Isaac Clarence Kulp Historical Collection

Summary Information

Mennonite Heritage Center
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Isaac Clarence Kulp historical collection
Date [inclusive]
14.0 Linear feet (20 boxes)
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., PA. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Historical Collection consists of documents, correspondence, etc. from three centuries of PA German life in eastern Pennsylvania. Much of the material was bought by Mr. Kulp at family auctions, some was given to him. Highlights of this collection are papers and scrapbooks from Abraham H. Bergey (1876-1964) of Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co. (including papers from fraktur artist Samuel K. Gottschall), papers from the family of Abraham Harley Cassel (1820-1905) of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., and papers of Lutheran minister Josiah S. Renninger (1838-1919).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center 2008

565 Yoder Road
Harleysville, PA

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Cassel
  • Gottshall
  • Renninger
  • Shisler


  • Broadsides
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Family papers
  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Manuscripts
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Cassel, Abraham Harley, 1820-1908
  • Gottschall, Samuel K., 1808-1898
  • Renninger, Josiah S., 1838-1919


  • Fraktur art
  • Lutheran Church--Clergy
  • Spiritual healing

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Collection Inventory

Series A. Paper files 

Subseries A1. Historical miscellanea 

Box Folder

Memorabilia and ephemera 

20 1-4

Leaves from two copies of the German Bible published by Christoph Sower at Germantown, Pennsylvania 1743 

20 5

Cards (2) from Der Frommen Lotterie, published by Christoph Sower, Germantown 1744 

20 6

Leaves from a copy of the German Bible published by Christoph Sower, Germantown 1763 

20 7

Leaves from Carl Friedrich Egelmann's copy book, Deutsche und Englische Vorschriften für die Jugend, Reading, PA 1821 

20 8

Calendars, local historical and church birthday 1952-1995   [oversized]

59 5-6

Maps   [oversized]

Related Archival Materials note

See also folder 17-5.

60 5

Subseries A2. Broadsides 

Box Folder

Small broadsides 

Scope and Contents note

File includes published notice of the resignation of Rev. John Andrew Strassburger from the Tohickon-Indianfield Reformed charge, 1854.

20 9

Small commercial broadsides 

20 10

Songs and poems (broadsides and pamphlets) 

20 11

Large broadsides   [oversized]

58 5

Fire letter broadsides   [oversized]

58 6

Himmelsbrief (Heaven's letter) broadsides   [oversized]

58 7

Pennsylvania Dutch Recipe Frakturs by Adele Hostetter Hershey and Ruth Hershey Irion, Hamburg, PA 1947   [oversized]

58 8

Broadsides printed by Harry F. Stauffer at Farmersville, Lancaster County, PA circa 1953-1970   [oversized]

58 9

Fraktur motifs   [oversized]

58 10

Posters circa 1950-1989   [oversized]

58 11

Oversize broadsides 

60 6

Des Saengers Harmonie broadside, by Samuel K. Cassel 1855   [oversized]

60 7

Auction broadside for property of Henry Kolb, Salfordville, PA 1877   [oversized]

60 8

Oversize posters   [oversized]

Scope and Contents note

File contains a poster for the Historic Schaefferstown Folklife Conference, circa 1965, and the Old Goshenhoppen Church Annual Picnic, 1977.

60 9

Subseries A3. Local business promotionals 

Box Folder

Business promotionals 20th century 

20 12-18

Business promotional calendars   [oversized]

59 7-10

Subseries A4. Local programs 


Subseries A5. Manuscripts 

Related Archival Materials note

See also papers of ministers of Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, PA, in the I. C. Kulp Brethren Collection, box 36, folders 6 through 14, and box 37.

Box Folder

Sundry manuscripts 18th-20th centuries 

20 28-29

Oversize manuscripts 

Scope and Contents note

File includes an unidentified family record, circa 1755-1775.

58 12


20 30

Certificates 1800-1964 

Scope and Contents note

1) Jacob Schardel membership in the German Society of Reading, PA, 1800; 2) Jacob Krauss and Lydia Kriebel marriage, Worcester, PA, signed by Casper Wack, 1830; 3) Samuel and Hannah Mohler Landes family record, professionally printed, 1836 or after; 4) Charles Kern and Mary Yerger marriage, signed by J. S. Dubs, 1855; 5) Susan Gilbert confirmation, Douglassville, PA, signed by G. A. Struntz, 1866; 6) Mamie Wolf collection for the American Bible Union to “give the Sacred Scriptures to the Freedmen of America,” 1876; 7) Thomas R. Brendle “citation for pastoral service” from the United Church of Christ, 1965.

