The purpose of the University Archives, housed on the second floor of Mabee Library, is to collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to a wide range of historical university papers, letters, reports, photographs, video, sound recordings, and physical artifacts.
While some archival materials are on open display on the second floor of Mabee Library, the majority of the archived materials are secured in locked rooms. Access to the Marge Smith and Vennard College Archives may be obtained by contacting the University Archivist, Rev. Lon Dagley, 913.971.3566.
Marge Smith Archives
The Marge Smith Archives is the official archival repository for MidAmerica Nazarene University. The archives were founded under the guidance and direction of Marge Smith, the wife of the first president of the University. These archives, located on the second floor of Mabee Library, house all of the documents related to the organization and founding of the University following the 1964 General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene, and continue to document administration, faculty and student life.
Vennard College Archives
The Vennard College Archives is housed in the Marge Smith Archives. The Vennard College Archives is the repository for documents and materials related to the founding of Vennard College and its predecessor institutions (Central Holiness University, Epworth Institute, Chicago Evangelistic Institute, Fletcher College, Kletzing College) from the early 1900s until its closing in November 2008.
7th Grade Social Studies Enrichment
Beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year, social studies teachers and their classes are encouraged to schedule a visit to the Archives for a morning or afternoon of hands-on enrichment activities in direct alignment with Kansas curricular standards in History and Geography.
Church of the Nazarene Manuals
This is a collaborative project between MidAmerica Nazarene University, Marge Smith Archives, the Office of the General Secretary of the Church of the Nazarene, and the Nazarene Archives. The content of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene is under copyright by Nazarene Publishing House and is published on this website under permission of the General Secretary of the Church of the Nazarene.
These electronic copies were created from work files use for the editing of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene. The Manuals and other resources represented here are to be used for research only. The printed version of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene is the final content authority.
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MidAmerica Nazarene University
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