter Weiand/Wieand, Frederick, PA, 1869.

25 3

Hemmig, Benjamin F.--herbology notebook, Gouglersville, PA, circa 1880.

25 4

Allebach (Alderfer), Mary G. (1866-1963)--autograph book, Sellersville, PA, circa 1886-1887.

25 5

Unidentified manuscript prayers (Lutheran, German language), 20th century.

25 6

Unidentified manuscript notes from lectures by Drs. Frick, Horne and Haas, no date.

25 7

Unidentified manuscript recipes in a business diary from Walter W. Moyer Co., Ephrata, PA, circa 1927.

25 8

Shisler, Melvin F. (1899-1984)--birthday book, circa 1920.

25 9

Fry, Emma Derstine (1897-1984)--visiting diaries, Telford, PA, 1936-1940, 1943-1946.

25 10-11

Alderfer, Allen A. (1876-1963)--diaries, Souderton, PA, 1941, 1943, 1944.

25 12-14

Troxell, William S. (1893-1957)--Pennsylvania German lecture notes of columnist “Pumpernickel Bill” (William Troxell), mid-20th century.

25 12

Subseries B2. Scrapbooks.

Box Volume

Clippings compiled by Isaac Clarence Kulp, circa 1962.

26 1-2

Pennsylvania German dialect clippings, presumably compiled by James O. Boyer, circa 1940-1950.

26 3-6
Lansdale High School activities, 1940-1941. [oversized].
Related Archival Materials note

From the Melvin F. Shisler papers (see folder 20-67).

56 5-6

Clippings, mostly obituaries from the Towamencin-Skippack (Montgomery County, PA) community, presumably compiled by William F. Kriebel, circa 1915. [oversized].

57 1

Scrapbook presumably from the family of John D. Souder, circa 1920-1930. [oversized].

57 2

Unidentified scrapbook, primarily clippings from the photo section of the New York Times, circa 1935. [oversized].

57 3

Unidentified scrapbooks, primarily newspaper clippings related to local weddings and anniversaries, circa 1950-1960. [oversized].

57 4-5

Series C. Books.

Subseries C1. Locally-owned schoolbooks, 19th century.

Scope and Contents note

Sixteen schoolbooks owned by the following (per inscription): Alvin C. Alderfer (1869-1941); Gereon H. Deisher, Kutztown School, Kutztown, PA, 1836; Mary L. Gehman, Franconia Township, PA, 1874; Aaron M. Lewis (1871-1962), Bergey’s School, Franconia Township; Benjamin Moyer; John W. Moyer and Nora Moyer, Hamburg, PA; Nelson N. Moyer and George S. Clemens; Henry B. Shisler (1860-1934); Benjamin D. Wolford, Franklin D. Wolford, Elmer B. Wolford and Hannah B. Wolford, Salfordville, PA, 1857-1892; Horace J. Ziegler (presumably J. Horace Ziegler, 1857-1928), Kulpsville, PA.

Box
27

Subseries C2. Locally-owned songbooks, late 19th-early 20th century.

Scope and Contents note

Sixty songbooks owned by the following (per inscription): Benjamin Clement N. Alderfer (1883-1966), Souderton, PA; Hannah A. Alderfer, Mainland, PA, 1888, and Philip Grant S. Alderfer, Lansdale, PA; Romanus H. Alderfer (1868-1946); Samuel K. Alderfer and Elmer A. Alderfer, 1895-1951; Ada S. Anders, 1915; Amanda Bucher, Reistville, Lebanon County, PA, circa 1917; Annie H. Cassel, David H. Cassel and Elizabeth Price Cassel, Vernfield, PA, 1904-1922; Jonas N. Cassel (1881-1964); Menno S. Clemens (1872-1950), Harleysville, PA; Isaac Grimley, circa 1905; Mrs. Lizzie Ann Halteman, circa 1905; Milton L. Hershey (1895-1988); Emily B. Kratz, circa 1904-1924; Howard D. Moll, East Greenville, PA, circa 1890; Edwin L. Moyer (1883-1962), Harleysville, Pa.; Samuel M. Moyer and Sarah M. Moyer, 1884; Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church, Perkasie, Pa., ca. 1899; Minerva A. Whitman, Heidelberg Reformed Sunday School, Schwenksville, PA, circa 1888; Franklin D. Wolford, Elmer B. Wolford and Hannah B. Wolford, Salfordville, PA, 1881-1915; John C. Ziegler, Sarah Brown Ziegler, Dora M. Ziegler and John B. Ziegler, Limerick, PA, 1904-1924; fourteen songbooks owned by Mary Jane Bechtel (1898-1989) in box 29.

Box
28-29

Series D. Abraham H. Bergey papers.

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham H. Bergey (1876-1964) was the son of Samuel G. and Amanda Heckler Bergey. He was an amateur historian and antiquarian who lived in Harleysville, Pa. He and his wife, Catherine Wampole Bergey, were members of the Franconia Mennonite congregation. I. C. Kulp, as a young man, spent significant time with Bergey, and acquired an assortment of historical material and papers from Bergey’s estate.

Subseries D1. A. H. Bergey papers.

Box Volume

Receipt book maintained by Samuel G. Bergey for estate settlement of his mother-in-law, Annie Schueck Young, 1895-1896.

30 1

English New Testament and Psalms containing manuscript notes on the folk religious meaning of some chapters and psalms and indication of verses used at funerals of local people., early 20th century.

30 2

Catherine Wampole Bergey’s copy of Stark’s Tägliches Hand-Buch, late 19th century.

30 3

Sundry papers, including historical notes and sketches.

30 1

Subseries D2. A. H. Bergey historical manuscript collection.

Box Folder
Clemmer, Josiah S. (1827-1905)--Franconia/Souderton Mennonite Church membership record, 1888, with additions through 1904 and death records, 1888-1904.
Biographical/Historical note

Bishop in the Franconia and Souderton Mennonite congregations (at that time a single congregation); earliest known membership record for the congregation.

30 2
Gottschall, Jacob (1769-1845)--manuscript tune book, circa 1800.
Biographical/Historical note

Schoolteacher and fraktur artist; later a bishop in the Franconia Mennonite congregation.

30 3
Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--record book, primarily of weather, with fraktur bookplate, 1837.
Biographical/Historical note

Son of bishop Jacob Gottschall; schoolteacher in Franconia Township and an accomplished fraktur artist.

30 4

Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--clipping scrapbook, circa 1837-1892.

30 5

Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--record of deaths, 1879-1898.

30 6

Heckler, Abraham D. (1830-1905)--ciphering books (one containing some primitive folk art), 1846-1847.

30 7

Heckler, Abraham D. (1830-1905)--manuscript letter, 1869.

30 8

Subseries D3. A. H. Bergey clippings.

Box
30
Folder
9

Subseries D4. A. H. Bergey scrapbooks, circa 1950. [oversized].

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clippings, obituaries, historical notes and some artwork.

Box
56
Volume
1-4

Series E. Cassel-Shisler papers.

Scope and Contents note

Material from the family of Abraham H. and Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel of Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA, including many interesting letters and manuscript material. Abraham Harley Cassel (1820-1905) was a well-known historian and bibliophile. I. C. Kulp intentionally modeled his own persona after Cassel. The series contains significant material from the family of A. H. Cassel's daughter, Hannah Cassel Shisler (1858-1921). For related papers, see file 14-34 and memorial cards in file 22-5. Related photos are in files 41-7, 41-14, 46-18 and photo album #2006.4.1004.

Subseries E1. Cassel-Shisler miscellanea.

Box
Abraham H. Cassel magnifying glass, circa 1900.
General note

Note attached: "Abraham Cassel. He was almost blind when he used this."

31

Sundry items and clippings.

31 1-2

Oversize items and clippings.

60 10

Subseries E2. Abraham H. Cassel papers.

Box Folder
Manuscript memorandum books, 1839-1841, 1844-1895.
Scope and Contents note

The earlier book includes a record of local Brethren baptisms, 1840-1841.

31 3-4

Baptismal certificate, signed by Elder William W. Price, 1839. [oversized].

58 16
Schoolteaching records, 1840-1846. [oversized].
Scope and Contents note

Kreeble's School, Oct 1840-Mar 1841; "Harolite" School (presumably in the old Herrite/Delp's Meetinghouse), Oct 1842-Apr 1843; Reiff's School, Nov 1844-Mar 1845; Franconiaville School, Aug 1845-Mar 1846; Cassel’s "account of boarding and lodging" for 1846.

58 17

Subseries E3. Hannah Cassel (Shisler) papers, circa 1884.

Box
31
Folder
5

Subseries E4. Cassel-Shisler correspondence.

Box Folder
Letters from Abraham H. Cassel (21 letters), 1850-1871.
Scope and Contents note

Thirteen of these were sent home to Cassel’s family while on a trip west in 1858; published and annotated by John Baugher Bryer in Brethren Life and Thought 38:1-2 (Winter/Spring 2003), pp. 39-65; available online at http://www.johnbryer.com/ahc/AHC_Letters_article.pdf

31 6

Letters from Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel (2 letters), 1858, 1877.

31 7

Letters from Amanda Cassel to her parents and family (43 letters), 1867-1891.

31 8

Letters from Hannah Cassel (Shisler) to her parents and family (64 letters), 1870-1885.

31 9

Hannah Cassel literary compositions, mailed home with correspondence, 1877-1878.

31 10

Letters received by Abraham and Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel from nephew Theodore Rhoads, 1877, and daughter Sarah Cassel Booz, 1892.

31 11

Letter from Hannah Shisler to foster son Harry Moyer, 1913.

31 12

Letters received by Sara C. Shisler, primarily from her mother Hannah Shisler (18 letters), 1916-1920.

31 13

Letters from Sara Shisler to her family, while serving as a missionary in Nigeria (4 letters), 1927-1928.

31 14

Series F. Josiah S. Renninger papers.

Biographical/Historical note

Josiah S. Renninger (1838-1919) was a Lutheran minister, native of New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, PA, who worked in several parishes throughout eastern Pennsylvania and served as treasurer of the Danville (PA) Lutheran Conference, circa 1900-1910.

Box Volume

Jacob Renninger’s copy of Erbauliche Lieder Sammlung…, Philadelphia, 1814, with calligraphy inscription.

32 1

Textbooks used by Josiah Renninger while a student at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA, 1861-1863.

32 2-4
Subscription account books associated with the Lutheran Church, circa 1865-1905.
Scope and Contents note

Including: 1) gifts for support of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, undated; 2) gifts for the financial support of J. M. Maisch, "to continue his study for the ministry,” undated; 3) gifts in support of "liquidating the debt of St. John's Ev. Luth. Parsonage between now (Nov. 3rd, 1901) and January 1st, A.D. 1902" (no subscriptions are listed); 4) gifts in support of "our missions in far away India," ca. 1905 (not all gifts were monetary; material goods are listed as well).

32 5-8

Bankbook and checkbooks for an account with First National Bank of Elizabethville, PA, 1903-1904, 1907.

32 9-11

Receipt books for the treasury of the Danville (PA) Lutheran Conference, 1906-1907.

32 12-13

Josiah Renninger diary, 1912.

