Welcome to the Vertical File Manuscripts Index
Here you will find an alphabetical list of single folder manuscript collections and reference material that includes materials from individuals, organizations, places, and subjects.

This listing also includes biographical information on various individuals such as alumni, pastors, professors, and notable figures.
Alphabetical Listing

Abrahamson, C. Alfred NSR
  • Letter, April 18, 1917 From Frecourt, Haute-Marne, France to Rev. Kuhns telling of his experiences in a construction battalion and his travels during a leave. He deplores the French morality and religion, claiming the French "make patriotism their religion." Handwritten, 2 leaves.

Accident, Maryland
  • Letter from Johann Ulrich Hoffman to Charles Frederick Schaeffer giving history Lutheran Church in Accident and Cove, Maryland, June 8, 1860

Albach, J. William (?-1900) NSR
Lutheran missionary in Iowa, Indiana and Ohio
  • Letter, February 9, 1844 From Gettysburg, Pa. to John L. Snyder, Somerset, his former Sabbath School teacher, consoling him on the death of someone close and conveying news on Albach's activities at Pennsylvania College. Handwritten, 2 leaves.
  • Letter, August 8, 1845 From Gettysburg, Pa. to John L. Snyder, Somerset, relating son Henry's progress in studies at the college. He deplores the return of Mr. Heyer, missionary to India, and he refers to an outbreak of nervous fever at the college and a death attributed to it. Handwritten, 2 leaves.

Alleman, Herbert Christian (1868-1953)
  • Newspaper clippings 

Alleman, Monroe John (1820-1897)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and Maryland 
  • Obituary Handwritten, 3 leaves.

American Education Society
  • Loan Book, April 17, 1834-January 19, 1842 listing loans granted to student preparing for ministry.

Anspach, John Melanchthon (1841-1904)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Sermon delivered at funeral of Thomas Holt Clapham, a member of Company E Regiment, P.V.I., in Mifflinburg, Pa., March 17,1864, in the Lutheran Church (published in Mifflinburg Telegraph March 24, 1864 by request)

Artz, William (1804-1876)
Lutheran clergyman and sometime miller in North Carolina
  • Essay Continuation of the mission of the United Brethren in North America during the period around 1767. (Missionary Paper) Handwritten, 6 leaves.
  • Letter, May 14, 1861 From Mt. Pleasant, N.C. to his brother David Artz concerning preparations for the Civil War and conditions of the local economy. Handwritten, 1 leaf.
  • Newspaper clipping (and copy) Sermon preached in Hagerstown, MD, in 1828.
  • Sermons
    • 1841 – Philipians 3:12–14 – delivered in NC Handwritten 14 pages.
    • 1858 – St. Luke 10:36–37 – delivered in NC Handwritten 14 pages.
Bacon, Samuel (died 1820 in Liberia)
Officer in the U.S. Army
  • Outlines for a school in three parts
    • Part I. Outline of the system of Government and Instruction adapted in York County Academy in York, Pa., an institution which reflects equal honour on the gentlemen who patronize, the teachers who conduct, and the youth who compose it
    • Part II. Outline of a plan for such an Academy as ought to exist in the county or (shire) town in every populous county in the U.S. Part III. Plan for the organization of a school.
Banks, Daniel C.
  • Report from Louisville, Ky. to the Rev. John Marsh, Secretary of the American Temperance Union, N.Y. Addressed to the American Society for Promoting Christian Union on Apostolic Principles, April 20, 1840
    • Announced the establishment of the Louisville Evangelical Union & presented the constitution. Requests a missionary from the ASPCUAP since 2/3 of the 30,000 population is unchurched
Barb, John H.
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Virginia
  • Letter from Virginia to the Reverend H.W. McKnight requesting information about the Brown Scholarship Fund for the education of J.A.B. Scherer, February 4, 1886
Baptism and the Lord's Supper Booklet
  • Booklet, 1825, Rowan County, North Carolina, presented by Captain John Sloop, handlettered, German, 31 leaves.

Barnitz, Charles A. SR
Treasurer of the Seminary, 1826-1833
  • Letter to Dr. [S.S.] Schmucker concerning the price and purchase of additional property, December 29, 1829

Basillica of St. John Laterano Documents
  • Documents, 1657 bearing the Papal Seal and concerning relics found in the Basilica of St. John Laterana which were later moved. Handlettered, Italian, 2 leaves. Translation.
Baugher, Henry Louis (1804-1868)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and Maryland and professor and president of Pennsylvania College
  • Diary, August 30, 1829-March 28, 1830
    • Lists ministerial engagements. Some biblical questions and notes on reverse side.
  • Letter from Boonsboro, Md. to David Jacobs, Gettysburg, agreeing that a new Lutheran periodical is greatly needed, outlining some of the difficulties involved and arranging to meet with Jacobs to discuss the matter (and also a possible move to Gettysburg, March 26, 1830
  • Letter from Gettysburg to John L. Snyder, Somerset, written on the margin of the grade report of Snyder's son, G. Henry Snyder. Henry boarded with Baugher during the school year, and Baugher offered the residence free of charge during the summer vacation, July 1845
  • Letter from Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg to Dr. ? stating that a Reynolds claims he is authorized to take subscriptions of stock to buy out the Missionary Lutheran, 30 subscriptions at about $100 each. Baugher suggests a questionnaire be sent out to determine the feasibility of the project, June 25, 1861
Baugher, Henry Louis (1840-1899)
Lutheran clergyman in Indiana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • Letter from Gettysburg to the Board of Directors concerning the enlargement of Christ Church, June 28, 1869

Belfour, Edmund (1833-1923)
Lutheran clergyman in New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania; graduate of Gettysburg Seminary 1856
  • Speech delivered at the Commencement of the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa.
    • Accompanied by letter, donating the ms., from Mrs. Carl R. Zimmerman, February 10, 1970.

 Bendersville, Pennsylvania, Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • Historical Address, December 8, 1896, By the Reverend Upton A.L.E. Hankey, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church 1895-1902, prepared to be read before the congregation during the festivities of Dedication Week. He laments lack of records but outlines history of the church, list of pastors, and original members' names. Handwritten, 17 leaves.

Benedict, Frederick (1819-1890)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • Biography, Handwritten, 12 leaves.
Berkenmeyer, William Christopher (1682/86-1751)
Lutheran clergyman in New York
  • Epitaph NSR
    • Handprinted copy, Latin & Greek, 1 leaf. Translation
Bible. Old Testament Commentary
  • Genesis, handwritten, German script, 17 leaves.

Bible. New Testament Commentary
  • Romans and Corinthians I & II. Handwritten, German script, 45 leaves.

Billheimer, Thomas Charles (1842-1923)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and professor at Gettysburg Seminary
  • Addresses
    • "Decensus ad Inferos"
    • "Value of Modern Skepticism to Christianity"
    • Eulogy for Ida G. McKnight, January 16, 1883
    • "The Bright Side of a Minister's Life," September 19, 1899
  • Essay
    • "On Infant Baptism"
  • Sermon
    • "How to Secure an Educated Ministry," II Timothy 2:2
  • Thesis, graduation, June 26, 1867
    • "The Doctrine of the Nature of Christ's Presence in the Eucharist, as held by the Early Church"
Biorck, Tobias Eric
Lutheran Swedish clergyman in America
  • Dissertation, June 14, 1731
    • "The Planting of the Swedish Church in America," University of Upsala, Sweden. In Latin, 44 leaves
Bishop, Henry, (1815-1877)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Iowa and sometime book merchant
  • Letter from Indiana, Pa. to John L. Snyder, Somerset, recommending his only brother as a competent clerk, November 23, 1844

Bloserville, Pennsylvania. Upper Frankford Church
  • Historical address, 1876 by Samuel Albert Diehl, pastor of the church 1875-1885, on the occasion of the semicentennial of the church. Date on cover is 1875.Handwritten, 13 leaves.

Book Company of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Stock certificate, September 26, 1840, #210, one share made out to Samuel Ruthrauff, Marion, Pa. Signed by B. Kurtz, Superintendent. Printed and Handwritten, 1 leaf.
Braun, Ernst Freiherr von
  • Letter from Altensburg, Germany to "Mein gnadiges Fraulein" concerning brothers in the faith in North America, June 17, 1827
    • Herr General Superintendent Grossman is mentioned.
Brooks, Phillips (1835-1893) NSR
Episcopal Bishop
  • Letter from Boston to the Reverend Matthias Sheeleigh, Fort Washington, Pa., enclosing a copy of his Bethlehem (O Little Town of Bethlehem), April 23, 1889

Brown, James Allen (1821-1882)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and professor and chairman of Gettysburg Seminary

James Allen Brown Container List

Brown, James Andrew (1815-1900)
Lutheran clergyman in Virginia
  • Letter from Wythe, Virginia to Dr. Hay about the Brown Scholarship Fund and J.A.B. Scherer, February 17, 1886
Brunholz, Peter (-1757.
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, first assistant sent from Halle to Henry M. Muhlenberg
  • Journal, September 20, 1744-April 12, 1745
    • Includes copies of letters, 1745-1746
    • Presented by F.A. Muhlenberg.

Brunswick Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania
  • Solicitation license, April 24, 1770 to Conrad Rein and George Reinhard, permission to collect funds for a Lutheran congregation in order to build a church. Signed by John Penn, Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of Pa. and Counties of New Castle, Kent(?) and Sussex on the Delaware. Handwritten, 2 leaves.
Buehler, D. A. 
  • Letter from Gettysburg to Dr. Brown concerning the purchase of Dr. Krauth's library from his widow. Also bears Charles A. Hay's name, August 20, 1868
Butler, Paul
  • Sermon, March 16, 1796 presented by W.A. Passavant, 1843
    • Though marked on the manuscript as a product of Paul Butler, it has been suggested that it may be the work of John George Butler, 1754-1816. Handwritten, German script, 28 leaves (Compared with 1794 handwritten script of J.G. Butler, one would conclude that this is the work of John George Butler.)

Caledonia Springs, Pennsylvania. Mt. Horeb Church 
  • Accounts, 1853. Handwritten 2 leaves.

Campbell, John Francis (1811-1892)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, Virtinia, and West Virginia, former lawyer and state's attorney in Ohio.
  • Letter, From Strasburg, Virginia. to the Reverend J. Few Smith, Winchester, VA giving notice of resignation from the Brook Union charge since its membership refused to pay the $50/annum for him to preach monthly, September 18, 1847 

Carlisle,  Pennsylvania. German Evangelical Lutheran Church 
  • History. Handwritten, German script, 4 leaves.

Christlieb, Theodor (1833-1889)
Pastor in London, 1858-1865, professor at University of Bonn, 1868-1889 at Evangelical Alliance, New York, 1873
  • Sermon preached at the anniversary of the Elberfeld-Barmen Prison Society, Germany, 1855 (In German script)

Civil War
  • Appeal, after the battle for funds to repair the damages which had been inflicted on both buildings and grounds. Printed, 1 piece.
  • Article, July 27, 1863 in the Gettysburg Compiler appealing for funds to repair the devastation to Seminary grounds. Photocopies of printed articles in duplicate.6 leaves.
  • Notes, July 4, 1863 pencilled into 2 copies of Schmucker's Spiritual Worship of God by South Carolinian soldiers during the Battle of Gettysburg. Handwritten notes, 2 printed booklets.25 leaves each.
  • Prayer, July 1863 written on the cover of General Synod Minutes by a surgeon of the Confederate States of America during the time the Seminary was used as a hospital and found immediately afterwards in the library. Words were originally in pencil and traced in ink by Dr. Hay. Minutes printed, 60 leaves.
  • Virginia Treasury Note No. 63053, issued May 15, 1862, signed by Jno. Burwell; amount: one dollar. 1 piece.

Clare, Lydia Catherine (Ziegler) (1850-1915)
Daughter of Steward of Seminary, 1863
  • A Gettysburg Girl's Story of the Great Battle written c.1900 by the daughter of the steward (Emmanuel Ziegler) who was 13 at the time of the battle and whose family lived on the Seminary's first floor.
Related names: Martin L. Clare (1880-1947), Mary C. Clare, Milo R. Clare, Richard H. Clare (1847-1908), Robert D. Clare (1877-1970)

Class Attendance Record
  • March 9, 1836 and week following. Found among Schmucker papers. Question as to whether it is in his hand. Handwritten, 1 leaf.

Cline, Andrew J. 
Secretary of the Central Committee of the Bible Society for Bedford County, Pennsylvania
  • Letter to Jackson Kemper, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Bible Society of Philadelphia. Gives a report of activities and states the need of 200 additional English and 150 German Bibles, September 27, 1828

Jefferson Coates Bible

Compendium Theologiae Theological Treatise
using the question and answer method. Donated by Jane Gilbert, Harrisburg, 1960.Handwritten, 119 leaves.

Concerning Germania: Christians fighting and winning against the Hungarian infidels near Augusta
  • Printed page with hand-colored woodcuts. Latin, 1 leaf.

Cossairt, Joseph A.
  • The Cossart Family: A genealogy of the family Cossart (Cassat, Cossairt) presented by the author in March, 1936, mimeographed, 105 leaves.

Cressman, Mark Stetler (1853-1925)
Lutheran clergyman in Nebraska and Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Lewistown to Bro. Picking with the recommendation that the interests of all parties concerned and the welfare of the Seminary would be best served by a dismissal of complaints, April 15, 1915

Cronholm, Neander Nicolaus (1845-1922)
Lawyer, graduate of Pennsylvania College and Gettysburg Seminary 1873
  • Letter from Chicago, Illinois. to Rev. Milton Valentine, announcing the gift of a set of his two volume History of Sweden to Valentine, his former teacher, and conveying personal regards, May 24, 1905

Danville, Pennsylvania. Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Letter, September 12, 1892 from M.L. Shindel, Danville, Pa., to Brother (Philip) Willard giving a historical sketch of the early church, organized in 1830 by Shindel's brother Jeremiah. Handwritten, 2 leaves.