20 31

Oversize certificates 

Scope and Contents note

1) Lydia Hersch confirmation by Rev. Daniel Weiser, 1839; 2) Michael and Mary Ann Kettering Nafzger/Nafziger family record, ca. 1850-1864; 3) Michael and Maria Rosenberger Swartley marriage, 1861; 4) blank birth and baptismal certificate printed by Scheffer, Harrisburg, PA; 5) I. C. Kulp 8th grade diploma, 1952; 6) I. C. Kulp perfect attendance at Sunday School, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, 1952; 7) I. C. Kulp membership in the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, 1957 (see file 14-24); 8) I. C. Kulp birth and baptismal certificate, late 20th century; 9) Bessie Gottshall Kulp award of merit from the Goschenhoppen Historians, circa 1982.

58 13

Confirmation songs 

Scope and Contents note

One unsigned and undated; one written by Jefferson M. Ditzler and lettered by George J. Miller, Bethel, PA, 1852.

20 32

Letters 1871-1974 

Scope and Contents note

Older letters include: 1) letter from Joel Kantner, Lower Bern, Berks County, PA, 1871; 2) envelope addressed in rhyme to J. S. Michener, New London, Chester County, PA; 3) letter fragment from Pike Township, Berks County; 4) envelopes addressed to Alice Hagey at Salfordville and Elroy, PA, in Henry D. Hagey’s handwriting, sent from New York City, 1898; 5) letter from J. M. Kaufman at the American Mennonite Mission, Dhamtari, India, to William D. Fretz, Perkasie, PA, 1911; 6) resignation letter from James B. Shisler to Amwell Church of the Brethren, Amwell, NJ, 1911.

20 33

Unidentified manuscript hymn book no date 

20 34

Unidentified manuscript "seal book" 1865 

General note

Photocopy; original discarded due to poor condition.

20 35

Unidentified restaurant placemat collection 1960s   [oversized]

52 6

Baumann, August--bookplates for Alice M. Geisinger, 1903, and Oscar W. S. Huber. 

20 36

Bördors, Johann Theil--estate inventory 1744 

20 37

Bucher, Isaac (presumably 1880-1970)--papers 

20 38

Culp, Samuel and Jane--papers from family Bible   [oversized]

20 70

Dinges, Catharina (circa 1794)--papers from her hymnbook 

20 39

Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata, PA--receipt from Sister Sophia to Abraham Konigmacher, trustee 1811 

20 40

Gottshall, Benjamin--manuscript New Year wish 1823 

20 41

Gottshall, Reinhart F. (1880-1976)--German translation of the gospel hymn "The Ninety and Nine" 1963 

20 42

Harley, Herbert--essays on Brethren history 

20 43-44

Hittel, John and Maria Frey (married 1847)--family Bible record (partially lettered by Martin Wetzler) 

20 45

Jung, Johannes M.--bookplate 1872 

20 46

Kinsie, Abraham--leaves from practice book 1803 

20 47

Krebs, Friedrich (d. 1815)--birth and baptismal certificate for Elisabeth Beckle, Heidelberg Township, Dauphin County, PA 1805   [oversized]

58 14

Kulp, John H. and Catherine Swartley (married 1844)--family Bible record 

20 47A

Landes, Rachel Harley (1789-1877)--birth record and papers from her Bible 1840 circa 

20 47B

Laros, Jesse (1823- )--manuscript communion hymn 

20 48

Laros (Gross), Sarah Ann (1853- )--bookplate 1867 

20 49

Metz, Henry G. and Susanna Alderfer (married 1858)--family Bible record 

20 50

Metz, Ida Groff (1866-1958)--papers. For related photos, see folder 40-25. 

20 51-52

Moyer, Ella Slotter (1888-1973)--papers from her Bible 

20 53

Moyer, Frank G. (1874-1958)--papers 

20 54

Moyer, Leroy H. and Ruth Moyer (married 1943)--papers. For clippings, see oversize folder 63-7. 

