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Collection Inventory

Series I. Dissertation Research, 1913-1987

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains the bulk of research files and notes that were necessary in crafting Dr. Faires Dissertation “Ethnicity in Evolution: The German Community in Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, 1845-1885”, which was completed in 1981. The information is quite diverse, including not only primary documents from the churches themselves but many of the notes and thoughts of Dr. Faires herself. While the dissertation itself is not present, and there are few drafts and samples, the entirety of it is available from the University of Pittsburgh Library System.

Subseries 1. Research Files and Data Sets, 1868-1982

Scope and Content Notes:

Dr. Faires did a large amount of background reading and supplemental research in the creation of her dissertation, as well as several small exerpts from the dissertation itself. Included here are many of the surveys and regional research Dr. Faires examined. Present here is the information that she would use to help define the relationship of Pittsburgh’s churches to one another, as well as categorize their beliefs and ideological stands. It also contains her examination into the cities of Pittsburgh and Allegheny in the mid-19th century, and contains city and census records. Also present are her outlines and research plans, showing how she not only conducted her research, but how she planned and directed it as well.


Box 1
Folder 1 25 Successful Germans, Undated
Folder 2-3 1850 Census information on PA German churches, Undated
Folder 4 5 Cities Occupation Codes, 1972
Folder 5 The 48ers of Watertown, Wisconsin, Undated
Folder 6 Addenda to Tables, Undated
Folder 7 The Agricultural Revolution in Germany, c1981
Folder 8 Allegheny City Social Statistics, Undated
Folder 9 Arndt Olson--German-American Newspapers, c1971
Folder 10 Atlantic Monthly, 1868
Folder 11 Bank and Insurance Company Advertisements 1865-1887, Undated
Folder 12 Banks and Insurance Companies from the Pittsburgh City Directory 1857-1877, Undated
Folder 13 Census of U.S. Cities, Principle Cities and Towns, 1850-1860
Folder 14 Church Data Overview, Undated
Folder 15 Church Member Data, Undated
Folder 16 Comments on Dissertation: Bob Doherty, 1982
Folder 17 Comments on Dissertation: Larry Glasco, 1979
Folder 18 Comments on Dissertation: Fred Luebke, 1982
Folder 19 Comments on Dissertation: Robert P. Swierenga, 1981
Folder 20 Comments on Dissertation: Phil VanderMeer, 1981
Folder 21 Data on 19th Century German Upper Class, Undated
Folder 22 Dissertation Abstract, Undated
Folder 23 Dissertation Introduction, Undated
Folder 24 Disseration Tables, Undated
Folder 25 Documentation on Manuscript Census Files (1850-1870), 1978
Folder 26 "Ethnicity: The Vital Center of Religion in America" by Harry S. Stout , 1975
Folder 27 "Ethnicity: The Skeleton of Religion in America", 1972
Folder 28 Freihetis Freund & Notes (German), c1981
Folder 29 General Congregational Notes, Undated
Folder 30 "German Achievements in America", by Rudolf Cronau Undated
Folder 31 Germans in Pittsburgh and Allegheny Outline and Notes, Undated
Folder 32 German Jews, Data and Notes, c1974
Folder 33 German Singing Societies Data and Notes, c1970
Folder 34 Germans Living in America (German), 1909
Folder 35 German Socialists Notes, c1978
Folder 36 "The German Upper Class in Pittsburgh" by Layne Peiffer, c1964
Folder 37 "The Good Provider: H.J. Heinz and His 57 Varieties" by Robert C. Alberts, 1973
Folder 38 Jefferson Lodge Booklet, 1954
Folder 39 Jefferson Lodge Notes, Undated
Folder 40 List of Pittsburgh's German Newspapers, Undated
Folder 41 Miscellaneous Sources Notes, Undated
Folder 42 Occupational Dichotomy Derived from Church Records, c1975
Folder 43 Outline of Dissertation, Undated
Folder 44 Parish Data Available for Each Congregation, c1974
Folder 45 Pennsylvania Magazine, "The Buena Vista Affair", c1964
Folder 46 The Place of Methodism in the Religous Life of the Pittsburgh Region, 1940
Folder 47 Pittsburgh and Allegheny Occupation Codes, 1974
Folder 48 Pittsburgh and Allegheny Street Directories, Undated
Folder 49 Pittsburgh 1860 Census Notes Undated
Folder 50 "Pittsburgh City Government 1816-1850" by John W. Dankosky, 1971
Folder 51 Pittsburgh Regional Economic Development, c1967
Folder 52 Pittsburgh Social Statistics at the Census of 1880, Undated
Folder 53 Preliminary Tables on Immigrant Wealth and Occupation, Undated
Folder 54 Religious Variable Codes, Undated
Folder 55 Research Plan and Notes, c1974
Folder 56 Ruth Salisbury Exerpts, Undated
Folder 57 Carolyn S. Schumacher Research on Children in Pittsburgh, 1976
Folder 58 Ship Passenger Lists Notes, 1974
Folder 59 Sources Available in Germany and Notes, c1975
Folder 60 Social Structural Analysis and Notes, Undated
Folder 61 SPSS Religions Notes, Undated
Folder 62 Tables and Figures Regarding Churches, Undated
Folder 63 Unpublished Dissertations List, c1980