Davis, Henry Grady
  • Luther's Good Friday Sermons, study, Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary
Day, David A. (1851-1897)
Lutheran clergyman and missionary to Liberia
  • Christmas card with note addressed to "My dear Friend," undated. Mailed after 8 days sail from Liverpool, presumably enroute to Africa.
  • Letter from Carlisle, Pa. to his niece Ellen Miller concerning future correspondence, October 11, 1893
  • Letter from Cunard Royal Mail Steamship Etruria to his niece Ellen Miller, describing his voyage and his feelings about the work he is to do, October 23, 1893
  • Letter from Muhlenberg Mission, Monrovia, Liberia, Africa to his niece Ellen Miller describing their stayover in Baltimore, the steamer trip, and the mission, February 15, 1894
  • Letter from Muhlenberg Mission to niece Ellen Miller describing his loneliness since his wife left for the States to regain her health. He describes the African rainy season, July 2, 1894
  • Letter from Muhlenberg Mission to niece Ellen Miller elaborating on his wife's convalescence and his life alone in the Tropics, November 5, 1894
  • Letter from Muhlenberg Mission to niece Ellen Miller sending a photograph of the Y.P.S.C.E. of the mission. Mr. Goll, president of the society, is the only white in the picture, July 11, 1895
  • Letter from Muhlenberg Mission to niece Ellen Miller concerning his wife's death, his present condition and confusion about his future plans, October 9, 1895
  • Letter from Muhlenberg Mission to niece Ellen Miller describing a current illness, the attitude of the African towards the passing of time and about the new house he is building, June 18, 1896.
  • Letter from Muhlenberg Mission to niece Ellen Miller describing Miss Whitfield, now the new Mrs. Day, the new home recently built, gardening and hopes of returning to the United States, April 15, 1897
Day, George
  • Family records pencilled by stepmother Hannah C. Day.

Deininger, Christian
  • Commentary, Matthew 5:1-12 (German script, 10 leaves.)
Demme, Carl Rudolph (1795-1863)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letters:
    • February 29, 1836
    • January 6, 1840
    • October 17, 1836
    • February 17, 1840
    • June 20, 1838
    • February 28, 1841
    • March 4, 1839
    • July 7, 1841, from Philadelphia to Charles Philip Krauth, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (German script, 2 leaves each except Feb. 28, 1841, 1 leaf.
Related names: Feysel, Friedrich Feysel

Diffenbach, Daniel
  • Confirmation certificate, December 17, 1820, Signed by J.G. Heim

Dosh, Thomas William Luther (1830-1889)
Lutheran clergyman in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland, president of Roanoke College​
  • Biography, July 1891, written by the Reverend Peter Bergstresser, colleague and friend.

Dulheuer, Henry

  • Letters
    • July 5, 1815
    • July 1, 1816
    • July 24, 1816, directed to the German Society at Savannah, Georgia in the form of an open letter or newspaper seemingly erratic, signed Old Traveller. (Mostly English interspersed with German script, 8 leaves.)
Dull, George
Civil War Soldier
  • Letter from William Dull to George Dull at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863
Duppstadt, Homer
  • Biographical Sketches Homer Duppstadt

Duppstadt, William Homer
  • "My Life" Autobiography, 2015

Early, John William (1835-1918)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Millersville, Pa. to C.A. Hay sending him a copy of Gothilf Henry Ernst Muhlenberg's Abriss eines Unterrichts ... (An explanation of Luther's Catechism) along with Early's translation of the Key, October 3, 1888 (English and German)
Eckhardt, H. H.
  • Letter from Maywood, Illinois to the Pastors of the United Lutheran Church protesting the dismissal of 4 professors of the Chicago Seminary at Maywood (Gerberding, Reed, Roth, and Stump). He urges support in his attempt to have the decision reversed, July 19, 1920 (Mimeograph)

Eckstein, Georg Andreas
  • Acceptance as a candidate for the office of the ministry. Signed by Johann Christian Federly, Indolstedt, May 17, 1826 (Handwritten with seal, German script, translation accompanies item.)

Eichelberger, Joseph
Brother of Lewis Eichelberger 
  • Letter from Gettysburg to Elizabeth Hoake, near Mercersburg, PA. recounting news of his brother, Lewis, and expressing his affection for her and hopes for their future relationship, ?? 24th, 1827

Eichelberger, Lewis (1803-1859)
Lutheran clergyman in Virginia, professor, editor, historian
  • Letter from Gettysburg Seminary to his cousin, Elizabeth Hoke, Mercersburg Springs, Pa., asking her when she plans to be married and teasing her about his own plans, March 7, 1827
  • Sermon, John 5:28-29. Sermon on the Resurrection prepared for publication at the request of the "Lutheran Preacher," October 22, 1832
  • Photocopies of letters to Elizabeth Hoke (Hoake) and Sermon

Einfaeltiges Glaubens Bekaenntniss. in vers. 
  • Nach der Melodie, Was Gott thut das ist wohl gethan, Nebst Einem Geistreichen Liede. wie auch Ein Herrlich Gebet, um Wahre Froemmigkeit. 1808. Hand-lettered, 8 leaves. "Prest. by Capt. Jno Sloop" written on t.p.; also "#86". see also Sloop, John, for other titles.

  • Appeal, 1836 sent to New York prior to the arrival of S.S. Schmucker to appeal for funds for the Seminary. Signed by eminent Presbyterian theologians. Handwritten, 1 leaf.
  • Report, January 1865 of the committee for the endowment of two additional professorships, chaired by F.W. Conrad. Handwritten, 7 leaves.
  • Report, 1867 and 1868 on the Howard Endowment. Handwritten, 6 leaves.
  • Report, June 28, 1869 of the efforts to secure endowments by J.A. Brown. Pencilled reply on back from committee to whom the report was submitted. Handwritten, 2 leaves.

Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)
34th President of the United States
  • Letter from Washington, D.C. to Dr. Harry F. Baughman at Gettysburg Seminary thanking the students and faculty for the presentation of a Bible and Chapel Book as symbols of welcome from the Seminary community, November 18, 1955

Eisenhower, Mamie Doud
Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, first lady of the 34th President of the United States
  • Letter from Washington, D.C. to Dr. Harry F. Baughman, Gettysburg Seminary, thanking him for the concern of the Seminary community regarding the president's illness, October 1, 1955

Enderlein, Johann Michael (1726-1800)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Ein Auszug Der Kurtzgefasste Kirchen Ordnung und Agende, May, 1766. A short abstract of church rules and liturgy in German and English (Original and Photocopy)
Related Terms: Killinger, PA. Wirth’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Endress, Christian (1775-1827)
Lutheran clergyman in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania
  • Biographical sketch of his life to 1815, translated from an entry in the family bible of Mrs. Endress
  • Letter from Lancaster to the Reverend (J.G.) Schmucker of York telling him about a letter he wrote to George Fisher. He wishes a remonstrance drawn up. Dr. Muhlenberg will sign as president of Synod and he hopes Schmucker will sign another copy representing the western side of the Susquehanna, February 19, 1827
  • Letter from Lancaster, PA. to Dr. Schmucker, York, PA. telling of an unintentional irregularity in a committee handling the Roedelheim (legacy?), urging secrecy about it, and requesting that the letter be burned so that no one will know of it, July 3, 1827

Falckner, Justus (1672-1723)
First Lutheran minister ordained in the colonies
  • Letter from Germantown to Reverend Heinrich Muhlen, Holstein, Germany, concerning the religious condition of Pennsylvania in the year 1701. A copy of this was made of the missive at the University of Rostock through the courtesy of Dr. Hashagen for the Lutheran Historical Society, August 1, 1701 (German, 11 leaves)
  • Letter, October 17, 1704
  • Ordination Certificate 

Fehring, Gary W. 
  • The Peninsular Campaign: The Account of a Battle in Virginia, 2008
  • Correspondence, 2008

Fehringer, John
  • Christmas Card and Poems, 2014-2015

Feysel, Friedrich 
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Erie, Pa. to Dr. Demme and Professor Reichert, Reading, corrected to Philadelphia on envelope, May 13, 1845 (German script)

Finckel, Samuel DeVin
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
  • Letter from Taneytown, Maryland to Ezra Keller at Mechanicksburg, PA written on behalf of the Education and Missionary Society of West Pennsylvania about F. Gelwicks who wishes to enter the Seminary but has no money. Presumably written when Finckel was pastor at Taneytown in 1833-1837. Records show an S. Gel­wicks entered Seminary in 1829. No details given, 1811-1873

Fleck, Henry Ramey (1834-1908)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Address given before the Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association in Stone Church, Williamsport, Pa. and titled "How Can We Improve Ourselves and Our Work," June 13, 1878

Flom, George Tobias (1871-1960)
  • Letter from Urbana, Illinois to Jeremiah Zimmerman, Syracuse, N.Y., thanking him for his interest in Flom's book A History of Norwegian Immigration and promising to send a copy in exchange for cost. He notes (in answer to Zimmerman's question) that Norwegians do not "degenerate" any faster in the U.S. than do other immigrants, April 23, 1910

Focht, John Brown (1851-1924)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and president of Susquehanna University
  • Letter from Plainfield, Conn. to H.C. Picking of Gettysburg accepting the assignment of the Holman Lecture, May 24, 1906

Focht, Joseph R. (1819-1899)
Lutheran clergyman in both East and West
  • Letter From his daughter, Mrs. A. McNabb, Oil City, Pa. congratulating him on his second marriage and wishing him well.
  • Letter to his daughter Jennie saying that he must delay his trip since he was asked to come to the Seminary that morning for someone to assist him in getting facts for his history,December 23, 1889
  • Letter, from Kate Moser, Altoona, Pa. in reply to a request to prepare a brief history of the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the Allegheny Synod, October 20, 1891
Fox, Alice Bruner (Ogline)
  • Booklets concerning issuance of new Service Book and Hymnal by LCA, 1958
Freas, G. W.
  • Letter to "My dear Pastor" concerning church business and research facilities in Washington, D.C., August 27, 1934

Frey, George (?-1806)
Pennsylvania merchant who willed his estate to Emaus Orphan Home, Middletown
  • Correspondence, including letters to Schmucker

Fritsch, Robert R.
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Allentown, Pa., to Charles Reuben Trowbridge declining to send data for Synod Archives since he has a General Council church, October 20, 1922
Fritschel, Conrad Sigmund (1833-1900)
Lutheran clergyman in Iowa and Michigan and professor at Wartburg Seminary
  • Das Lebens Jesu: Vortrage von Prof. Sigmund Fritschel, D.D., Seminar Wartburg,1887-1888. -- Mendota, Illinois: Cyclostyle Print, 1888. O. Nitardy, Scribax. 19, 167, 32, 33-40 p. Accompanied by a letter (n.d.), explaining its origin and gift to the Lutheran Historical Society.
  • Paper, 1889, Symbolik, a comparison of confessions (German)

Fritschel, Gottfried (1827-1889)
Lutheran clergyman in Iowa and professor at Wartburg Seminary
  • Obituary with an account of some of his achievements

Frostburg, Maryland. St. Paul's English Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Historical sketch. Handwritten, 9 leaves.

Fry, Mr. ?
  • Testimonial, recommendation for Mr. Fry, council member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Baltimore, August 12, 1863

Garver, Daniel
Lutheran Clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Biographical Sketch (13 leaves, first 2 leaves missing)

Garver, George L. 
Seminary student, 1940-1943
  • Correspond, 2011
  • Memoir Excepts
  • Reminiscence pages of great grandfather

Genevieve, of Brabant
  • [Unschuldige Genovefa]
  • Eine schone, anmuthige und lesenswurdige Historia von der Unschuldigbedrangten heiligen Pfalzgrafia Genovefa...
    • Names John and Jacob Sloop on book. #83 on flyleaf
German Professorship Papers
1) Letter, December 2, 1835, from Robert Cathcart of York giving his approval to raising funds
for the endowment of a professorship.
2) Financial report, 1851-54, for the endowment of the German professor, by B. Keller.
3) Report, ca. 1855, of committee regarding the professorship and stipulations thereof.
4) Request, ca. 1856, from Synod of Pennsylvania that C. F. Schaeffer give German instruction.
5) Letter, March 15, 1859, unsigned, to Uncle M. (possibly J.G. Morris from C.A. Hay)
discussing the sharing of a German professor between college and Seminary and
covering the background of the problem.
6) Letter, September 1859, from S.S. Schmucker and C.P. Krauth to the Board reporting on the
arrangement of the course of study concerning the German-English problem, listing primary
difficulties encountered, and suggesting ways to improve the situation.
7) Letter, August 1, 1866, from Ministerium of Pennsylvania terminating relationship of the
Professor of German Language and Literature in Pennsylvania College to the Seminary.
8) Opinions regarding the joint professorship between the college and Seminary, by the
Honorable Charles E. Lex and the Honorable H.D. Maxwell.
9) Report, March 1892, concerning the differing attitudes toward the study of German in the
years 1877, 1885, 1886, 1888.
10) Report (n.d.) of Morris and the committee appointed to study the German
professorship. Includes opinions on sharing with the college.
11) Report of J. G. Morris and Benjamin Keller stating that the synod voted to send to Europe
for a professor (n.d.)
Handwritten, 15 pieces.

German Society of Philadelphia
  • Certificate of membership, December 27, 1790 for Georg Grotz, signed by Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg. Handwritten, German script, 1 leaf.

Gettysburg Academy (first home of seminary) 
  • History, 1813-1987 compiled by Ethel W. Reuning (1955) and updated by Jane Reuning English (1987). "The Story of Linwood"

Gettysburg-Adams County Torch Club 
  • History, 1952-1957 compiled by Frank N. Hewetson, W. E. Tilberg, and memorabilia collected by H. H. Schmidt. Typescript, 8 leaves.