20 55

Moyer, Sarah--bookplate 1838 

20 56

Musselman, William F. (1899-1958)--historical papers 

Scope and Contents note

Several family Bible records (two lettered by Martin Wetzler); manuscript memoirs regarding powwowing experiences, etc. by Musselman; manuscript material by Souderton historian Henry S. Landes (1871-1950), etc.

20 57

Oda, Wilbur H. (1892-1953)--manuscript notes on Pennsylvania German publishing 

20 58

Price, Benjamin and Mary Anna Boos (married 1857)--family Bible record 

20 59

"S. Catharina" paper cutting 1769? 

20 60

Schellhase, Adam E.--papers, including notes on powwowing 

20 61

Schelly, Susanna--fraktur bookplate 1837 

20 62

Schucker, Benjamin and Angelina Schäfer (married 1860)--family Bible record, lettered by Martin Wetzler 

20 63

Scherdel, Jacob--legal form practice sheet circa 1795 

Related Archival Materials note

See also Jacob Schardel certificate in folder 20-31.

20 64

Seibert, Reuben and Katie Henry (married 1897)--family Bible record, lettered by August Baumann, and papers from the Bible 

20 65-66

Shisler, Melvin F. (1899-1984)--papers. See also birthday book in box 25 and scrapbooks in box 56. 

20 67

Stoltzfus, Simmon K. and Katie Glick (married 1889)--family Bible record 

20 68

Souder, John D. (1865-1942)--artwork   [oversized]

58 15

Stover, Susan Keeler (1891-1978)--papers 

Scope and Contents note

One notebook in this file contains manuscript recipes; another includes estate appraisals for Christian F. and Elizabeth Moyer Moyer, 1936.

20 69

Unidentified fraktur Vorschrift: " Darum trage deine Ketten..." 1809 

21 1

Civil War era songs 

21 2

Alderfer, John B. (1839-1887)--fraktur family record 

21 3

Cassel, Jacob--draft of land belonging to the heirs of Elizabeth Stump Hagey, Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., Pa. 1823 

21 4

Gottshalk, Gottshalk (1753-1824)--account book 1788-1798 

Scope and Contents note

Original account book, rebound, with record of attendees at the Gottshall Reunion, 1918, transcription/translation by Raymond Hollenbach, and a related note by I. C. Kulp.

21 5

Gottshall, William Z. (1784-1875)--account book 1832-1846 

Scope and Contents note

Original account book and transcription/translation by Raymond Hollenbach.

21 6

Kerver, Adam (1822?- )--blacksmith accounts, letters, etc. See also oversize ledger in folder 58-12. 

21 7

Kindig, Samuel (1806-1869)--fraktur practice book circa 1825 

21 8

Moyer, Harvey S. (1870-1957)--papers: poems and genealogy 

21 9

Nyce, William G. (1888-1958)--papers 

Related Archival Materials note

For related photos, see files 41-1 through 41-3, boxes 42 and 43, and MHEP.Hist.Mss.382 William G. Nyce Coll.

21 10

Overholt, Joseph G. (1832-1905)--papers 

Scope and Contents note

Manuscript tune book and “Ohio accounts”/ medicinal book (circa 1855); fraktur ABC song lettered by Joseph Overholt, 1863; correspondence, musical notation, penmanship practice sheets, etc.; undated manuscript tune book.

21 11-14

Phillips, Wheeler W.--manuscript copy of will, Bergen County, NJ 1893 

21 15

Price, Abraham A. (1883-1966)--schoolteaching records, Indian Creek School, Vernfield, PA circa 1905-1917 

21 16

Sower, Christopher (1695-1753)--administration bond for the estate of Anna Sybilla Cramer 1745 

21 17

Weaver, Menno B. (1887-1963)--papers 

21 18

Werstler, Christian--bond, 1805, and receipt, 1820 

21 19

Subseries A6. Clippings 

Scope and Contents note

Clippings featuring I. C. Kulp; Mennonite-related; German language; Church of the Brethren (mostly from the COB Messenger); PA German dialect and other columns: “  ‘S Pennsylfawnishe Deitsch Eck,” by Preston A. Barba and C. Richard Beam, 1935-1984; “  Es Deitsch Schtick,” by Richard Druckenbrod, 1979-1982; “  Der Shdivvel Knecht,” by Clarence G. Reitnauer, 1968-1984; “‘I remember’ by the old timer."; “Pumpernickle Bill,” by William S. Troxell, 1947-1952; “Up and Down Montgomery County,” by Edward W. Hocker (an extensive collection); 100-year reprint pages from the  Town and Country, Pennsburg, PA, 2001-2007; Leroy H. and Ruth Moyer Moyer clippings. Oversize clippings are in box 60, folders 11-15 and box 63, folders 6-9.


