Academic journal article Mennonite Quarterly Review

In Memoriam: Nelson P. Springer (1915-2004)

Academic journal article Mennonite Quarterly Review

In Memoriam: Nelson P. Springer (1915-2004)

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Nelson P. Springer, curator of the Mennonite Historical Library (M.H.L.) for nearly 40 years and honorary editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review, died on June 16, 2004 in Goshen, Indiana.

Springer was born on August 22, 1915, in Minier, Illinois to Ben and Clara (Hieser) Springer and grew up in the Hopedale community. Following his graduation from Goshen College in 1941, he worked in various positions at the college before Harold S. Bender invited him, in 1949, to become curator of the M.H.L.--a position he held until his retirement in 1986. Springer married Betty Weber in 1951, and the couple had four children. Throughout his adult life, he was a faithful member of College Mennonite Church.

Nelson Springer was a gentle and modest person. While others of his generation assumed the spotlight for their contributions to Anabaptist-Mennonite studies, he was more inclined to work behind the scenes, quietly, steadily and humbly supporting the scholarship of others. During his long tenure as curator of the M.H.L., he oversaw the steady growth of the collection as it moved from the Memorial Library to the Seminary Building to its current location on the third floor of Good Library. …

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