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Salem Lutheran Church Records (Sycamore)


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Administrative Information

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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 V.: Building Fund/Construction
Box 42
Folder 1: Bills and Financial Records, 1871-1939
Folder 2: Subscription Notes, notebook, 1879-1883
Folder 3: Subscriptions Received and Expenses in Building, 1896-1899
Folder 4-5: SecondChurch Plans, 2nd Church, no date, 1952
Folder 6: The Family of God Builds Program, 1962
Folder 7: Self Study, 1962
Folder 8: Consecration of Church Site Program, 1963
Folder 9: Building Plan Committee Materials, photos (20), 1952-1957
Folder 10: Building Committee Report, 1955, 1965
Folder 11: Building Plan Committee Records, 1952-1957
Folder 12-13: Building Plan Committee Funds, 1968-1977
Folder 14: Bills Paid, Building Committee, 1967
Folder 15: Building Committee Secretary's Minutes, 1957-1959, 1961
Folder 16: Building Plan Committee Records, 1952-1957
Folder 17: Church Plans, 3rd Church, 1964, 1967
Folder 18: Construction Material Records, 1967-1969
Folder 19-20: Building Construction Records, 1968-1969
Folder 21: Warranty Deed, 1956
Folder 22-24: Architect's Correspondence, 1965-1969
Box 43
Folder 1: Architect's Correspondence, photos (4), 1970-1971
Folder 2: Architect's Correspondence, 1972-1973
Folder 3: New Construction and Building Budget, 1963-1968
Folder 4: Building Fund Reports, 1965-1966
Folder 5: Building Fund, 1958-1965
Folder 6: Building Program, 1958-1961
Folder 7: Mural Brochure, no date
Folder 8: Kitchen Plans, 1967
Folder 9: Construction Plans and Letters, 1966-1967
Folder 10: Construction Materials and Records, 1959-1968
Folder 11: Furniture Specifications, 1969
Folder 12: Interior Plans and Details, 1969
Folder 13: Plans Showing Future Additions, 1966
Folder 14: Foundation Boring Report and Correspondence, 1967
Folder 15: Plans as Approved by Pastor Kmet and A. R. Linden, 1967
Folder 16: Plat Survey, 1964
Folder 17: Test Boring Plans, 1967
Folder 18: Preliminary Mechanical Plans, 1967
Folder 19: Plans as Approve by Congregation, 1966-1967
Folder 20: Background Data, Congregational Approvals, 1963-1966
Folder 21: Plans, 3rd, 1966
Folder 22: Proposed Blueprints for Third Church, 1966
Folder 23: Plans, 2nd, Model Photos (4), 1965
Folder 24: Plans, 1st, 1965
Folder 25: Verne Solberg, Site Architect, 1968-1969
Folder 26: Manuals for Equipment, no date
Folder 27: Kodak Sound Projector, 1972
Folder 28: Monroe Table Company, 1970-1981
Folder 29: New Holland Church Furniture, 1969-1978
Folder 30: Parsonage Building, photos (11), 1956-1957
Folder 31: Bell Materials, 1908-1909
Folder 32: Bell Tower Plans, 1967-1968, 1978
Folder 33: Shulmerich Carillons, Inc.-Bells, 1968-1987
Folder 34: Organ Plans, 1959
Folder 35: New Organ, 1968, 1971

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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