32 14

Josiah Renninger sermon notes, circa 1911-1919.

32 15

Josiah Renninger notebook containing a “treatise on surveying,” 1854, notes from lectures at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, 1862, and memoirs, circa 1906.

33 1

Josiah Renninger manuscript ledger containing financial and schoolteaching records, 1854.

33 2

Josiah Renninger manuscript notes from lectures at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, 1861-1862.

33 3-5

Josiah Renninger manuscript obituaries and sermon notes (German script), circa 1878-1882.

33 6

Book of marriage certificates, partially used and containing minister's receipts for 24 marriages conducted by J. S. Renninger in Lehigh County, PA, 1893-1898.

33 7

Bertha A. Renninger manuscript notebook, Hagerstown Female Seminary, Hagerstown, MD, 1883.

33 8

Peter Renninger (J. S. Renninger’s father) financial records, 1841-1853, 1861.

33 9-10

Sundry papers (including calligraphy family records for Peter Renninger).

33 1-2

Collection Inventory

Series A. Notebooks.

Journals and diaries, 1957-2006.

Box
1-2

Fraktur, library, and personal records, 1950-1997.

Box
3

Series B. Family papers.

Clarence G. and Bessie Gottshall Kulp papers.

Box
4-5

Elizabeth Garges Gottshall papers.

Box
4
Folder
23

Henry G. Gottshall musical compositions.

Box
4
Folder
24

Series C. Personal papers.

Sundry papers and financial records, 1950-2007.

Box
4
Folder
25-40

Childhood papers.

Box
6
Folder
1-3

School papers.

Box
7

Writings.

Box
6
Folder
4-8

Biographical material.

Box
6
Folder
9-11

Artwork. [see also oversized material].

Box
8

Scrapbooks.

Box
53

Postcard collection.

Box
54-55,55A

Series D. Correspondence.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1943-1976.

6 12-30

Correspondence, 1977-1995.

9 1-26

Correspondence, 1996-2006.

10 1-4

Greeting cards received.

10 5-14

Series E. Organization and project files.

American Folklife Society, 1973-1979.

Biographical/Historical note

Maintained the Keim Homestead near Lobachsville, PA and held an annual Colonial American Cherry Fair.

Box
10
Folder
15

Bethlehem '83, 1983.

Biographical/Historical note

North American Mennonite adult and youth gatherings at Bethlehem, PA, 1983. I. C. Kulp was involved in a local meetinghouse tour.

Box
10
Folder
16

Brethren Encyclopedia, 1978-1987.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp provided photos and some level of consultation for the Brethren Encyclopedia.

Box
10
Folder
17

Brethren Genealogists of Southern Pennsylvania, 1979-1991.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp led Montgomery County (PA) tours for this group.

Box
10
Folder
18

A Brethren Pilgrimage, circa 1976.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp edited and wrote for this publication. Original artwork by Leon Z. Moyer is in box 60, folder 1.

Box
10
Folder
19-20

Brethren Revival Fellowship, 1960-1983.

Biographical/Historical note

Conservative renewal movement in the Church of the Brethren.

Box
10
Folder
21

Bucher's Meetinghouse, Cornwall, PA, 1964-1981.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp attended annual German language services at this Brethren meetinghouse built in 1871.

Box
10
Folder
22

Christopher Dock Bicentennial, 1971.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp served on the Christopher Dock Bicentennial Commemoration Committee, curated a fraktur exhibit during the bicentennial celebrations and played the role of Dielman Kolb in the film The Quiet in the Land, created for this occasion. See also posters in file 58-11 and photos of exhibited fraktur in file 39-2.

Box
10
Folder
23

Community Historians, Franklin and Marshall College, 1962-1966.

Box
10
Folder
24

Delp's Meetinghouse (Herrehaus), Harleysville, PA, 1958-2004.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was instrumental in the 1956-58 restoration of this Funkite/Herrite (Reformed Mennonite) meetinghouse built in 1811, and in the celebration of annual memorial services there over a forty year period. File contains programs, song sheets, promotional materials, correspondence, etc. related to the meetinghouse and services. For related photos, see files 39-3 and 41-11 and photos 41-9-9 and 46-17-1. Audio recordings of services in the 1950s and 1960s are in box 49.

Box
10
Folder
25

The Eden Story (Eden Mennonite Church, Schwenksville, PA), 1968.

Biographical/Historical note

Drama celebrating the 150th anniversary of Eden Mennonite Church. I. C. Kulp helped produce the drama and played the role of Rev. William S. Gottshall.

Box
10
Folder
26

Fereinicht Pennsylfawnish Deitsch Fulk, 1962-1986.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German heritage society based in Berks County, PA. File consists primarily of the organization's newsletter Da Ausauga.

Box
10
Folder
27

Franconia Township, PA, 250th Anniversary, 1980-1981.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was involved with numerous parts of the anniversary celebration, including historical dinners (for which he wrote commentary on PA German food), church tours and programs, and designing a new official seal for the township.

Box
10
Folder
28

Frick's Meetinghouse, Hatfield, PA, 1956-1991.

Biographical/Historical note

For nearly thirty years, I. C. Kulp was involved in annual reunion meetings at this union meetinghouse built in 1882 for use by Mennonites, Brethren, and Brethren in Christ. File contains primarily programs for annual reunion meetings, but also a certificate of participation in singing school at Frick’s Meetinghouse, July 9, 1978 (handdrawn by Bishop John E. Lapp). See file 39-5 for related photos.

Box
10
Folder
29-30

Gemeinschaft 1723, 1976.

Biographical/Historical note

Manuscripts and typescripts for a play, Gemeinschaft 1723, written by I. C. Kulp, in commemoration of the organization of the Church of the Brethren in America, performed at Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, PA in 1976. Kulp played the role of Peter Becker. See file 39-6 for related photos.

Box
10
Folder
31

Gemeinschaft I and II, 1973-1974.

Biographical/Historical note

Locally-held conferences on the theme of Christian community, with voices from across the Anabaptist spectrum. I. C. Kulp was a primary organizer, with John Ruth and Arthur Gish.

Box
10
Folder
38

German-American Tricentennial, 1983.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp welcomed West German visitors to the Franconia, PA area. File contains programs, newsletters, etc.

Box
10
Folder
32

German Reformed Church in America, 250th Anniversary, 1975.

Box
10
Folder
33

Goschenhoppen Historians.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp gave public talks on behalf of the Goschenhoppen Historians (see file 6-8), he was founder and first curator of the Goschenhoppen Folklife Museum, and founding editor of the Historians' folklife journal, The Goschenhoppen Region, 1968-1969. See also notebooks in box 1 and photos in file 39-7.

Box Volume

Notebooks, 1965-1968.

11 1-7

General papers, 1964-2002.

11 1-7
Board minutes, 1965-2007.
Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp served as secretary, 1966-1967.

11 8-14

Correspondence, 1965-1992 (Bulk, 1965-1969) .

11 15-19

Goschenhoppen Folk Festival, 1967-2007.

11 20-22

Goschenhoppen Folklife Museum, 1965-1995.

12 1

The Goschenhoppen Region, 1968-1970.

12 2-4

Goschenhoppen Region manuscripts, 1968-1970.

13

Membership records, 1966-1968.

12 5-8

The Goschenhoppen Newsletter, 1964-2007.

12 9-11

Scrapbooks compiled by Eva Frank, 1965-1969. [oversized].

59 1-4

Scrapbooks compiled by Eva Frank, 1965-1969. [oversized].

63 4

Goschenhoppen Sing Schieler, 1981-2003.

Biographical/Historical note

Traditional singers led by I. C. Kulp. The group’s home base was Klein’s Meetinghouse, Harleysville, PA, where they led semi-annual song services (see file 12-27). This file contains financial records, programs, and original folk art invitations by I. C. Kulp (see also file 12-28). See file 39-8 for related photos and box 49 for audio recordings.

Box
10
Folder
34-35

Grundsow Lodge, 1975-2003.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German men’s club; file contains programs for gatherings of various local chapters.

Box
10
Folder
36

Harley Memorial Association, 1957-2005.

Biographical/Historical note

File contains primarily programs for the annual Harley Reunion held at Klein's Meetinghouse, Harleysville and later at Peter Becker Community, Harleysville, but it also includes correspondence and historical articles (see family history research file 16-25). I. C. Kulp was a descendant of the Harley family. See photo files 40-20 and 40-21, photos 58-19-1 and 58-19-3.

Box
12
Folder
12-13

Hecklerfest, 1976-1980.

Biographical/Historical note

Annual folk festival held at Heckler Plains (the historic Freed/Heckler farm) in Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA. See file 39-9 for related photos and poster in file 58-11.

Box
12
Folder
14

Heckler's History of Harleysville and Lower Salford, 1958.

Biographical/Historical note

Subscription lists for a reprint of James Y. Heckler's History of Harleysville and Lower Salford, published privately by I. C. Kulp, Alan Keyser and Robert Bucher, 1958.

Box
12
Folder
15

Historic Foundation of Montgomery County (PA), 1966-1968.

Biographical/Historical note

Organization founded to provide direction and networking for historical work in Montgomery County. I. C. Kulp was involved early on through his work with the Goschenhoppen Historians.

Box
12
Folder
16

Historic Schaefferstown.

Biographical/Historical note

Historical society in Schaefferstown, PA that preserves and interprets the Pennsylvania German culture of southern Lebanon County and surrounding areas. I. C. Kulp was a visionary and founder in the early 1960s, and served as a board member and in roles and activities throughout the organization, including leadership of German language worship services at the annual Schaefferstown Folk Festival. See file 39-16 for related photos, box 54 for related postcards, and file 60-9 for a related poster.

Box Folder

General papers, 1960-2001.

12 17-18

Board minutes, 1964-1991.

12 19-20

Folk Festival religious services, 1968-1988.

12 21

Historical Society of Montgomery County (PA), 1945-1990.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp held membership in this society, circa 1958-1965. File contains transcript of a slide presentation on "Meetinghouses of Montgomery County" that I. C. Kulp gave at a meeting of the Historical Society in 1977. Slides used in this presentation are in file 41-11; digital copies are on compact disc 50-1.

Box
12
Folder
22

Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley, 1967-2005 (Bulk, 1998-2005) .

Institute of Pennsylvania Rural Life and Culture, 1958-1985 (Bulk, 1970-1974) . [oversized].

Biographical/Historical note

Annual conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. I. C. Kulp participated several times, sometimes as a presenter.

Box
52
Folder
1-2

James E. Frill's Musick Book.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp at one time owned a manuscript tune book entitled "James E. Frill's Musick Book" that contained musical notation of the late 17th and early 18th centuries by Reading, Pennsylvania musicians including Henry Schoener and James Frill. I. C. Kulp loaned this manuscript to Irvin Rathman, who wrote a book on it (see bound manuscript below). A transcription of the music, edited by Carl Baron, was privately published in 2002 and by the Goschenhoppen Historians in 2005.

Box Folder

Irvin Rathman research on the Frill music book.

12 24

Photocopy of the Frill music book.

12 25

Manuscript: James Frill and His Friends and the Musical Life of Their Town, by Irvin Rathman, 1984.

