Philip Stoneberg papers, 1843-1916
Size: 1.25 linear feet, 3 boxes
Acquisition: Transferred from the Special Collections at the Augustana College Library in 1981.
Access: The collection is open to the public.
Processed by: library staff
SSIRC call #: SSIRC MSS P:8
The Stoneburg papers were transferred to the Swenson Center from the Special Collection at Augustana College Library in 1981. It is unknown how the papers came to Augustana College. Knox College and the archives in Bishop Hill have additional papers. Portion of the material held by SSIRC has been microfilmed and is also available at SSIRC (I/O Micro:1).
Philip John Stoneburg was born in Bishop Hill in 1875. He attended Knox Academy at Galesburg 1893-1895 and graduate with a A.B. degree from Knox in 1895. He was the principal for the Bishop Hill public school 1889-1904 and 1911-1912. He earned a M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1905 and one from Harvard in 1910. He also began a Ph.D. degree at the University of Chicago, but never finished.
Stoneburg received an honorary Masters Degree from Knox College in Galesburg in 1895. He was also engaged in historical research at the Wisconsin Historical Society for a period of time. Stoneburg became ill with appendicitis at age 44 and died in 1919. For biographical information please see (see Swedish Element in Illinois. 1917, p. 687)
The papers include letters, personal papers, literary manuscripts, and documentary material relating to the settlement and the colonists of Bishop Hill. This collection is also available on microfilm as a part of the 13-reel collection of Bishop Hill Colony and Post-colony Papers.
The collection is organized into the following series:
I. Brief biography
II. Correspondence, 1869-1910
III. Writings, 1895-1916
V. Personal Memorabilia
VI. Newspaper clippings, time-table for Baltimore and Ohio Railway
VII. songs (single cover sheets)
VIII. John Hallsen's writings, 1843-1895
IX. Manuscripts: "Bishop Hill Colony; a chapter in the history of Illinois," "History of Erik Janssonism and Bishop Hill," "Några drag ur Bishop Hill Koloniens industrielle lif."
X. Copy of written defense by Jonas and Olof Olsson of the Janssonist beliefs before the Domkapitlet in Uppsala, dated December 11, 1844.
1. Brief biography
2. Personal letters, 1869-1910
3. Other letters, 1869-1909
4. Diary, 1895
5. Writings--short stories, historical writings, poetry, possibly from college days (?)
6. Biographies of Olof Krans, Swan Swanson
7. Interviews with Olof Andersson who left Gävle in 1850; A Barlow who also left Gävle in 1850; Mrs. H. Lindwall who arrived in Bishop Hill in 1847; H. Chilstrom; Mrs. Katie Nelson; Mrs. Anna Nordstrom; Andrew Nordin; Mrs. A.O. Nordine; Mrs. Osblom; O. Pilstrand. The interviews were conducted 1907-1916.
8. Interviews and misc. notes, 1896-1914 (brittle)
9. American Central Railway Court Case and Bill of Complaint 1860 (Bishop Hill Colony Court Case)
10. Personal memorabilia, receipts etc.
11. Newspaper clippings, time-table for Baltimore and Ohio Railway
12. Songs (single cover sheets from H.J. Wehman, Song Publisher, 50 Chatham St., N.Y.)
13. John Hallsen's writings, 1843-1895 (testimonies on the difficulties the Erik Jansson followers had in Sweden)
14. "The Bishop Hill Colony: A chapter in the history of Illinois" by Philip Stoneberg (in English)
15. Handwritten history in Swedish on Erik Jansson and Bishop Hill (no title) by Philip Stoneberg, 36 p., n.d.
16. Handwritten manuscript in Swedish entitled: "Några drag i ur Bishop Hill Koloniens Industriella Lif. " by Philip Stoneberg
17. Xeroxes of the following letters: Johan Enander to Stoneberg Aug. 25, 1905; Philip Stoneberg to his mother 1905-1906; Philip Stoneberg to Peter Wislander 1909-1917; Philip Stoneberg to Thomas McClelland Sept. 1914; John Bendix to Philip Stoneberg March 31, 1915; Knox College to Philip Stoneberg June 22, 1919.
Xeroxes of articles Stoneberg wrote for the Galva News, the Geneseo Republic, and the Cambridge Chronicle. The originals are kept at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
This box contains copies of letters written and received by Stoneberg and his diary. It is not known where the originals are kept.