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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 VIII.: Oversize
Oversize Drawer 33
Folder 15
Item 1: LCW Dinner Committee, Cake Instructions, no date
Oversize Drawer 34
Folder 1
Item 1: Church Plans, Third Church (4), 1964, 1967
Item 2: Building Construction Records (2), 1968
Item 3: Architect’s Correspondence (5), 1970-1971
Item 4: Kitchen Layout Plans, 1967
Item 5: Bell Tower Plans (2), 1967-1968, 1978
Item 6: Interior Plans and Details, 1967
Item 7: Site Plans Approved by Pastor Kmet and A.R. Linden, 1967
Item 8: Plat Survey, 1964
Item 9: Test Boring Plans, 1967
Item 10: 11.21.1969 SK-22 Registry Desk "Scheme B", 1969
Item 11: 12.2.1969 SK-23 3 Candle Wall Bracket, 1969
Item 12: 3.11.1970 SK-24 Revisions to Mechanical System, 1970
Item 13: 9.21.1967 Kitchen Layout, 1967
Item 14: 3.27.1967 Drawings 1-5 Marked, 1967
Item 15: 4.3.1968 Electronic Carillion Plans, 1968
Item 16: 4.7.1969 Drawings of CF-1, 1969
Item 17: 8.15.1966 Drawing PD-5, 1966
Item 18: 6.6.1967 Site Plans Sheets 1-5, 1967
Item 19: Plat Survey, 1964
Item 20: Test Boring Plans, 1967
Folder 2
Item 1: Preliminary Mechanical Plans, 1967
Item 2: Plans as Approve by Congregation (3), 1966-1967
Item 3: Plans, Third Church, 1966
Folder 3
Item 1: Proposed Blueprints for Third Church (2), 1966
Item 2: Plans, Second Church, 1965
Item 3: Plans, First Church, 1965
Folder 4
Item 1-2: Baptism Certificates, 1910, 1914
Item 3: Marriage Certificate, 1919
Item 4-8: Confirmation Certificates (5), 1894, 1906, 1917, 1918, 1929
Item 9: Confirmation photo, 1929
Folder 5
Item 1-6: Architect’s Correspondence, 1965-1967, 1969
Item 7: Building Program, 1958-1961
Item 8-11: Construction Plans and Letter, 1966-1967
Item 12: New Holland Church Furniture, 1969-1978
Item 13: Shulmerich Carillons, Inc.-Bells, 1968-1987
Folder 6
Item 1: Group Photos (2), 1918, no date
Folder 7
Item 1: Lower Level Plan, 1987
Item 2: Upper Level Plan, 1987
Item 3: Northern Illinois Synod Map, no date
Item 4: Landscape Plan, Jan-98
Item 5: Sycamore City Map, no date
Item 6-7: Sycamore Zoning Map, 1978, 1997
Folder 7a
Item 1: Church Locations, Sycamore, drawn by Fred Larson, 1972
Item 2: Plat Survey, 1964
Item 3: Sign Board, 1961
Item 4: Site Plan, no date
Item 5: Entry Floor Plan, February 1988
Item 6: Lower Floor Plan, February 1988
Folder 8
Item 1-3: Organ Plans, Second Church, 1959
Item 4: Building Construction Records, 1968
Item 5-7: Architect's Correspondence, 1969-1972
Folder 9
Item 1: Second Church Plans, no date
Folder 10
Item 1: Full set of Building Plans (Mechanical Electrical, Sewer, Millwork), June 1968
Item 2: Master Floor Plan, June 1968
Item 3: Heating Plan, November 1967
Folder 11
Item 1: Sign drawing by Fred O. Larson, January 1962
Item 2: Plans, Upper and Lower Levels, July 1987
Item 3: Site Plan drawn by Fred O. Larson, June 1961
Item 4: Interior Plans, April 1969
Folder 12
Item 1-30: Elevator and Remodeling Plans. Record Drawing (15); Working Drawing (15), June 1990; February 1989
Folder 13
Item 1-30: Elevator and Remodeling Plans. Progress Prints (15); Progress Prints (15), January 1898; December 1988

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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