12 1

Keystone Bible Institute, 1977-1998.

Biographical/Historical note

Annual one-week seminar on biblical and church life themes, sponsored by the Mennonite Church. I. C. Kulp taught courses in 1982.

Box
12
Folder
26

Klein's Meetinghouse and Harley Burial Ground, Harleysville, PA.

Biographical/Historical note

Brethren meetinghouse built in 1843 for the Indian Creek congregation. I. C. Kulp was visionary in restoring the meetinghouse from a state of bad disrepair, circa 1977. He was involved in annual memorial meetings, and the meetinghouse served as the home base for his Goschenhoppen Sing Schieler (see file 10-34), who led semi-annual song services there. For related photos, see files 39-11 and 41-11 and photos 39-8-3, 40-21-9, 41-9-9, 46-17-1 and 46-18-13.

Box Volume

General papers, 1939-2005.

12 27

Folk art invitations to song services at Klein's Meetinghouse, 1986-2002.

12 28

M. Therese Page watercolor (print) of Klein's Meetinghouse and Harley Burial Ground. [oversized].

58 4

Kolb-Kulp-Culp Family Association, 1925-2006.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp served on the executive committee for a number of years. This file includes executive committee and genealogical correspondence, as well as material from Warren K. Schlotterer, treasurer of the reunion in the late 1940s-early 1950s. See file 39-12 for related photos.

Box
14
Folder
1-3

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 1961-1982.

Box
14
Folder
4

Lower Salford Historical Society, 1989-2006.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was a visionary and founder of this historical society for Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA, where Kulp was a resident. He served on the board of directors and the Bergey Mill Farmstead committee. File includes organizational documents, minutes, and material related to the celebration of Lower Salford's 250th anniversary in 1991. See also maps in oversize file 60-5.

Box
14
Folder
5-6

Lower Salford Township Bicentennial Committee, circa 1975.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp proposed a commemorative booklet on Lower Salford Township for the American Bicentennial.

Box
14
Folder
7

Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania, 1974-2006.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp had a close relationship with this organization. He was given a life membership in 1978. Over many years, he attended and demonstrated at the annual Apple Butter Frolic (see file 39-1 for related photos). In 1980, he allowed the MHEP to photocopy his historical collection; one set of copies was kept by MHEP and another was given to Kulp (see boxes 18 and 19). During this process, he sat on the Library and Heritage Center Committee. Kulp loaned artifacts and his own artwork to MHEP for exhibits (see files 4-30 and 8-4), and he donated his papers and historical collection to MHEP in 2006 (see files 4-25 and 4-42).

Box
14
Folder
8

Montgomery County (PA) Federation of Historical Societies, 1979-1981.

Biographical/Historical note

Sponsored the publication of Montgomery County: The Second Hundred Years. I. C. Kulp wrote an article on the Church of the Brethren (pp. 1161-64).

Box
14
Folder
9

Montgomery County (PA) Historical Advisory Board, 1972-1976.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was a member of this county board responsible for the administration of the Peter Wentz Farmstead, Worcester, and Sunrise Mill, Frederick. Plans for Sunrise Mill Park are in oversize folder 60-2.

Box
14
Folder
10-11

New Call to Peacemaking, 1980-1981.

Biographical/Historical note

This was an intiative of the historic peace churches--Brethren, Friends and Mennonites. I. C. Kulp served on a speakers bureau.

Box
14
Folder
12

Old Dry Road Farm, Wernersville, PA, 1977-1987.

Biographical/Historical note

Living history farm museum of which I. C. Kulp was a visionary and founder. He served on the executive board for a number of years. File includes board minutes, newsletters, promotional material, etc.

Box
14
Folder
13

Palatines to America, 1983.

Biographical/Historical note

Genealogical society for descendants of colonial immigrants from the Palatinate. I. C. Kulp gave a lecture at the 1983 convention on early Schwenkfelder, Brethren and Moravian congregations in Pennsylvania.

Box
14
Folder
14

Penn'a Du documentary, 1982.

Biographical/Historical note

Script for a German documentary on the Pennsylvania German ("Pennsylvania Dutch") people and dialect: Penn'a Du..., 1982. I. C. Kulp was a principal interviewee in the film.

Box
14
Folder
15

Pennsylvania Folklife Society, 1957-2002.

Biographical/Historical note

One of the first and most vital PA German folklife societies, founded by Alfred Shoemaker, Don Yoder and others in the 1950s. The organization published a model folklife magazine, Pennsylvania Folklife, and hosted the annual Kutztown Folk Festival. I. C. Kulp participated as an exhibitor and lecturer for many years, on behalf of himself, the Goschenhoppen Historians, and the Pennsylvania German Studies program at Ursinus College (see file 14-27). See file 39-13 for related photos and oversize file 60-3 for I. C. and Bessie Kulp's 1965 display on "The Plain Sects of Montgomery County".

Box
14
Folder
16-19

Pennsylvania German dictionary project, 1965-1999.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was a primary informant for C. Richard Beam's work in developing a Pennsylvania German-English dictionary.

Box
14
Folder
20-23

Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, 1956-1961.

Box
14
Folder
24

Pennsylvania German Society, 1959-1987.

Box
14
Folder
25-26

Pennsylvania German Studies, Ursinus College, 1974-1986.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp taught in this program under the leadership of Dr. William Parsons, especially in its extension at Kutztown Folk Festival. See also file 15-46.

Box
14
Folder
27

Pennsylvania Log House Society, 1973-1979.

Biographical/Historical note

Organization formed by I. C. Kulp, Robert Bucher and others, with the goal of preserving early log houses, especially on the Charming Forge historic site in western Berks County.

Box
14
Folder
28

Price Family Association.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp was a descendant of the Price family. File contains copies of the Price family hymn and a history of the Abraham M. and Susan Alderfer Price family.

Box
14
Folder
29

Pricetown Meetinghouse, Pricetown, PA, 1973-1982.

Biographical/Historical note

Oldest unaltered Brethren meetinghouse, built 1777. Maidencreek/Mohrsville Church of the Brethren maintains the meetinghouse and holds annual memorial services there. I. C. Kulp was involved in leading these services over a number of years. File contains primarily programs from services, but also some correspondence. See photos 39-8-1, 41-8-26 and 46-18-12.

Box
14
Folder
30

Salford Legacy, 1991.

Biographical/Historical note

Planning materials for a local history journal entitled Salford Legacy, 1991. I. C. Kulp, Robert Bucher and Richard Daub planned this journal on the tails of Lower Salford Township's 250th anniversary celebrations in 1991, but it was never published.

Box
14
Folder
31

Schleitheim Seminar, 1977.

Biographical/Historical note

Seminar held at Schleitheim, Switzerland to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Schleitheim Confession of Faith. Initiative of the Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Heritage Committee. I. C. Kulp was invited to participate, but ultimately did not.

Box
14
Folder
32

Schwenkfelder Library, Pennsburg, PA, 1954-1960.

Box
14
Folder
33

Silent Night, Holy Night playscript.

Biographical/Historical note

Script for a play, Silent Night, Holy Night, on the story of the hymn's origin. I. C. Kulp played the role of hymn author Franz Gruber.

Box
15
Folder
1

Social Security: Surviving the System documentary, 1982.

Biographical/Historical note

Transcript of a radio documentary, Social Security: Surviving the System, aired on KYW News Radio, Philadelphia, PA, 1982. I. C. Kulp participated as a commentator on the Old Order approach to provision for the elderly.

Box
15
Folder
2

Souderton-Telford Ministerium, 1976.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp served on a consultation committee in relation to the American Bicentennial.

Box
15
Folder
3

Teaching and speaking engagements, 1967-2004.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp taught courses on Pennsylvania German history and culture at Cheltenham Township Adult School, circa 1967-1975; Methacton Continuing Education, circa 1976; and Souderton Area Community School, circa 1982-1989. He was engaged as a public speaker in numerous settings until 2004.

Box
15
Folder
4-5

Towamencin Historical Society, 1974-1975.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp lectured for this township historical society in 1975.

Box
15
Folder
6

Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Society, 1974-1980.

Box
15
Folder
7

The "Wisdom Table", 1993-1995.

Biographical/Historical note

Informal group of friends who met with I. C. Kulp, John Ruth and Alan Keyser at the Energy Station restaurant, Vernfield, PA on Tuesday mornings for a number of years; sort of an ecumenical Pennsylvania German breakfast club. In the 1990s, the group held an annual Christmas banquet. File contains hand-drawn invitations by I. C. Kulp for the Christmas dinners, 1993-1995. See file 39-18 for related photos.

Box
15
Folder
8

Series F. Personal interest files.

Amish.

Box
15
Folder
9

C. Richard Beam.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German columnist known as "der Bischli-Gnippli," compiler of a Pennsylvania German-English dictionary, and head of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies at Millersville University.

Box
15
Folder
10

Keith Brintzenhoff.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German musician and proprietor of Pennsylvania Dutch Hobbies, Kutztown, PA. File contains primarily catalogs of books available in his shop, 1982-1984.

Box
15
Folder
11

Lamar W. Bumbaugh.

Biographical/Historical note

Lamar W. Bumbaugh (1910-1997)--book dealer at Barto, PA and founder of "Mountain Bummy's Herb Society," of which I. C. Kulp was a member. Kulp bought many valuable books from Bumbaugh over the years. File contains primarily book catalogs and Herb Society material.

Box
15
Folder
12

Abraham H. Cassel.

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham H. Cassel (1820-1908)--I. C. Kulp modeled his persona after this well-known Brethren antiquarian and historian. Papers, photos, etc. from Cassel and his family are in the I. C. Kulp Historical Collection (see separate finding aid).

Box
14
Folder
34

Deborah Rahn Clemens.

Biographical/Historical note

Essay on Evangelical and Reformed Church music by Deborah Rahn Clemens, 1991.

Box
15
Folder
13

Jacob C. Clemens.

Biographical/Historical note

Jacob C. Clemens (1874-1965)--amateur historian and minister in the Plains Mennonite congregation, Hatfield, PA.

Box
15
Folder
14

Sandra Lee Cronk, dissertation on Gelassenheit.

Biographical/Historical note

Manuscript dissertation, Gelassenheit: The Rites of Redemptive Process in Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite Communities, by Sandra Lee Cronk (1942-2000), Quaker author and co-founder of School of the Spirit at Pendle Hill retreat center, Wallingford, PA. Ms. Cronk had significant correspondence with I. C. Kulp (see boxes 9 and 10).

Box
15
Folder
15-16

Falkner Swamp Reformed Church, Gilbertsville, PA.

Box
15
Folder
17

William Fetterman.

Biographical/Historical note

Theatre scholar of New York, NY. The bulk of this file is a paper written by Fetterman on Pennsylvania German folk plays.

Box
15
Folder
18

Robert Frost, poet.

Box
15
Folder
19

Nancy Kettering Frye, essay on Sarah Richter Major.

Biographical/Historical note

Biographical essay on Sarah Righter Major (1808-1884), by Nancy Kettering Frye, 1997. Sarah Major was an early female preacher in the Church of the Brethren.

