Mennonite Library and Archives

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Mennonite Library and Archives
Mennonite Church USA Archives - North Newton

Picture of the MLA building from outside.

The Mennonite Library and Archives (MLA) is operated by Bethel College with Mennonite Church USA in North Newton, KS, USA. The college takes primary responsibility for the historical library collection and the Historical Committee of Mennonite Church USA takes primary responsibility for the archival holdings. In everyday practice the library and archives operations are fully integrated.

The purpose of the MLA is to collect, preserve, and make available personal papers, documents, periodicals, books, and other media related to Mennonite studies. The MLA serves as the official archives of Bethel College, and one of two official archives for Mennonite Church USA (see Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen on the campus of Goshen College in Indiana), and as a research center promoting the study of Anabaptist and Mennonite history. The MLA is open to the public.

Papers arriving at the archives

The MLA has in its holdings about 30,000 books, 5600 volumes of bound periodicals, and approximately 4300 cubic feet of archival records. In addition, there are large collections of audio and video recordings, microforms, photographs, motion pictures, maps and other items.

The MLA operates on a very tight budget, as do most historical organizations. We would be glad for any monetary donation you might be able to give us toward the work of preserving Mennonite collective memory.

We will also gladly accept donations of documents related to the broader Mennonite story from both individuals and organizations.