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Iowa Synod Correspondence
File, 1850–1900. 10,000 items. Russian-related materials include ca. 200–300 letters, 1860-ca. 1900, written by members of a German Lutheran community in the St. Petersburg area. Mentioned is the leader of the community, the widow of the Russian army General von Helfreich; she helped to rouse support for the Wartburg Lutheran Seminary in Iowa. Also noted is Fraulein Augusta von Schwartz, an attendant in the home of the minister von Gamelaya, who at the age of 53 came to the United States to become housemother to the students at Wartburg Seminary. The letters are written in German script. Finding aid available: https://concordiahistoricalinstitute.libraryhost.com/repositories/2/resources/3311
John (Jaan) Sillak (1864-1953)
Papers, 1901–53, 7 ft. Lutheran missionary. Diaries, manuscripts, and printed matter, including the Estonian periodical Laulu ja Maengu Leht. Materials relate to his mission work in western Canada among Estonian and Latvian immigrants. Unpublished inventory (NUCMC 61–2516).
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Board for European Affairs.
Records, 1847–1966, 21 ft. Ca. 1 ft. of the correspondence concerns preWorld War II Estonia and missions among displaced persons from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Unpublished inventory (NUCMC 62–1563, 66–98, and 69–654).