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Object Name Papers, Personal
Manuscript Collection # Hist. Mss. 003
Title Jacob C. Clemens Papers
Year Range from 1832
Year Range to 1977
Scope & Content Size: 10 linear feet (10 boxes)

Jacob C. "J.C." Clemens (1874-1965) had an influential role in the life of Franconia Mennonite Conference in the first half of the twentieth century. Ordained in 1906 to serve the Plains congregation near Lansdale, he left a promising banking career to answer that call. He was one of the first ministers in Franconia Conference to preach regularly in English, and his services were much in demand across the conference. In 1909, he was chosen as the first secretary of Franconia Conference, and served 40 years in that role. He was a traveling evangelist and was called often to Lancaster County and beyond. He was instrumental in the beginning of historical preservation work in Franconia Conference and in the larger Mennonite Church.

The Jacob C. Clemens Papers includes personal and family papers and correspondence, sermons, files from church and committee work, and a great deal of correspondence from fellow ministers and lay people. Also included are the papers of J.C.'s wife, Hanna Rittenhouse Clemens, and over 1,000 letters from son James R. Clemens to his parents while in college, Civilian Public Service, and until Hanna's death in 1977. In addition, there are some photographs and books.

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Object ID # 1982.3.1
Source Gift of the family of Jacob C. & Hanna Rittenhouse Clemens
People Allebach, David K., 1872-1951
Allebach, Leahanna C. Clemens, 1876-1954
Armstrong, Jack, fraktur artist
Baer, Laura F. Fuss, 1892-1973
Bean, Warren G., 1866-1949
Bechtel, Catherine B. Diehl, 1875-1974
Bechtel, Francis G., 1876-1965
Bechtel, Jesse B., 1897-1992
Bechtel, Joseph B., 1856-1928
Beidler, John C., 1878-1955
Bergey, Nelson H., 1857-1938
Cassel, Jacob L., 1819-1891
Clemens, Clara N. Ruth, 1901-1952
Clemens, Ella C. Shisler Nyce, 1887-1976
Clemens, Ernest R., 1900-1997
Clemens, Eva May Moyer, 1918-1987
Clemens, Hanna C. Rittenhouse, 1880-1977
Clemens, Jacob C., 1874-1965
Clemens, Jacob R., 1911-1987
Clemens, James R., 1913-2008
Clemens, John C., 1879-1959
Clemens, Lois A. Gunden, 1915-2005
Clemens, Manasses C., 1856-1929
Clemens, Paul R., 1905-1965 (Lansdale)
Clemmer, Abraham G., 1867-1939
Clemmer, Markley H., 1911-1984
Delp, Howard K., 1894-1962
Derstine, Clayton F., 1891-1967
Derstine, Herbert A., 1895-1985
Derstine, Isaac L., 1867-1939
Detweiler, William G., 1903-1956
Diller, Jesse Dennis, 1899-1983
Freed, Allen A., 1854-1927
Freed, Joseph M., 1819-1866
Fretz, Clarence Y., 1911-1996
Fuss, Anna C. Kulp, 1886-1972
Fuss, John F., 1880-1954
Gauger, May S., 1892-1949
Gehman, John G., 1875-1969
Graybill, Silas, 1903-1990
Gross, Abram G., 1870-1944
Gross, Mahlon G., 1873-1937
Histand, Abraham O., 1869-1943
Johnson, Elmer Ellsworth S., 1872-1959
Kolb, Amos B., 1879-1973
Kolb, Elmer G., 1905-2004
Kratz, Isaac O., 1855-1941
Kratz, Lyman A., 1878-1964
Kulp, Elias W., 1880-1977
Kulp, Elizabeth Rachel Clemens, 1883-1952
Kulp, Jacob C., 1906-2005
Landis, Ruth R. Clemens, 1902-1996
Lapp, John Edwin, 1905-1988
Leatherman, Daniel S., 1874-1952
Leatherman, John D., 1911-1990
Leatherman, Martha D., 1901-1984
Lederach, Marcus K., 1893-1948
Mack, Elmer M., 1890-1977
Mack, Harvey G., 1889-1984
Mack, Jesse H., 1865-1934
Mack, Noah H., 1861-1948
Mack, Philip G., 1891-1970
Mensch, Abraham B., 1863-1934
Mininger, Jacob D., 1879-1941
Moyer, Carrie S. Kulp, 1885-1966
Moyer, Elizabeth "Lizzie" H. Mack, 1873-1942
Moyer, Elmer B., 1888-1957
Moyer, Jacob M., 1891-1967 (Souderton)
Moyer, Moses L., 1870-1942
Moyer, William M., 1874-1964
Moyer, Wilson R., 1872-1959
Nyce, Elizabeth "Betty" R. Clemens, 1915-1988
Nyce, David, 1914-2003
Overholt, Wilson M., 1889-1964
Rittenhouse, Elizabeth "Eliza" D. Clemmer, 1840-1921
Rittenhouse, Jacob K., 1838-1913
Rittenhouse, Samuel S., 1801-1882
Schlosser, Edna C. Clemens, 1892-1974
Shelly, Paul R., 1911-1970
Souder, Frederick H., 1846-1927
Souder, John D., 1865-1942
Stauffer, John L., 1888-1959
Stauffer, Rudy L., 1893-1973
Steinhauer, Ivins W., 1915-1985
Swanenburg, Marcus "Mark", 1893-1979
Swartz, Frank, 1860-1937
Wenger, John Christian, 1910-1995
Yoder, Abram D., 1893-1961
Yoder, Laura N. Stoudt, 1896-1992
Collection Jacob C. Clemens Papers