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Salem Lutheran Church Records (Sycamore)

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Historical and Administrative Records

Membership

Committees

Financial Records

Building Fund/Construction

Church Organizations

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Collection Overview

Title: Salem Lutheran Church Records (Sycamore), 1870-2013

ID: RHC/RC/321

Extent: 33.75 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is divided into eight series: Historical and Administrative Records, Membership, Committees, Financial Records, Building Fund / Construction, Church Organization, Audio-Visual, and Oversize.

Series I, Historical and Administrative Records, consists of historical documentation, church registers, church correspondence (1967-1995), congregational meeting records (1957-1967), worship bulletins (1957-2010), annual reports (1966-2008), and pastor’s sermon notes and records. All of the volumes in Boxes 1-6 of Series I are digitized. Disc 1 contains Church Register Book #1, 1871-1928, Original Constitution and First Minutes, 1870-1900, Minutes of Congregational Meetings, 1901-1913, History of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, April, 1895, New Members, 1896, Trustee Minutes 1914-1926, Trustee Minutes 1937-1939, Attendance Ledger, 1878-1905, Minutes of Swedish Evangelical Lutheran 1861-1887 Translation, 1970, Minutes of Swedish Evangelical Lutheran 1888-1900 Translation, 1970, Minutes, 1923-1942, and Records from Minutes, 1923-1942. Disc 2 is made up of Membership Record Book #2, 1870-1886, Ministerial Records Book #4, 1907-1952, Record of Ministerial Acts, 1953-1969, and Parish Register, 1968-1997. Ministerial Records Book #3, 1886-1906 is on Disc 3. Series II, Membership, includes membership lists and directories, rolls and registers.

Series III, Committees, is arranged alphabetically. It also includes library, Sunday School, and Vacation Church School records. Financial Records, in Series IV, includes financial ledgers and journals, treasurer’s reports, pledge information, and church secretary minutes. Series V, Building Fund/Construction includes construction information for the church and parsonage, records from the second church building, Building Plan Committee records, materials on church interiors, fixtures, and furnishings, as well as architect’s correspondence (1965-1973).

Series VI, Church Organizations, includes records from Ladies Circle, Ladies Aid Society, Lutheran Church Women (LCW), and Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) and consists of minutes and financial information which document their activities. DVDs and VHS tapes comprise Series VII.

Subjects: Immigrants -- Sweden, Immigrants -- Sweden -- Religious life., Lutherans, Lutherans, Swedish, Salem Lutheran Church (Sycamore, Ill.), Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church (Sycamore, Ill.), Sycamore (Ill.), Sycamore (Ill.)--Genealogy., Sycamore (Ill.)--History., Wagoner, Harold E. (Harold Eugene), 1905-1986.

Languages: English, Swedish

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records from the Salem Lutheran Church date from its organization in 1870 to the present, although the bulk of the material dates from 1967 to 2000.

Collection Historical Note

The Salem Lutheran Church was organized as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sycamore Illinois on April 14, 1870 by 50 charter members. Celebrated opera singer Christina Nilsson, “The Swedish Nightingale,” visited Sycamore on Christmas Day, 1870. The proceeds of her two concerts helped to fund the first church building, built in 1871, dedicated April 28 1874, and used until 1896. The second church was built at Somonauk and Charles Street. The cornerstone was set July 9, 1896. The building, designed by architect E. J. Peterson of Englewood, IL, was dedicated on February 28, 1897 and was used until Salem Lutheran undertook a massive building project that culminated in the third, and current, church building. Designed by noted church architect Harold E. Wagoner (1905-1986), the building, located at 1145 DeKalb Avenue, has been in use since 1970.

Subject/Index Terms

Immigrants -- Sweden
Immigrants -- Sweden -- Religious life.
Lutherans
Lutherans, Swedish
Salem Lutheran Church (Sycamore, Ill.)
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church (Sycamore, Ill.)
Sycamore (Ill.)
Sycamore (Ill.)--Genealogy.
Sycamore (Ill.)--History.
Wagoner, Harold E. (Harold Eugene), 1905-1986.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Alternate Extent Statement: 17 digital files (1.22 GB)

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

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

Technical Access Note: Electronic records may be accessed on the computer in the Center’s reading room.

