Skip to main content

Funk, Joseph, 1778-1862



  • Existence: 1778 - 1862

Biographical Note

Joseph Funk lived in Singers Glen, Virginia and was a land owner, farmer, school teacher, singing teacher, and most notably a composer and publisher. In 1832, J. W. Hollis of Winchester published Funk’s first edition of religious hymns, A Compilation of Church Music (known as Harmonia Sacra beginning with the fourth edition). Joseph also developed a shape note system for use in Harmonia Sacra. In 1847, Funk founded Joseph Funk & Sons under which name he began a print shop and bindery; it was the first Mennonite printing house in the United States.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

J. W. Hollis to Joseph Funk Letters

Identifier: SC 0242

The J. W. Hollis to Joseph Funk Letters, 1832, 1836, are comprised of nine letters written to Funk by his publisher J. W. Hollis of Winchester, Virginia. The letters discuss in considerable detail various editorial changes to Funk’s works A Compilation of Genuine Church Music and The Confession of Faith, which Hollis printed in 1832 and 1837 respectively.

Dates: 1832; 1836