Box
15
Folder
20

John F. Funk, "Journal of the Quincyville School".

Biographical/Historical note

Transcription of Funk's "Journal of the Quincyville School, Montgomery Co., Pa....1855". John F. Funk (1835-1930) was a Mennonite church leader and pioneer in Mennonite publishing. This journal is from his years of teaching school as a young man.

Box
15
Folder
21

German hymns.

Box
15
Folder
22-23

German language worship.

Box
15
Folder
24

Good Shepherd Reformed Church, Boyertown, PA.

Scope and Contents note

Congregational directory for 1911.

Box
15
Folder
25

Heidelberg Reformed Church, Schwenksville, PA.

Scope and Contents note

Annual reports for 1902, 1907 and 1908.

Box
15
Folder
26

Himmelsbriefen (letters from Heaven).

Scope and Contents note

Draft of an article on Himmelsbriefen, author unknown. I. C. Kulp was very interested in the traditional reverence for  Himmelsbriefen among Pennsylvania Germans. For broadside examples of  Himmelsbriefen, see oversize file 58-7.

Box
15
Folder
27

Amos B. Hoover.

Biographical/Historical note

Old Order Mennonite deacon and founder of Muddy Creek Farm Library, Denver, PA.

Box
15
Folder
28

Alan G. Keyser.

Biographical/Historical note

File contains articles written by Keyser. He and I. C. Kulp were close friends and historical associates.

Box
15
Folder
29

Michael S. Kriebel.

Biographical/Historical note

Contemporary fraktur artist.

Box
15
Folder
30

Abraham Lincoln.

Biographical/Historical note

President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)--I. C. Kulp, particularly in his teenage years, was fascinated with Lincoln, not least because there was rumor of Lincoln having Brethren associations. See also newspaper clippings in boxes 21 and 63 and the Feb. 6, 1955 issue of Horizons, the Church of the Brethren youth periodical.

Box
15
Folder
31

Local politics, 1961-1981.

Box
15
Folder
32

Stephen L. Longenecker, biography of the Christopher Sauers, 1980-1981.

Box
15
Folder
33-34

Mennonites.

Box
15
Folder
35-42

Richard P. Middleton.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German poet. File contains primarily verse written by Middleton, mostly in the form of humorous limericks, circa 1982-1983.

Box
15
Folder
43

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bally, PA.

Box
15
Folder
44

New Goshenhoppen Reformed Church, East Greenville, PA.

Scope and Contents note

Historical material and texts of sermons preached by Deborah Rahn Clemens, Antonio Villareal, and Thomas Marlin, 1995-2002.

Box
15
Folder
45

Old Goshenhoppen Church, Woxall, PA.

Box
15
Folder
51

William T. Parsons.

Biographical/Historical note

William T. Parsons (1923-1991)--chair of Pennsylvania German Studies at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. I. C. Kulp taught under Parsons in the Pennsylvania German Studies program (see file 14-27).

Box
15
Folder
46

Pennsylvania German dialect.

Related Archival Materials note

See also files 14-15 and 14-20 through 14-23, notes and notebooks in boxes 1 and 2, map of Montgomery County with PA German place names in file 60-5, and PA German word game and card file in box 64.

Box Folder
PA German dialect, general.
Scope and Contents note

File includes manuscript word lists by I. C. Kulp and issues of Pfälzer Heimatgruß, 1971-1979.

15 47

PA German dialect worship services, 1959-1985.

15 48
PA German dialect hymns and folk songs.
Scope and Contents note

Some manuscript material by I. C. Kulp and others.

15 49

PA German dialect plays, poetry, columns, etc.

15 50

Pennsylvania sites and tourism, 1960-2000.

Box
16
Folder
1-3

Quakers (Society of Friends).

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp maintained close relations with several Quakers and occasionally spoke to Quaker groups.

Box
16
Folder
4

Recipes for food, soap, household remedies, etc.

Scope and Contents note

Significant amount of manuscript material.

Box
15
Folder
52

Barbara Reimensnyder, interviews on powwowing.

Scope and Contents note

Transcripts of oral interviews conducted by Barbara Reimensnyder in Union County, PA on the topic of powwowing and home remedies, 1976.

Box
16
Folder
5

Rudy's Country Kitchen, Harleysville, PA.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp ate breakfast at this family-owned restaurant for a number of years.

Box
16
Folder
6

Alexander Schaeffer, account book transcription.

Biographical/Historical note

Transcription of an Alexander Schaeffer account book, 1762-1768. Schaeffer founded Schaefferstown, PA, where I. C. Kulp was involved with folklife preservation and interpretation (see files 12-17 through 12-21).

Box
16
Folder
7

Schwenkfelders.

Box
16
Folder
8-9

Amos L. Seldomridge.

Biographical/Historical note

Reformed minister at Old Goshenhoppen Church, Woxall, PA; involved with the Goschenhoppen Historians.

Box
16
Folder
10

Shakers (United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing).

Box
16
Folder
11

U. S. Census, 1930, Lower Salford and Towamencin Townships, PA.

Scope and Contents note

Facsimiles of census pages for Lower Salford and Towamencin Townships, Montgomery County, 1930, with a transcription of the Towamencin Township census.

Box
16
Folder
12

Vernfield, PA.

Biographical/Historical note

I. C. Kulp lived in Vernfield (Montgomery County) all his life. For photos related to Vernfield, see files 41-2, 41-3 and 41-7 through 41-14.

Box
16
Folder
13

John Weaver, diary transcription.

Scope and Contents note

Typed transcription of the diary of John Weaver (1824-1904), September-December 1873. Photocopies of the original diary are in box 19, folders 25 through 39.

Box
16
Folder
14

William Woys Weaver.

Biographical/Historical note

Horticulturalist and culinarian.

Box
16
Folder
15

Frederick S. Weiser.

Biographical/Historical note

Frederick S. Weiser (1935-2009)--Lutheran minister, historian and fraktur scholar. File contains his article "Piety and Protocol in Folk Art: Pennsylvania German Birth and Baptismal Certificates," 1973.

Box
16
Folder
16

Don Yoder.

Biographical/Historical note

Pennsylvania German folklorist and early leader in folklife studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Box
16
Folder
17

Series G. Catalogs.

Auction catalogs, 1958-2000.

Scope and Contents note

Catalogs from Pennypacker Auction House, Reading, PA (1962-1984), Alderfer Auction Company, Hatfield, PA (1968-2000), Horst Auctioneers, Ephrata, PA (1982-1996) and others.

Box
16
Folder
18-21

Book catalogs, 1952-1996.

Scope and Contents note

Catalogs from the Weaver/Provident Bookstore and Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society book auctions, 1962-1982.

Box
16
Folder
22-24

Series H. Research files.

Family history.

Box
16
Folder
25

Historic architecture.

Box
16
Folder
26

Pennsylvania Jewish history.

Box
16
Folder
27

Plain culture.

Box
16
Folder
28

Series I. Photocopies.

Collected photocopies.

Box Folder

Photocopies: documents and drafts related to bridges over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek by the Alderfer/Groff mill, Lower Salford Twp., Montgomery Co.,PA, 1827-1860.

17 1

Photocopy: “ Geistliche u. andächtige Lieder, aufgesetzt von Br. Johannes Preiss…,” 1753.

17 2

Photocopy: Montgomery County Historical Society transcription of James Y. Heckler’s 1892 History of the Heckler Family.

17 3

Photocopy: J. G. Henitsch apothecary record, Lancaster, PA, 1821-1834.

17 4
Photocopies: maps.
Related Archival Materials note

See also oversize folder 60-5.

17 5

Photocopies: letters from John B. and Sarah Young Moyer, Montgomery County, OH, to Jacob B. Mensch, 1862-1865. From the Mensch Collection at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville.

17 6

Photocopy: Pennsylvania Town and Country-Man’s Almanack for 1764, printed by Christoph Saur, Philadelphia, PA, 1763.

17 7

Photocopy: “ Ein neu Trauer Lied…Tod ist wieder kommen,” printed for Jacob Schweitzer by J. Bauman, Ephrata, PA, 1828.

17 8

Photocopy: unidentified manuscript account book, ca. 1808-1896.

17 9

Photocopies: general historical material, ca. 1649-1975.

18 1

Photocopies: general historical material (undated).

18 2

Photocopies: Jacob Gottschall papers.

Biographical/Historical note

Jacob Gottschall (1769-1845) was a leading bishop in the Franconia Mennonite Conference in the early to mid 19th century. File includes some manuscript translation and interpretive work by I. C. Kulp and others, circa 1980. The original papers were at one time in Mr. Kulp's collection, but were sold.

Box
18
Folder
3-8

Photocopies: I. C. Kulp Historical Collection.

Scope and Contents note

Historical material (mostly manuscript) that is or was in the I. C. Kulp Historical Collection (see separate finding aid). These copies were made by the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania in 1980.

Box
19
Folder
1-43

Collection Inventory

Series A. Personal and family photos.

Subseries A1. Personal interest photos.

Box Folder

Apple Butter Frolic, Harleysville, PA--4 photos, 1985-2002.

39 1

Artifacts--89 photos.

39 2

Delp's Meetinghouse (Herrehaus), Harleysville--49 photos, 1900-2000 (Bulk, 1957-2000) .

39 3

Donald Shelley--5 photos, 1997.

39 4

Frick's Meetinghouse, Hatfield, PA--3 photos, 1985-1990.

39 5

Gemeinschaft 1723 (play)--8 photos, 1973.

39 6

Goschenhoppen Historians--35 photos, 1964-1993 (Bulk, 1964-1975) .

39 7

Goschenhoppen Sing-Gemeinde/Sing-Schieler--4 photos, 1977-1997.

39 8

Heckler Plains, Harleysville--16 photos, 1976-1980.

39 9

Isaac Clarence Kulp artwork--24 photos, 1972-1998 (Bulk, 1992-1995) .

39 10

Klein's Meetinghouse and Harley Burial Ground, Harleysville--37 photos, 1956-2006.

39 11

Kolb-Kulp-Culp Reunion--24 photos, 1919-1982 (Bulk, 1966-1973) .

39 12

Kutztown (PA) Pennsylvania German Festival--14 photos, 1959-1970.

39 13

Methacton Cemetery, Fairview Village, PA--5 photos, 1992-1995.

39 14

Rudy's Country Kitchen Restaurant, Harleysville--11 photos, circa 1995.

39 15

Schaefferstown, PA--60 photos, 1963-1982.

39 16

William Kulp (1811-1880) clock--3 photos, 1979.

39 17

The "Wisdom Table", Energy Station Restaurant, Vernfield, PA--15 photos, 1992-1999.

39 18

Subseries A2. Family photos, 1890-2003.

Scope and Contents note

Over 600 photos from I. C. Kulp's immediate and extended Kulp and Gottshall families, including the photo collection of his grandmother Elizabeth Garges Gottshall (numerous cabinet cards, circa 1890).

Box Folder

Family photos.

39 19-22

Family photos.

40 1-6

Series B. Acquired photo collections.

Subseries B1. Benner, Joseph D. and Sallie Landis--69 photos, 1890-1970.