Subseries A7. Obituaries, funeral and memorial cards 1867-2006 

Related Archival Materials note

For funeral programs, see folder 20-27; also see oversize obituaries in folder 63-5.


Subseries A8. Land deeds 

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Dielman Kolb to Jacob Hackman, Franconia Township, Philadelphia County, PA—lease and release 1748-1749 

23 1

George and Catharina Frederick to Herman Weishy, Upper Salford Township, Philadelphia County 1763 

23 2

Two deeds for land in “Millersburg,” printed at Ephrata Cloister: John and Elizabeth Miller to Michael Haverstick and Philip Frick 1765 

23 3

Henry and Susanna Van Pool to Michael Kolb, Marlborough Township, Philadelphia County 1774 

23 4

Frederick Alderfer to John Alderfer, Lower Salford Township, Philadelphia County 1776 

23 5

Michael and Magdalena Kolb to Andrew Mowrer, Upper Hanover Township, Philadelphia County 1784 

23 6

Jacob and Mary Price to Peter Wile, Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County 1812 

23 7

Estate of John Reiff to John Tyson, Towamencin Township, Montgomery County 1834 

23 8

Two deeds for land bordering Hatfield Church of the Brethren, Hatfield Township, Montgomery County: George and Christiana Fisher to Charles Keller 1857-1859 

23 9

Six deeds for the David H. Cassel property, Lower Salford Township 1848-1884 

Scope and Contents note

File includes the following: 1) Jonas C. and Catharine Godshalk and Charles Fronefield to Isaac Landis, 1848; 2) Jonas and Catharine Godshalk to Michael Freed, 1849; 3) Isaac and Hettie Landis to Michael Freed, 1849; 4) Daniel and Barbara Clemens to Michael Freed, 1850; 5) Michael and Sarah Freed to Henry Harley, 1862; 6) Estate of Henry Harley to Benjamin N. Halteman, 1884.

23 10

Twelve deeds for the Isaac H. Delp property, Lower Salford Township 1816-1884 

Scope and Contents note

File includes the following: 1) John and Barbara Snyder to Jacob Kulp, 1816; 2) Jacob and Elisabeth Stong to Philip Zieber, 1820; 3) Philip and Margaret Zieber to Isaac Schneider, 1833; 4) Jacob and Elizabeth Kulp to Isaac Schneider, 1837; 5) Isaac Schneider to Abraham Barndt, 1852; 6) Abraham and Margaret Barndt to Paul Barndt, 1856; 7) Jacob H. and Catharine Alderfer to Paul Barndt, May 1863; 8) Jacob and Catharine Alderfer to Paul Barndt, December 1863; 9) Enos and Catharine Wambold to Henry Z. Richard, 1865; 10) Henry Z. and Elizabeth Richard to Paul Barndt, 1866; 11) Paul and Elizabeth Barndt to Isaac H. Delp, 1875, with mortgage; 12) Jonas N. and Catharine Alderfer to Isaac H. Delp, 1884.

23 11-12

Wallace G. and Ella Kulp to Stanley and Florence Kircher, Lower Frederick Township, Montgomery County 1931 

23 13

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Series B. Bound manuscripts and scrapbooks 

Subseries B1. Bound manuscripts 

Box Volume

Weiss, George (1687-1740)--manuscript hymnbook presumably lettered by Schwenkfelder minister George Weiss, containing hymns based on biblical characters. 

24 1

1761 edition of C. H. von Bogatzky’s Güldenes Schatz-Kästlein, containing autographs from students of the Lutheran seminary at Halle, Germany 1765 

Biographical/Historical note

Several of the signers later came to Pennsylvania as ministers.