Subseries 2. Autobiographies, 1938-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

A great deal of information was gleaned by Dr. Faires from examining the lives of German-American missionaries and church founders. This subseries contains their autobiographies, which give insight not only into their own lives, but into the spiritual life of the region itself. Many of them are quite lengthy, and describe decades of work within the religious communities in the Pittsburgh area. Also present are Dr. Faires own notes which help to evaluate and examine the sources.


Box 1
Folder 64 C. Golder [German Methodist], Undated
Folder 65 Jacob Haller [Evangelical Association], 1978
Folder 66 Christian Kirst, Undated
Folder 67 Rev. John Launitz [German Presbyterian], c1974
Folder 68-70 Adam Miller, "Experience of German Methodist Preachers", 1859
Folder 71 Bishop Michael O'Connor [Roman Catholic], Undated
Folder 72 Gerhard Oncken [Baptist], Undated
Folder 73 Frederick Ruoff [German Evangelical Protestant], Undated
Folder 74-75 J.H.W. Stuckenberg Biography [Lutheran], 1938
Folder 76 Carl Walther [Lutheran], Undated
Folder 77 Peter Paul Cahensly [Roman Catholic], 1978

Subseries 3. Congregational Histories and Data, 1885-1987

Scope and Content Notes:

In her dissertation Dr. Faires identified several major congregations in which she would examine: Smithfield Congregational Church (Smithfield United Church of Christ today), First German Methodist (now defunct), Zion Evangelical (Albright Community United Methodist Church today), St. Matthew’s Lutheran, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, First German Baptist, and First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran. Located here is the treasure trove of information on these churches in the mid-19th century. Included are parish histories, copies of church documents and ledgers, as well as volumes of notes by Dr. Faires. The information between the churches is not balanced however, as there is significantly more information for some churches such as Smithfield, over others like First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran. Still, there is a truly staggering amount of information present, and anyone interested in Pittsburgh during this time period (circa 1850) would gain a tremendous information about the German-American religious community.


Box 1
Folder 78 English Lutheran Church, c1973
Folder 79 Evangelical Lutheran Church of Western Pennsylvania, 1943
Folder 80 First German Methodist Notes, Undated
Folder 81 First St. John's Lutheran Church Notes, Undated
Folder 82 First Trinity [Missouri Synod] Lutheran, Undated
Folder 83 German Methodist Members 1856-1859, Undated

Box 2
Folder 1 German Presbyterian Records and Notes, Undated
Folder 2 Grace Reformed Data and Notes, Undated
Folder 3 German Catholic Churches, Data and Notes Undated
Folder 4 Immanuel United Methodist Church 120th Anniversary, 1973
Folder 5 St. Paul's Evangelical, c1936
Folder 6 Pittsburgh Lutheran Planning Study, Undated
Folder 7 Pittsburgh Synod History, Undated
Folder 8 Smithfield: Records and Pamphlets, 1850-1930
Folder 9 Smithfield: Voss' History (German), Undated
Folder 10 St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church: Parish History and Jubilee Program, c1913
Folder 11 St. John's Ohio Lutheran Notes, Undated
Folder 12 St. Matthews Lutheran Church Notes, c1973
Folder 13 St. Mary's Catholic Data, Undated
Folder 14 St. Paul's: Memorial History (German) and Pamphlets, 1933-1971
Folder 15 St. Peter's:Charter, Membership Book, and Diamond Anniversary, 1885-1960
Folder 16 St. Peter's and St. Paul's Joint Pictoral Directory and Notes, c1972
Folder 17 Temple Baptist Church: Church History (German) and Anniversary booklets, 1913-1987
Folder 18 Temple Baptist Church: A Brief History, c1962
Folder 19 Trinity Missouri Synod: History and Data, Undated
Folder 20 Zion Evangelical: 125th Anniversary Booklet, 1968
Folder 68 First German Methodist Congregational Messenger, 1920
Folder 69 German Methodist Member List, c1869

Subseries 4. Organizational Histories and Data, 1885-1974

Scope and Content Notes:

In addition to researching various congregations in the Pittsburgh region Dr. Faires also examined several organizations of German immigrants, such as the Catholic Knights of St. George and the Teutonia Mannerchor. Within this series is the data she collected on these organizations. While the intellectual history on some of the organizations is slim, there are primary sources present which provide a great deal of information about the organizations.


