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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 VII.: Audio-Visual
Sub-Series A: DVDs
Box 49
Item 1: Ruth, November 22, 1986
Item 2: Chicago Folk Service, December 27, 1987
Item 3: Church Picnics, July 2, 1988 & July 22,1990
Item 4: Beautiful Savior, Adult Choir Cantata, January 14,1990
Item 5: Bradford Lyttle Speaking at Salem, 34274
Item 6: "NIC at Night", 35547
Item 7: Church Slide Show, no date
Item 8: Happy Anniversary from Youth Quake Group, no date
Sub-Series B: VHS Tapes
Box 49
Item 1: Youth Service, January 29, 1984
Item 2: Reach Out Singers, October 17, 1985
Item 3: Dave Mayer Magic Show, May 18,1986
Item 4: The Floundering Spaceship, November 2, 1986
Item 5: Fat, Fat Jehosephat, Salem Teen & Chorister Choirs, March 22, 1987
Item 6: Confirmation Service, 1987
Item 7: Christmas Concert, December 13, 1987
Item 8: Pastor Terry Salem Farewell, December 13, 1987
Item 9: Youth Sunday, 1988
Item 10: Church Picnics, July 2, 1988 & July 22,1990
Item 11: Mark Knappe Ordination & Installation, August 14, 1988
Item 12: Vinegar Boy Musical, March 19, 1989
Item 13: LOMC Swing Choir, August 9, 1989
Item 14: Rooted in the Gospel & The Gift, 1992
Item 15: The Living Church 39' 51", 1992
Item 16: Rooted in the Gospel, 1993
Item 17: Go, Go Jonah, April 30, 1995
Item 18: Installation Service Carla Vanatta, August 27, 1995
Item 19: Salem in Action, 1997
Item 20: Salem in Action, 1997 (Master)
Item 21: Once upon a Time Shop, March 3, 2000
Item 22: Easter Sunday, April 23,2000
Item 23: Fish Tales Musical, March 10, 2001
Item 24: Happy Anniversary Salem from Youth Quake Group, no date

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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