24 2

Faber, John Theobald (1771-1833)--powwow notebook of Reformed minister John Theobald Faber Jr. circa 1797-1816 

24 3

Unidentified manuscript tune book circa 1800 

24 4

Ruth, Jacob (New Britain/Doylestown, Pa.)--manuscript tune book with fraktur bookplate dated 1806 

24 5

Demuth, Julia Susan--literary notebook, York, PA 1838 

25 1

Underkoffler (Faust), Sarah (1840-1916)--autograph book, Frederick, PA circa 1862-1865 

25 2

Wieand, Peter (1786-1868)--(in rear of notebook) record of public sale of the property of Peter Weiand/Wieand, Frederick, PA 1869 

25 3

Hemmig, Benjamin F.--herbology notebook, Gouglersville, PA circa 1880 

25 4

Allebach (Alderfer), Mary G. (1866-1963)--autograph book, Sellersville, PA circa 1886-1887 

25 5

Unidentified manuscript prayers (Lutheran, German language) 20th century 

25 6

Unidentified manuscript notes from lectures by Drs. Frick, Horne and Haas no date 

25 7

Unidentified manuscript recipes in a business diary from Walter W. Moyer Co., Ephrata, PA circa 1927 

25 8

Shisler, Melvin F. (1899-1984)--birthday book circa 1920 

25 9

Fry, Emma Derstine (1897-1984)--visiting diaries, Telford, PA 1936-1940, 1943-1946 

25 10-11

Alderfer, Allen A. (1876-1963)--diaries, Souderton, PA 1941, 1943, 1944 

25 12-14

Troxell, William S. (1893-1957)--Pennsylvania German lecture notes of columnist “Pumpernickel Bill” (William Troxell) mid-20th century 

25 12

Subseries B2. Scrapbooks 

Box Volume

Clippings compiled by Isaac Clarence Kulp circa 1962 

26 1-2

Pennsylvania German dialect clippings, presumably compiled by James O. Boyer circa 1940-1950 

26 3-6

Lansdale High School activities 1940-1941   [oversized]

Related Archival Materials note

From the Melvin F. Shisler papers (see folder 20-67).

56 5-6

Clippings, mostly obituaries from the Towamencin-Skippack (Montgomery County, PA) community, presumably compiled by William F. Kriebel circa 1915   [oversized]

57 1

Scrapbook presumably from the family of John D. Souder circa 1920-1930   [oversized]

57 2

Unidentified scrapbook, primarily clippings from the photo section of the New York Times circa 1935   [oversized]

57 3

Unidentified scrapbooks, primarily newspaper clippings related to local weddings and anniversaries circa 1950-1960   [oversized]

57 4-5

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Series C. Books 

Subseries C1. Locally-owned schoolbooks 19th century 

Scope and Contents note

Sixteen schoolbooks owned by the following (per inscription): Alvin C. Alderfer (1869-1941); Gereon H. Deisher, Kutztown School, Kutztown, PA, 1836; Mary L. Gehman, Franconia Township, PA, 1874; Aaron M. Lewis (1871-1962), Bergey’s School, Franconia Township; Benjamin Moyer; John W. Moyer and Nora Moyer, Hamburg, PA; Nelson N. Moyer and George S. Clemens; Henry B. Shisler (1860-1934); Benjamin D. Wolford, Franklin D. Wolford, Elmer B. Wolford and Hannah B. Wolford, Salfordville, PA, 1857-1892; Horace J. Ziegler (presumably J. Horace Ziegler, 1857-1928), Kulpsville, PA.


