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Joseph Funk & Sons Correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2008-074

Scope and Contents

The Joseph Funk & Sons Correspondence includes two handwritten letters from a Mennonite hymnbook publisher in Rockingham County, Virginia, to a client, James Curry, in Lewisburg, Virginia [now West Virginia]. The letters predate the Civil War and discuss Curry's order of the Mennonite hymnbook, Harmonia Sacra, and the settlement of his account. The unreliability of shipping books to the western counties via the railroad and the burden of increasing shipping fees are also mentioned. Noted geographic locations include Harrisonburg and Staunton, Virginia.

Dates

  • 1858 - 1860

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Biographical Note

Joseph Funk was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 1778 to the former Mennonite bishop, Henry Funk, and Barbara Showalter. In 1786, the Funks moved to Rockingham County, Virginia, in the area called Mountain Valley. In 1804, Joseph Funk built a log cabin and married Elizabeth Rhodes of York County, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth died, after bearing five children, in 1813. Funk was once again widowed by his second wife Rachel Britton in 1833.

A man of many talents, Funk was a landowner, farmer, schoolmaster, teacher of vocal music, and the creator/publisher of music books. In 1832, Funk published Genuine Church Music, a popular Mennonite hymnbook written in shape-note style. (Beginning with the 1851 edition, the title of the work was changed to Harmonia Sacra.) With the success and multiple editions of Harmonia Sacra, Funk established a printing house in 1847—thus making him founder of the first Mennonite printing house in the United States. Joseph Funk died in 1862; his grandsons then took over the printing house and had great success with the publication of gospel songs.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

The Joseph Funk & Sons Correspondence predates the American Civil War and includes two letters from a Mennonite hymnbook publisher in Rockingham County, Virginia, to a client in Lewisburg, Virginia [now West Virginia]. The letter discusses book shipments, the settlement of accounts, and the unreliability of shipping to the western counties via the railroad.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

The Joseph Funk & Sons Correspondence was purchased by Special Collections in 1993.

Related Archival Material

Presgraves, Jim, ed. Two notable shaped-note leaders : Joseph Funk by John W. Wayland [and] Aldine S. Kieffer by Weldon T. Myers, Wm. B. Blake, B.C. Unseld. (Wytheville, Va.: Bookworm & Silverfish, 1995). ML390 .T896 1995 Spec Large

Funk, Joseph. Harmonia sacra, being a compilation of genuine church music. Comprising a great variety of metres, all harmonized for three voices, together with a copious explication of the principles of vocal music. Exemplified and illustrated with tables in a plain and comprehensive manner... 11th ed. (Singer's Glen, Va.: Joseph Funk's Sons, 1866). By Joseph Funk and Sons. M2117 .F95 C5 1866 Spec Small

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Joseph Funk & Sons Correspondence by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Joseph Funk & Sons Correspondence occurred in September 2008.

Title
A Guide to the Joseph Funk & Sons Correspondence, 1858-1860
Status
Completed
Author
Emily Cook
Date
2008 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-21: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308