Biographical/Historical note

Joseph D. (1882-1946) and Sallie Landis Benner (1883-1974) lived in Souderton, PA and are buried in Souderton Mennonite Cemetery. These photos are mostly identified, and include a collection from Sallie's mother, Elizabeth Price Landis.

Box
40
Folder
7-10

Subseries B2. Cassel, Abraham H. and Elizabeth Rhoads--52 photos, 1870-1932.

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham H. Cassel (1820-1908) was a well-known Brethren antiquarian and book collector. He and his wife Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel (1823-1898) lived near the Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, PA, where they were members. This album contains photos of their family.

Subseries B3. Foutz, Rebecca--294 photos, 1880-1955.

Biographical/Historical note

Rebecca Foutz (1885-1955) was a Brethren woman, originally of Waynesboro, PA and later of Philadephia, PA. She never married, and her extensive collection of photographs came to I. C. Kulp through Lincoln G. Nyce. These are photos of Ms. Foutz's family and friends, and are nearly all identified.

Box
40
Folder
11-18

Subseries B4. Grater, Elias T. and Sarah Bergey--4 photos, 1900-1910.

Biographical/Historical note

Elias T. (1858-1939) and Sarah Bergey Grater (1861-1955) lived in Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, PA and are buried in Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery.

Box
40
Folder
19

Subseries B5. Harley, Elizabeth--86 photos, 1865-1930.

Biographical/Historical note

Elizabeth Harley was historian of the Harley Family Association. She gave these photos to I. C. Kulp. Most are of descendants of Jacob S. (1801-1882) and Sarah Price Harley (1804-1882), including a multi-generational collection from the family of national Women's Rights leader Flora Harley Britten (b. 1864).

Box
40
Folder
20-21

Subseries B6. Johnson, Ralph W. and Ella Custer--34 photos, 1885-1935.

Biographical/Historical note

Ralph W. (1898-1981) and Ella Custer Johnson (1902-1977) lived in Creamery, Montgomery County, PA and are buried in Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery. These are mostly photos from the Custer family, and most are identified.

Box
40
Folder
22-24

Subseries B7. Metzger, Howard K.--186 photos, 1890-1925.

Scope and Contents note

Most of these photos are from the studio of Howard Metzger's father, photographer Allen G. Metzger (1865-1946) of Harleysville, PA. Many tintypes, including an album from the Kriebel-Metzger family.

Box
40
Folder
26-29

Subseries B8. Nyce, William G. photos, 1890-1955.

Biographical/Historical note

William G. Nyce (1888-1958) was founder of Nyce Printing Company and a member of Hatfield (PA) Church of the Brethren. This collection includes many glass negatives and prints of local photography by Jonas H. Nyce of Vernfield and Souderton, circa 1900-1910. For additional Jonas Nyce photography, see folders 41-14 and 46-3.

Box Folder

William G. Nyce photos--44 photos, 1890-1955.

41 1

Jonas H. Nyce photograpy (prints)--89 photos, 1900-1910.

41 2-3

Jonas H. Nyce photography (glass negatives)--35 negatives, 1900-1910.

42-43

Subseries B9. Shup, John and Sarah Bealer--8 photos, 1865-1900.

Biographical/Historical note

John (1832-1907) and Sarah Bealer Shup (1838-1924) lived in Milford Township, Bucks County, PA. These are unidentified photos from their family Bible.

Box
41
Folder
5

Subseries B10. Sundry local photos.

Box Folder

Local photos--646 photos, 1880-1995.

41 7-14
Local glass negatives--37 negatives.
Scope and Contents note

Images of Sumneytown, Green Lane and Ridge Valley, circa 1900, photographer unknown.

44-45

Subseries B11. Unidentified photos (481 photos).

Box
41
Folder
15-22

Subseries B12. Copy prints.

Box Folder

Published in Heckler Plains (1977)--16 photos, circa 1976.

46 1

Published in Pennsylvania Folklife 12:2 (1961)--8 photos of local meetinghouses by Peter Macinskas, circa 1961.

46 2

Reprints of historic Brethren images--58 photos.

46 3

Subseries B13. Oversize and framed photos (38 photos), 1880-2005 (Bulk, 1880-1930) .

Box
47-48

Collection Inventory

Series 1. Data/photo sheets for items featured in This Teaching I Present.

Box
1

Series 2. Data/photo sheets arranged by artist.

Box Folder

Christopher Dock related.

2 1

Salford 1815-1818 group.

2 2

Salford/Skippack related.

2 3-4

Cassel family related.

3

John Adam Eyer related.

4 1-2

David Kulp related.

4 3

Andreas Kolb related.

5
Godshall family related.
Scope and Contents note

Including Isaac Clarence Kulp's translation of the Jacob Gottschall (1769-1845) dowry record book.

6-7

Henry G. Johnson related.

8 1-2

Isaac Z. Hunsicker related.

8 3

John D. Souder related.

8 4
Sundry artists and motifs.
Scope and Contents note

Files on: Fraktur before 1770; Herman Ache; Andreas Bauer; Henry Bauer; John Adam Beyscher; Henry Brachtheiser; Engraver Artist; Flying Angels motif; John Gehman; Isaac Gross; Susanna Heebner; Hereford Artist; Jacob Hummel; Kommt Liebe Kinder Artist; Jacob Landes; Rudolph Landes; John Moyer; Joseph Moyer; Samuel Moyer; Samuel Musselman; Jacob Overholt; Rockhill Artist; Durs Rudie; Side Floral Bookplate Artist; Star motif.

9-10

Series 3. Data/photo sheets arranged by type.

Box Folder

Vorschriften (penmanship models).

11 1

Birth certificates.

11 2

Cutwork.

11 3

Family registers.

11 4

Singing related.

11 5

Teaching pieces.

11 6-8

School rewards and pictures.

12 1-2

Schoolwork.

12 3

Notenbüchlein (manuscript tune booklets).

13

Bookplates.

14
Non-local/non-Mennonite.
Scope and Contents note

Files on: European fraktur; Christian Alsdorf; Amish fraktur; Matthew Fuchs; Lancaster fraktur; Schwenkfelder fraktur; Christian Strenge; John Van Minian; other non-local.

15

Series 4. Miscellaneous this and that.

Scope and Contents note

Includes record of fraktur owners; files on: fakes, fraktur in the Library of Congress, and the Donald Shelley auction; and numerous articles on fraktur.

Box
16

Series 5. Slides.

Box

Slides of fraktur, with numbers corresponding to data sheets, #1-1011.

17

Slides of local and Mennonite history, with additional unnumbered fraktur slides.

18

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection

Hist.Mss.436.5

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Mennonite Heritage Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp audiovisual collection
Date [inclusive]:
1955-2007
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.5
Extent:
2 Linear feet ((3 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Audiovisual Collection contains 48 reel-to-reel and cassette tapes on which Mr. Kulp documented some of his research, interviews and historical work over the years. On these tapes can be heard traditional music of the Pennsylvania German community, as well as folklife interviews conducted by I. C. Kulp and fellow historians. In addition to audio tapes, there is a set of DVD’s that contain 28 hours of explanation and discussion by I. C. Kulp, John Ruth and Alan Keyser on items in Mr. Kulp’s collections.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp historical collection
Date [inclusive]:
1743-2005
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.2
Extent:
14 Linear feet ((20 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., PA. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Historical Collection consists of documents, correspondence, etc. from three centuries of PA German life in eastern Pennsylvania. Much of the material was bought by Mr. Kulp at family auctions, some was given to him. Highlights of this collection are papers and scrapbooks from Abraham H. Bergey (1876-1964) of Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co. (including papers from fraktur artist Samuel K. Gottschall), papers from the family of Abraham Harley Cassel (1820-1905) of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., and papers of Lutheran minister Josiah S. Renninger (1838-1919).
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp papers
Date [inclusive]:
1907-2007
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.1
Extent:
19 Linear feet ((19 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., PA. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Papers include personal and family manuscripts and correspondence, papers from his involvement in organizations and projects including the Goschenhoppen Historians (of which he was a founder), and papers related to his varied interests. The highlight of Mr. Kulp’s papers are his historical and folklore diaries. During his active adult life, I. C. Kulp kept historical diaries in which he made notes about things told to him by local people regarding folklore, etc.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title:
Isaac Clarence Kulp photo collection
Date [bulk]:
1900-2000
Date [inclusive]:
1865-2006
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.436.4
Extent:
5 Linear feet ((8 boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Photo Collection: Mr. Kulp amassed an important collection of over 3,200 photographic images (an item-level inventory is available at http://www.mhep.org/files/inventories/HM436photoinventorydetailed.pdf). Many of the photos are local, including groups from the Kulp, Gottshall, Cassel, Foutz, Harley, Custer, Kriebel, and Metzger families. The most notable part of the collection is a unique group of 35 glass negatives from young photographer Jonas H. Nyce in the years 1900-1910. These are original images that give a rare view into life on the Indian Creek in central Montgomery County, Pennsylvania at the turn of the twentieth century.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator:
Hershey, Mary Jane Lederach, 1930-
Title:
Mary Jane Lederach Hershey fraktur research collection
Date [inclusive]:
1979-2005
Call Number:
Hist.Mss.407
Extent:
4 Linear feet ((18 flat boxes))
Language:
English
Abstract:
From 1979 to 2005, historian Mary Jane Lederach Hershey visited many libraries, museums and private fraktur collections in the eastern United States, gathering data and photographs of fraktur produced by or related to the Mennonite community of eastern Pennsylvania. She collected data on over 1,000 items. Some were featured in her book This Teaching I Present: Fraktur from the Skippack and Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse Schools, 1747-1836 (Good Books, 2003). A full inventory of the data/photo sheets is available in PDF: http://mhep.org/files/inventories/HM407inventory.pdf or as an Excel spreadsheet (for sorting): http://mhep.org/files/inventories/HM407inventory.xlsx. Search either of these by pressing Ctrl+f.
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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2008

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center,  2014

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Forrest L. Moyer

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Forrest L. Moyer

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Forrest L. Moyer

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Mary Jane Lederach Hershey and Forrest L. Moyer

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor

Processing of the Isaac Clarence Kulp Collection was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Brethren (Church of the Brethren).
Form/Genre(s)
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Research notes
Personal Name(s)
  • Baver, Florence, 1911-1999
  • Birmelin, John, 1873-1950
  • Frey, J. William (John William), 1916-1989
  • Gottshall, Rein F., 1880-1976
  • Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Subject(s)
  • Folk songs, Pennsylvania German
  • Folklore
  • Hymns, German
  • Interviews
  • Pennsylvania German dialect
  • Singing
  • Storytelling

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Cassel
  • Gottshall
  • Renninger
  • Shisler
Form/Genre(s)
  • Broadsides
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Family papers
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Manuscripts
  • Scrapbooks
Personal Name(s)
  • Cassel, Abraham Harley, 1820-1908
  • Gottschall, Samuel K., 1808-1898
  • Renninger, Josiah S., 1838-1919
Subject(s)
  • Fraktur art
  • Lutheran Church--Clergy
  • Spiritual healing

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc..
Family Name(s)
  • Gottshall
  • Kulp
Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Family papers
  • Postcards
  • Research notes
  • Scrapbooks
Personal Name(s)
  • Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Subject(s)
  • Folklore
  • Fraktur art
  • Pennsylvania German dialect
  • Storytelling

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Cassel
  • Custer
  • Foutz
  • Gottshall
  • Harley
  • Kulp
Form/Genre(s)
  • Glass negatives
  • Photographs
Personal Name(s)
  • Cassel, Abraham Harley, 1820-1908
  • Metzger, Allen G., 1865-1946
  • Nyce, Jonas H., 1884-1948

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Cassel
  • Godshall
Form/Genre(s)
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Research notes
Personal Name(s)
  • Dock, Christopher, d. 1771
  • Eyer, John Adam, 1755-1837
  • Gottschall, Samuel K., 1808-1898
  • Hunsicker, Isaac Z., 1803-1870
  • Johnson, Henry G., 1806-1879
  • Kolb, Andreas, 1749-1811
  • Kulp, David, 1777-1834
  • Souder, John D., 1865-1942
Subject(s)
  • Education
  • Fraktur art
  • Music
  • Singing

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Collection Inventory

Series A. Audio material.

