A major change is taking place at the Conference Archives. For some time, it has been struggling with an almost completely full space and ongoing financial needs. Located in the basement of the Eastern Mennonite University library, the Archives have been unable to locate an alternate location with more space.
In late 2016, a solution was found. The VMC Archives and EMU Special Collections (the Menno Simons Historical Library and EMU Archives) are developing a partnership for their collections through which EMU Special Collections will manage user access and processing oversight to the Archives. Physical space allocation will, for the most part, remain the same at this time, although the partnership would allow reduction of duplication among the collections and digitizing of materials which will save space. This arrangement will also allow EMU Special Collections and VMC Archives to:
- Have simple, single-point access for researchers using collections, and provide longer hours and more space for researchers.
- Maintain collaboration between the EMU and VMC collections and materials. Many places, individuals, and topics in our collections overlap, and it is beneficial to patrons to have them all in one building.
- Work together on digitizing material and providing online access to collections and finding aids.
- Improve security and protection of sensitive collections.
The partnership will no longer have a paid archivist, although it will continue to pay rent for the space occupied by the Archives. Harold Huber retired as Conference Archivist this spring after six years. We thank him for his faithful service.
Tim Stoltzfus Jost
Chair, VMC Historical Committee
A growing number of historical articles on individuals and congregations can be accessed from the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online.
Photo archives are available in the Mennonite Archives of Virginia.
Learn about the Virginia Mennonite History Book project