|Title:||Adolf Hartmann Papers|
|Language of Material:||English; German|
|Location:||Moravian Church Archives|
|Alternate View:||View Moravian Archives Finding Aid|
The collection contains diaries, kept by Hartmann, and correspondence with family members and church officials. There are also notes on the family and the mission areas where they worked.
Johann Adolphus Hieronymus (Jerome) Hartmann was born in Charlottenburg, Surinam, on October 23 1831. His father was Johann Gottlieb Hartmann (1796-1844) and his mother was Marie Lobach (1798-1853). His parents were both Moravian missionaries and both died while at the Moravian mission in Suriname, South America. Hartmann had three siblings: Heinrich, and Marie (married Heyde, 1837-1917) and another sister. Hartmann was sent to the mission school in Germany at age 5 where he was schooled for 8 years before apprenticing and then working as a porcelain-stove manufacturer for several years. He joined the service of the church at age 23 and served as a teacher in the Moravian Boys' School in Fulneck, England. During this time he studied and prepared for the ministry. In 1863 he married Mary Hines (1838-1916) and then traveled with her to Ebenezer, Australia, where he served as a missionary until 1872, when he had to return to England because of his wife's bad health. After a nine-month break he was sent to New Fairfield in Ontario, Canada, where he served as a missionary to the Delaware Indians. In 1884 he was sent to Alaska to select a site for a new mission there. Adolf Hartmann eventually retired in 1896 and moved to Nazareth, PA, where he resided until his death on November 19, 1906. Adolf had two children: son Henry J. (1868-1951) and daughter Eleanor.
The records were given to the Moravian Archives in 1979 by the retirement home where Elizabeth Hartmann, granddaughter of Adolf Hartmann, died in 1978. Although the records were processed by Vernon Nelson in 1984, the finding aid was misplaced with the accession files, so the existence of the finding aid was unknown until after a new finding aid was compiled by Mark Whitmeyer, student at Lehigh University working on the CLIR grant in 2010/2011. The collection which was previously mislabeled as Elizabeth Hartmann Collection is now correctly named as Adolf Hartmann Papers.