Gettysburg Fair Poem
  • Lyrics which were sung but no music accompanies. Bound with Order of Exercises at the
    Anniversary of the Lutheran Seminary, Sept. 19, 1854. Presented by Cletus W. Unger in 1932. Letter of presentation accompanies. Printed, 4 leaves.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania College 
  • Early History, 1863 tracing the early beginnings from the Gymnasium which grew out of the Classical Department of the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Handwritten, 2 leaves.
  • Grade Report, 1830's, Blank report with names of professors Schmucker, Hazelius, Baugher, Jacobs, Marsden, and Freiderici. Wentz says Hazelius there only in 1832-33. Printed, 1 leaf.
  • Mock program, September 14, 1859, Titled Exhibition of the Junior Numbskulls and Rejected Seniors. Includes 18 (approximately half) of the class of 1860. Letter of presentation from H. Branson Richards accompanies the item. Printed, 1 leaf.
  • Newspaper clipping, (ca. 1869) Regarding the nomination of the Reverend Henry E. Jacobs for the Franklin Professorship of Latin & History and the Reverend Adam Martin for the German Professorship. President Muhlenberg of Muhlenberg College suggested a transfer of funds from the German Professorship at Gettysburg to that of Muhlenberg College. The implications of this are discussed. Printed, 1 clipping.
  • Program, April 15, 1851, The Order of Exercises at the first Junior Exhibition. Ten presentations by students interspersed with music by the Gettysburg Lodge Band. Printed, 1 leaf.

Geyer, John G. and Hendover, Hermann
  • Letter from Albany, N.Y., to the congregation at (Guilderland) saying that the Reverend Mr. Henry accepted the position as minister and requesting that they volunteer a yearly sum for salary, June 23, 1801
    • Donated by G. E. Swope, Newville, Pa., June 23, 1801

Glanding, William Marquard Beetem (1856-1917)
Lutheran clergyman in New York and Pennsylvania and professor at Midland College
  • Licensure for preaching by the Alleghany Synod, 1880
  • Ordination certificate of the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania, September 4, 1881

Goering, Jacob (1755-1807)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Book or chapters thereof, Handwritten, German script, 30 leaves
  • De Constitutione Metaphysicae Contains various axioms of metaphysics and principles of logic, Latin
  • Einleitung zur Ubersetzung des Alten Testaments. Volume 1, 1788. Also contains Arabic alphabet and principles of logic. Hebrew, Greek, German, Latin and English
  • Grund-Linien der Christlichen Religions-Lehren, 1790
  • Kirchen Ordnung und Agende, 1744
  • Notebook: theology, history, astronomy, poetry
  • Miscellanien Buch, 1786. Contains notes of the Bible, Baptismal records, 1788-92, and Marriages, 1791-1992
  • Refutation of the Doctrinal System of the Universalists

Goettman, John George (1840-1905)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Grade reports from Pennsylvania College, April 14, 1856 and September, 1856

Gold, Howard Reuben (1878-1959)
Lutheran clergyman in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New York; one of organizers of student pastor
movement, 1907, and holder of various offices in the U.L.C.A.
  • Responses collected to a survey of American Universities and Colleges soliciting information on Lutheran students enrolled and persons ministering to their spiritual needs, 1915
Related Collections: Board of Higher Education

Gotwald, Luther Alexander (1833-1900)
  • Copies of the minutes of the First English Church of Dayton, Ohio, 12/31/1864 to 3/1/1869

Gotwald, Luther Alexander, Jr. (1927-2018)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, graduate of Gettysburg Seminary, 1950
  • Workshop Presentation, "Church History Writers' Workshop on Writing Congregational History," 1992
  • "Skirmishes in the Perennial Battle for Gettysburg: a Response to the Benchmarks Paper--Labor Day Edition 1980." October, 1994. Various pagings. Includes "Theological Education for a Church in Mission: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Study of Theological Education: Report to the 1995 ELCA Churchwide Assembly (September 1994 Draft)"; Also includes "Seminary Merger Papers: 1967-1969" collected by Luther A. Gotwald, Jr.
  • Selected Actions Affecting LTSG Showing Actions by Parties Involved, 1997
  • "Resources on a Synod Gone Berserk," 2010
  • "Sixty Years Plus" Class Reunion Draft, 2010

Gotwald, Washington Van Buren (1836-1869)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Catechetical notes. Probably for teaching in his church, undated
  • Letter from Henry Picking, Gettysburg to the Rev. H. Bishop charging that he is convinced that W. V. B. Gotwald is the father of the infant daughter born to Miss Elizabeth J. Walter. He claims that the Gotwald brothers made plans for her confinement in Cincinnati and then backed out. The Walter family will not allow her to prosecute, April 11, 1864 
  • Letter addressed to Brother B. concerning the current state of affairs in a scandal in which he claimed innocence. Having been advised against initiating a slander suit he asks Br. B. to help organize a synodical investigation of the matter, incomplete, April 18, 1864 (2 leaves, first leaf missing)
  • Letter from Walter, J. M., Brinkerhoff, J. and M. A. Swope, Gettysburg to the Reverend J. G. Butler, president of Maryland Synod, asking for an investigation of paternity charges by Miss Elizabeth Walter against Washington V. Gotwald, April 23, 1864
  • Letter to "Dear Dr." and signed "B" (could be J. G. Butler, president of Maryland Synod - hand similar) suggesting an extra Synod session be called in Stork's church to discuss paternity case,  April 30, 1864
  • Pastoral letter from Mountain Home addressed to "My dear young friends" from "Your pastor in Christ Jesus." He regrets that he is not there to preach to them and hopes his letter may do so. He uses stories as examples of how they may bring Christ to others through their lives, July 31, 1868
  • Pastoral letter from Aaronsburg, Centre County, Pa. addressed to "My dear children and friends" from their pastor. He compares clinging to Jesus through the trials of life like a child clinging to its father when it first experiences the waves of the ocean, August 5, 1868
  • Sermon, appears to be a Thanksgiving sermon, undated
  • Sermon entitled "A Sunday School Address." He relates how children often accomplished great things for the Lord, undated
  • Sermon notes. Scriptures with interpretations for either preaching or teaching, undated
  • Sermon on drinking and drunkenness, undated

Graham, Ernest Orion (1871-1954) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Virginia
  • Letter from Stephen's City, Va. to the Reverend Henry Manken, Washington, D.C. presenting a handwritten copy of a letter of H. E. Jacobs protest (Aug. 2, 1868) to his church (St. Mark's, Springdale, Pa.) explaining why he refused to give an open invitation to all Christians to join in the Lord's Supper, February 19, 1925

Graeff, Philip SR
Seminary Student, 1870-1873 
  • Class lecture notebook, 1870-1871

Graves, Maurice A. NSR
  • Letter from his grandmother at Westmoreland, January 14

Greaver, William Franklin (1826-1857) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Virginia
  • Licensure for preaching in the Western Virginia Synod, September 20, 1851
  • Ordination certificate Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Virginia, October 9, 1853

Green, Woodhull Henry (1804-1876) NSR
Trenton, New Jersey Jurist
  • Letter written on a blank copy of Princeton Theological Seminary's diploma to J. A. Brown, Gettysburg. Green may have been a trustee of the seminary, March 11, 1869

Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Evangelical Lutheran Church 
  • History, March 14, 1875. A memorial discourse delivered by the Rev. F. Klinefelter at the last service in the Old Church. Handwritten, 15 leaves.

Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Thiel College 
  • History. Origin and present status. Presented by Dr. Wolf. Handwritten, 3 leaves.

Gregory, Caspar Rene (1846-1917)
Pastor in Leipzig and professor at the University
  • Lecture, The Ministry of the Word, marked as 6600 words, was the title of this Holman Lecture.
  • Letter written from the ship Amerika of the Hamburg-America Line, April 13, 1912
  • Postcard and letter from Columbia, S.C., to Dr. John Singmaster concerning train schedules for his visit to Gettysburg as the Holman lecturer for that year, February 27, 1912

Grette, the Reverend SR
  • Letter from Bremen to J. G. Schmucker, president of the Board of Directors stating that he has visited in Baltimore with Kurtz, Dreyer, Uhlhorn, and Voight and that he is looking for a job teaching in a Seminary. He signs his letter Greet, U. C. Fr. and says he will bring his library with him, June 23, 1833

Grimm, Karl Joseph (1871-1954) SR, BX
Lutheran clergyman in Illinois and professor at Ursinus and Gettysburg Colleges
  • Catalogue of the Liturgical Department of the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, presumably copied while a student, 1893 (SR)

Groseclose, Levi C. (1820–1905) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in North Carolina, Illinois, and Kansas
  • Letter from Gettysburg to his father, John Groseclose of Pleasant Hill, Smythe county, Virginia, about student life at Pennsylvania College and friends, September 22, 1843

Gross, Luther W. (1876-1953) NSR
  • Sermon on Matthew 1:21. Text marked "Gross" in blue pencil by former curator, incomplete

Grossman, C. G. L. (1783-1857) NSR
  • Letter from Altenburg to "Gnadige Frau," June 28, 1827

Guenther, Francis H. (?-1863) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in New York
  • Letter from Buffalo, N.Y., to Frederick William Geissenhainer, New York clergyman, concerning excommunication of the Catholic priest Lutgen [Lutzen?], October 26, 1837

Guntur, India Papers
  • A specimen of chain writing in Telegu - being a portion of a trial before the collector at Guntur. Handwritten, Telegu, 4 leaves.

Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) NSR
King of Sweden
  • Biographical sketch written by by H. C. Salem, New Millport, PA.January 23, 1893

Hackensack and Ramapo, New Jersey. Lutheran Congregations 
  • Historical sketch, February 25, 1875 by Jacob C. Düy. Handwritten, 6 leaves.

Halle Papers
  • Letters, 1823-1832 (German script and English, 23 pieces)
  • Lists of German Lutheran pastors apparently connected with the Halle missions

Handschuh, John Frederick (1714-1764) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Autobiography presented by F. A. Muhlenberg, May, 1758 (German)

Harding, William Lloyd (1877-1934)
Governor of Iowa
  • Proclamation from Des Moines, Iowa to the people of the state of Iowa, declaring that the use of a foreign language in common or religious use is not protected by the constitution and is therefore forbidden, May 23, 1918 - Gift of L. M. Kuhns.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion 
  • Legal opinion, September 25, 1922 in the case of Nagle vs. Miller the court upheld a lower court ruling that the persons, in spite of being the minority, who favored the union forming the ULCA were the true possessors of the church property. Typescript, 7 leaves.

Haverstick, Henry (1807-1884) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Carnesville, Franklin County, Ga. to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa. relating his journey from Philadelphia via steamer and train to the South - ending in Georgia. He announces his job as Rector of the Franklin County Academy at the salary of $1000, June 27, 1839
  • Letter from Philadelphia to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa. making arrangements to visit his former parish to preach 2 sermons the last Sunday in July. Due to recent ill health he asks that no other services be required of him, June 30, 1845

Hay, Charles Augustus 
  • Correspondence between C. A. Hay and Simeon W. Harkey regarding irregularities in subscription funds. Letters are dated: June 3, 1850; January 14, 1852; January 16, 1852; February 4, 1852; February 9, 1852 
  • Diary from an unidentified diary, "Gettysburg," July 30 and Sept. 22, 1889, recording reactions in Gettysburg to changes in the liturgy and sadly noting the death of an infant member of the family, Eddie, child of Mary Jane and Prof. [John Andrew] Himes, on Sept. 19, 1889, 1889 Found with Hay and Barnitz Family Records (see BX).
  • Letter of resignation to the Board of Directors of the Seminary, January 9, 1848 (SR)
  • Letter from Harrisburg, Pa. to brother Br. (Brown?) concerning an attack on James A. Brown by the Lutheran Observer, July 2, 1861
  • Sermon preached at Springfield, Ohio, to the 31st convention of the General Synod. Text, Jeremiah 6:16. Presented by Frederick W. Conrad, May 16, 1883
  • "The Arrest by General Wool of Fort McHenry, Harrisburg, 1862, Nov." copied from Rev. Hay's diary

Hay, Edward Grier (1856-1942) (NSR)
Lutheran clergyman in Iowa, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • Sermon preached at Pottsville, Pa., at a joint Thanksgiving Day service of 12 churches. Text, Psalm 147:20 Newsprint, 7 leaves, November 25, 1886

Hazelius, Ernst Lewis (1777-1853) SR
Lutheran clergyman in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, professor at Hartwick and Gettysburg Seminaries
  • Letter from Hartwick Seminary to the Reverend Charles A. Morris (probably an error since the envelope is addressed to the Reverend J. G. Morris of Baltimore) accepting the position as professor of Oriental & Biblical Literature at the Seminary, May 26, 1830

Helmuth, John K. 
Son of J.H.C. Helmuth
  • Letter from Philadelphia to J. G. Schmucker, York, concerning the purchase of a chandelier for a church, December 6, 1813

Helmuth, Justus Henry Christian (1745-1825)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, teacher of Samuel Simon Schmucker
  • Invitation to his funeral, 6. Feb. 1825.
  • Letter from Philadelphia to Charles A. Morris in acknowledgement of a donation to the old doctor Helmuth when he was in his extremity. Presented by Charles A. Morris, April 6, 1821 (German) NSR
  • Notebook Entitled "Exercitia Ordinaria dictata a Dom. Dom Fincke ... in Quinta inferiori ... in usum Justi Henrici Christina Helmuth," and probably copied while a student, July 12, 1759 (NSR)

Henry, Joseph (1797-1878)
Scientist, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Letter from Washington "City" to the Seminary giving the "Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge" in return for any printed material, June 20, 1851

