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Object Name Papers, Personal
Manuscript Collection # Hist. Mss. 414
Title Allen M. Fretz & J. Herbert Fretz Papers
Creator Fretz, Allen M., 1853-1943
Year Range from 1763
Year Range to 2000
Scope & Content Size: 10 linear feet (12 boxes)

Allen M. Fretz (1853-1943) was a minister and elder (bishop) in the Eastern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church. He served various congregations, 1883-1943. He was secretary of the Eastern District Conference 1913-1927, was a founder of "The Mennonite" periodical, and was active on various Eastern District and General Conference committees.

J. Herbert Fretz (1921-2013), a grandson of Allen Fretz, was also a minister in the Eastern District Conference, as well as congregations in Freeman, SD and Goshen, IN. From 1968-1987 he was Coordinator of Church and Seminary Relations for Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN. In later years his research and collecting focused on congregational and genealogical history of Mennonites in eastern Pennsylvania, especially related to the 1847 division between the Eastern District and Franconia Conferences.

The ALLEN FRETZ PAPERS include personal and ministerial papers, sermons, correspondence, clippings and scrapbooks.

The HERBERT FRETZ PAPERS are primarily a collection of historical material from the Fretz/Rittenhouse family, the Eastern District Conference, and the General Conference Mennonite Church, as well as personal papers, correspondence, and the diaries of Herbert's parents, Jacob R. and Mamie Rickert Fretz, 1900-1969.

The ALLEN & HERBERT FRETZ PHOTOS include family and personal photos (mostly of Allen Fretz), photos from Zion and Deep Run West Mennonite Churches, the Eastern District Conference, and the General Conference Mennonite Church.

The ALLEN & HERBERT FRETZ LIBRARY comprises mostly 19th-century books, including Mennonite volumes dated 1763-1944, a number of which came from the Eastern District-related press at Milford Square, PA.

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Object ID # 2002.30.1
Source Gift of J. Herbert Fretz
People Fretz, Abraham James, 1849-1912
Fretz, Allen M., 1853-1943
Fretz, Anna W. Rittenhouse, 1860-1923
Fretz, Herbert, 1921-2013
Fretz, Jacob R., 1886-1974
Fretz, Mary Emma "Mamie" Rickert, 1889-1957
Gottschalk, Joseph R., 1868-1951
Hunsberger, Willis M., 1896-1940
Kratz, Henry B., 1838-1906
Moyer, Jacob S., 1842-1909
Oberholtzer, John H., 1809-1895
Collection Allen M. Fretz & J. Herbert Fretz Papers