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Periodical Index

Periodical Index

This is a primary tool for locating content in the large periodical collection at the Mennonite Life library. This 25,500 card index is an alphabetical listing of topics with references to relevant articles in a variety of periodicals (as well as some reference books). While the index is neither comprehensive nor up-to-date (entries ended ca. 1980), it is still a very useful tool for anyone doing topical research. It is especially helpful for researchers interested in Mennonite history and theology as well as those studying the history of southeastern Pennsylvania. You are always welcome to visit our library to view the periodical collection. If a visit is not practical, we may be able to send photocopies or scans via email. For copy charges, please contact the library.

Common Periodical (and Book) Abbreviations Used in the Periodical Index

  • Berks County H.S.—Historical Review of Berks County
  • Biog.—Biographical Annals of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, originally published in 1903 (F157.L2 B6)
  • Chr. Living—Christian Living
  • Chr. Monitor—Christian Monitor
  • Col. Rec.—Minutes of the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania … (F146 .P41)
  • Egle’s Notes—Notes and Queries, Historical and Genealogical … (F146 .N92)
  • Ellis & Evans—History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania …, 1883 (F157.L2 E4)
  • EMT—Eastern Mennonite Testimony
  • GH—Gospel Herald (successor to Gospel Witness)
  • GSP–Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (see also PGM)
  • GW—Gospel Witness (successor to Herald of Truth)
  • HT—Herald of Truth
  • LCHS—Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society
  • Lanc. C.H.–Lancaster Court House (chiefly wills and Orphan’s Court records); microfilm available at LMHS
  • Menn. Life—Mennonite Life, published by Bethel (KS) College
  • MHB—Mennonite Historical Bulletin
  • MM—Missionary Messenger (periodical of Eastern Mennonite Missions)
  • Montg. CHS—Bulletin of the Historical Society of Montgomery County (Pennsylvania)
  • MQR—Mennonite Quarterly Review
  • MRJ—Mennonite Research Journal (Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society quarterly; predecessor to Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage)
  • Past. M.—Pastoral Messenger
  • PGM—Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine
  • PGS–Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society (F146 .P23)
  • PMH—Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage (LMHS quarterly journal; successor to Mennonite Research Journal); also available to members on this website
  • Pa. Archives–Published Pennsylvania Archives series; shelved at F146 .P41
  • Pa. Germ. (or Penn. Germ.)—Pennsylvania German
  • Pa. Mag. H & B—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
  • Past. M.—Pastoral Messenger
  • Rupp—History of Lancaster County …, 1844 (F157.L2 R9)
  • Weaverland Menn.—The Weaverland Mennonites, 1766-1968 … (BX8131.P4 W43)
  • YCC—Youth’s Christian Companion
  • YM—Youth Messenger

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