Heyer, C. Frederick (1793-1873)
Lutheran clergyman, home missionary in Western Pennsylvania, later missionary to India, also traveling missionary among Germans in Minnesota
  • Historical sketch, "Minnesota," history of the state with emphasis on the increasing amount of Lutherans and how money is needed for mission work there. He feels pastors prepared in Germany are better than those prepared here. This was written after the founding of the Minnesota Synod in 1860. Other missionary data is included. Signed "H.", undated
  • Letter from Allentown, Pa., to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., asking him to make arrangements for Heyer's visit to Pittsburgh in July. This was written during the meeting of the Pennsylvania Ministerium, Trinity Week, 1839. He notes that there are present both "some very promising young men - but likewise some of the old, stiff-necked sort," May 30, 1839
  • Letter from Baltimore to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., describing his location (Washington Medical College), duties and surroundings. This is apparently in preparation for his trip to India, November 13, 1840
  • Letter from Baltimore to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., concerning the purchase of a piano for his daughter Belinda for the sum of $208. Heyer thinks he is to be shipped off (to India) in a few weeks but some German brethren are objecting. He accepts the will of Providence either way, May 1, 1841
  • Letter from Baltimore to Ezra Keller, Hagerstown, Md., concerning missionary transactions and hoping that the Pennsylvania Missionary Society will send him independent of any other board, May 15, 1841 (English with German script notations)
  • Letter from Baltimore to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., concerning financial matters and Franklin notes, May 17, 1841
  • Letter from Baltimore to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., discussing repayment of money in bank & railroad notes. He imparts some final instructions to his friend, relays itinerary to Boston, point of departure for Ceylon & Madras, and sends adieux, September 27, 1841
  • Letter from Guntoor, India, to Mrs. Isabella Snyder, Somerset, Pa., asking if he may visit when on leave in 1846. He describes his work in the "heathen country." Though signed, he does not use his distinctive signature, January 16, 1845

Hoffman, Bengt R., (1913-1997)
Lutheran clergyman and professor at Gettysburg Seminary
  • "Bertha Paulssen in Private," unpublished manuscript, 1983

Hoffman, Johann Ulrich
Accident, Maryland. History of the Lutheran Church in Accident and Cove, Maryland NSR 
  • Letter, June 8, 1860 From Johann Ulrich Hoffman, Accident, Md. to Charles Frederick Schaeffer giving the history of the church. Handwritten, German script, 2 leaves. 
  • see also Croll, Philip Columbus BX+ 

Hoffman, John N. (or R?) (1804-1857)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania
  • Charges against the pastor, accusing him of neglect. These are possibly from his troubles in 1853 when he was pastor of the First Lutheran Church, Carlisle. Complaints came from Frankford & Sulphur Springs where he had been supplying. He was an able but rather tactless man according to records. He pleaded bad health as cause for his neglect but eventually resigned and went elsewhere, undated

Holloway, Henry Clay (1838-1924)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania
  • Letter to C. A. Hay from Mifflintown, Pa., telling Hay of a friend who would like to provide a building for the Seminary as memorial to his father. Before he does so he wishes reassurance that the Seminary will remain in Gettysburg, November 5, 1891

Holls, George Charles (1824-1886)
Lutheran clergyman in the Missouri Synod
  • Letter from the Orphan's Farm School, Zelionople, Pa. Contains autobiographical data, January 2, 1859 (German)
    • Purchased from Lester R. Mohr, 1933

Holman, Samuel Augustus (1831-1907)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, chaplain during Civil War, founder of Holman Lectureship
  • Letter from Philadelphia addressed to "Dear Dr." requesting that the lectures be held in the chapel of the Seminary, c. 1866

Houghton, Miss D.
  • Letter from Washington, D.C., to the Reverend Dr. (William Edwin) Parson, pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, thanking him for his "faithful ministrations" and enclosing a donation for his church, June 28, 1897

Howard Tract Society
  • Minutes, April 9 to November 7, 1840 of the society, an auxilliary to the American Tract Society. Includes constitution, preamble and constitution of the private missionary society of the Seminary. Handwritten, 20 leaves.

Huber, Charles Henry (1871-1951)
Lutheran clergyman and educator in Pennsylvania
  • Sermon delivered in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Baltimore. Text: Genesis 39:1. Penciled notations of other dates and places on back suggest this may be a "pork barrel" sermon, April 13, 1913

Huber, Eli (1834-1911)
Lutheran clergyman and professor in Pennsylvania and Nebraska
  • Sermon on education, undated
  • Sermon on Matthew 21:5, undated

Huber, H. S.
Secretary of Christ Church, Gettysburg
  • Letter to Charles A. Hay concerning charges for the use of the sanctuary, September 27, 1860

Hughesville, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Christ's E.L.C.
  • Historical sketch, November, 1876 By M. Luther Heisler, pastor in Hughesville, 1871-79. Prepared by him "pursuant to suggestion of General Synod of 1876." Included is newspaper clipping from the Canusarago Daily Herald, Friday, Sept. 19, 1873, giving a history of the church. Handwritten, 12 leaves.

Hursh, Stephen 
Student, entered 1831, died early
  • Letters from Gettysburg Seminary to his father, John Hursh, Columbia Co., Danville, Pa., dated: July 6, 1831, July 28, 1831, December 29, 1831, August 27, 1832, July 27, 1833. He tells of student life, especially tales of troubles with room and board
    • Gift of A.B. Vastine.
Husband, William Walter (1871-1942) SR
Commissioner General, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Letter from Washington, D.C., to Dr. John A. Singmaster advising him that the Seminary has been approved as a school for immigrant students under the Immigration Act of 1924, August 29, 1924

Jacobs, David (1805-1830)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Address delivered at the Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Oct. 6th, 1826 SR Handwritten, 3 p. Photocopy, with 2 copies of p. 3. Original in Archives at Krauth Library, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
  • Diploma, B.A. from Jefferson College October, 1825 (NSR)
  • Preaching license From the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium West of the Susquehanna (West Pennsylvania Synod), October 7, 1829 (NSR)
Related Collecitons: Baugher, Henry Louis

Jacobs, Henry Eyster (1844-1932)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and professor at Gettysburg College and Philadelphia Seminary
  • Letter from Philadelphia to Dr. J. A. Clutz, Gettysburg Seminary, regarding the schism of Trinity Church, Toronto, Canada. He warns that the General Synod will be viewed unfavorably by the General Council because of the situation, December 8, 1913

Jacobs, Michael (1808-1871)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania College
  • Letter From Gettysburg to the Board of Directors of the Seminary suggesting an irregularity in the election of one of their members, April 16, 1845
  • Notes on the Thirteenth Convention of the General Synod, May 16-22, 1845
    • N. B. Jacobs' signature is on the official minutes of the convention, as Secretary. Also includes "General View of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the U.S." and Report from the Committee on Elections, signed by P. W. Engs, B. Kurtz and E. Keller, as well as scrap paper.

James Creek, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. German E.L.C. 
  • Historical sketch, April 26, 1892 by the Reverend Paul Glasow, pastor. Written for the Reverend Joseph R. Focht. Handwritten, 1 leaf.

Jeffersontown, Kentucky. Lutheran Church 
  • Historical sketch, April 2, 1860 by the Reverend W.G. Harter, Jeffersontown, Ky., to the Reverend C. F. Schaeffer. Gives an account of Lutheranism in Jeffersontown and surrounding area. Handwritten, 2 leaves.

Jenkins, William (?-1877)
Pioneer itinerant Lutheran missionary of the North Carolina Synod
  • Ordination certificate granted by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of North Carolina and Adjacent States, signed by G. Shober, president, May 7, 1828
  • Sermon outlines - Packet of 43 separate outlines encased in a small leather envelope.
    • Donated by F.W.E. Peschau, 1879

Jesse, F.
Lutheran clergyman in Texas Synod and sometime secretary of thatorganization
  • Letter from Brenham, Tex., to Sylvanus Stall, Lancaster, Pa., enclosing statistics of the Texas Synod and regrets that the minutes are not available, November 30, 1883

  • Evaluation of a translation of the book by a committee composed of C.P. Krauth, Father Heyer, and J. G. Schmucker.

Juniata Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania. St. Paul's E.L.C. 
  • Historical sketch, March 31, 1891 from the Reverend Joseph Fichtner, Hollidaysburg, Pa., to the Reverend J. R. Focht in response to a request for information. Fichtner was at this time suspended from the Alle¬gheny Synod and serving as associate judge in Blair County. Handwritten, 1 leaf.

Keewaydin, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Karthaus Charge
  • Historical sketch, January 31, 1890 by the Reverend Benjamin Seitz Dise, pastor at that time, prepared to answer request for information by J.R. Focht. Handwritten, 4 leaves.

Keiss, F.A. 
  • Manuscript copy, My Experiences in the Mission Field of South Dakota During the Years 1892-1897, 1932

Keller, Benjamin (1784-1864)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Carlisle, Pa., to Dr. J. G. Schmucker, York, setting forth the terms of the Dickinson College offer to have the Seminary locate there, February 20, 1826
  • Letter from Philadelphia to John G. Morris replying favorably to his inquiry concerning the possibility of James A. Brown for the post of Greek professor, September 23, 1863
Related Collections: Schmucker, Samuel Simon

Keller, Ezra (1812-1848)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland, missionary in the West, president of Wittenberg College
  • Sermon, November 14, 1841
    • Text: Psalm 126:3. Preached at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, Md., on the centennial of Muhlenberg's landing in the colonies
  • Sermon, February 6, 1842
    • Text: Psalm 85:6. Notes on back relating to Acts 8:8.
  • Sermon, September, 1843
    • Text: Matthew 9:36.
  • Sermon
    • Text: 1 John 2:2. Marked "Atonement No. 1."
  • Sermon
    • Text: 1 Corinthians 10:4.
  • Sermon
    • Text: Hebrews 9:24-26. Marked "Atonement No. 2."
Related Collections:
  • Finckel, Samuel DeVin
  • Heyer, C. Frederick

Killinger, Pennsylvania. Wirth’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church 1968.
  • Cemetery Record 1770–1814 by Jonathan Wert, Jr.
  • Chronology of Events (History) by Jonathan Wert, Jr.
  • 2001 Tombstone Inscriptions

Kleneé, Thomas
  • Poem titled "In Saying Farewell to the Pupils I have had, along with their Brothers, Sisters and Elders." (German, 1 leaf. Translation accompanies.)

Klinefelter, Frederick (1836-1903)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from York, Pa., to Milton Valentine concerning the non-meeting of quota for a stained glass window in memorial to Krauth, December 7, 1900 (SR)
  • Letter from York, Pa., to Milton Valentine adding an amount to the subscription for a stained glass window in memorial to Krauth, January 8, 1901 SR
Related Collections: Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Evangelical Lutheran Church (NSR)

Knubel, Frederick Hermann (1870-1945)
Lutheran clergyman in New York, president of ULCA, member of many boards and commissions
  • Letter from New York to Dr. Zimmerman thanking him for a donation of $10. for Italian Mission work, February 5, 1908
Related Collections: Stewart Winfield Herman Jr. Collection (Photos)

Koller, Julianna 
  • Confirmation certificate, May 22, 1825

Koons, Edward Jackson
Pennsylvania College student, 1858
  • Grade certificates, April 14, 1856; September, 1856

Koontz, Noah
Civil War soldier, Private to Sergeant, Company D, 142nd Pennsylvania Infantry
  • Letter from father, Henry Koontz at Theological Seminary Hospital, June 3, 1863
  • Letter from Catharine Shrunk at Washington, D.C., July 7, 1863

Kopp, William (1820-1868) 
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, professor at Augustana Seminary
  • Sermon, February, 1864
    • Text: Exodus 32:26 titled "Who is on the Lord's side?" Other dates preached on back
  • Sermon, February, 1864
    • Text: Acts 7:59 titled "The Dying Martyr's Prayer." Other dates preached on back

Korckhamp, the Reverend
  • Letter from Philadelphia to the Seminary mentioning gift books mailed to Kurtz & Company, June 21, 1828 (German)

Krauth, Charles Philip (1797-1867)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and Virginia, president of Pennsylvania College, professor at Gettysburg Seminary
  • Letter from Philadelphia to Charles A. Barnitz, York, sending a contribution to the Seminary, October 26, 1830 SR
  • Letter from Philadelphia to C. A. Barnitz, York, sending another contribution to the Seminary, February 18, 1831 SR
  • Letter from Gettysburg to John L. Snyder, Somerset, replying that the college would be glad to have Snyder's son in attendance at the next session. Gives duties and an estimate of expenses, May 15, 1845 SR
  • Letter of resignation as professor at the Seminary, September 14, 1847 SR
  • Letter of acceptance of the professorship in the Seminary, September 19, 1850 SR
  • Letter from Philadelphia to C.A. Hay discussing union within the church and how to accomplish this, July 1, 1861 SR
  • Letter from Gettysburg to his Aunt Jane, describing his home after the battle, July 9, 1863 SR
    • Photocopy, original in Archives at Krauth Library, Philadelphia (PK88D1).

Krauth, Charles Porterfield (1823-1883)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, professor at Philadelphia Seminary
  • Letter from Pittsburgh to “MA”, possibly Harriet Brown Krauth, his step-mother (his mother died in 1824), concerning his daughter's proposed trip to Philadelphia. He mentions that he may be in Philadelphia permanently after his vacation, September 5, 1859

Krauth, Harriet. Personal copy of Hymns, Selected and Original: for Public and Private Worship, published by the General Synod for the Evangelical Church, 1842 with inscriptions.

Kruess, G. F. L.
  • Letter to the directors of the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Encloses a copy of his "Theoretical-Practical Sacred Liturgy," June 27, 1831 (German)

Krug, Johann Andreas (Johann Andrew) (1732-1796)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • Letter  to Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, October 18, 1779 (German) (NSR)

Kurtz, Benjamin (?-1865)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland, editor, writer
  • "The Agent of Zion: Letters from our Brother the Reverend Benjamin Kurtz, lately on Tour in Europe to Solicit Donations for our Seminary, 1826-27, and First Appearing in The Evangelical Lutheran Intelligencer," Edited anew by David N. Wiley, Susquehanna University, April 1980

Kurtz, John Nicholas (1722-1794)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Naturalization certificate, September 24, 1760
    • From German citizenship to be "his Majesty's natural born Subject of the Kingdom of Great Britain." This caused him much anguish of conscience for he sided with the Americans during the Revolution

Labaree, Benjamin (1801-1883)
Congregational clergyman, professor, president of Middlebury College
  • Letter from New York to Christian Lepley, responding to Lepley's request for financial aid, November 8, 1837

Ladies of Hanover Play written about the Women's Missionary Society. Typescript, 20 leaves.
  • Note: Some months later, the original typed copy, signed and with corrections in the author's hand, was discovered - the author was Elsie Singmaster. This copy had 28 leaves. The unsigned copy was placed with the group for which the play was written, the Women's Missionary Society of the West Pennsylvania Synod, in Synod Archives.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Ode, 1832. Sung at the Centennial of the birth of George Washington. Poem accompanies ode. Printed, 1 leaf.

