Periodical Index Files

One of the primary tools for locating content in the large periodical collection at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is our periodical index file–an alphabetical listing of topics with references to relevant articles in a variety of periodicals (as well as some reference books). While the index is neither comprehensive nor up-to-date (entries ended ca. 1980), it is still a very useful tool for anyone doing topical research. It is especially helpful for researchers interested in Mennonite history and theology as well as those studying the history of southeastern Pennsylvania.

Previously researchers could only access the periodical index by using the physical card file in the library. Now all 25,500 cards have been scanned and are available online through the Historical Society’s website. To browse or search the topical terms that were used in the index, click on the button above.

Researchers are always welcome to visit our library to view the periodical collection. If a visit is not practical, we may be able to send photocopies or scans via email. For copy charges, please contact the library (email:; tel.: 717.393.9745).

Common Periodical (and Book) Abbreviations

Berks Co. H. S.Historical Review of Berks County

Biog.Biographical Annals of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, originally published in 1903 (F157.L2 B6)

Chr. LivingChristian Living

Chr. MonitorChristian Monitor

Col. Rec.Minutes of the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania (F146 .P41)

Egle’s NotesNotes and Queries, Historical and Genealogical … (F146 .N92)

Ellis & EvansHistory of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania …, 1883 (F157.L2 E4)

EMTEastern Mennonite Testimony

GHGospel Herald (successor to Gospel Witness)

GSP–Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (see also PGM)

GWGospel Witness (successor to Herald of Truth)

HTHerald of Truth

LCHSJournal of the Lancaster County Historical Society

Lanc. C.H.–Lancaster Court House (chiefly wills and Orphan’s Court records); microfilm available at LMHS

Menn. LifeMennonite Life

MHBMennonite Historical Bulletin

MMMissionary Messenger (periodical of Eastern Mennonite Missions)

Montg. CHSBulletin of the Historical Society of Montgomery County (Pennsylvania)

MQRMennonite Quarterly Review

MRJMennonite Research Journal (LMHS quarterly; predecessor to Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage)

Past. M.Pastoral Messenger

PGMPennsylvania Genealogical Magazine

PGS–Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society (F146 .P23)

PMHPennsylvania Mennonite Heritage (LMHS quarterly journal; successor to Mennonite Research Journal); also available to LMHS members online at

Pa. Archives–Published Pennsylvania Archives series; shelved at F146 .P41

Pa. Germ. (or Penn. Germ.)Pennsylvania German

Pa. Mag. H & BPennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Past. M.Pastoral Messenger

RuppHistory of Lancaster County …, 1844 (F157.L2 R9)

Weaverland Menn.The Weaverland Mennonites, 1766-1968 … (BX8131.P4 W43)

YCCYouth’s Christian Companion

YMYouth Messenger