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Object Name Papers, Personal
Manuscript Collection # Hist. Mss. 030
Title Elmer G. Kolb Papers
Creator Kolb, Elmer G., 1905-2004
Year Range from 1930
Year Range to 2003
Scope & Content Size: 7.5 linear feet (9 boxes)

Elmer Kolb (1905-2004) and his wife Emily Moyer (1906-1990) were Mennonite mission workers with Franconia Conference in the urban setting of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, beginning in the 1930s. In 1938 Elmer was ordained to the ministry, the first in Franconia Conference to be ordained on the basis of gifts and call, without the drawing of lots. In 1952 he was ordained bishop for the Western District of Franconia Conference. From 1961-1971 he served as Secretary of the Conference.

Highlights of the collection include:
--Elmer Kolb's record of his ministerial career and the history of Pottstown Mennonite Church.
--An exhaustive collection of material related to Pottstown Mennonite Church (opened 1930 and closed 1993), as well as other congregations of the western bishop district of Franconia Conference (including Vincent, Upper Skippack, Providence, Methacton, King of Prussia, First Mennonite Norristown, Conshohocken, Bridgeport, and Bethel Norristown congregations).
--Correspondence files of Elmer Kolb as Secretary of Franconia Mennonite Conference, 1961-1972 (about 30 folders).
--Audio recordings (cassettes) of significant local meetings, funerals, sermons, etc., 1956-2003.

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Audio inventory: Click Here
Related Publications Lutz, Shirley M. and Ruth M. Graybill (as told to Marie E. Cutman). The Other Side of the Pulpit. Published by authors, 1997?.
Object ID # 1982.26.1
Source Gift of Elmer G. Kolb
People Alderfer, Caroline A., 1915-1991
Black, Florence Elizabeth Kolb, 1907-1994
Clemens, Jacob C., 1874-1965
Ebersol, Adah K. Bechtel, 1908-1994
Gehman, Abraham G., 1890-1985
Guntz, John B., 1889-1978
Hostetler, Anna Pearl Longacre, 1926-2000
Kolb, Amos B., 1879-1973
Kolb, Elmer G., 1905-2004
Kolb, Emily A. Moyer, 1906-1990
Kolb, Irene M. Meyers, 1937-2003
Kolb, Irvin G., 1912-1994
Kolb, Jacob Funk, 1902-1993
Kolb, Mary G. Good, 1916-1997
Kolb, Norman G., 1916-2005
Lapp, John Edwin, 1905-1988
Lederach, Mary H. Mensch, 1898-1980
Mininger, Jonas L., 1919-2000
Ruth, Arthur D., 1892-1985
Souder, Ruth L. Kraybill, 1889-1993
Wenger, John Christian, 1910-1995
Collection Elmer G. Kolb Papers