Lauffer, George Nevin (1878-1951)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Newville, Pa., to H. C. Picking, Gettysburg, thanking the members of the Board of Directors for allowing the Lutheran Summer Assembly (of which he was secretary) to use the Seminary buildings for the 1914 meeting, August 25, 1914
  • Oversized photographs
Related Collections: Herman, Stewart Winfield Herman Jr. Collection (Photos) (BX)

Lebanon Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Lutheran Church 
  • Land patent, February 22, 1760. Granted for the use of the congregation by the authority of Thomas and Richard Penn. Signed by James S. Hamilton, lieut.-governor of Pennsylvania. Handwritten, 1 piece. Donated by Earl W. Cox. Letter accompanies.

Leipziger Tageblatt
  • Article referring to the establishment of the Seminary in North America, March 23, 1827
Lentz, Christian
  • Related Collections: Anonymous Notebook (BD)
Lentz, Jacob
  • Related Collections: Anonymous Notebook (BD)
Lentz, Johannes
  • Related Collections: Anonymous Notebook (BD)

Letzte Reise ..., Die 
  • Die Letzte Reise des Herrn Mit seinen Juengern zen Jerusalem Creutz, leiden und Tod. und Begraebniss in vers wir folget. n.d. Handlettered, 8 leaves, 95 verses. "Presented by Capt. Jn. Sloop" written on t.p. #84 on t.p.
    see Sloop, John, for other items in this set. see also Das Traurige Gespraech ..., variant of this manuscript.

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Christ's E.L.C. 
  • Historical sketch, November 5, 1876 by the Reverend W. W. Criley who delivered the discourse on the above date. He draws on "the private sources in the journals and remains of a few old members" in sketching the history from 1802-1876. Pencilled addenda on last page. Handwritten, 15 leaves.

Liberia, Monrovia 
  • Pamphlet, July 29, 2009 Service of Remembrance, St. Peter Lutheran Church, massacres during Liberian Civil War.
  • Pamphlet, April 1860–April 2010. Historical Perspective of 150 Years of Epistence, First Lutheran Church, Millsburg.
  • Pamphlet, April 23–28, 2010, Souvenir Program marking 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL).

Livingstone, Charles H. (NSR)
Nephew of David Livingstone
  • Letter from Denver, Colorado to Elsie Singmaster Lewars, Gettysburg, concerning letters he has in which David Livingstone wrote to his sister-in-law who was attempting to trace Robert, his son. Robert had run away at age 18 and joined the Union army under the name Rupert Vincent, October 28, 1924
  • Letter from Denver, Colo., to Elsie Singmaster Lewars, Gettysburg, thanking her for her interest in David and the family, Jan. 17, 1925
  • Letter from Denver, Colo., to Elsie Singmaster Lewars, Gettysburg. He is sending a letter dated June 6, 1865 to her, one from David Livingstone, June 29, 1935
  • Letter, from Denver, Colo., to Elsie Singmaster Lewars, Gettysburg. He requests that she keep the letter of his uncle since she was so interested in the fate of young Robert, July 8, 1935

Livingstone, David (1813-1873) (NSR)
Scottish missionary-explorer
  • Letter from Hamilton to Mrs. Charles Livingstone (his sister-in-law Harriet), Boston, Mass., answering inquiries about his missing son Robert. He makes references to governmental affairs and slave attitudes at the end of the war, June 6, 1865

Livingstone, Robert Moffat (NSR)
Son of David Livingstone
  • Papers concerning his service in the Union Army under the assumed name Rupert Vincent. Includes replies to inquiries of Elsie Singmaster Lewars

Lochman, George (1773-1826) (NSR)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Tagebuch written during pastorate in Lebanon, Pa. (1794-1815), August 1794-May 1795 (German)
Related Collections: Carl Morris Preaching License

Lotsch, Joseph M. 
  • Addresses and Greetings, 1942, 1947, 1957, 1960
  • Photographs, 1950, 1965, undated
  • Obituary, 1961

Ludden, Luther P. (1854-1915) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in New York and Western Secretary of the Board of Home Missions of the General Synod
  • Biography, January 13, 1915
    • Written by Luther Melancthon Kuhns. There are several errors: 1) Ludden did not attend Gettysburg Seminary as implied; 2) he was ordained in 1881 rather than 1879; 3) ordination took place at West Camp, not West Point, N.Y. (see insert in folder)

450th Martin Luther Birthday Celebration, Washington, DC
  • Minutes of the Executive Committee
  • Correspondence, H.R. Synder and C.H. Butler, Minutes
  • Address, Dr. Hans Luther, German Ambassador, November 10, 1933

Luther, Martin 
  • Gedank-tafel, November 2, 1879
    • Commemoration of the 350th annual jubilee of Luther's Small Catechism in Boston, Mass., by Zion, Immanuel, and Trinity congregations
  • Hymn
    • Translation of all 15 stanzas of Luther's Christmas Child's Song "Von Himmel Hoch." Prepared Christmas, 1858 for the Sabbath School of St. James Lutheran Church, Reading, Pa.

Lutheran Education in the Ministerium of Pennsylvania Prior to the Advent of Public Schools 
  • Thesis, No name or date. Typescript, 66 leaves.

Lutheran Home Missionary Society 
  • Membership certificate, September 8, 1853 for the Reverend William Franklin Greaver, life member #35. Signed in Baltimore by Benjamin Kurtz, John G. Morris, and J. A. Seiss, officers. Printed, 1 piece.

Lutheran Observer 
  • Accounts, 1830-1832 and odd pieces of correspondence ranging from 1832 to 1913. Handwritten, 15 pieces. (Some German script.)

Lutheran Quarterly 
  • Papers, 1906-1926
  • Financial records and correspondence. Handwritten and typed, 14 pieces.

Lutherische Kirchenzeitung 
  • Extract, August 13, 1892 concerning the joining together of the synods of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Handwritten, German, 1 leaf.

Lutz, Friedrich (1842-1931) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Iowa and other Midwestern states, professor at Waverly College, president of the ELS of Iowa and Other States
  • Diary, June 26-August 7, 1867
    • Typed copy, German, 8 leaves. Missing p. 9. (Cf. Miscellaneous Synods. Iowa Synod. Lutz, ... in the Special Collections book)

Lysgaard, Harry Otto SR
Seminary student 1956-1959
  • Portrait photograph, 2008
  • Business card
  • 2 correspondences reflecting on time at Seminary

Mann, William Julius (1819-1892) BD
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and professor at Philadelphia Seminary
  • Letter from Philadelphia to E. F. Kretschman, a note of apology for not being able to meet with him on October 31, October 22, 1889
  • Letter from Philadelphia to E. F. Kretschman, clergyman, accepting the offer of an opportunity to lecture on the subject "Reminiscences of a European tour," October 25, 1889
Mayer, Frederick G. (?-1842) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in New York
  • Letter from Albany, N.Y., to the Lutheran Church in Guilderland offering to preach to them on September 5, 1813, August 16, 1813
    • Gift of G.E. Swope
  • Letter from Albany, N.Y. to the Lutheran Church in Guilderland offering to preach to them on the 16th or the 30th of that month. Presented by G.E. Swope, Newville, PA, January 7, 1814
  • Letter from Albany, N.Y. to the Reverend Lot Merkel, pastor of the Lutheran Churches in Guilderland, sending him 25 copies of sermons printed by the synod to sell for 2 shillings each. Proceeds are to be sent to Mayer so he can pay the printer the $125 printing bill. Presented by G. E. Swope, Newville, Pa, March 19, 1818

McLaughlin, Alexander (1834-1912) SR
Lutheran clergyman in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario and Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Culpeper Courthouse, Va., to S.S. Schmucker stating that he is helping the soldiers and expects to return to the Seminary in a week unless a battle detains him, September 23, 1863

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. St. John's E.L.C. 
  • Historical sketch, June, 1886 written by the Reverend Martin Luther Culler. Handwritten, 12 leaves.

Merkel, Lot (?-1833) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in New York
  • Letter from Geneva, N.Y., to Frederick Krauns, Guilderland, declining an invitation to Helleberg [sic?] because he was engaged to serve his 4 congregations until next spring. Gift of G. E. Swope, Newville, PA, October 16, 1816

Metzler, Elder John (1843-1905)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Poem published in the Gettysburg Compiler entitled: "Origin and History of Pennsylvania College."

Meyer, A. F. W. NSR
Missouri clergyman
  • Letter from Marshfield, Mo., regarding synod minutes requested, November 4, 1889

Miami Synod
  • Historical sketches, 1892-93. Replies to the Reverend Alexander Jesse Imhoff, Urbana, Ohio, a Lutheran pastor who was preparing to write a history of the Miami Synod. Handwritten, 65 pieces.

Middletown, Pennsylvania. St. Peter's Lutheran Church
  • Historical sketch by the Reverend John William Finkbinder, pastor of St. Peter's from 1873-83. Handwritten, 3 leaves.

Millar, George William (1867-1928) SR
Lutheran Clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania, graduate of Gettysburg Seminary
  • Fragment, undated
    • One side is p. 8 of a sermon or talk, other side has questions and answers on Scripture
  • Sermons
    • "Christmas Day Hope."
    • "Christmas Day Hope." Handwritten, 7 p. Found between pages of "Christmas Day Hope" above.
    • "Elijah the Tishbite."
    • On John 21:22
    • "Love: the Greatest and Best Thing."
    • "Our Rescue from Ruin."
    • "Our Rescue from Ruin." Typescript, 8 p. Found between the pages of "The Lord's Day: Its History."
    • "Our Thoughts Concerning Christ."
    • "Our Thoughts of Christ." Handwritten, 3 p. Notes on back, written in pencil.
    • "Our Thoughts of Christ."
    • "The Question of the Ages." Handwritten, 4 p. Found between the pages of "The Question of the Ages. Text: St. Matthew ..."
    • "The Question of the Ages. Text: St. Matthew, Chapter 27, Verse 22.2d."
    • "The World for Christ."
    • "The Empty Tomb: the Christians' Anchor of Hope." Original written at Seminary. (Pencil note: "Mt. E., 4-27-24."), March, 1902
    • On Matthew 28:5,6, "The Resurrection." Handwritten, 3 p. Found between the pages of "The Empty Tomb: the Christians' Anchor of Hope." Possibly the original referred to on that item, March, 1902?
    • "The Lord's Day: Its History," delivered at Conference at Brunswick, Md., in Cession [sic], May 14-16, 1906, Handwritten, 20 p. Note in a different pen and hand: "Grandfather's Sermons - G. Wm. Millar.", May, 1906
    • "Co-Laborers with God." Wrightsville, PA, Mar. 8, 1908

Miller, A. W. NSR
Clergyman (?) in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Copy by Mrs. D. Henry Sheldon of Washington of a book no longer in print entitled: "The Law of Tithe and of the Free Will Offering." Miller attempted to compile all the data from the Scriptures concerning the tithing system. Presented to the library by Mrs. H. E. Monroe, Washington, D.C., July 13, 1908. Letter accompanies.

Miller, Jacob (1788-1850) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Biographical sketch by George Miller
  • Notebook
    • Studied under Justus Helmuth and John Frederick Schmidt in Philadelphia. Prior to that he was instructed by F. W. Geissenhainer, his pastor at Goshenhoppen Church. The name John Hecht, pastor in Easton, Pa., appears on the cover also

  • Appeal to the churches for young men and for funds to educate them.
    Printed, 1 piece.

Missionary Alliance
  • Letters, 1894-1895 concerning a forthcoming convention of all Lutheran seminaries to form a type of missionary alliance being proposed by Gettysburg students. Handwritten, 33 leaves.

Moeller, Heinrich (1749-1829) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in New York
  • Letter from Albany to Friderick Legrantie and the other Elders and Deacons of the Evangelical Lutheran Congregation at Hellenberg, making arrangements to preach for the first time in his new charge. Gift of G. E. Swope, Newville, PA, July 9, 1802
  • Letter From Bern, N.Y. to the Trustees, Elders and Deacons of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Guilderland, under the Hellenberg, promising to preach for them Ascension Day. He signs his name as Inspector of the Western Churches of the State. Presented by G. E. Swope, Newville, PA, April 16, 1814 (German)

Moeller, Johann Friederich (1773-1833) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Chambersburg, Pa., stating that Barnitz has a deposit of gold in the bank. However, Moeller wishes a certificate of proof that the money has been deposited. He is enclosing a cashier's certificate showing that he has given 20 shares, January 15, 1829 (German)

Molther, Johannes NSR
Lutheran(?) clergyman in New York(?)
  • Letter to Jacob Werner, Charles Scrafford and Jacob Engdenthal, representatives of the Lutheran congregations in Hellenberg and Beaverdam, N.Y., declining a call. Presented by G. E. Swope, Newville, PA (German)

Monk, Christian NSR
  • Letter from Albany, N.Y., to Frederick Crounse, Guilderland, opposing action the synod plans to take giving the power in the churches to the minister, elders, and deacons. His objection is that as long as "we are Lutherans we wish to have no connection with rules and laws of other churches," referring to the Episcopal and Reformed churches, December 23, 1817

Morhart, C. C. NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Ohio
  • Translation of Martin Chemnitz' Enchiridion, Handbook of the Principal Chief Parts of the Christian Religion. Presumably sent to A. R. Wentz for his consideration, who, in turn, sent the book to T. E. Schmauck for his evaluation. Letter accompanies,  c. 1919 

Morris, Carl (Charles A.) (1792-1874) SR, NSR
Licensed Lutheran clergyman, withdrew because of ill health
  • Letter to Dr. Luke Rouse and others of the council of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of York, Pa., chiding them for their lack of activity in the public and private prayer meetings and asking for future support. Presented by Dr. Gotwald (NSR)
  • Letter from York, Pa., to Samuel S. Schmucker concerning statement of finances, September 9, 1839 SR
  • Preaching license granted in Easton, Pa., by the Pennsylvania Ministerium, with renewals. Bears signatures of Daniel Kurtz, George Lochman and Christian Endress, June 8, 1814 NSR
Related Collections: Justus Henry Christian Helmuth (NSR)

Mount Vernon, New York. Wartburg Orphan's Farm 
  • Historical sketch. Included is a portion of a printed prospectus.Handwritten, 3 pieces.