Subseries C2. Locally-owned songbooks late 19th-early 20th century 

Scope and Contents note

Sixty songbooks owned by the following (per inscription): Benjamin Clement N. Alderfer (1883-1966), Souderton, PA; Hannah A. Alderfer, Mainland, PA, 1888, and Philip Grant S. Alderfer, Lansdale, PA; Romanus H. Alderfer (1868-1946); Samuel K. Alderfer and Elmer A. Alderfer, 1895-1951; Ada S. Anders, 1915; Amanda Bucher, Reistville, Lebanon County, PA, circa 1917; Annie H. Cassel, David H. Cassel and Elizabeth Price Cassel, Vernfield, PA, 1904-1922; Jonas N. Cassel (1881-1964); Menno S. Clemens (1872-1950), Harleysville, PA; Isaac Grimley, circa 1905; Mrs. Lizzie Ann Halteman, circa 1905; Milton L. Hershey (1895-1988); Emily B. Kratz, circa 1904-1924; Howard D. Moll, East Greenville, PA, circa 1890; Edwin L. Moyer (1883-1962), Harleysville, Pa.; Samuel M. Moyer and Sarah M. Moyer, 1884; Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church, Perkasie, Pa., ca. 1899; Minerva A. Whitman, Heidelberg Reformed Sunday School, Schwenksville, PA, circa 1888; Franklin D. Wolford, Elmer B. Wolford and Hannah B. Wolford, Salfordville, PA, 1881-1915; John C. Ziegler, Sarah Brown Ziegler, Dora M. Ziegler and John B. Ziegler, Limerick, PA, 1904-1924; fourteen songbooks owned by Mary Jane Bechtel (1898-1989) in box 29.


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Series D. Abraham H. Bergey papers 

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham H. Bergey (1876-1964) was the son of Samuel G. and Amanda Heckler Bergey. He was an amateur historian and antiquarian who lived in Harleysville, Pa. He and his wife, Catherine Wampole Bergey, were members of the Franconia Mennonite congregation. I. C. Kulp, as a young man, spent significant time with Bergey, and acquired an assortment of historical material and papers from Bergey’s estate.

Subseries D1. A. H. Bergey papers 

Box Volume

Receipt book maintained by Samuel G. Bergey for estate settlement of his mother-in-law, Annie Schueck Young 1895-1896 

30 1

English New Testament and Psalms containing manuscript notes on the folk religious meaning of some chapters and psalms and indication of verses used at funerals of local people. early 20th century 

30 2

Catherine Wampole Bergey’s copy of Stark’s Tägliches Hand-Buch late 19th century 

30 3
Box Folder

Sundry papers, including historical notes and sketches 

30 1

Subseries D2. A. H. Bergey historical manuscript collection 

Box Folder

Clemmer, Josiah S. (1827-1905)--Franconia/Souderton Mennonite Church membership record, 1888, with additions through 1904 and death records 1888-1904 

Biographical/Historical note

Bishop in the Franconia and Souderton Mennonite congregations (at that time a single congregation); earliest known membership record for the congregation.

30 2

Gottschall, Jacob (1769-1845)--manuscript tune book circa 1800 

Biographical/Historical note

Schoolteacher and fraktur artist; later a bishop in the Franconia Mennonite congregation.

30 3

Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--record book, primarily of weather, with fraktur bookplate 1837 

Biographical/Historical note

Son of bishop Jacob Gottschall; schoolteacher in Franconia Township and an accomplished fraktur artist.

30 4

Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--clipping scrapbook circa 1837-1892 

30 5

Gottschall, Samuel K. (1808-1898)--record of deaths 1879-1898 

30 6

Heckler, Abraham D. (1830-1905)--ciphering books (one containing some primitive folk art) 1846-1847 

30 7

Heckler, Abraham D. (1830-1905)--manuscript letter 1869 

30 8

Subseries D3. A. H. Bergey clippings 


Subseries D4. A. H. Bergey scrapbooks circa 1950   [oversized]

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clippings, obituaries, historical notes and some artwork.


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Series E. Cassel-Shisler papers 

Scope and Contents note

Material from the family of Abraham H. and Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel of Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA, including many interesting letters and manuscript material. Abraham Harley Cassel (1820-1905) was a well-known historian and bibliophile. I. C. Kulp intentionally modeled his own persona after Cassel. The series contains significant material from the family of A. H. Cassel's daughter, Hannah Cassel Shisler (1858-1921). For related papers, see file 14-34 and memorial cards in file 22-5. Related photos are in files 41-7, 41-14, 46-18 and photo album #2006.4.1004.

Subseries E1. Cassel-Shisler miscellanea 


Abraham H. Cassel magnifying glass circa 1900 

General note

Note attached: "Abraham Cassel. He was almost blind when he used this."

Box Folder

Sundry items and clippings 

31 1-2

Oversize items and clippings 

60 10

Subseries E2. Abraham H. Cassel papers 

Box Folder

Manuscript memorandum books 1839-1841, 1844-1895 

Scope and Contents note

The earlier book includes a record of local Brethren baptisms, 1840-1841.

