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Object Name Papers, Personal
Manuscript Collection # Hist. Mss. 469
Title Wilmer L. Reinford Papers
Creator Reinford, Wilmer L., 1916-2007
Scope & Content Wilmer L. Reinford (1916-2007) was a farmer at Creamery, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania until a heart condition forced him to change careers in 1958, after which he was employed at the Farm Bureau feed and hardware store in Collegeville, Pa. He was a lifelong member of Upper Skippack Mennonite Church. An avid historian and genealogist, he helped to found the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Library and Archives in 1967 and served for years as custodian/manager of the library. He presided over the Franconia Mennonite Historical Society and helped in shaping the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville in his later years. His collection includes: personal and family papers (incl. farm records and school papers of daughter Mae); correspondence (incl. genealogical correspondence); organizational involvement, project files, and collected historical material; photographs; clippings; and rare books.

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Object ID # 2013.13.1
Source Gift of Mae K. Reinford
People Reinford, Margaret B. Kulp, 1918-2011
Reinford, Wilmer L., 1916-2007
Collection Wilmer L. Reinford Papers
Containers Personal papers, 1931-2011
Farm records, 1944-1958
School papers
Family history - Reinford/Frederick/Weand, 1838-1998
Family history - Landes/Tyson, 1910-1996
Family history - Kulp/Bean, 1873-1993
Correspondence - Fly, Harold M., 1963-1984 (bulk, 1963-1967)
Correspondence - Goetz, Virgil, 1978-1981
Correspondence - Gottshalk, L. Kepner and Ruth, 1965-1997
Correspondence - Gould, Helen Weaver, 1967-1982
Correspondence - Grove, Paul H., 1965-1976
Correspondence - Haller, C. R., 1975-1982
Correspondence - Hassan, Hazel Nice, 1984-1990
Correspondence - Jones, Lyle E., 1969-1971
Correspondence - Joyner, Peggy Shomo, 1971-1981
Correspondence - Smith, Elizabeth Zern, 1969-1971
Correspondence - Stanley, Helen Alderfer, 1969-1999
Correspondence - Sykora, Helen, 1984-1985
Correspondence - Tyson, Genevieve Kerr, 1981-1993
Correspondence - Weber, Eldon D., 1972
Correspondence - Ziegler, Gertrude Mohlin, 1960-1995
Correspondence - Zimmerman, Noah L., 1959-2003
Combined correspondence (A-Z)
Genealogical correspondence (A-Z)
Augsburger Crusade, 1962
Beidler, Isaac Y. (1826-1911)--school copybook (photocopy), 1838
Black Rock Covered Bridge, Phoenixville, Pa. (copy photo)
Cassel, Franklin K. (1914-2004)--published memoir, 2001
Cassel, William and Maggie Heimer Kratz farm, Yerkes, Pa.
Christopher Dock Bicentennial, 1971
"Schwenksville Memories" by Oscar Vogt (photocopy), 1974
Collegeville (Pa.) mills
Custer family of central Pennsylvania
Eastern Mennonite Associated Libraries and Archives, 1962-1981
Ellis Keystone Agricultural Works, Pottstown, Pa. (photocopies)
Franconia Mennonite Conference
Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, 1966-1975
Frantz, Isaac (1849-1925) research
Frick's Meetinghouse, Hatfield, Pa., 1974-1991
Froschauer New Testament discovery, 1979
Funeral records and practices, late 19th century
Gehman, John B. (1829-1901) diary publication (including photos used), 1992
Germantown Mennonite Church Corporation, 1965-1981
Good, Jacob B. (1875-1956) research
Gottschall, Elizabeth Ziegler (1761-1847)--inheritance agreement (photocopies), 1846-1847
Hege, Michael (1823-1896, of Marion, Pa.)--poem about Civil War experiences (photocopy), 1863
Hendricks, Kathryn Mattes (1905-1996)--poetry (carbon copies)
Kulp, Elias W. (1846-1885)--letter copy book (photocopy)
Kulp (Slotter), Maggie (1867-1955)--autograph album (original), 1882-1886
Kulpsville (Pa.) Debating Society--minutes, 1894
Landis-Landes Reunion, Perkasie, Pa., 1968-1976
Lower Skippack Mennonite Church deeds, 1717 and 1725
Mayo (Md.) Elementary School baloon project, 1988
Mennonite Church Region V, 1972-1974
Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania
Mensch, Abraham B. (1863-1934)--diary 1890-1934
Mensch, Jacob B. (1835-1912)--record of harvest meetings attended 1880-1911
Mission '70 (evangelistic meetings), 1970
Norriton (Pa.) Presbyterian Church, 1953-1959
Perkiomen Seminary (Pennsburg, Pa.) grade reports for George W. Koch (original), 1877
River Brethren historical sketch by John K. Miller, no date
Salford Mennonite burials from deacon Isaac Clemmer's record book, 1892-1916
Sanders family research (connected to Upper Skippack Mennonite Church), 1988-1993
Skippack Valley preservation, 1967-1977
United Mennonite Educational Institute (Leamington, Ont.) school choir visit, 1971
Upper Skippack Mennonite cemetery transcription by Wilmer Reinford, 1960
Yoder, Jacob E. (1838-1905) research
Zelienople (Pa.) Historical Society, 1980-1987
Photographs - sundry (including local scenes) - 90 photos, 1885-1989
Photographs - school photos (local) - 8 photos, 1898-1930
Books, 1830-1988