Mennonite Library and Archives
Mennonite Church USA Archives — North Newton
The Mennonite Library and Archives (MLA) is operated by Bethel College with Mennonite Church USA in North Newton, Kan. The purpose of the MLA is to help people answer questions about the Mennonite past. To do this, the MLA collects, preserves, and makes available personal papers, documents, periodicals, books and other media related to Mennonite studies. The MLA serves as the official archives of Bethel College, and one of two official archives for Mennonite Church USA (see Mennonite Church USA Archives–Goshen on the campus of Goshen [Ind.] College) and as a research center promoting the study of Anabaptist and Mennonite history. The MLA is open to the public.
The MLA has in its holdings about 30,000 books, 8,200 volumes of bound periodicals, and approximately 6,100 cubic feet of archival records. In addition, there are large collections of audio and video recordings, microforms, photographs, motion pictures, maps and other items.
The MLA operates on a very tight budget, as do most historical organizations. We would be glad for any monetary donation you might be able to give us toward the work of preserving Mennonite collective memory.
During the school year, our hours are 10 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, except for major holidays; Fridays by appointment; and first and third Thursday evenings of each month, 6:30–9:30 p.m. For summer hours, please call or e-mail us.
The Mennonite Library and Archives is located in the Bethel College library building. We are on the main floor of the old side (east side) of the building.
The campus is located about 3/4 mile south of exit 34 on I-135, on the east side of Main Street (state highway 15) in North Newton.
Lodging in the area
There are a number of lodging options in the Newton area and beyond within close proximity of the Bethel College campus. Here is a full listing of hotel options, along with contact information.