Muhlenberg, Henry Augustus (1782-1844) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, later a congressman
  • Letter from Reading to Gabriel Hiester, Surveyor General, Harrisburg, Pa., requesting that he intercede with the governor to appoint Joseph Spayd as Deputy Attorney General for the county. Gift of Dr. Anna Seescholtz, July 20, 1942, February 7, 1828

Muhlenberg, Henry Melchior (1711-1787) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and environs
  • Baptismal Certificates
    • Isaac Meier, son of Isaac and Susanna Meier, Lancaster, PA, May 19, 1754
    • Seven children of Johann Georg Odenwald and wife Elisabet, Lancaster, PA, c. after 1773
  • Biographical sketch, incomplete. Latter part resembles eulogy
  • Letter from Providence, Pa., to father-in-law Conrad Weiser, discussing ordination and also personal generalities. Gift of Reuben Weiser, 1850, August 6, 1747 (German, 1 leaf. Translation accompanies.)
  • Charter (copy) issued by George III through William Franklin, Governor of New Jersey in the handwriting of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. Zion, Oldwick, N.J. Gift of C.G. Empie on behalf of the Zion Church, January 17, 1925, June 9, 1769
  • Letter from Philadelphia to the wardens and vestries of the United Lutheran Churches in New Germantown and Bedminster, N.J., suggesting ways to keep their churches operating smoothly between ministers, December 10, 1767 (German, translation accompanies)
  • Letter from Philadelphia to someone in either the Bedminster or New Germantown congregations protesting accusations of removing a bond and explaining his procedure, September 22, 1771 (German, 2 leaves. Translation accompanies.)
  • Letter from Philadelphia to the officers of Zion Church, Oldwick, N.J., concerning his being accused of deceiving the church by removing a bond, September 22, 1772 (German, 2 leaves. Translation accompanies.)
  • Letter from Philadelphia to the honorable leaders and members of the incorporated German evangelical congregations of Zion and St. Paul's Churches in Tewksbury and Bedminster, N.J., regarding the call of Pastor P. Gerock, October 26, 1772 (German, 2 leaves. Translation accompanies.)
Related Collections: Johann Andreas Krug

Muhlenberg, John Peter Gabriel 
Lutheran clergyman and Revolutionary War hero
  • Newspaper clippings, Shenandoah Herald, Woodstock, Virginia, 1926. 2 envelopes of originals (bad shape) + 2 envelopes ofcopies of originals NSR

Muhlenberg Mission, Monrovia, Liberia, Africa
  • Historical sketch by Rev. I. Imhoff, "Of the founding of the mission in Africa by Morris Officer." Handwritten, 11 leaves.

Mumford, Sylvester SR
Wayneville, Georgia, businessman and planter
  • Letters between Mumford and John G. Morris concerning a proposed lectureship, May-November, 1885

National Historical Society
  • Certificate, May 8, 1915, designating the Theological Seminary Library, Gettysburg, Pa., as a founding member. Signed by Frank Allaben, ed. of the Journal of American History. Accompanying letter from Dr. Charles Glatfelter, Gettysburg, describes the organization. Printed, 2 pieces.

New Castle, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
  •  Paper, August 7, 1854. A copy of a paper drawn up under the administrations of President Franklin Pierce and Governor William Bigler which was laid in a cornerstone in the building of a new church. Handwritten, German script, 1 piece.

New Germantown, New Jersey. Zion Lutheran Church
  • Historical sketch, August, 1870, Written by the Reverend Jacob C. Düy, pastor of the church from 1853-1872. Handwritten, 4 leaves.

New Haven, West Virginia. Mason Pastorate
  • Historical sketch, February 16, 1922 of the Mason Pastorate: St. Paul's, New Haven, Zion (Broad Run), St. Mark's (White), and New Hope, Ohio, by the Reverend P. L. Miller. Handwritten, 4 leaves.

New Market, Frederick County, Maryland. Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Constitution. Handwritten, 2 leaves.
Niemöller, Martin (1892-1984)
German clergyman who survived Nazi persecution and later became president of the World Council of Churches
  • Letter From Oberhessen, Germany, to Margaret Cane thanking her for publishing his sermons in England during World War II, March 15, 1946
  • Newspaper article on visit to Seminary, February 13, 1947 
Related Collections: Photographs of Niemöller's visit to Seminary, February 13, 1947, A.R. Wentz Collection, box 46++

Oehrle, Benjamin (1804-1827) SR
Member of first class at Gettysburg Seminary
  • Letters from Gettysburg to his family,  December 21, 1826-April 16, 1827
  • Letters printed in pamphlet by parents as a memorial after his early death. Gift of J. W. Early, December 8, 1902. Letter of presentation included
  • Pamphlet in German but translation with footnotes by Dr. Robert H. Fischer, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, accompanies the item.

Oswald, Solomon (1811-1876) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland, later professor and businessman
  • Sermon. Text: Romans 3:28

Passavant, Wilhelm Alfred (1821-1894) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania
  • Baptismal certificate, December 5, 1821 (German script, 1 piece. Translation accompanies)

Payne, Daniel Alexander Correspondence to S.S. Schmucker, 1841, 1869

Peery, Thomas Benton (1898-1970) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Louisiana
  • Letter, January 9, 1924, written to Harold Philip Bell from Gettysburg, Pa., while attending the Seminary

Perthes & Besser 
  • Bill, October 6, 1832 from book dealer in Hamburg, Germany to the Seminary for books purchased. Fifteen per cent deduction allowed since the books were used. Handwritten, German script, 1 leaf.

Petition of Germans in North Carolina
  • "Petition of Germans in N. Carolina, in 1771, and Memorial of Gov. Tryon, to the London Society for the Propagation of the  Gospel in Foreign Parts." Handwritten, certified copy, stamped with the seal of Rowan Superior Court of Law, North Carolina, 29 April 1889. Original at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Salisbury, N.C. Leatherbound, 31 leaves. Presented to the Lutheran Historical Society, May 1, 1889, by Charles B. King

Petitions. Student Appeals, 1840-1923
  • A variety of requests concerning vacations, public speaking, boarding, etc. Handwritten, 1 typescript, 18 pieces.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. St. Michael's and Zion's Lutheran Church
  • Historical sketch, 1843 in chronological outline. Handwritten, 10 leaves.
  • Papers describing Jubilee to be arranged. Committee members listed. Handwritten, German script, 2 pieces 
  • Copies of original charters, 1765, 1780

Portage, Pennsylvania. Wilmore Charge
  • Historical sketch, 1890 covering Wilmore, Summer Hill, Jackson, Portage and Lillys. Handwritten, 5 leaves. Includes cover letter.

Pottsville, Pennsylvania. English Lutheran Church 
  • Protocol, 1834. Handwritten, German script, 2 leaves.

Probst, George Christian (1829-1912) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Ordination certificate, Alleghany Synod, October 18, 1859

Program of Lectures and Recitations for summer session of 1863. Including 13 weeks of May 13-August 12th. Signed by  S.S. Schucker, Chairman of the Faculty.

Raby, Peter (1821-1884) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from York, Sulphur Springs to Dr. (C.A.) Hay concerning the churches at Columbia and Marietta and criticizing Dr. Dorsey in his ministry there, May 21, 1861

Rach, H. SR
Inspector Ecole
  • Letter from Washington, D.C., to the Dean and one to the Students of the Seminary. Thanks are expressed for their cordial reception in the name of the Commission of the Lutheran Church in France. Meeting with students and faculty was especially memorable. He sends blessings for their work in the parish upon graduation, October 23, 1919 (French)

Ramage, Carroll Johnson (1874-1937) SR
Lutheran layman, judge in South Carolina and trustee of Newberry College
  • Letter to Gettysburg Seminary, in praise of three of his former teachers at Newberry: Junius Bost Fox, 1860-1900, graduate of Gettysburg College; George W. Holland, 1838-1895, and Holmes Dysinger, 1853-1944, graduates of Gettysburg Seminary, May 1937
    • Original typed on cloth, with handwritten postscript, 1 leaf, largely illegible. 3 typed copies, date unknown

Raup, Donald G. SR 
  • Thesis copy, The Drama of Jesus, The King: the Gospel of Mark Compared With Greek Tragedy, 1943

Reck, Henry (1829-1881) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Dr. (C. A.) Hay sending charter of the Orphan's Home and Orphan's Farm School and defending the Missionary" as a good church paper, June 27, 1861

Reed, Luther D. (1873-1972) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and professor at Philadelphia Seminary
  • Thesis outline Entitled "Our Church Music - A Study of Principles and Forms." Mimeographed, 4 leaves

Regini, Lawrence (1897-1924) NSR
Lutheran missionary for the Pittsburgh Synod
  • Diaries, 1920, 1922

Reimensnyder, John Milton (1847-1943) SR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Milton, Pa., to H. C. Picking accepting the invitation to deliver the Holman Lecture, June 1 1907

Remensnyder, Junius Benjamin (1841-1927)
Lutheran clergyman in Georgia, New York and Pennsylvania, editor and author
  • Letter from New York to John Singmaster asking for the legal title of the Seminary so he can remember it in his will, December 2, 1922 (SR)
  • Sermon, "The Sojourn of Man on Earth is Short."

Removal of Gettysburg Seminary
  • Reprint, May 27 and June 3 (?) of an article appearing in the Lutheran Observer. The question is stated and discussed. Printed, 1 piece.

Reynolds, William Morton (1812-1876)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, Illinois and New Jersey, later became an Episcopal priest
  • Letter to Charles A. Morris accepting his resignation as treasurer of the Board, and to Frederick W. Smith informing him that he has been elected treasurer of the Board. Reynolds at this point was secretary of the Board, April 24, 1844 (copy) SR
  • Letter from Gettysburg to John L. Snyder, Somerset, acknowledging receipt of $50 on C. F. Heyer's account and mentioning that Heyer wants to return from India, June 17, 1845 NSR

Rice, John Henry (1907–1970)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania; graduate of Gettysburg College (1930) and Gettysburg Seminary (1933)
  • Letter. (copy) to brother Carl about rural ministry,  September 9, 1951 

Richards, John W. (1803-1854) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, grandson of H. M. Muhlenberg
  • Letter from New Holland to ? suggesting that an article be written by Schmucker or someone else which would present a better explanation of Lutheran doctrines than is currently available. This could, in turn, be used in various encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc., August 20, 1831

Richter, Ernst G. J. (1831-1901) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Connecticut and Massachusetts, member of  the German Hymn Book Committee of the General Synod
  • Letter from Waterbury, Conn. to the General Synod, in session at Lebanon, Pa., concerning the need for a revision of the Deutsches Gesangbuch ... first published by L. A. Wollen¬weber in 1849, and enclosing an outline of a plan for such a revision, May 23, 1891
  • Manuscript: "Entwurf eines Planes ..." (German)

Rings, William Refus (1898-19--?) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Indiana and Ohio and chaplain in the army
  • Letter from Rockport, Ind., to A. R. Wentz, Gettysburg, enclosing an article "Lincoln and the Church" and photographs of Thomas Lincoln's church membership, November 7, 1927
    • The article argues that A. Lincoln's godliness was due to the religious character of his home life and that his heart was too big to be bound by narrow denominationalism

Rizer, Peter (1812-1886) NSR
Lutheran clergyman in Ohio, Maryland, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, missionary to the Cherokees and chaplain
  • Commission from the American Home Missionary Society for $400 to minister in Corydon, Ind.
  • Letter from Friedens Church, Pa., to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., asking if a fellow-pastor, Guistiniani, a former Roman Catholic and Italian nobleman, might borrow $10 or $15. He also asks for a change in the preaching schedule, December 11, 1840
  • Letter from Baltimore to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., reviewing events of the General Synod the day before and comments on the state of mind of C. F. Heyer and the debate about his mission work, May 11, 1841
  • Letter from Philadelphia to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., giving an account of the General Synod meeting, May 19, 1845
Related Collections: Samuel David Witt

Roanoke, Virginia. Roanoke College 
  • Resolution from the Board of Trustees refusing to relax the required chapel rule as per student petition.
    Handwritten, 2 leaves.

Roanoke, Virginia. St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Historical sketch, October 30, 1917 by Thomas W. Miller, delivered at the 50th anniversary of the congregation. Typescript, 13 leaves.

