James Mullenbach was born in Houghton, Michigan in 1870. He graduated from Fargo College in 1896 and the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1899; after, he did additional graduate work at the Universities of Halle and Berlin in Germany from 1899-1901. He was ordained in 1901 and was pastor at Tabernacle Congregational Church in Chicago from 1901-1903. Mullenbach was a pastor, teacher, and labor mediator as the chairman of the Labor Arbitration Board of Hart, Schaffner and Marx and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. The Board of Directors of the Chicago Congregational Union (originally Chicago City Mission Society) and the Council for Social Action jointly established the James Mullenbach Industrial Institute. He died in Chicago in 1935.
Scope of Collection
These papers include correspondence to and from Mullenbach, a historical sketch about the Mullenbach Industrial Institute, as well as information regarding Mullenbach's funeral and memorial service. This collection includes items from the Chicago Theological Seminary's Hammond Library; it does not contain materials directly related to Mullenbach's career as a labor arbitrator. It is unclear who gathered the pieces of the collection together.