Related Materials: Salem Lutheran Church Ground Breaking Shovels (2) located in UA 11 Audiovisual Collection in Subseries H, Box 9


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Historical and Administrative Records],
[Series II.: Membership],
[Series III.: Committees],
[Series IV.: Financial Records],
[Series V.: Building Fund/Construction],
[Series VI.: Church Organizations],
[Series VII.: Audio-Visual],
[Series VIII.: Oversize],
[Addendum 1],
[All]

Series I.: Historical and Administrative Records
Box 1
Folder 1: Digitized Volumes of Historical Records (3 discs), 1887-1997
Volume 1: Church Register Book #1, 1871-1928
Volume 2: Ministerial Records Book #3, 1886-1906
Box 2
Volume 1: Membership Record Book #2, 1870-1886
Box 3
Volume 1: Ministerial Records Book #4, 1907-1952
Box 4
Volume 1: Record of Ministerial Acts, 1953-1969
Box 5
Volume 1: Parish Register, 1968-1997
Box 6
Volume 1: Original Constitution and First Minutes, 1870-1900
Volume 2: Minutes of Congregational Meetings, 1901-1913
Volume 3: History of S.E.L. Church, April 1895
Volume 4: New Members, 1896
Volume 5-6: Trustee Minutes, 1914-1926, 1937-1939
Volume 7: Attendance Ledger, 1878-1905
Volume 8-9: Minutes of Swedish Evangelical Lutheran, 1861-1900, translated 1970
Volume 10: Minutes, 1923-1942
Volume 11: Records from Minutes, 1923-1942
Box 7
Volume 1-2: Salem Lutheran Treasurer's Account Book, 1889-1911
Box 8
Volume 1: Salem Lutheran Treasurer's Account Book, 1912-1919
Box 9
Folder 1: Titles, Deeds, and Records, 1946-1977
Folder 2: Titles, Deeds, and Records, 1870-1896
Folder 3: Release of Deed and Parsonage Subscriptions, 1906-1909
Folder 4: Church Deed, 1874
Folder 5: Architect's Tentative Sketch, no date
Folder 6: Birthday Calendar, 1937
Box 10
Folder 1-15: Church Budget, circa March 1908-June 1922
Folder 16: The Christmas Messenger, December 1923
Folder 17: First Church, photos (4), 1871-1896
Folder 18: Second Church, images (6), 1897-1968
Folder 19: Second Church, interior and classroom photos (14), 1896-1968
Box 11
Folder 1: Second Church photos (27), 1961
Folder 2: Second Church, History, photos (3), 1896-1968
Folder 3: Second Church, Removal of Cornerstone, photos (3), 1969
Folder 4: Second Church Auction, 1971
Folder 5: Second Church condition photos (6), no date
Folder 6: Second and Third Church, mounted photos (2), no date
Folder 7: Third Church, photos (78), 1968-1970
Folder 8: Third Church, construction photos (50), 1968-1969
Folder 9: Third Church, exterior photos (21), 1970
Folder 10: Third Church, interiors and classrooms photos (5), 1970-1973
Folder 11: Ground Breaking Materials, 1968
Folder 12: Third Church, Special Events and Dedication, photos (7), 1963-2010
Folder 13: Third Church, Special Events and Dedication, photos (28), 1963-2010
Folder 14: Salem Parsonages, 1957
Folder 15: Jubilee Album Book, 1920
Folder 16: Reprints from Jubilee Album, 1920
Folder 17: Fiftieth Anniversary Program, 1920
Folder 18: Church History, no date
Folder 19: Diamond Anniversary Book, 1945
Folder 20: Diamond Anniversary Book, 1945
Folder 21: Song Festival Program, no date
Folder 22: Jane Dutton Memorial, 1952
Folder 23: Upon this Rock Centennial Book, 1970
Folder 24: Memories, Grace Welander, 1927-1970
Folder 25: Centennial Book Manuscript, 1971
Folder 26: 110th Anniversary Yearbook, 1980
Folder 27: Stardust 125th Anniversary, 1995
Folder 28: 125th Anniversary Buttons, 1995
Folder 29: Ann Hawkins Books of Church History, 1995
Folder 30: Boy Scout Charter, Troop 45, 1999
Folder 31: Genealogy Information of Salem Members, photo, 1894-2000
Folder 32: Family Information, 1992-1995
Folder 33: Family Photograph, no date
Folder 34: Fifty Year Membership Certificate for Leonard L. Linden, no date
Folder 35: Swedish Confirmation Certificate for Johannes Johnson, 1877
Folder 36: North Grove School, photo (3), 1978
