The mission of the Menno Simons Historical Library is to collect, preserve and make available for study and research the recorded history, doctrines, life and arts of Anabaptist and Mennonite groups. Materials on Shenandoah Valley history, culture and genealogy are also included.
MSHL has special strengths in the Protestant Reformation, Dutch and German
Anabaptist/Mennonite history and thought, Mennonites and related groups
in North America, and appropriate bibliographies. Library materials do
contains the official papers of Eastern Mennonite University and Virginia
Mennonite Conference and the personal papers of some local persons (mostly
The Menno Simons Historical Library is open Monday through Friday, 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00, closed for major holidays. It is wise for researchers to call or write before coming from a distance. The Archives is open by appointment only.