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Salem Lutheran Church Records (Sycamore)


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Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Historical and Administrative Records



Financial Records

Building Fund/Construction

Church Organizations



Addendum 1

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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.


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, 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],

Series III.: Committees
Box 35
Folder 1: Alter Guild Minutes, 1958-1965
Folder 2: Alter Guild Minutes, 1964-1975
Folder 3: Alter Guild Minutes, 1965-1977
Folder 4: Minutes of Confirmation Alumni Association Reunions, 1921-1964
Folder 5: Alumni Association Confirmation Lists (includes complete 1876-1964 lists), 1946-1980
Folder 6: Alumni Association Accounts, 1947-1965
Folder 7: Confirmation, 1920-1921
Folder 8-9: Board of Administration, 1947-1961
Folder 10-11: Board of Administration, 1954-1963 1962
Folder 12-14: Board of Trustees Minutes, 1940-1963
Folder 15: Trustee Minutes, 1957-1962
Folder 16: Trustees, 1957-1985
Folder 17-18: Trustees, 1959-1962
Folder 19: Church Council Minutes, 1937-1947
Folder 20-21: Church Council Minutes, 1937-1956
Folder 22: Church Council, 1963
Box 36
Folder 1-3: Church Council, 1963-1965
Folder 4: Church Council Financial Reports, 1965
Folder 5: Church Council Minutes, 1966
Volume 1: Church Council Minutes, 1969-1976
Folder 6: Church Committee Records, 1982-1990
Folder 7-8: Deacons Meetings, 1909-1923
Folder 9: Board of Deacons, 1954-1959
Folder 10: Minutes of Board of Deacons, 1956-1958
Folder 11: Deacons, 1957-1962
Folder 12: Board of Deacons, 1960-1962
Folder 13: Deacon Contact Book, no date
Folder 14-15: Offerings Accounts, 1916-1932
Box 37
Folder 1-5: Offerings Accounts, 1927-1955
Folder 6: Lutheran Brotherhood Student Fund Ledger, 1941-1956
Folder 7: Lutheran Brotherhood Minutes, 1917-1933
Box 38
Folder 1: Salem Lutheran Brotherhood Secretary Minutes, 1941-1951
Folder 2: Brotherhood Chorus Music 1, no date
Folder 3: Brotherhood Chorus  Music 2, 1906, 1913, 1918, 1924, 1926, 1931
Folder 4: Luther League Materials, 1920-1939
Folder 5: Minutes of Luther League, 1910-1912
Folder 6: Luther League Constitution and Membership, 1908-1913
Folder 7: Luther League Bulletin, 1939
Folder 8: Luther League Hymn Book, 1913
Folder 9: Luther League Convention Hymnal, 1938
Folder 10: Salem Seniors Minutes, 1990-2002
Folder 11: Salem Senior Records, 1996-2000
Folder 12: Service Committee, photos (59), 1991-1994
Folder 13: Stewardship Committee, 1993-1995
Folder 14: Stewardship Committee, 1994-1998
Folder 15: Stewardship Committee Ridnour, 1997-1998
Folder 16: Stewardship Committee Social Ministry, 1996
Folder 17: Stewardship Committee Fall Pledge Drive Ridnour, 1996-1997
Folder 18: Stewardship Committee Fall Pledge Drive, 1998
Folder 19: Stewardship Committee Financial Recovery Furnace Retirement, 1997
Folder 20: Stewardship Committee KLW Enterprises Stewardship Program, 1998
Folder 21: Stewardship Committee Stewardship Agreement, 1998
Folder 22: Salem Thespians, 1943-1988
Folder 23: Salem Ways and Means Committee Minutes, 1930-1946
Folder 24: Young People's Society Treasurer and Secretary's Report, 1887-1900
Folder 25: Young People's Society Secretary's Book, 1901-1909
Folder 26: Library Records, 1985-1991
Folder 27: Minutes of Sunday School Meetings, 1967-1976
Box 39
Folder 1: Coloring Books, 1983
Folder 2: Minutes of Sunday School Teachers and Officers Meetings, 1951-1959
Folder 3-4: Minutes of Treasurer's Reports of Sunday School Teachers Meetings, 1958-1966
Folder 5: Minutes of Sunday School Teachers and Officers Meetings, 1936-1951
Folder 6: Vacation Church School, card, 1967
Folder 7-8: Vacation Church School, 1970-1981
Box 40
Folder 1-2: Vacation Church School, 1988-1989
Folder 3: Vacation Church School, photos (18), 1990
Folder 4-7: Vacation Church School, 1991-1994
Folder 8: Vacation School Coordinator, 1997-2003
Folder 9: Vacation Church School Program Records, 1987-1989

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],

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