Sub-Series A1. Reel-to-reel tapes.

Box Reel

Second Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1958; singing of Pennsylvania German "spirituals" by Ira R. Bright (1887-1975) and daughter Grace S. Bright (1921- ), no date; interview and singing by Sallie Moyer Landis (1867-1962) in Pennsylvania German, no date.

49 1

Second Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1958 (continued)--dedication of Henry Funk and Jacob Landis memorial stones.

49 2

Third Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1959; singing of German hymns by James B. Derstine (1876-1961), Jacob C. Clemens (1874-1965), Hanna Rittenhouse Clemens (1880-1977), Rein F. Gottshall (1880-1976), Sallie Landis and others, recorded in several sessions probably circa 1960-1961.

49 3

Fourth Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1960 (recording is poor).

49 4

Singing of Evangelical hymns by Rein Gottshall; interview with Sallie Landis in Pennsylvania German; historical talks by Alan G. Keyser, Roy C. Kulp, Abe Hunsicker, Jacob C. Clemens, Wesley Reiff and Warren K. Schlotterer, 1961.

49 5

Interviews and singing by Jacob and Hanna Clemens, Rein Gottshall, Ira Bright and niece Miriam Bright Horne (1897-1978), recorded 1962-1963; singing of English folk hymns by Yvonne Milspaw, 1977.

49 6

Interviews with Bessie Gottshall Kulp (1901-1986), Maggie Oberholtzer (Denver, PA), and Rein Gottshall, 1962-1964; "Concept" radio program of J. William Frey speaking about Pennsylvania Dutch music, no date; Florence Baver radio program, no date; (Sixth?) Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, probably 1962.

49 7

Seventh Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1963--I. C. Kulp, moderator.

49 8

Eighth Annual Delp's Meetinghouse Memorial Service, 1964.

49 9

Organ music by Warren K. Schlotterer (1881-1968); congregational singing (possibly at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, PA); German hymns led by Peter Wiebe; singing of Pennsylvania German "spirituals" by Harvey G. Cressman (1880-1961), Mary Lizzie Derstine Cressman (1884-1967), I. Wilbur Lapp (1909-1995), and Isaac Clarence Kulp.

49 10

John E. Lapp (1905-1988), I. Wilbur Lapp, and Harvey Cressman (tape recorded by Ephraim Delp), no date.

49 11

Interview and singing of German hymns by Rein Gottshall, May 1967.

49 12-13

Singing of Brethren hymns by Rein Gottshall, no date ("Geduld" by Peter Becker, and Christopher Sower Jr's acrostic hymn).

49 14

Florence Baver dialect radio program--the "Pennsylvania Dutch Show" on WKEP, no date.

49 15

I. C. Kulp reading from his collection of folk cultural notes collected 1950-1968.

49 16

I. C. Kulp reading from John Theobald Faber’s powwow book (recording is poor).

49 17

Eight-part lecture series given by I. C. Kulp at Longenecker’s Brethren Meetinghouse (Lititz, PA) on the theme “Our Brethren Heritage”, 1975.

49 18-21

Sub-Series A2. Cassettes.

Box Cassette

Goschenhoppen Sing-Gemeinde singing from A. G. Clemmer's German-language appendix to the 1927 Mennonite Church Hymnal, no date.

49 1-2

Singing at Klein's Meetinghouse, Harleysville, PA, 5 October 1980.

49 3

"'Nun Danket Alle Gott': Hymnody of the Pennsylvania Germans", talk given by Isaac Clarence Kulp at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA, 27 April 1981.

49 4

Pennsylvania German singing at Delp's Meetinghouse, Harleysville, 30 August 1981--I. C. Kulp, leader.

49 5

Interview with Ernest R. Clemens (1900-1997), recorded 1979; singing with plain people at Indian Creek Haven Farm, Harleysville, 31 August 1981.

49 6

Interview with Ruth Kraybill Souder (1889-1993) by I. C. Kulp, 1981-1982.

49 7

Goschenhoppen Sing-Schieler at I. C. Kulp's home, Vernfield, PA, 25 January 1982.

49 8

Funeral of Bessie Gottshall Kulp, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, 1986.

49 9

I. C. Kulp and John L. Ruth touring the Harley Burial Ground at Klein's Meetinghouse, 25 August 2000.

49 10-11

Pennsylvania German (Dutch) Poems and Stories by Ernie Bechtel, no date.

49 12

Gedichde un Gschichde: Pennsylvania-German Poems and Stories with audience response by Ernest G. Gehman, Harrisonburg, VA, 1979.

49 13

I. C. Kulp speaking at a money management conference at Line Lexington (PA) Mennonite Church, 1974.

49 15

Sub-Series A3. Compact discs.

Arrangement note

Copies of cassettes 49-7, 49-10 and 49-11.

Sub-Series A4. Phonograph records.

Box Record

45 RPM record of John Birmelin poems: “Der Rumhocker Poem” and “ABC Poem”, produced by the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, no date.

49 1

Three-record album (78 RPM)-- Folksongs of the Pennsylvania Dutch / sung and interpreted by J. William Frey (3-record album), produced by the Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center, Franklin and Marshall College, no date.

49 2-4

Series B. Visual/AV material.

Sub-Series B1. VHS cassettes.

Arrangement note

One tape; private.

Sub-Series B2. Digital photo CDs.

Box Disc

Slides from the I. C. Kulp Photo Collection scanned to CD, 2007.

50 1

Sub-Series B3. Digital video discs.

Box Disc

Isaac Clarence Kulp memorial DVD, compiled by Bud Gross for Kulp’s burial and memorial services, August 2007.

50 2

I. C. Kulp, John L. Ruth and Alan G. Keyser examining and reflecting on items from Kulp's collections, recorded by Eugene Wampler, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, 2001. A transcript is available.

50 3-31

Sub-Series B4. Digital camcorder cassettes.

Arrangement note

Original camcorder tapes for content on discs 50-3 through 50-31.

Box
51

Collection Inventory

Series A. Paper files.

Subseries A1. Historical miscellanea.

Box Folder

Memorabilia and ephemera.

20 1-4

Leaves from two copies of the German Bible published by Christoph Sower at Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1743.

20 5

Cards (2) from Der Frommen Lotterie, published by Christoph Sower, Germantown, 1744.

20 6

Leaves from a copy of the German Bible published by Christoph Sower, Germantown, 1763.

20 7

Leaves from Carl Friedrich Egelmann's copy book, Deutsche und Englische Vorschriften für die Jugend, Reading, PA, 1821.

20 8

Calendars, local historical and church birthday, 1952-1995. [oversized].

59 5-6
Maps. [oversized].
Related Archival Materials note

See also folder 17-5.

60 5

Subseries A2. Broadsides.

Box Folder
Small broadsides.
Scope and Contents note

File includes published notice of the resignation of Rev. John Andrew Strassburger from the Tohickon-Indianfield Reformed charge, 1854.

20 9

Small commercial broadsides.

20 10

Songs and poems (broadsides and pamphlets).

20 11

Large broadsides. [oversized].

58 5

Fire letter broadsides. [oversized].

58 6

Himmelsbrief (Heaven's letter) broadsides. [oversized].

58 7

Pennsylvania Dutch Recipe Frakturs by Adele Hostetter Hershey and Ruth Hershey Irion, Hamburg, PA, 1947. [oversized].

58 8

Broadsides printed by Harry F. Stauffer at Farmersville, Lancaster County, PA, circa 1953-1970. [oversized].

58 9

Fraktur motifs. [oversized].

58 10

Posters, circa 1950-1989. [oversized].

58 11

Oversize broadsides.

60 6

Des Saengers Harmonie broadside, by Samuel K. Cassel, 1855. [oversized].

60 7

Auction broadside for property of Henry Kolb, Salfordville, PA, 1877. [oversized].

60 8
Oversize posters. [oversized].
Scope and Contents note

File contains a poster for the Historic Schaefferstown Folklife Conference, circa 1965, and the Old Goshenhoppen Church Annual Picnic, 1977.

60 9

Subseries A3. Local business promotionals.

Box Folder

Business promotionals, 20th century.

20 12-18

Business promotional calendars. [oversized].

59 7-10

Subseries A4. Local programs.

Box
20
Folder
19-27

Subseries A5. Manuscripts.

Related Archival Materials note

See also papers of ministers of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, PA, in the I. C. Kulp Brethren Collection, box 36, folders 6 through 14, and box 37.

Box Folder

Sundry manuscripts, 18th-20th centuries.

20 28-29
Oversize manuscripts.
Scope and Contents note

File includes an unidentified family record, circa 1755-1775.

58 12

Artwork.

20 30
Certificates, 1800-1964.
Scope and Contents note

1) Jacob Schardel membership in the German Society of Reading, PA, 1800; 2) Jacob Krauss and Lydia Kriebel marriage, Worcester, PA, signed by Casper Wack, 1830; 3) Samuel and Hannah Mohler Landes family record, professionally printed, 1836 or after; 4) Charles Kern and Mary Yerger marriage, signed by J. S. Dubs, 1855; 5) Susan Gilbert confirmation, Douglassville, PA, signed by G. A. Struntz, 1866; 6) Mamie Wolf collection for the American Bible Union to “give the Sacred Scriptures to the Freedmen of America,” 1876; 7) Thomas R. Brendle “citation for pastoral service” from the United Church of Christ, 1965.

20 31
Oversize certificates.
Scope and Contents note

1) Lydia Hersch confirmation by Rev. Daniel Weiser, 1839; 2) Michael and Mary Ann Kettering Nafzger/Nafziger family record, ca. 1850-1864; 3) Michael and Maria Rosenberger Swartley marriage, 1861; 4) blank birth and baptismal certificate printed by Scheffer, Harrisburg, PA; 5) I. C. Kulp 8th grade diploma, 1952; 6) I. C. Kulp perfect attendance at Sunday School, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, 1952; 7) I. C. Kulp membership in the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, 1957 (see file 14-24); 8) I. C. Kulp birth and baptismal certificate, late 20th century; 9) Bessie Gottshall Kulp award of merit from the Goschenhoppen Historians, circa 1982.