Box 2
Folder 21 46th National Sangerfest, 1967
Folder 22 Catholic Knights of St. George, 1973
Folder 23 Swabian Beneficial Union Records, 1885-1889
Folder 24 Teutonia Mannerchor Booklet (German), 1974

Series II. Correspondence and Peer Reviews, 1982-2007

Scope and Content Notes:

During her academic career Dr. Faires was in contact with many other colleagues concerning her research and theirs. This series contains much of this correspondence concerning Dr. Faires’ research, as well as her thoughts on the work of her colleagues. Of special note is the review Dr. Faires did of the manuscript on the history of Milwaukee. These provide not only some useful information on Faires’ own opinions of the work by other academics, but on the dialogue of the creative process.


Box 2
Folder 25 re: "Evolution of Ethnicity", c1982
Folder 26 re: German Baptists, 2007
Folder 27 re: German Methodists, 2007
Folder 28 re: Gender/Citizenship in Modern History Class Syllabus, Undated
Folder 29-30 Peer Review of History of Milwaukee, c2006
Folder 31 Rev. Edward McSweeney, c1989
Folder 32 Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod, c1989
Folder 33 Elizabeth Waltman, 2007

Series III. Presentations and Academic Papers, 1972-1988

Scope and Content Notes:

In addition to her published works Dr. Faires also presented papers at various conferences througouht her lifetime. The topics of these papers often related to German immigrant communities as well as religous diversity and the role of women in society. She also presented a paper that would eventually become her unfinished manuscript The Splintered Cross. These papers give help to shawcase her professional activty over her career.


Box 2
Folder 34 "Evolution of Religious Diversity in an Immigrant Community", 1980
Folder 35 "Ethnicity in Evolution", Undated
Folder 36 "Germans and Cities", 1976
Folder 37 "The Germans in Pittsburgh in 1860", 1972
Folder 38 "German Women and Assimilation", c1976
Folder 39 "Kinship Relations Among German Immigrants", c1984
Folder 40 "Revolutionaries in a Rationalist Church", 1986
Folder 41 "The Splintered Cross", 1988
Folder 42 "Urban Perspective on Evangelicalism", 1983

Series IV. Other Research, 1888-2010

Scope and Content Notes:

While much of her research focused on the topic of German immigrant communities, Dr. Faires also worked on a variety of related subjects as well. She kept this work separate from that of her dissertation files and other published works. It encompasses a wide variety of topics with some common themes. These include information on the city of Pittsburgh itself and its role in the shaping of American society, as well as other immigrant communities such as the Irish that settled in Pittsburgh. It also details some of her examination into religious communities and some research into hymnology. It is apparent she did not intend to use this information directly in her work on The Splintered Cross, despite the seeming interrelatedness of some of the material. While this series contains a good deal of eclectic information, the data on any given topic is not great, but it gives a broad survey of information that was clearly important in Dr. Faires life.

Folder 43 "A Guide to Old Economy" by Daniel B. Reibel, 1972
Folder 44 A History of the Catholic Church in Allegheny and Pittsburgh, c2006
Folder 45 Allegheny County: A Sesqui-Centennial Review, 2006
Folder 46 Allegheny County: It's Early History, c2006
Folder 47 The Allegheny City Cotton Mill Riot of 1848, c1963
Folder 48 Allegheny City Society Reporter Dispatch, c1970
Folder 49 American Ethnic Geography, 2001
Folder 50 Annals of Southwestern Pennsylvania c2007
Folder 51 Baptist Chronicle, Undated
Folder 52 Bestor, "Backwoods Utopias," c1970
Folder 53 The Battle of Bushy Run Exerpts, Undated
Folder 54 Centenary Memorial of the Planting and Growth of Presbyterianism in Western Pennsylvania and Parts Adjacent, 2006,
Folder 55-56 Dahlinger, "Where the Red Volleys Poured," Undated
Folder 57 Friesen--An Additional Source on the Harmony Society, 1978
Folder 58 German American Annals, "The Harmony Society," c1904
Folder 59 "German Emigration to the United States: A Review Essay" 1986
Folder 60 German Baptists, c2007
Folder 61 The Germans in Allegheny 1850-1860, c1971
Folder 62 Harmony Society for Young Ladies, c1976
Folder 63 Harmony Society Notes, Undated
Folder 64 Lincoln Papers Exerpts Regarding Pittsburgh, c2006
Folder 65 Methodist Episcopal 1884 Church Minutes c2007
Folder 66 Missouri Germans, c1986
Folder 67 "Now Thank We all Our God" Hymnology, c1996