Rudisill, Andrew Jackson (1867-1927) SR
Lutheran clergyman in New York and Pennsylvania
  • Certificate from the Susquehanna Synod naming Rudisill as a member of the Board of Directors of the Seminary, May 20, 1904
Samuels, Joseph H. SR
  • Letter from Red Banks, Virginia, to S. S. Schmucker, Gettysburg, talking about the judgments obtained in the Superior Court in the name of Mr. Barnitz for the use of Gettysburg Seminary against the estate of William Steenbergen the elder, December 9, 1840

Sanderson, John Emmel (1903-?) SR
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, librarian at Gettysburg Seminary, 1934-46, demitted ministry 1955
  • Paper, "The Church Organ," undated. Typescript (carbon copy), 7 leaves
  • Paper, "The Small Church Organ: A New Conception," c. 1943. Typescript (carbon copy), 12 leaves

Sandstedt, Daniel H. (1916-?) SR
Lutheran clergyman and professor at Gettysburg Seminary
  • Installation lecture, "The Lutheran Church and Clinical Pastoral Education," March 31, 1970 Typescript, 12, [5] leaves. Published in Bulletin, vol. 50, no. 3, August 1970, p. 4-21
  • Paper, "Hospital Administration" delivered at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Hospital Administration, May 1, 1967. Typescript (carbon copy), 21 leaves
Schaeffer, Charles Frederick (1807-1879) 
Lutheran clergyman in Ohio and Pennsylvania and professor at Gettysburg Seminary and Philadelphia Seminary
  • Letter from Gettysburg to the Board of Directors stating that the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Pennsylvania may establish a seminary in the future and that he may be called to serve there, August 9, 1864 
  • Letter to the Board of Directors of the Seminary submitting his resignation as German professor so he can accept the appointment as chairman of the faculty at Philadelphia Seminary. He mentions also that he is very anxious "to withdraw from this exposed border region," September 12, 1864 
  • Translation from Zeller's Biblisches Worterbuch, an article on "Marriage from a Sociological View." SeeEvangelical Review, XVI, 1865, p. 526 ff, 18 leaves 
Schaeffer, Frederick David (1765-1836)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Biographical sketch by the Reverend Charles Frederick Schaeffer, his son. Unsigned, but in his hand

Schaff, Philip (1819-1893)
Professor at Union Seminary, New York, author, earlier Reformed pastor who turned Presbyterian in 1870
  • Letter from New York in defense of an article he wrote on Church History in The Lutheran (1883). He protests that he was not being unfair to the Lutherans and that next to Paul he most admires Martin Luther, February 17, 1883

Scherer, Jacob (1816-1851)
Lutheran clergyman in Indiana and Illinois
  • Biographical sketch, December 21, 1851 by the Reverend Francis S. Springer. Notes from which a brief memoir was made for publication in the Evangelical Review, February, 1854
Related Collections: Levi C. Groseclose 

Scherer, Melanchthon Gideon Groseclose (1861-1932) 
Lutheran clergyman in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, professor at Southern Seminary
  • Grade reports, November 15, 1879, February 2, April 15, June 17, 1880, from Roanoke College

Schmauk, Theodore Emanuel (1860-1920) 
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Lebanon, Pa., to W. E. Bachman concerning a General Council mission church in Harrisburg, March 26, 1910
  • Letter from Lebanon, Pa., to Rev. Ralph H. Bergstresser, Hanover, Pa., concerning the inherent difficulties of assigning dates for the origins of Lutheran congregations, November 30, 1918
    • (Found in A History of the Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania (1638-1820), from the Original Sources by Theodore Emanuel Schmauk. Philadelphia:General Council Publication House, 1903, vol. 1. Sewn into binding in front of p. 381 when book was rebound.)

Schmidt, Catharina 
  • Confirmation certificate, May 2, 1846
    • Issued by J. P. Schindel, Middleburg. Presented by the Reverend Dr. Paul R. Clouser of Middletown, Pa., May 22, 1964

Schmidt, Henry Immanuel (1806-1889) 
Lutheran clergyman in New Jersey and New York and professor of German at the Seminary
  • Letter from Gettysburg to the Directors of the Seminary, September 9, 1839 (German)
  • Letter from New York to Charles Philip Krauth mentioning prepara¬tions for coming to Gettysburg and the completion of a book, August 25, 1852
Schmucker, Constance (Connie) (1880-1978)
Granddaughter of Samuel Simon Schmucker
  • Letters to the Rev. James Tipton Family (1974-1977) and 1 photo (1974) with Schmucker bench

Schmucker, John George (1771-1854) 
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania
  • Letter from York, Pa., to Mrs. Anna Allison, Baltimore, commenting on Revelation and the Milennium which he believes is now beginning in the church, January 19, 1847 
  • Letter from York, Pa., to Beale Melanchthon in Martinsburg, Va., sending good wishes to his grandson for his work in Martinsburg and speaking briefly of his youth there, April 17, 1850
  • Sermons 
    • Text: Psalm 51:19, attributed to J.G.S. by a note in the hand of his son S.S.S., "By Rev. J. Geo. Schmucker in early life" (German)
    • Text: Ephesians 4:15 (German) 
  • Testimony Concerning the good character of J. G. Schmucker and discounting rumors of forgery in the subscription book. Addressed to the vestry of the Lutheran church in York, PA, August 22, 1826

Schmucker, Samuel Simon (1799-1873)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and Virginia, founder of Gettysburg Seminary
  • Appeal of the faculty to the Board of Directors signed by S. S. Schmucker, C. P. Krauth, and H. I. Smith [Schmidt]. It contains 6 statements of misconduct of the Reverend Benjamin Keller and requests that an investigation be made if the Board questions any of the circumstances,  April 21, 1840
  • Letter from Gettysburg to C. A. Barnitz, York, concerning salary, property, and other finances, March 4, 1830
  • Letter from Gettysburg to C. A. Barnitz, York, concerning finances, rent for the professor's house, etc., March 30, 1830
Related Collections:
Schrader, Johann Gottlieb Ferdinand (?-1827)
  • Will, Handwritten, German script, 2 leaves
Schwartz, John William (1834-1919)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Grade reports, April 14, September, 1856, from Pennsylvania College

Schweizerbarth, John Gottlob Christian (1796-1862)
  • Letters, 1842-1843, 1852
  • Request

Scott, Mary Jean
  • Deaconnness Motherhouse Certificates, 1922-1923
    • Certificate-One Year Course for Christian Workers, May 26, 1922
    • Certificate-One Year Kindergarten Course for Christian Workers, May 18, 1923

Scott, William Dosh Earnshaw
  • Certificate of Licensure, Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Maryland, October 8, 1882 --Ordination Certificate, Evangelical Lutheran Misisterium of Maryland, October 7, 1883
  • Photograph of 5children, c. 1884-1900

Scudder, Edward N.
Attorney in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Letter from Trenton, N.J., to the Reverend Dr. Demme, Philadelphia, asking his opinion whether Scudder should represent a Reverend Brandt in a proposed slander suit against a loud talker in a beer hall, July 25, 1849
  • Deutschen Gesellschaft
    • Volume 1 Account of the Origin, 1776-1781
    • Volume 2 September 6, 1809
    • Volume 3 September 5, 1810
    • Volume 4 April, 1811, part 1, March, 1812, part 2
    • Volume 5 September 2, 1812
    • Volume 6 September 1, 1813
    • Volume 7 September 7, 1814
    • Volume 8 September 6, 1815, October 4, 1815 - Report
    • Volume 9 March 6, 1816
    • Volume 10 September 4, 1816
    • Volume 11 March 5, 1817

Seidel, William Christian (1843-1925)
Lutheran clergyman in Kansas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee
  • Letter from Sterling, Ill., to Dr. John Singmaster stating that he will send the first $50 payment from his land sale in Kansas for the Seminary Campaign Fund. Printed tract enclosed, November 20, 1920
  • Postcard from Sterling, Ill., to Dr. John Singmaster telling him the land deal was off. He still intends to send a check to the Seminary when he is able to dispose of his property in Kansas, December 14, 1920

Seith, Jacob M.
  • Piece of Music, 1838 (German)

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Evangelical Lutheran Church 
  • Historical sketch, March 11, 1877 by the Reverend H. B. Belmer, pastor of the church from 1874-1881. Handwritten, 18 leaves.

Senate File
  • Bill 407, June 2, 1832. Mr. Morris - Estates & Escheats. Printed, 1 leaf.
Sentman, Solomon (1807-1871)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania
  • Letter, from Wittenburg Seminary (an alias for Gettysburg) to S. S. Schmucker listing reasons why Sentman should not take the Reverend Sprecher's church along with reasons why he should, February 12, 1840

Sharretts, Edward Augustus (1822-1917)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Postcard from Fowlerville [sic], Pa., to Rev. Peter Born, Selinsgrove, Pa., concerning an upcoming conference, Sept. 4, 1896

Sharretts, Major F.
  • Letter from Carlisle to the Vestry of the Lutheran Church at York enclosing testimonies of himself and the vestry of his congregation as to how the damaging rumors about Dr. J. G. Schmucker got started, January 19, 1826

Shatzer, C. G.
General Secretary of Laymen's Movement for Stewardship, ULCA
  • Letter from Springfield, Ohio, to John A. Singmaster, Gettysburg, telling of the Lutheran Laymen's Movement plan to assist 50 young men in preparation for the ministry. Application is enclosed, May 15, 1925
Sheneman, Lloyd E. (1929-?)
Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Seminary
  • Notes on lectures (1963 & 1969) retrieved from books in closet in Valentine Hall before Renovation, Summer 1998. Some handwritten, 20 leaves
Shober, Gottlieb (1756-1838)
A Moravian ordained to serve Lutheran congregations, 9 times president of the North Carolina Synod
  • Letter from Salem, N.C., to Directors of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary at Hagerstown, February 10, 1826 (German with translation) (SR)
    • Translation made in 1991 by Frances Cumnock, Staff Translator, Moravian Archives, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Related Collections: William Jenkins 

Shindle, Henry Clay
Seminary student, 1862-1864 SR

Singer, John (1831-1855)
  • Eulogy penned within a coffin-shaped sketch
Sloop, John 
  • Presented a set of hand-lettered manuscripts to the Lutheran Historical Society. Items are entered under the following titles:
    • Einfaeltiges Glaubens Bekaenntniss ... (#86)
    • Genovefa, History (#83)
    • Die Letzte Reise der Herrn ... (#84)
    • Das Traurige Gespraech Unsers Herrn Christi ... (#85)
    • (#84 and #85 are variants of one another.)
Smith, Henry
  • Letter from Chambersburg, Pa., to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., asking him to be an agent and sell Church Harmony, a music book, for him. Includes a note of recommendation from an Alexander Thompson, judge. Also included is a printed obituary of Thompson who died in 1848, June 28, 1845

Smyser, Philip 
Lay member of first Seminary Board
  • Letter from York to J. G. Schmucker requesting that Smyser's term of service end in one year or sooner, August 28, 1826

Snyder, Henry William (1883-1973)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
  • Address entitled "Weekday Religious Instruction" and given before the Alumni Association at the Seminary, May 18, 1921

Snyder, John L.
Somerset, Pennsylvania merchant and active Lutheran layman
  • Letters concerning business, political and personal matters, early 1800's (NSR)

Söderblum, Nathan (1886-1931)
Archbishop of Upsala, Sweden
  • Letter from Upsala to the Reverend Howard R. Gold of the Joint Lutheran Committee on Celebration of the Quadricentennial of the Reformation, Philadelphia. Since the war prevents him from making a trip to America to join the celebration he expresses his feelings in a letter. Included are envelope and copy of cablegram sent in reply, August 17, 1917
  • Letter from Upsala to "the Principal of the Theological Seminary of the United Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, Pa., in sympathy on the death of J. A. Clutz." He tells of the high esteem felt for the professor from America, October 7, 1925

Sophronian Student publication, February 23, 1832. Volume 1, number 1. Gift of P. Rizer. Handwritten, 2 leaves.

Spittler, Christopher Friedrich (1782-1867)
Founded publication house and lending library - worked on behalf of missions
  • Letter From Basel, concerning Geitz, July 30, 1849 (German)

Springer, Francis (1810-1892)
Lutheran clergyman in Illinois and Maryland, chaplain in the U.S. Army, educator
  • Address to the Historical Society of the General Synod entitled "Lutheranism in the Valley of the Mississippi." Included is proof from the published copy appearing in Lutheran Observer, August 19, 1883, and related correspondence, June 14, 1881

St. Louis, Missouri. Concordia Theological Seminary 
  • Diploma facsimile, April 21, 1887 for Julius Johannes August Friedrick. The facsimile is one-third normal size, and it contains the last words penned by Dr. C. F. W. Walther. Letter of presentation to the Missouri Historical Society accompanies item.
Printed, 1 leaf.

St. Philip Neri Congregation, Castello de Rasiglia, Diocese of Foligno, Italy
  •  Rules. Handlettered, Italian, 16 leaves. Translation of outline accompanies.
Stall, Sylvanus (1847-1915)
Lutheran clergyman in New York and Pennsylvania
  • Correspondence concerning historical data to be used in his various publications, c. 1884-1890 (NSR)
  • Letter to the students of the Theological Seminary at Gettysburg to be read at his grave by Dr. Pohlman. Note added saying that this was done on November 13, 1915 (NSR)
Stamet, Amos M. Certificates
  • Bachelor of Divinity, Gettysburg Seminary, 1902
  • Ordination certificate, Evangelical Lutheran Synod of East Pennsylvania, 1902

Stamet, Amos M. Documents Relating to Augsburg Lutheran Church, Harrisburg, Pa.

Stamm, Raymond Thomas Miscellaneous Papers
Professor at Gettysburg Seminary from 1926-1962
  • Seminary Week Lecture Outlines, 1958, 1960, 
  • Letter to Friends and Fellow Students of the Way of Christ, 1953
  • The Phoebe-Devitt Messenger article (see page 3)
  • Announcement of death, 1962
  • Newspaper clippings of obituary, 1962

Stauch, Johannes (1762-1845)
First Lutheran clergyman west of the Alleghany Mountains
  • Autobiography translation, April 16, 1878
    • Compiled and translated from the German manuscript by his son, Dr. Samuel Stough, Waterloo, Indiana
Steck, A. R. (Augustus Ryneal) (1861-1943)
Lutheran clergyman in New Jersey, Indiana and Pennsylvania; graduate of Gettysburg College (1882) and Gettysburg Seminary (1886); director of Gettysburg Seminary; president of the board of trustees, Irving College
  • Letter from York, Pa., to Melanchthon Coover concerning the duties of the Secretary of the Seminary Board above and beyond the general secretarial duties, listing them for him, June 2, 1904 (SR)

Steck, Daniel (1819-1881)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland; Pastor of St. James, Gettysburg, 1875-1881; Seminary Board of Directors 1879, 1880
  • Obituary
  • Letter from "Wittenburg" Seminary, Gettysburg, to his father (Frederick Steck), Hughesville, Pa., discussing his plans for the holiday and his need for money before the present session ends, among other things. Includes a comment on Schmucker's political preferences, December 24, 1844?
  • Photocopy of handwritten letter, 1 leaf, and an enlargement, 2 leaves, from Diane H. Bardsley, great-great-granddaughter of Frederick Steck

Steck, John Michael (1756-1830)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter to a congregation without a minister. He sends names of recommendation, but better still he suggests the young scholar by whom the letter is delivered. He wants them to accept him for a year for all functions except baptism, confirmation and communion until the young man completes his work and is ordained. Purchased from Lester Mohr, Zelionople, 1933, October 12, 1830 (German with translation)

Stevens, Thaddeus (1792-1868)
Radical Republican congressional leader during reconstruction, resident of Gettysburg
  • Letter from Gettysburg to Charles A. Barnitz, York, concerning the legacy of Leah Spangler, June 3, 1831 (SR)
  • Letter from Gettysburg to S. S. Schmucker, Germantown, PA, June 15, 1831 (In S. S. Schmucker Collected Papers, #3231.0615)

  • Papers, 1837-1886 regarding the work of the Steward, contracts, complaints and letters pertaining thereto. Handwritten, 22 pieces.
Stoever, Martin Luther (1820-1870)
Lutheran professor at Pennsylvania College and editor of the Evangelical Quarterly Review
  • Letter from Gettysburg to the Honorable Thaddeus Stevens thanking him for gift books presented to the college, March 12, 1857
  • Notebook 
  • Lutheran publications:
    1. Newspaper clipping, "Periodical Publications in the Lutheran Church of America," n.d.
    2. Reprint of "List of Publications by Lutherans in the United States," from the Evangelical Review, vol. XII, no. 48, p. 542-574, with leaves interspersed between each leaf of the article, on which are written additional publications by Lutherans

Stork, Charles Augustus (1838-1883)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania and professor atGettysburg Seminary
  • Letter from Baltimore to William M. Baum declining the chair of New Testament Exegesis and Church History. He later accepted a position as Professor of Systematic Theology and Chairman of the Faculty, October 6, 1868
Stork, Theophilus (1814-1874)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia
  • Letter from Philadelphia to C. P. Krauth asking help in the decision whether to accept the presidency of Newberry College, S.C., or stay with his present church. J. A. Brown has also been asked to Newberry, November 20, 1858
  • Sketch of Life and Ministry (Annotated), 1875
  • Philadelphia Pulpit issue containing sermons by Stork, 1858.

