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First Lutheran Church (Sherrard, Ill.) records, 1909-1980


Collection Title:    
First Lutheran Church (Sherrard, Ill.) records

Collection Number:    


1 box (.25 linear feet) and materials in oversized box

English (bulk) and Swedish

First Lutheran Church (Sherrard, Ill.)

Subject Headings:    
First Lutheran Church (Sherrard, Ill.)
Sherrard (Ill.)
Sherrard (Ill.)--Church history
Swedish American Lutherans
Swedish Americans--Illinois
Luther League of America
The Ladies Aid
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

The First Lutheran Church in Sherrard, Illinois was erected in 1908, and dedicated on Sunday, February 14th of 1909. This collection contains pastoral and treasurers reports, as well as records of ministerial acts and membership records dating from 1909-1980. 


Conditions Governing Access:    
Collection is open for research.

Physical Access:    
Fragile condition of ledger in box 1.

Reproduction and Use:    
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the Swenson Center and the copyright holder. 

Preferred Citation:    
[item identification] in I/O:17 First Lutheran Church (Sherrard, Ill.) records 1909-1982, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. 


Lent by First Lutheran Church (Sherrard, Ill.) in 1983, gifted to Swenson Center in March 2018.

Source of Acquisition:    
Gift of First Lutheran Church (Sherrard, Ill.) in March 2018.

Processed By:    
Processed by Kermit Westerberg, 1980s. Finding aid written by Shelby Jensen, 2018. 


Administrative/Biographical History:    
The First Lutheran Church in Sherrard, Illinois was erected in 1908. The first congregation gathered in this new building in 1909, under the direction of Pastor Ulrik Ronnquist, with a total of 42 people. The Church was dedicated on Sunday, February 14 of 1909. The dedicatory sermon preached by Dr. P. J. Brodine, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Orion. The First Lutheran Church was greatly aided by The Luther League, as well as The Ladies Aid. These organizations helped raise money to aid and renovate the church. The Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1959.

Scope and Content:    
Collection consists of loose-leaf pastoral reports signed by Reverends Gilbert Adolphson (bulk) and Raynold Lingwall and loose-leaf treasurers’ reports signed by C. R. Johnson 1942-1973. Also contains a book of original minutes 1909-1975 with pastoral reports (and absent reports), a book of membership records 1909-1980, and a book of records of ministerial acts 1909-1980 for the First Lutheran Church in Sherrard, Illinois. 

System of Arrangement:    
Materials arranged chronologically.

Collection Inventory:    
Box 1:
Item 1: Pastoral Report signed by Raynold Lingwall. Dated 5 January 1942. Material in English.
Items 2-15: Pastoral Reports signed by Gilbert Adolphson. Dated 30 December 1946 through 1 January 1973. Materials in English.
Items 16-19: Treasurer’s Reports signed by C.R. Johnson. Dated 1968-1972. Materials in English.
Item 20: Tan with black décor ledger titled First Lutheran Church Sherrard, Illinois. Contains Church minutes and pastoral reports, 1909-1973. Materials in English and Swedish. Fragile condition. 


Item 1: Black and red ledger of membership records, 1909-1980. Material in English
Item 2: Green and red ledger with gold trim of ministerial acts, 1909-1980. Material in English.

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