31 3-4

Baptismal certificate, signed by Elder William W. Price 1839   [oversized]

58 16

Schoolteaching records 1840-1846   [oversized]

Scope and Contents note

Kreeble's School, Oct 1840-Mar 1841; "Harolite" School (presumably in the old Herrite/Delp's Meetinghouse), Oct 1842-Apr 1843; Reiff's School, Nov 1844-Mar 1845; Franconiaville School, Aug 1845-Mar 1846; Cassel’s "account of boarding and lodging" for 1846.

58 17

Subseries E3. Hannah Cassel (Shisler) papers circa 1884 


Subseries E4. Cassel-Shisler correspondence 

Box Folder

Letters from Abraham H. Cassel (21 letters) 1850-1871 

Scope and Contents note

Thirteen of these were sent home to Cassel’s family while on a trip west in 1858; published and annotated by John Baugher Bryer in Brethren Life and Thought 38:1-2 (Winter/Spring 2003), pp. 39-65; available online at

31 6

Letters from Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel (2 letters) 1858, 1877 

31 7

Letters from Amanda Cassel to her parents and family (43 letters) 1867-1891 

31 8

Letters from Hannah Cassel (Shisler) to her parents and family (64 letters) 1870-1885 

31 9

Hannah Cassel literary compositions, mailed home with correspondence 1877-1878 

31 10

Letters received by Abraham and Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel from nephew Theodore Rhoads, 1877, and daughter Sarah Cassel Booz, 1892 

31 11

Letter from Hannah Shisler to foster son Harry Moyer 1913 

31 12

Letters received by Sara C. Shisler, primarily from her mother Hannah Shisler (18 letters) 1916-1920 

31 13

Letters from Sara Shisler to her family, while serving as a missionary in Nigeria (4 letters) 1927-1928 

31 14

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Series F. Josiah S. Renninger papers 

Biographical/Historical note

Josiah S. Renninger (1838-1919) was a Lutheran minister, native of New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, PA, who worked in several parishes throughout eastern Pennsylvania and served as treasurer of the Danville (PA) Lutheran Conference, circa 1900-1910.

Box Volume

Jacob Renninger’s copy of Erbauliche Lieder Sammlung…, Philadelphia, 1814, with calligraphy inscription 

32 1

Textbooks used by Josiah Renninger while a student at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA, 1861-1863 

32 2-4

Subscription account books associated with the Lutheran Church circa 1865-1905 

Scope and Contents note

Including: 1) gifts for support of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, undated; 2) gifts for the financial support of J. M. Maisch, "to continue his study for the ministry,” undated; 3) gifts in support of "liquidating the debt of St. John's Ev. Luth. Parsonage between now (Nov. 3rd, 1901) and January 1st, A.D. 1902" (no subscriptions are listed); 4) gifts in support of "our missions in far away India," ca. 1905 (not all gifts were monetary; material goods are listed as well).

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Bankbook and checkbooks for an account with First National Bank of Elizabethville, PA 1903-1904, 1907 

32 9-11

Receipt books for the treasury of the Danville (PA) Lutheran Conference 1906-1907 

32 12-13

Josiah Renninger diary 1912 

32 14

Josiah Renninger sermon notes circa 1911-1919 

32 15

Josiah Renninger notebook containing a “treatise on surveying,” 1854, notes from lectures at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, 1862, and memoirs, circa 1906 

33 1

Josiah Renninger manuscript ledger containing financial and schoolteaching records 1854 

33 2

Josiah Renninger manuscript notes from lectures at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg 1861-1862 

33 3-5

Josiah Renninger manuscript obituaries and sermon notes (German script) circa 1878-1882 

33 6

Book of marriage certificates, partially used and containing minister's receipts for 24 marriages conducted by J. S. Renninger in Lehigh County, PA 1893-1898 

33 7

Bertha A. Renninger manuscript notebook, Hagerstown Female Seminary, Hagerstown, MD 1883 

33 8

Peter Renninger (J. S. Renninger’s father) financial records 1841-1853, 1861 

33 9-10
Box Folder

Sundry papers (including calligraphy family records for Peter Renninger) 

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