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Bluffton College – Bluffton, OH

Proper Title

Bluffton College fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

22 cm of textual records

Administrative History

In 1899 the General Conference Mennonite Church founded the Central Mennonite College in Bluffton, Ohio. The schools first building was erected in 1900 and classes began the same year. The first president was Noah C. Hirschy. Student enrolment grew steadily, however very slowly and threatened the existence of the school.

In 1913, S.K. Mosiman, the president of Central Mennonite College at that time, and N.E. Byers, the president of Goshen College, led a group of people from different Mennonite groups with a vision of a united establishment. The vision was for a new school that would be a standard college and theological seminary for the Mennonites. Due to the difficulties the Central Mennonite College was facing, it closed. In it’s place and on the same campus the new school began. This visionary school was called Bluffton College. S.K. Mosiman remained as president and N.E. Byers left Goshen College to become the dean of Bluffton College. In 1921 the Mennonite Seminary, a part of Bluffton College, became an individual institution. Attendance declined in the 1930s due to the depression, however regenerated in the late 1940s.

Following S.K. Mosiman’s retirement as principal was A.S. Rosenberger (1935–1938), Lloyd L. Ramseyer (1938–1965), and Robert S. Kreider (1965– ).

Bluffton College yearbooks are called The Ista. The schools mission is “to prepare students of all backgrounds for life as well as vocation, for responsible citizenship, for service to all peoples and ultimately for the purposes of God's universal kingdom”. The school has experienced growth and currently more than one thousand students attend the college on a full time basis.
The Mennonite Encyclopedia. Volume 1. 1955

Scope and Content

The material in this collection consists of school yearbooks showing the faculty, students, and student life.

Custodial History

The custodial history of this fonds is unclear.


  • Volume 674.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • No restrictions on access.
  • Described by Leslie Wiebe June 12, 2002.
  • Location: Institutional Records – Bluffton College.

File List

Volume 674

  • The Ista Yearbooks. – 1951, 1953–1957, 1959–1960, 1963–1966.
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