Folder 37: Centennial Pageant, photo album, 1970
Folder 38: Confirmation Photos (49), 1903-1986
Folder 39: Salem Confirmation Photo, 1894
Box 12
Folder 1-17: Church Correspondence, 1967-1980, 1982-1995
Box 13
Folder 1-3: Congregational Meeting, 1957-1958
Folder 4-11: Congregational Meeting, 1961-1967
Folder 12: Funeral and Baptism Records, 1977
Folder 13: Funeral and Baptism Records, 1978-1979
Folder 14: Marriage and Funeral Information, 1970-1971
Folder 15: Funeral Information, 1972-1973
Folder 16: Funeral and baptism Records, 1976
Folder 17: Marriage, Baptism, and Funeral Information, 1972-1974
Folder 18: Baptism and Funeral Information, 1975
Folder 19: Marriage Licenses, 1999
Folder 20-25: Letters of Transfer, 1967-1977, 1982
Folder 26: Alcoholics Anonymous, 1961
Folder 27: Cheese Distribution, 1986-1992
Folder 28: Church and Community Self Study, 1984
Folder 29: PADS Program, 1987
Folder 30: Pageant Presented November 22, 1970
Folder 31: Refugee Family, 1979, 1987
Folder 32: That We May Speak Outreach, 1982
Folder 33: Confirmation of LLM Fundraising Presentation, 1970
Folder 34-36: Funding Campaign Materials, 1968-1971
Folder 37: Funding Campaign, 1974, 1976
Folder 38: Cottage Meetings, 1998
Box 14
Folder 1: Bequests, 1983-1989
Folder 2: Frank & Kathryn Campbell Legacy, 1972-1977
Folder 3: Ellen C. Carlson Estate, 1981
Folder 4: Jessie E. Carlson Estate, 1973
Folder 5: Rose V. Elmberg Estate, 1965-1975
Folder 6: Mauritz H. Johnson Estate, 1973-1981
Folder 7: Victor C. Johnson Estate, 1972-77
Folder 8: Louise London Estate, 1969-1970
Folder 9: Minnie E. Kenyon Estate, 1972-1977
Folder 10: Mrs. Pearl F. Peterson Legacy, 1981
Folder 11: Seablom Piano Memorial, 1980-1981
Folder 12: Singing Memorial, 1986
Folder 13-15: Memorials & Special Gifts, 1968-1981
Box 15
Folder 1: Memorials & Special Gifts, 1972-1981
Folder 2: Memorial Fund Memorials, 1960-1990
Folder 3: Memorial Fund, 1944-1994
Box 16-19
Volume 1-25: Bulletins, Photos, News Clippings, 1953-1980
Box 20
Volume 1-3: Bulletins, Reports, News, 1981-1983
Volume 4-7: Salem Lutheran Bulletins, 1967-1970
Box 21-23
Volume 1-12: Salem Lutheran Bulletins, 1971-1983
Box 24-30: Bulletins, Reports and Minutes, January 1984-June 2010
Folder 1-28: Bulletins, January 1984-December 1989
Box 31
Folder 1-2: Bulletins, Reports and Minutes, July-December 2010
Folder 3: Town and Country, Volume LIII, 2010
Folder 4: Parent Link, August, October-December, 2001
Folder 5: Parent Link, January-July, September-December, 2002
Folder 6: Parent Link, January-December, 2003
Folder 7: Parent Link, January, March-May, 2004
Folder 8-13: Annual Reports, 1966-2008
Folder 14-17: Sermon Notes, 1968-1971
Box 32
Folder 1-5: Sermon Notes, 1972-1976
Folder 6: Sermon Notes, 1978
Folder 7: Sermon Notes, 1977, 1981
Folder 8: Sermon Notes, 1979, 1980
Folder 9: Minutes of the Meetings of the Pastors Cabinet, 1946-1951
Folder 10: Pastor Donald E. Griffith Ordination, 1974
Folder 11: Pastor Kmet Day Napkins (2), 1981
Folder 12: Congregational Meeting for Call for Pastor, 1982-1987
Folder 13: Sermons by Laypersons, 1978, 1982
Folder 14: Pastor Search Committee, 1975-1977
Folder 15: Salem Pastors and Families, photos (22), 1904-1983
Folder 16: Reverend Hawkins Call Information, 1956-1958
Folder 17: Guest List from Farewell Open House for Pastor and Mrs. Hawkins, 1967
Folder 18-23: Pastor Hawkins Records, 1957-1962
Folder 24: Pastor Hawkins Records, 1953-1962

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Historical and Administrative Records],
[Series II.: Membership],
[Series III.: Committees],
[Series IV.: Financial Records],
[Series V.: Building Fund/Construction],
[Series VI.: Church Organizations],
[Series VII.: Audio-Visual],
[Series VIII.: Oversize],
[Addendum 1],
[All]


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