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Frank W. Gunsaulus papers, 1906-1921

Identifier: 002.01.06

Papers of Frank W. Gunsaulus, mostly correspondence to and from Gunsaulus, though it does not appear to be the bulk of his administrative correspondence regarding the operation of Armour Institute of Technology. Lesser amounts of materials related to Gunsaulus' role as a preacher and author, and obituary materials. Box Of particular interest in this series is correspondence re the "Million Dollar Sermon" in Box 1/Folder 5. Correspondence also includes letters to military offices recommending former students, including 2 or 3 women, and faculty members seeking military appointments or commissions in addition to other war effort activities. Lesser amounts include discussion of various war-related activities: "Four Minute Men," Washington D. C. Speakers' Bureau; "Smileage" program; fund raising by libraries; Government Thrift Cards: United War Work Campaign; Liberty Loan Campaign; Armenian Relief; American Protective League, et allia. Many items appear on letterheads from war-related programs: War Camp Community Service; National War Savings Committee; Military Entertainment Council. Publications include The Economies of Christ: A Sermon by F. W. Gunsaulus; Central Church, Chicago. Martin Luther and the Morning Hour in Europe: Two Lectures Delivered at the University of Chicago, Oct. 16 and 17, 1917 by F. W. Gunsaulus; Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1917. "Saint" To "Sinner" Being "Lines Read at the Funeral Services of Eugene Field - November 6, 1895" by F. W. Gunsaulus; with a Prefatory Note by James Shields; Philadelphia: privately printed, 1922. A Collection Acquired From the Cabinets of Sir Richard Tange, Lord Tweedmouth, Arthur Sanderson, Esquire, and Mr. Frederic Rathbone by F. W. Gunsaulus; a catalogue of the collection in the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, n. d. Christendom, Vol. 1, No. 8, June 6, 1903; with poem "Israels "The Long Way'" by F. W. Gunsaulus. Chicago: The Christendom Company. Church Materials Church Service Programs; Central Church; held in The Auditorium, Chicago; F. W. Gunsaulus Minister; one folder for each of the years: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, and 1920. Easter Services, 1906-1909. Christmas Services, 1906-1921. Printed Christmas Carols/Greeting Cards; 3 cards dated 1909, 1913, and 1915 with original songs; lyrics by F. W. Gunsaulus; music by Daniel Protheroe. (Protheroe was Music Director at Central Church.) 1915 carol is dedicated to the memory of Phillips Clough Peabody. Obituary materials include; 8 page publication with extracts from Dr. Newell Dwight Hillis' Sermon on Dr. Gunsaulus in Central Church, April 3, 1921. Printed photograph of Gunsaulus included. 6 copies. News clippings; obituaries and coverage of Gunsaulus' death in Chicago newspapers; March 17-20, 1921.


  • Creation: 1906-1921


Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

2 Boxes

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 where 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. Gunsaulus was a personal friend of author Eugene Field, a fellow bibliophile, and composed a poem to be read at Field's burial. Gunsaulus' own death was headline news in the Chicago press, and he was widely eulogized at his memorial service.


Folders were numbers consecutively, as found in the box, during archival processing. The order may or may not be original.

Physical Location

S33/11/E (scrapbook) S43/8/A (manuscripts)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 1998.024

Related Material

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Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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