Stouchsburg, Pennsylvania. Zion (Reed's) Church 
  • Copies of the Power of Attorney in the Lithbecker and Stiever difficulties at the Reed's Church and of the Account of the Tulpehocken Confusion with note by Conrad Weiser. Letter accompanies. Typescript, mostly German, 9 leaves.

Streit, Sigismund (1687-1775)
  • Biographical sketch (German)

Strobel, Philip (1812-1882)
Lutheran clergyman in North and South Carolina, Georgia and New York
  • Report of the matter between P. A. Strobel and the Synod of New Jersey, with extracts from the testimony as taken at the investigation, with a few comments on the testimony, October 3, 1871
    • Charges reviewed at Hartwick Synod convention, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 1868. A marked, printed copy of minutes is attached
Strodach, Paul Zeller (1876-1947)
Lutheran clergyman in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • Notes on the Incarnation. Found in a book (NSR)

Student Papers, 1880. Examination questions and answers, Oct. 2, 1880. "Paper C," signature illegible. Covers I) Dogmatic Theology, II) Sacraments, IV) Evidences, V) Symbolics. Missing pages (9-12) would include section III. Handwritten, 15 p. (p. 1-8, 13-[19])

Suesserott, Benjamin Christian
  • Autograph book, 1852-1859, most signatures of Seminary classmates

Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the U.S. North Branch Conference 
  • Program for the Conference, Oct. 26, 27, 28, 1885. Printed, 1 leaf. Found with postcard from Rev. E. A.  Sharretts, Sept. 4, 1896, to Rev. Peter Born.
Swartz, Christian Frederick (1726-1798) 
Missionary in India
  • Biographical sketch (#73 of the Society of Missions Papers) by the Reverend George Yeager. (Missionary Paper written as student—-most of these are in Seminary Archives Collection)

Tabler, John Thomas 
Lutheran clergyman in North Carolina and Virginia
  • Letter from Wythe Court House, Va., to Brother Bittle, probably David Frederick, asking if Bittle would translate some sermons of G. D. Flohr for a proposed book, March 15, 1839

Teufel, Karl Christian (1908-?)
Graduate of Gettysburg Seminary, 1933, STM, 1935
  • Letter to Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr., president of the Seminary. Accompanies Teufel's chart, "Two Centuries of Lutheran Synodical History, 1742-1942," June 8, 1984
    • Typescript, 1 leaf, and 1 folded chart, 17 x 13 in. (Copy of  chart mounted on cardboard in archives office)

Toledo, Ohio. German Evangelical Lutheran Orphan Asylum
  • Historical Sketch. Handwritten, 1 leaf.

Toubner, Charles (1806?-1891)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania and California
  • Biographical sketch, September, 1892
    • By George Christian Probst, pastor

Das Traurige Gespraech Unsers Herrn Christi, Mit seinen Juengern Auf seiner letzten Reise zen Jerusalem Von seinem bettern Leiden und Sterben Tod und Begraebniss: in vers wir folget. n.d.
  • Handlettered manuscript, 8 leaves, 48 verses. "Prest. by Capt. Jno. Sloop" written on t.p. #85 written on t.p. see also Die Letzte Reise des Herrn ... (variant of this work.) Sloop, John, for other titles in this set.

Troxell, Millard Francis (1851-1933)
Lutheran clergyman in Colorado, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri
  • Letter from Springfield, Ill., to the president and Board of Directors of the Seminary asking them to re-open the case of Karl Joseph Grimm who was denied graduation because of a supposed want of faith in some of the fundamental doctrines of Christian religion, May 30, 1896

Tyrone, Pennsylvania. First English Lutheran Church
  • History prior to 1872 (copy)
  • Constitution 1872 (copy)
  • Petition to Judge 1881 (Certificate of Incorporation (copy)

Unangst, Erias and Phoebe
  • Autograph Album, 1858-1866

Vatican Library. Rome
  • Articles from the Archives of the Secretary of the Vatican, a group of 15 articles concerning the Trinity and Sacraments. Supposedly from Father H. G. Ganss, Catholic priest, Carlisle, November 9, 1890 to J. W. Richards, Gettysburg. Cover letter missing. Vatican library location given in margin for articles. Handwritten, Latin, 4 leaves. 

Valentine, Milton (1825-1906)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania, editor, author, professor at Gettysburg Seminary
  • Letter from Gettysburg to H. C. Picking instructing him to pay Mr. McLaughlin, bearer of the letter, the amount of his bill for pumping water, February 13, 1894 
  • Letter from M. Valentine to Dr. Manhart explaining why he had not prepared the History of the General Synod which the Board of Publication requested him to do, November 18, 1901
  • Prospectus offering Valentine's Christian Theology, 2 vols. for $3.90. Includes a table of contents, 1906
  • Record of ministerial acts while in the area of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA,  April 30, 1854-December 31, 1855
  • Reprint of an article entitled "The Relation of God to the World" from theLutheran Quarterly. Written by Milton Valentine, January 1904
  • Death announcement, 1906

Wackerhagen, Augustus (1774-1865)
Lutheran clergyman in New York
  • Letter from Schoharie, N.Y., to Joseph Wetzel, Helleberg, sending hymnbooks and catechisms for Wetzel to sell within the congregation. Gift of G. Swope, February 10, 1815
  • Letter from Clermont to the Reverend F. W. Geissenhainer, Jr. of New York. It is a letter of introduction for John Lutgen, former Roman Catholic priest, to the members of the mission board in hope that he may find a position, on a trial basis, if necessary,  November 4, 1837

Wagner, John (1852-1935)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Certificate from the Susquehanna Synod certifying that he was an elected member of the Board of the Seminary, May 1905

Washington, D.C. Church of the Reformation 
  • Historical address, May 1, 1887 by the Reverend William Edwin Parson on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the church. Typescript, 25 leaves.

Washington, Illinois. St. John's Church 
  • Sermon, 1876. Text: 1 Peter II:5-10. Preached on the 21st Sunday in Trinity in the centennial year (1876) of the establishment of the congregation, by the pastor, O. F. Ebert. Handwritten, German script, 3 leaves.

Weiser, Frederick S.
Seminary student, 1957-1960
  • Thesis, Serving Love: An Early History of the Diaconate in American Lutheranism
  • Annotated thesis draft, An Early History of the Diaconate in American Lutheranism, 1960
  • Correspondence

Weiser, Reuben B. (1807-1885)
Lutheran clergyman in Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • Letter from Chambersburg to S. S. Schmucker concerning Weiser's appointment to the alumni association and his address before the group, August 18, 1852

Wentz, Abdel Ross (1883-1976)
Lutheran clergyman, professor and president of Gettysburg Seminary
  • Newspaper clipping of 1940 Seminary Presidential Inaugural Address (SR)

West Pennsylvania Synod (1826-1938) Papers belonging to the synodical treasury
  • List of contributions made at synodical convention, Oct. 1, 1840. Handwritten, 2 leaves.
  • 6 receipts dated from Oct. 3, 1840 to Jan. 11, 1841. Handwritten, 6 pieces. 

West Pennsylvania Synod (1826-1938) Proceedings of a Special Conference, Held at Greencastle, the  7th, 8th and 9th November 1824.
  • Translated from the original German by D. H. [David Henlein] Focht, Oct. 22, 1855. Typescript, 6 leaves.

Western Tract and Book Society Certificate of membership, May 1, 1867. Life membership for the Reverend F. W. Brauns.
Printed, 1 piece.

Westernport, Maryland. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Historical sketch, March 31, 1922
  • By the Reverend Howard F. Bink, in letter form from Piedmont, W. Va., to the Reverend M. L. Peter, Historian of Synod, Aurora, W. Va.Typescript, 1 leaf.
Westernport, Maryland. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Historical sketch, April 18, 1937
  • By Augusta Sophia Eppler, member of the congregation, in letter form from Piedmont, W. Va., to the Reverend A. B. Leamer, Huntingdon, W. Va. Handwritten, 6 leaves.

Weston, Edwin F.
  • Letter to Reverend William G. Mennig giving his reasons why he believes Martin Luther did not translate the bible, November 18, 1867

Wheeling, West Virginia. Edgewood Lutheran Church Historical address, Easter, 1922
  • By the Reverend R. A. Harshman, pastor. Handwritten, 5 leaves. 

Whetstone, John William
  • Copied dissertation of John Miller with sermon notes, 1949

Wiegmann, Christian Ludwig 
  • Letter, from Elmshorn, Holstein, Germany directed to the Synod of the German Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania. Mentions Benjamin Kurtz, Palm Sunday, 1827 (German)

Wild, John 
  • Notebook entitled "Directions for the student of divinity." Gift of J. Edwin James, Goldsboro, Pa., 1970. Correspondence included, , 1817

Williamsburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania. St. John's E.L.C. at Clover Creek Historical sketch, 1884 By the Reverend Joseph R. Focht. Handwritten, 18 leaves.

Wills and Bequests. Listing of Seminary Related Bequests, 1847-1928 

Winecoff, Jesse (1815-1873)
Lutheran clergyman in Maryland and Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Lewisburg, Pa., to Charles A. Hay reporting money col¬lected for the Seminary and discussing a legacy which was being disputed by the heirs. On reverse side Hay re-ad¬dressed the letter to Brother Ulrich for his attention, January 16, 1855
  • Letter from Lewisburg, Pa., to Charles A. Hay reporting the state of the alumni subscription fund, September 28, 1857

Witmer, Charles (1820-1884)
Lutheran clergyman in Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • Address, A view of the history of America
  • Diary, February (between 1840-45)
    • When he was pastor in the Catawissa-Bloomsburg area
  • Sermons
    • Text: Proverbs 23:26. In outline form
    • Text: Amos 6:1
    • Text: Ephesians 2:19-20, An exposition of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

Witt, Samuel David (1813-1851)
Lutheran clergyman in Pennsylvania
  • Letter from Gettysburg to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., thanking him for gifts sent and asking him to procure certain articles of clothing for him. He hopes a benefactor will be found to aid him during his stay at the Seminary, January 20, 1844
  • Letter from Gettysburg to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., telling of his recent marriage to Rebecca Clippinger and asking "Sister Snyder" to tell the news to his parents. D. S. Altman, student, also adds note, March 2, 1844
  • Letter from Gettysburg to John L. Snyder, Somerset, Pa., expressing concern that Pastor Rizer was offended by his choice of a student supply preacher and hoping their friendship could be re-established, June 30, 1844

Wunderlich, J. SR
  • Letter from Shippensburg to S. S. Schmucker concerning money to furnish one of the dormitory rooms, February 5, 1859
  • Letter from Shippensburg to S. S. Schmucker sending a check for $35 to furnish a dormitory room, March 29, 1859

York, Pa. Steltz Region Draft Map Index and Summary, 1987

Zwieseln, Christian Wilhelm
  • Letter of application, June 26, 1827 (German)

Unidentified Manuscripts
Anonymous Article "Concerning proper financial support for Emeritus pastors and pastors' widows and orphans. Handwritten, German script, 2 leaves."

Anonymous Diary, 1812 Attributed to student of J.G. Schmucker, York. Alludes to Mr. Herbst as fellow student, May 1-22 and June 6, 1812

Anonymous Lectures On Temperance, apparently to a temperance society. There are several, one a duplicate. Handwritten, some German script, most English, 12 leaves.

Anonymous Sermon, 1775 "To the Soldiers at Windham, July 31, 1775. Handwritten, 13 leaves, with typed transcript."

Anonymous Sermon, July 4, 1833 Sets forth an American Sunday School Union plan to make Independence Day a day of Sunday School emphasis, to enroll children and to get financial support. Addresses in turn children, parents, Sunday School teachers. Handwritten, 4 leaves. A portion of a German script sermon is on last leaf.

Anonymous Sermon Hebrews 12:16-17. Handwritten, German script, 6 leaves.

Anonymous Sermon John 5:24. Handwritten, German script, 10 leaves.

Anonymous Sermon "John 19:14, entitled ""Behold your King."" Handwritten, 6 leaves."

Anonymous Sermon "Luke 13:6-9 Handwritten, German script, 8 leaves."

Anonymous Sermon Fragment "Concerning immigrants. Handwritten, German script, 1 leaf."

Anonymous Sermon Outline "Psalm 40:1-4 Handwritten, German, 2 leaves."
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