58 13
Confirmation songs.
Scope and Contents note

One unsigned and undated; one written by Jefferson M. Ditzler and lettered by George J. Miller, Bethel, PA, 1852.

20 32
Letters, 1871-1974.
Scope and Contents note

Older letters include: 1) letter from Joel Kantner, Lower Bern, Berks County, PA, 1871; 2) envelope addressed in rhyme to J. S. Michener, New London, Chester County, PA; 3) letter fragment from Pike Township, Berks County; 4) envelopes addressed to Alice Hagey at Salfordville and Elroy, PA, in Henry D. Hagey’s handwriting, sent from New York City, 1898; 5) letter from J. M. Kaufman at the American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtari, India, to William D. Fretz, Perkasie, PA, 1911; 6) resignation letter from James B. Shisler to Amwell Church of the Brethren, Amwell, NJ, 1911.

20 33

Unidentified manuscript hymn book, no date.

20 34
Unidentified manuscript "seal book", 1865.
General note

Photocopy; original discarded due to poor condition.

20 35

Unidentified restaurant placemat collection, 1960s. [oversized].

52 6

Baumann, August--bookplates for Alice M. Geisinger, 1903, and Oscar W. S. Huber.

20 36

Bördors, Johann Theil--estate inventory, 1744.

20 37

Bucher, Isaac (presumably 1880-1970)--papers.

20 38

Culp, Samuel and Jane--papers from family Bible. [oversized].

20 70

Dinges, Catharina (circa 1794)--papers from her hymnbook.

20 39

Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata, PA--receipt from Sister Sophia to Abraham Konigmacher, trustee, 1811.

20 40

Gottshall, Benjamin--manuscript New Year wish, 1823.

20 41

Gottshall, Reinhart F. (1880-1976)--German translation of the gospel hymn "The Ninety and Nine", 1963.

20 42

Harley, Herbert--essays on Brethren history.

20 43-44

Hittel, John and Maria Frey (married 1847)--family Bible record (partially lettered by Martin Wetzler).

20 45

Jung, Johannes M.--bookplate, 1872.

20 46

Kinsie, Abraham--leaves from practice book, 1803.

20 47

Krebs, Friedrich (d. 1815)--birth and baptismal certificate for Elisabeth Beckle, Heidelberg Township, Dauphin County, PA, 1805. [oversized].

58 14

Kulp, John H. and Catherine Swartley (married 1844)--family Bible record.

20 47A

Landes, Rachel Harley (1789-1877)--birth record and papers from her Bible, 1840 circa.

20 47B

Laros, Jesse (1823- )--manuscript communion hymn.

20 48

Laros (Gross), Sarah Ann (1853- )--bookplate, 1867.

20 49

Metz, Henry G. and Susanna Alderfer (married 1858)--family Bible record.

20 50

Metz, Ida Groff (1866-1958)--papers. For related photos, see folder 40-25.

20 51-52

Moyer, Ella Slotter (1888-1973)--papers from her Bible.

20 53

Moyer, Frank G. (1874-1958)--papers.

20 54

Moyer, Leroy H. and Ruth Moyer (married 1943)--papers. For clippings, see oversize folder 63-7.

20 55

Moyer, Sarah--bookplate, 1838.

20 56
Musselman, William F. (1899-1958)--historical papers.
Scope and Contents note

Several family Bible records (two lettered by Martin Wetzler); manuscript memoirs regarding powwowing experiences, etc. by Musselman; manuscript material by Souderton historian Henry S. Landes (1871-1950), etc.

20 57

Oda, Wilbur H. (1892-1953)--manuscript notes on Pennsylvania German publishing.

20 58

Price, Benjamin and Mary Anna Boos (married 1857)--family Bible record.

20 59

"S. Catharina" paper cutting, 1769?.

20 60

Schellhase, Adam E.--papers, including notes on powwowing.

20 61

Schelly, Susanna--fraktur bookplate, 1837.

20 62

Schucker, Benjamin and Angelina Schäfer (married 1860)--family Bible record, lettered by Martin Wetzler.

20 63
Scherdel, Jacob--legal form practice sheet, circa 1795.
Related Archival Materials note

See also Jacob Schardel certificate in folder 20-31.

20 64

Seibert, Reuben and Katie Henry (married 1897)--family Bible record, lettered by August Baumann, and papers from the Bible.

20 65-66

Shisler, Melvin F. (1899-1984)--papers. See also birthday book in box 25 and scrapbooks in box 56.

20 67

Stoltzfus, Simmon K. and Katie Glick (married 1889)--family Bible record.

20 68

Souder, John D. (1865-1942)--artwork. [oversized].

58 15
Stover, Susan Keeler (1891-1978)--papers.
Scope and Contents note

One notebook in this file contains manuscript recipes; another includes estate appraisals for Christian F. and Elizabeth Moyer Moyer, 1936.

20 69

Unidentified fraktur Vorschrift: " Darum trage deine Ketten...", 1809.

21 1

Civil War era songs.

21 2

Alderfer, John B. (1839-1887)--fraktur family record.

21 3

Cassel, Jacob--draft of land belonging to the heirs of Elizabeth Stump Hagey, Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa., 1823.

21 4
Gottshalk, Gottshalk (1753-1824)--account book, 1788-1798.
Scope and Contents note

Original account book, rebound, with record of attendees at the Gottshall Reunion, 1918, transcription/translation by Raymond Hollenbach, and a related note by I. C. Kulp.

21 5
Gottshall, William Z. (1784-1875)--account book, 1832-1846.
Scope and Contents note

Original account book and transcription/translation by Raymond Hollenbach.

21 6

Kerver, Adam (1822?- )--blacksmith accounts, letters, etc. See also oversize ledger in folder 58-12.

21 7

Kindig, Samuel (1806-1869)--fraktur practice book, circa 1825.

21 8

Moyer, Harvey S. (1870-1957)--papers: poems and genealogy.

21 9
Nyce, William G. (1888-1958)--papers.
Related Archival Materials note

For related photos, see files 41-1 through 41-3, boxes 42 and 43, and MHEP.Hist.Mss.382 William G. Nyce Coll.

21 10
Overholt, Joseph G. (1832-1905)--papers.
Scope and Contents note

Manuscript tune book and “Ohio accounts”/ medicinal book (circa 1855); fraktur ABC song lettered by Joseph Overholt, 1863; correspondence, musical notation, penmanship practice sheets, etc.; undated manuscript tune book.

21 11-14

Phillips, Wheeler W.--manuscript copy of will, Bergen County, NJ, 1893.

21 15

Price, Abraham A. (1883-1966)--schoolteaching records, Indian Creek School, Vernfield, PA, circa 1905-1917.

21 16

Sower, Christopher (1695-1753)--administration bond for the estate of Anna Sybilla Cramer, 1745.

21 17

Weaver, Menno B. (1887-1963)--papers.

21 18

Werstler, Christian--bond, 1805, and receipt, 1820.

21 19

Subseries A6. Clippings.

Scope and Contents note

Clippings featuring I. C. Kulp; Mennonite-related; German language; Church of the Brethren (mostly from the COB Messenger); PA German dialect and other columns: “  ‘S Pennsylfawnishe Deitsch Eck,” by Preston A. Barba and C. Richard Beam, 1935-1984; “  Es Deitsch Schtick,” by Richard Druckenbrod, 1979-1982; “  Der Shdivvel Knecht,” by Clarence G. Reitnauer, 1968-1984; “‘I remember’ by the old timer."; “Pumpernickle Bill,” by William S. Troxell, 1947-1952; “Up and Down Montgomery County,” by Edward W. Hocker (an extensive collection); 100-year reprint pages from the  Town and Country, Pennsburg, PA, 2001-2007; Leroy H. and Ruth Moyer Moyer clippings. Oversize clippings are in box 60, folders 11-15 and box 63, folders 6-9.

Box
21
Folder
20-32

Subseries A7. Obituaries, funeral and memorial cards, 1867-2006.

Related Archival Materials note

For funeral programs, see folder 20-27; also see oversize obituaries in folder 63-5.

Box
22
Folder
1-8

Subseries A8. Land deeds.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Dielman Kolb to Jacob Hackman, Franconia Township, Philadelphia County, PA—lease and release, 1748-1749.

23 1

George and Catharina Frederick to Herman Weishy, Upper Salford Township, Philadelphia County, 1763.

23 2

Two deeds for land in “Millersburg,” printed at Ephrata Cloister: John and Elizabeth Miller to Michael Haverstick and Philip Frick, 1765.

23 3

Henry and Susanna Van Pool to Michael Kolb, Marlborough Township, Philadelphia County, 1774.

23 4

Frederick Alderfer to John Alderfer, Lower Salford Township, Philadelphia County, 1776.

23 5

Michael and Magdalena Kolb to Andrew Mowrer, Upper Hanover Township, Philadelphia County, 1784.

23 6

Jacob and Mary Price to Peter Wile, Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, 1812.

23 7

Estate of John Reiff to John Tyson, Towamencin Township, Montgomery County, 1834.

23 8

Two deeds for land bordering Hatfield Church of the Brethren, Hatfield Township, Montgomery County: George and Christiana Fisher to Charles Keller, 1857-1859.

23 9
Six deeds for the David H. Cassel property, Lower Salford Township, 1848-1884.
Scope and Contents note

File includes the following: 1) Jonas C. and Catharine Godshalk and Charles Fronefield to Isaac Landis, 1848; 2) Jonas and Catharine Godshalk to Michael Freed, 1849; 3) Isaac and Hettie Landis to Michael Freed, 1849; 4) Daniel and Barbara Clemens to Michael Freed, 1850; 5) Michael and Sarah Freed to Henry Harley, 1862; 6) Estate of Henry Harley to Benjamin N. Halteman, 1884.

23 10
Twelve deeds for the Isaac H. Delp property, Lower Salford Township, 1816-1884.
Scope and Contents note

File includes the following: 1) John and Barbara Snyder to Jacob Kulp, 1816; 2) Jacob and Elisabeth Stong to Philip Zieber, 1820; 3) Philip and Margaret Zieber to Isaac Schneider, 1833; 4) Jacob and Elizabeth Kulp to Isaac Schneider, 1837; 5) Isaac Schneider to Abraham Barndt, 1852; 6) Abraham and Margaret Barndt to Paul Barndt, 1856; 7) Jacob H. and Catharine Alderfer to Paul Barndt, May 1863; 8) Jacob and Catharine Alderfer to Paul Barndt, December 1863; 9) Enos and Catharine Wambold to Henry Z. Richard, 1865; 10) Henry Z. and Elizabeth Richard to Paul Barndt, 1866; 11) Paul and Elizabeth Barndt to Isaac H. Delp, 1875, with mortgage; 12) Jonas N. and Catharine Alderfer to Isaac H. Delp, 1884.

23 11-12

Wallace G. and Ella Kulp to Stanley and Florence Kircher, Lower Frederick Township, Montgomery County, 1931.

23 13

Series B. Bound manuscripts and scrapbooks.

