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Frank W. Gunsaulus Family scrapbook, 1893-1921

Identifier: 002.05.11

Photostat copies of pages from a Gunsaulus Family Scrapbook, pertaining to the career of Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus (1856-1921), president of the Armour Institute of Technology from 1893 until his death. Materials in the scrapbook include:

  1. First Annual Concert of Armour Institute Glee and Banjo Clubs, May 29, 1894 (4 sheets)
  2. Article, "For Science and Art," 1893 (2 sheets)
  3. Articles, "A Notable Partnership" and "Crowd to Armour Institute," 1893 (1 sheet)
  4. Article, "Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus, the Poet-Preacher," 1894 (7 sheets)
  5. Article, "Sermon to Armour Students," February 1899 (1 sheet)
  6. Article, "Training Hand and Brain," from Success, March 1898 (1 sheet)
  7. Article, "A Leader of Young Manhood," ca. 1895 (2 sheets)
  8. Photograph under title "The President of Armour Institute," 1896 (2 copies, 2 sheets)
  9. Photograph of Gunsaulus standing before a bookcase (1 sheet)
  10. Article, "A Prince of Preachers," from Our Day, December 1898 (8 sheets)
  11. Article, "The Armour Institute of Technology," by Clifford L. Snowden, ca. 1895 (8 sheets)
  12. Article, "Humorous Review of 'A Short Discourse on Differential Equations'," from The Fulcrum, Christmas 1906 (4 sheets)
  13. Article, "Art at Armour Institute," ca. 1896 (3 sheets)
  14. Article, "A New England Emigration," by Max Bennett Thrasher," n.d. (1 sheet)
  15. Article on Armour Institute from The Observer (title page missing) (2 sheets)
  16. Miscellaneous articles on Armour Institute and Gunsaulus, 1893-1920 (7 sheets)
  17. Miscellaneous articles on the death of Gunsaulus, 1921 (3 sheets)


  • Creation: 1878-1948
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1893-1921


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

58 Pages

Biographical Note

Frank W. Gunsaulus (1856-1921) was an ordained Methodist minister, a noted preacher, orator, educator, bibliophile, document scholar, and pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church (Chicago) where, in 1890, he delivered the "Million Dollar Sermon" which inspired Philip Armour, Sr. to found Armour Institute of Technology. Gunsaulus served as the school's founding president for 27 years. He was a well-known and influential member of the academic and literary communities in Chicago, and the author of books and poems. Gunsaulus was a personal friend of author Eugene Field, a fellow bibliophile, and composed a poem to be read at Field's burial (first draft will be found in Acc. No. 1998.060.) Gunsaulus' own death was headline news in the Chicago press, and he was widely eulogized at his memorial service.


Frank G. Chesley is a grandson of Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus. The scrapbook was brought to Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) by Chesley Spring, a niece of F. G. Chesley and great-granddaughter of Gunsaulus. The pages of the original scrapbook were copied by Daniel Chichester (IIT staff member). The copies were received in the IIT Archives on August 1, 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 1991.010


Collection probably contains some unique information about Gunsaulus.

Related Material

See list in Acc. No. 1998.024


Mindy Pugh, May 29, 2007

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