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National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom Records

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National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom Records, 1984-2020 | Earl H. and Anita F. Hess Archives and Special Collections

By Erin E. Moore '23

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Collection Overview

Title: National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom Records, 1984-2020Add to your cart.

ID: MSS/MSS-0015

Extent: 2.0 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 09/00/2020. More info below under Accruals.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom (NCARF) Records includes legal correspondence, court documents, newspaper articles and other materials pertaining to Amish people who have been involved in court proceedings. Includes correspondence to and from Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., former professor at Elizabethtown College and a Senior Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. The collection includes court documents pertaining to Amish and Mennonite people in multiple states including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, New York, Ohio, and the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Cases vary widely in subject matter. Some examples include slow moving vehicle emblems on horse and buggies, religious freedom cases, school sanitation regulations and public sewer projects, zoning ordinances and urban development in counties with high Amish populations, Chesapeake Bay pollution management, questions regarding the legality of Pennsylvania Amish schools, the “Amish Act” (social security child tax credit exemption), shunning cases, accusations of abuse in the Amish community, television shows and movies that portray Amish people, child custody disputes, child labor law violations, and photo ID requirements for the Amish. Papers belonging to Dr. Joe Wittmer, who was raised Old Order Amish and served as Vice-Chair of the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom, are included in box 2, folders 22-33.

Collection Historical Note

The National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom (NCARF) was founded by non-Amish people at the University of Chicago in 1967, with a goal to preserve “the religious liberty of the Old Order Amish (and related Anabaptist groups, including Mennonites).” A pivotal court case involving the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom (NCARF) was Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972). The court case was brought about to prevent the state government from forcing Amish families to educate their children beyond the eighth grade.

Administrative Information

Repository: Earl H. and Anita F. Hess Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: Additional materials acquired in April 2022

Access Restrictions: Researchers may view Box 2, Folder 2 (Child Custody: Lou Butler, 1998-2000) but must ask permission of the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom before disclosing any of the contents. Restriction ends in 2040.

Acquisition Source: National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom


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Folder 1: Animal ID: Federal Program, 2005-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Child Custody: Lou Butler, 1998-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Basyl Adrian Petty, Gineen Gove, mother, (folder 1), 2005-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Basyl Adrian Petty, Gineen Gove, mother, (folder 2), 2005-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Child Custody, 1993-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 6: NCARF Child Labor, 1997-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Jury Duty, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Low Level Flying Iowa, Wisconsin, 1995-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Amish & the Media & Movies, 1984-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Mifflin County, PA Highway Restrictions for Amish, 1999-2015Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Amish Mission Movement: Steve NoltAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: McGrane Seminar, 2005-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Daniel Zehr, et al. – Immigration and Photo ID, 2004-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Photo: Immigration – Residency Suzanna Schmucker, 2009-2019Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Photo I.D. – Real ID Act, (folder 1), 2005-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Photo ID – Real ID Act, (folder 2), 2005-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Photo ID – US Domestic notary, banking, non-photo ID cards, 1992-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Photo ID border crossing, 2005-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Medical, 1989-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Pledge and flag, 2001-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Pure Trust, 1992-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Slow Moving Vehicle Emblems, Amish jailed, Paoli, Indiana (folder 1)Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Slow Moving Vehicle Emblems, Amish jailed, Paoli, Indiana (folder 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Amish Education Debate Wisconsin v. YoderAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Newspaper Clippings, Amish & Power LinesAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Newspaper Clippings, Violence Against the Amish, Amish Child DeathAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Newspaper Clippings, Vaccination Debate, Amish polio outbreakAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Wooster Amish Case, Amish Refusal to Obtain Building PermitsAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Photo I.D., Driver’s License Law (Amish)Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Newspaper Clippings, Amish History & Articles regarding Amish LifeAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Amish-related publications, NCARF correspondence & Administrative documentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Social Security, Amish Tax Fight, Amish WelfareAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Movie: WitnessAdd to your cart.

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