Subseries B1. Bound manuscripts.

Box Volume

Weiss, George (1687-1740)--manuscript hymnbook presumably lettered by Schwenkfelder minister George Weiss, containing hymns based on biblical characters.

24 1
1761 edition of C. H. von Bogatzky’s Güldenes Schatz-Kästlein, containing autographs from students of the Lutheran seminary at Halle, Germany, 1765.
Biographical/Historical note

Several of the signers later came to Pennsylvania as ministers.

24 2

Faber, John Theobald (1771-1833)--powwow notebook of Reformed minister John Theobald Faber Jr., circa 1797-1816.

24 3

Unidentified manuscript tune book, circa 1800.

24 4

Ruth, Jacob (New Britain/Doylestown, Pa.)--manuscript tune book with fraktur bookplate dated 1806.

24 5

Demuth, Julia Susan--literary notebook, York, PA, 1838.

25 1

Underkoffler (Faust), Sarah (1840-1916)--autograph book, Frederick, PA, circa 1862-1865.

25 2

Wieand, Peter (1786-1868)--(in rear of notebook) record of public sale of the property of Peter Weiand/Wieand, Frederick, PA, 1869.

25 3

Hemmig, Benjamin F.--herbology notebook, Gouglersville, PA, circa 1880.

25 4

Allebach (Alderfer), Mary G. (1866-1963)--autograph book, Sellersville, PA, circa 1886-1887.

25 5

Unidentified manuscript prayers (Lutheran, German language), 20th century.

25 6

Unidentified manuscript notes from lectures by Drs. Frick, Horne and Haas, no date.

25 7

Unidentified manuscript recipes in a business diary from Walter W. Moyer Co., Ephrata, PA, circa 1927.

25 8

Shisler, Melvin F. (1899-1984)--birthday book, circa 1920.

25 9

Fry, Emma Derstine (1897-1984)--visiting diaries, Telford, PA, 1936-1940, 1943-1946.

25 10-11

Alderfer, Allen A. (1876-1963)--diaries, Souderton, PA, 1941, 1943, 1944.

25 12-14

Troxell, William S. (1893-1957)--Pennsylvania German lecture notes of columnist “Pumpernickel Bill” (William Troxell), mid-20th century.

25 12

Subseries B2. Scrapbooks.

Box Volume

Clippings compiled by Isaac Clarence Kulp, circa 1962.

26 1-2

Pennsylvania German dialect clippings, presumably compiled by James O. Boyer, circa 1940-1950.

26 3-6
Lansdale High School activities, 1940-1941. [oversized].
Related Archival Materials note

From the Melvin F. Shisler papers (see folder 20-67).

56 5-6

Clippings, mostly obituaries from the Towamencin-Skippack (Montgomery County, PA) community, presumably compiled by William F. Kriebel, circa 1915. [oversized].

57 1

Scrapbook presumably from the family of John D. Souder, circa 1920-1930. [oversized].

57 2

Unidentified scrapbook, primarily clippings from the photo section of the New York Times, circa 1935. [oversized].

57 3

Unidentified scrapbooks, primarily newspaper clippings related to local weddings and anniversaries, circa 1950-1960. [oversized].

57 4-5

Series C. Books.

Subseries C1. Locally-owned schoolbooks, 19th century.

Scope and Contents note

Sixteen schoolbooks owned by the following (per inscription): Alvin C. Alderfer (1869-1941); Gereon H. Deisher, Kutztown School, Kutztown, PA, 1836; Mary L. Gehman, Franconia Township, PA, 1874; Aaron M. Lewis (1871-1962), Bergey’s School, Franconia Township; Benjamin Moyer; John W. Moyer and Nora Moyer, Hamburg, PA; Nelson N. Moyer and George S. Clemens; Henry B. Shisler (1860-1934); Benjamin D. Wolford, Franklin D. Wolford, Elmer B. Wolford and Hannah B. Wolford, Salfordville, PA, 1857-1892; Horace J. Ziegler (presumably J. Horace Ziegler, 1857-1928), Kulpsville, PA.

Box
27

Subseries C2. Locally-owned songbooks, late 19th-early 20th century.

Scope and Contents note

Sixty songbooks owned by the following (per inscription): Benjamin Clement N. Alderfer (1883-1966), Souderton, PA; Hannah A. Alderfer, Mainland, PA, 1888, and Philip Grant S. Alderfer, Lansdale, PA; Romanus H. Alderfer (1868-1946); Samuel K. Alderfer and Elmer A. Alderfer, 1895-1951; Ada S. Anders, 1915; Amanda Bucher, Reistville, Lebanon County, PA, circa 1917; Annie H. Cassel, David H. Cassel and Elizabeth Price Cassel, Vernfield, PA, 1904-1922; Jonas N. Cassel (1881-1964); Menno S. Clemens (1872-1950), Harleysville, PA; Isaac Grimley, circa 1905; Mrs. Lizzie Ann Halteman, circa 1905; Milton L. Hershey (1895-1988); Emily B. Kratz, circa 1904-1924; Howard D. Moll, East Greenville, PA, circa 1890; Edwin L. Moyer (1883-1962), Harleysville, Pa.; Samuel M. Moyer and Sarah M. Moyer, 1884; Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church, Perkasie, Pa., ca. 1899; Minerva A. Whitman, Heidelberg Reformed Sunday School, Schwenksville, PA, circa 1888; Franklin D. Wolford, Elmer B. Wolford and Hannah B. Wolford, Salfordville, PA, 1881-1915; John C. Ziegler, Sarah Brown Ziegler, Dora M. Ziegler and John B. Ziegler, Limerick, PA, 1904-1924; fourteen songbooks owned by Mary Jane Bechtel (1898-1989) in box 29.

Box
28-29

Series D. Abraham H. Bergey papers.

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham H. Bergey (1876-1964) was the son of Samuel G. and Amanda Heckler Bergey. He was an amateur historian and antiquarian who lived in Harleysville, Pa. He and his wife, Catherine Wampole Bergey, were members of the Franconia Mennonite congregation. I. C. Kulp, as a young man, spent significant time with Bergey, and acquired an assortment of historical material and papers from Bergey’s estate.

Subseries D1. A. H. Bergey papers.

Box Volume

Receipt book maintained by Samuel G. Bergey for estate settlement of his mother-in-law, Annie Schueck Young, 1895-1896.

30 1

English New Testament and Psalms containing manuscript notes on the folk religious meaning of some chapters and psalms and indication of verses used at funerals of local people., early 20th century.

30 2

Catherine Wampole Bergey’s copy of Stark’s Tägliches Hand-Buch, late 19th century.

30 3

Sundry papers, including historical notes and sketches.

30 1

Subseries D2. A. H. Bergey historical manuscript collection.

Box Folder
Clemmer, Josiah S. (1827-1905)--Franconia/Souderton Mennonite Church membership record, 1888, with additions through 1904 and death records, 1888-1904.
Biographical/Historical note

Bishop in the Franconia and Souderton Mennonite congregations (at that time a single congregation); earliest known membership record for the congregation.

30 2
Gottschall, Jacob (1769-1845)--manuscript tune book, circa 1800.
Biographical/Historical note

Schoolteacher and fraktur artist; later a bishop in the Franconia Mennonite congregation.

30 3
Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--record book, primarily of weather, with fraktur bookplate, 1837.
Biographical/Historical note

Son of bishop Jacob Gottschall; schoolteacher in Franconia Township and an accomplished fraktur artist.

30 4

Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--clipping scrapbook, circa 1837-1892.

30 5

Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--record of deaths, 1879-1898.

30 6

Heckler, Abraham D. (1830-1905)--ciphering books (one containing some primitive folk art), 1846-1847.

30 7

Heckler, Abraham D. (1830-1905)--manuscript letter, 1869.

30 8

Subseries D3. A. H. Bergey clippings.

Box
30
Folder
9

Subseries D4. A. H. Bergey scrapbooks, circa 1950. [oversized].

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clippings, obituaries, historical notes and some artwork.

Box
56
Volume
1-4

Series E. Cassel-Shisler papers.

Scope and Contents note

Material from the family of Abraham H. and Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel of Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA, including many interesting letters and manuscript material. Abraham Harley Cassel (1820-1905) was a well-known historian and bibliophile. I. C. Kulp intentionally modeled his own persona after Cassel. The series contains significant material from the family of A. H. Cassel's daughter, Hannah Cassel Shisler (1858-1921). For related papers, see file 14-34 and memorial cards in file 22-5. Related photos are in files 41-7, 41-14, 46-18 and photo album #2006.4.1004.

Subseries E1. Cassel-Shisler miscellanea.

Box
Abraham H. Cassel magnifying glass, circa 1900.
General note

Note attached: "Abraham Cassel. He was almost blind when he used this."

31

Sundry items and clippings.

31 1-2

Oversize items and clippings.

60 10

Subseries E2. Abraham H. Cassel papers.

Box Folder
Manuscript memorandum books, 1839-1841, 1844-1895.
Scope and Contents note

The earlier book includes a record of local Brethren baptisms, 1840-1841.

31 3-4

Baptismal certificate, signed by Elder William W. Price, 1839. [oversized].

58 16
Schoolteaching records, 1840-1846. [oversized].
Scope and Contents note

Kreeble's School, Oct 1840-Mar 1841; "Harolite" School (presumably in the old Herrite/Delp's Meetinghouse), Oct 1842-Apr 1843; Reiff's School, Nov 1844-Mar 1845; Franconiaville School, Aug 1845-Mar 1846; Cassel’s "account of boarding and lodging" for 1846.

58 17

Subseries E3. Hannah Cassel (Shisler) papers, circa 1884.

Box
31
Folder
5

Subseries E4. Cassel-Shisler correspondence.

Box Folder
Letters from Abraham H. Cassel (21 letters), 1850-1871.
Scope and Contents note

Thirteen of these were sent home to Cassel’s family while on a trip west in 1858; published and annotated by John Baugher Bryer in Brethren Life and Thought 38:1-2 (Winter/Spring 2003), pp. 39-65; available online at http://www.johnbryer.com/ahc/AHC_Letters_article.pdf

31 6

Letters from Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel (2 letters), 1858, 1877.

31 7

Letters from Amanda Cassel to her parents and family (43 letters), 1867-1891.

31 8

Letters from Hannah Cassel (Shisler) to her parents and family (64 letters), 1870-1885.

31 9

Hannah Cassel literary compositions, mailed home with correspondence, 1877-1878.

31 10

Letters received by Abraham and Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel from nephew Theodore Rhoads, 1877, and daughter Sarah Cassel Booz, 1892.

31 11

Letter from Hannah Shisler to foster son Harry Moyer, 1913.

31 12

Letters received by Sara C. Shisler, primarily from her mother Hannah Shisler (18 letters), 1916-1920.

31 13

Letters from Sara Shisler to her family, while serving as a missionary in Nigeria (4 letters), 1927-1928.

31 14

Series F. Josiah S. Renninger papers.

Biographical/Historical note

Josiah S. Renninger (1838-1919) was a Lutheran minister, native of New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, PA, who worked in several parishes throughout eastern Pennsylvania and served as treasurer of the Danville (