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Frances W. Shimer College Collection (Mt. Carroll), 1838-1980

Collection Overview

Title: Frances W. Shimer College Collection (Mt. Carroll), 1838-1980

ID: RHC/RC/077

Extent: 22.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/10/1979

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Shimer College Collection documents the founding and development of an important higher educational institution in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.  Materials in this collection range from original manuscripts pre-dating Shimer's origin in 1853 to publications printed in 1978.  There are six major record series in the Shimer College Collection:  (1) original documents, historical, and biographical files; (2) files from the Office of the President; (3) alumnae and public relations records; (4) scrapbooks and photographs; (5) financial records; (6) Shimer College publications.

Types of materials making up the first three series include diaries, correspondence, legal documents, minutes, reports, and research relating to the founding and history of the College.  Although these records span the period, 1838-1975, the bulk of the material documents the earliest years of the College (1853-1875) and the period 1930-1955.  Unfortunately many of the records generated during the half century between 1875 and 1925 appear to have been lost.

The photo and scrapbook series is especially strong in the period 1925-1955 and documents campus personnel, groups, buildings, and events quite well.  Publications and financial records found in the concluding series also fall mostly into the twentieth century, although some very early financial records have been preserved.

A major strength of this collection is its abundance of nineteenth-century correspondence and documents which are rather comprehensive.  Researchers should note that subsequent alumnae correspondence and publications frequently contain additional information on Shimer's early history and founders.  While there is considerable material on the twentieth century as well, there is progressively less after 1950 or 1955.  In particular, business records, for all practical purposes, cease in 1924.  Overall, coverage of recent years is the weakest part of the collection.

Administrative Information

Accruals: An addendum was added in January 2005.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Duncan E. McBride and the Trustees Committee of Shimer College

Acquisition Method: Duncan E. McBride and the Trustees Committee of Shimer College donated the Shimer College Collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on October 10, 1979.


Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Original Documents, Historical, and Biographical Files
Box 1
Folder 1-6: Histories and Biographies, 1853-1954
Box 2
Folder 1-2: Girls, Cattle and Cowboys, 1941
Box 3
Folder 1: Stockholders, Questions & Answers, 1853-1962
Folder 2-4: F.A. Wood School Books, 1838-1849
Folder 5: F.W. Shimer Correspondence, 1853-1897
Folder 6: Frances Shimer Estate, 1911-1924
Folder 7: Broadsides, Programs, Postcards, 1852-1899
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1858-1893
Box 4
Folder 1: Reunion Society, Minutes, 1859-1915
Folder 2: Literary Diary, 1855
Folder 3-4: Autograph Albums, 1856
Folder 5: Lyceum Minutes, Roster, 1855-1856
Folder 6: Mt. Carroll Missionary Society, 1868-1872
Folder 7: Clippings, 1871-1880
Folder 8: Autograph Album, 1885
Folder 9: Friends of Mt. Carroll Seminary (M.C.S)., 1888
Folder 10: N.W. Baptist Women College Society, 1889-1900
Oversize Drawer 17
Folder 7: Documents, Ads  (8), 1853-1931
Box 5
Volume 1-2: Rinewalt Correspondence (2 volumes), 1849-1882
Folder 1: Rinewalt Correspondence, 1843-1896
Box 6
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1900-1903, 1928
Folder 2: By-laws, Articles of Incorporation, 1896, 1942
Folder 3-4: Transfer to University of Chicago, Correspondence, 1896-1904
Folder 5-6: University of Chicago Relationship, Correspondence, 1947-1966
Folder 7: Benefactors, 1920's
Folder 8: Officers, Trustees, 1897-1946, 1968
Folder 9-12: Board of Trustees, Minutes; Creditor's Committee, 1927-1944; 1978-1980
Folder 13: Advisory Committee, 1945
Series II: Office of the President Files
Box 6
Folder 14-19: Presidency, Candidates, 1930-1939
Folder 20-28: President's Office, Correspondence, 1924-1934
Box 7
Folder 1-14: President's Office, Correspondence, 1935-1944
Folder 15: Report of a Survey of Frances Shimer College, 1944
Folder 16: Advancing Education -- From School to College, 1953
Folder 17: Shimer College; A Report on the State of the College, 1958
Folder 18: Shimer's Case for Becoming an Episcopal College, 1959
Folder 19: Association of Episcopal Colleges, 1965-1966
Folder 20-21: Foundation for Episcopal Colleges, 1962-1969
Folder 22: Administrative Organization, Procedures, 1953, 1961
Folder 23: Illinois Commission, Non Public Higher Education, 1968
Folder 24: General Information, 1975
Folder 25: Faculty Information, 1946-1947
Folder 26-27: Faculty, Minutes, 1905-1930
Box 8
Folder 1-8: Faculty, Minutes, 1936-1975
Folder 9: Faculty Constitution Committee, 1965-1973
Folder 10: Education Policies Committee, 1963-1974
Folder 11: Committee of Faculty Function and Structure, 1965-1966
Folder 12-13: Faculty, Roster, Conditions of Service, 1960-1970
Folder 14-15: Faculty, Curriculum, 1960-1977
Folder 16-18: Library, Financial Records, 1935-1953
Folder 19-22: Library, Reports, 1923-1959
Folder 23-28: Library, New Book Lists, 1943-1973
Folder 29: Library, Articles, 1960-1969
Box 9
Folder 1: Library, Bills, 1973-1976
Folder 2: Library, Interlibrary Loan, 1972-1975
Folder 3-4: Library, Title II A, Infopass, 1973-1976
Folder 5-7: Student Registers, 1853-1896
Folder 8: Student Rosters, 1885-1889
Folder 9: Student Address Lists, 1963-1968
Box 10
Folder 1: Student Address Lists, 1968-1972
Folder 2: Student Handbooks, Constitution, 1959-1967
Folder 3-5: Student Placement, Comprehensive Exams, 1951-1967
Series III.: Alumnae and Public Relations Records
Box 10
Folder 6-7: International Relations Club, Minutes, Correspondence, 1935-1952
Folder 8: Art Club, 1937-1945
Folder 9-19: Programs, 1862-1975, no date
Folder 20: Alumnae Association, Minutes, 1881-1889
Folder 21-23: Alumnae Correspondence and Programs, 1942-1950
Folder 24-27: Alumnae News, 1933-1968
Folder 28: Alumnae Dinners, 1946
Folder 29: Alumnae Associations, by place, 1940-1951
Box 11
Folder 1-16: Alumnae Associations, by place, 1946-1951
Folder 17-19: Correspondence, 1930-1951
Folder 20-23: Public Relations, Publications, Correspondence, 1940-1950
Folder 24-25: Advertising, Rates, Ads, 1946-1948
Folder 26-27: Publicity, Releases, Clippings, 1946-1970
Folder 28: Recruitment Representatives, 1949
Folder 29-30: Veterans, Job Information, 1946-1947
Folder 31: Photography, Movies, 1946-1947
Folder 32-34: Post Office, Printing, Correspondence, Rates, 1932-1951
Folder 35-36: Scholarship, Endowment Programs, 1949
Folder 37-42: Public Relations Programs, 1947-1949
