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“The Lutheran Church in Illinois” Francis Springer manuscript, undated 

COLLECTION SUMMARY

Collection Title:    
“The Lutheran Church in Illinois” Francis Springer manuscript, undated

Collection Number:    
SAC P:71

Dates:            
undated, circa 1900

Size:            
1 folder

Language:        
English

Creator/Collector:    
Springer, Francis, 1810-1892

Subject Headings:    
Lutheran Church--Illinois--History
Lutheran Church in America. Illinois Synod--History
Americanization.
Immigrants--Cultural assimilation--United States

Repository:    
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

Abstract:    
Francis Springer, a descendant of one of the Delaware Swedes, was the first president of Illinois State University in Springfield in 1852. He voiced the opinion that immigrants should make the transition to the English language as quickly as possible and accept the reformed church order of American Lutheranism. Collection consists of one typed article titled “Article III, The Lutheran Church in Illinois” by Rev. Francis Springer, D.D, Irving, Illinois.

RIGHTS AND ACCESS

Conditions Governing Access:    
Collection is open for research.

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 SAC P:71 “The Lutheran Church in Illinois” Francis Springer manuscript, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. 

ACQUISITION AND RELATED MATERIALS

Provenance:    
Transferred to the Swenson Center by Marjorie Miller of Augustana College Special Collections in fall 1981. Donor to Special Collections unknown. 

Notes:    
Collection name changed from “Francis Springer papers” in 2018.

Processed By:    
Received by Kermit Westerberg in 1981. Finding aid written by Lisa Huntsha in 2018.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Administrative/Biographical History:    
Francis Springer, a descendant of one of the Delaware Swedes, was the first president of Illinois State University in Springfield in 1852. He considered himself 100% American, and voiced the opinion that immigrants should make the transition to the English language as quickly as possible and accept the reformed church order of American Lutheranism. 

Scope and Content:    
Collection consists of typed unpublished article titled “Article III, The Lutheran Church in Illinois” by Rev. Francis Springer, D.D, Irving, Illinois, English, undated. A note on the accession sheet indicates that this is likely a later copy (circa 1900s) of an original article by Springer. This may have been researched by O.V. Anderson, see MSS P:65.

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