Folder 43: Baptist Correspondence, Publications, 1948-1950
Series IV.: Scrapbooks and Photographs
Box 12
Folder 1-6: Scrapbooks, Clippings, 1926-1937
Box 13
Folder 1-7: Scrapbooks, Clippings, 1938-1941
Box 14
Folder 1-4: Scrapbooks, 1941-1956
Box 15
Volume  1-4: Religion and Social Service League, Scrapbooks (4 volumes), 1951-1955
Volume 1: Scrapbook (1 volume), 1931-1937
Volume 2: Air Tour to Mexico Scrapbook (1 volume), 1941
Box 16
Folder 1: Shimer faculty portraits (13), 1879-1896
Folder 2: Frances W. Shimer portrait (1), no date
Folder 3-8: Campus Scenes (53), 1895-1905
Box 17
Folder 1: Mrs. E.A. Demmon, tin type (1), no date
Folder 2: Identified group portraits (8), 1895-1917
Folder 3-7: Campus Scenes (43), 1890's
Folder 8-12: Biographical portraits (22), 1890's
Folder 13: Student activities (13), 1913-1928
Folder 14-17: May Fete (28), 1916-1947
Folder 18: Club and group photos (14), 1937-1939
Folder 19: Students (6), 1924-1931
Folder 20: Class photos (5), 1929, 1930, 1938
Folder 21: Students (16), 1932-1938
Folder 22-27: Student and staff portraits (71), 1940's
Folder 28-29: Art Department (31), 1940's
Folder 30: Library (3), 1949
Folder 31: Infirmary (4), 1947
Folder 32: Campus Buildings (7), 1947
Folder 33: Bennett Hall (4), 1947
Folder 34: Sports (16), 1940's
Folder 35: Riding Stable and Club (13), 1947-1949
Folder 36: Dad's Day (4), 1947-1950
Box 18
Folder 1-3: Students (27), 1940's
Folder 4-5: Theater (17), 1940-1941
Folder 6: Dramatic Club (8), 1928-1946
Folder 7: Graduates (13), 1952-1956
Folder 8: Campus Scenes (9), 1953
Folder 9-11: Student activities (33), 1953
Folder 12: Buildings (9), 1955
Folder 13: Faculty portraits (20), 1954-1955
Folder 14-17: Biographical photos (21), 1953
Folder 18-28: Alumnae portraits (101), 1864-1916
Folder 29: Alumnae (6), 1935
Box 19
Folder 1-24: Unidentified ambrotypes (24), no date
Box 20
Folder 1: Unidentified ambrotypes (1), no date
Folder 2-7: Unidentified negatives (50), no date
Folder 8-10: Unidentified prints (35), no date
Series V.: Financial Records
Box 21
Folder 1: Business reports, 1855-1907, 1954, 1966
Volume  1-12: Ledgers, journals (12 volumes), 1896-1906
Box 22
Volume 1-10: Ledgers (10 volumes), 1900-1911
Box 23
Volume 1-7: Ledgers (7 volumes), 1911-1918
Box 24
Volume 1-7: Ledgers (7 volumes), 1918-1926
Box 25
Volume 1-8: Cashbooks (8 volumes), 1900-1909
Box 26
Volume 1-8: Cashbooks (8 volumes), 1909-1917
Box 27
Volume 1-7: Cashbooks (7 volumes), 1917-1924
Series VI.: Shimer College Publications
Box 28
Folder 1: The Seminary Bell, 1860-1861
Folder 2: The Oread, 1869-1895
Folder 3: Annual Calendar, 1896-1912
Folder 4-10: Frances Shimer Record, 1909-1934
Box 29
Folder 1-9: Frances Shimer Record, 1934-1960
Folder 10-27: The Record, yearbook, 1938-1959
Folder 28-29: Acropolis, 1960-1961
Folder 30: Recondite, 1965
Folder 31: Frances Shimer Handbooks, 1944-1949
Box 30
Folder 1-4: Shimer College Handbooks, 1960-1978
Folder 5-7: Shimer College Bulletin, 1945-1976
Folder 8: Excalibur, 1966-1967
Folder 9: Mt. Carroll Seminary, 1894-1895
Folder 10: Francis Shimer Academy booklets, 1901-1905
Box 31
Folder 1: Francis Shimer booklets, 1930s
Folder 2: Francis Shimer booklets, 1943-1947
Folder 3: Francis Shimer booklets, 1950-1957
Folder 4: Francis Shimer booklets, 1960s
Folder 5: "Shimer College Report on Entering Students", 1966
Folder 6: Shimer College, booklets, no date
Folder 7: Francis Shimer College pamphlets, no date, 1976
Folder 8: "General Reading Programs" Upper and Lower Division, no date
Folder 9: Bridging the Gap Between School and College, 1953
Folder 10: Song books and musicals, 1911-1923
Folder 11: poems and stories- booklets, 1900-1905, 1950
Folder 12: Kathryn Gray McFarland- In Memory, 1924
Folder 13: History pamphlets, no date
Folder 14: The Divinity School News, 1941
Folder 15: Fortieth Annual Reunion, 1893
Folder 16: Christmas Greetings, no date
Folder 17: Diary, Frances Wood Shimer (photocopy), January 1, 1852-August 24, 1853, October 12, 1854
Box 32
Folder 1: Diary, Frances Wood Shimer, Memorandum of Events from  Starting from Mt. Carroll on December 30, 1890 (photocopy), December 30, 1890-May 7, 1891
Folder 2: Reminiscences of Frances Wood Shimer (photocopy), 1897-1898
Folder 3: Printing cards (7)
Folder 4: scenic "postcards" Los Angeles (2)
Folder 5: scenic "postcards" Utah (7)
Folder 6: Printing plate of lecture hall, no date