Box 3
Folder 1 On Wilhelm Keil, c1993
Folder 2 Pittsburgh Ephemera, Undated
Folder 3 Pittsburgh Research Facilities Contacts, c2010
Folder 4 Pittsburgh and Allegheny in the Centennial Year, c2006
Folder 5 The Pittsburgh Wool Company, c2000
Folder 6 Re: The Civil War c2007
Folder 7-8 Rimenschneider, "My Life", c2007
Folder 9 Shiras, "The Iron City," 1929
Folder 10 Sidney Rigdon, c2007
Folder 11 The Social Mirror, c2006
Folder 12 Smithfield Windows Notes, Undated
Folder 13 Technischer Verein and Notes, c1888
Folder 14 Teutonia Mannerchor Record Book (German), 1974
Folder 15 William Henry Burleigh Notes, Undated
Folder 16 Walsh, "Irish in Pittsburgh," Undated
Folder 17 WPHN References, Undated
Folder 18 Zur Entstehungsgeschichte (German), c2000

Series V. The Splintered Cross, 1854-2010

Scope and Content Notes:

Dr. Faires final project, The Splintered Cross, was to become a book on the religious diversity of German immigrant communities in Pittsburgh and the relationship of those communities within the development of 19th century American society. Faires worked on this project off and on for nearly the entire breadth of her academic career and remains unfinished. This series represents this work and contains a berth of primary sources on churches in Pittsburgh, as well as information on their relationship with the broader American society. Present are a wide variety of church documents such as pamphlets and brochures as well as marriage records and copied pages of ledgers. Also included are sample drafts of chapters from her book, as well as annotated outlines, research plans, bibliographies and many other guides which show how she planned to construct the book.


Box 3
Folder 19 A Geneological and Biographical History of Allegheny County, 1889
Folder 20 Atlantic Monthly "Pittsburg", 1868
Folder 21 Baptist Conversions in Europe, c2007
Folder 22 Bibliography, Undated
Folder 23 Bodenftedt, "Die Rauchstadt Pittsburgh" (German), 1882
Folder 24 Briefe Aus Amerika (German), c1930
Folder 25 Catalog of Records Work, 2007
Folder 26 The Challange of a Heroic Past, c2006
Folder 27 Chapter 1 "Foundation of Deutschtum" with Notes, Undated
Folder 28 Chapter 2 Draft, 2010
Folder 29 Chapter 3 "Crisis of Confessionalism, Undated
Folder 30 Chapter Summaries, Undated
Folder 31 Church Notes on Kin and Intermarriage, Undated
Folder 32 Civil War in Allegheny County Notes and Data, c2007
Folder 33 Collected Finding Aids, c2005
Folder 34 Digital Document Printouts from Pitt Database, c2007
Folder 35 First Evangelical Lutheran, History 1837-1909, Chapter 1, 1909
Folder 36-37 First German Baptist Data, c2009
Folder 38 First Methodist Notes, Undated
Folder 39 First Presbyterian Data and Notes, Undated
Folder 40-42 First Trinity Data, c2009
Folder 43 First Trinity Lutheran 100th Anniversary History, 1937
Folder 44 First Trinity Marriages 1851-1882, Undated
Folder 45 German American Newspaper Clippings, 1974-1978
Folder 46 Gerhard Oncken Data and Notes, Undated
Folder 47 German Baptists Data and Notes, Undated
Folder 48 German Methodist Data, Undated
Folder 49 German United Evangelical: A Short History, Undated
Folder 50 Grace Reformed: Church Data, Undated
Folder 51 Grace Reformed: Documents from the ASC (Some German), c2007
Folder 52 Grace Reformed: Minutes of the Consistory, c1854
Folder 53 Grace Reformed: Sunday School Record Book, C. 1954
Folder 54 History of Alhegeny County: German Biographies, c2002
Folder 55 Henry Kurtz: Man of the Book, c1967
Folder 56 Liturgical Churches, Undated
Folder 57 Miscellaneous Book Ideas and Notes, Undated
Folder 58 Occupational Patterns of Germans in Nineteenth Century Cities, Undated
Folder 59 Old Annotated Outline, Undated
Folder 60 Outline and Notes, Undated
Folder 61 Outline and Book Overview, c1989
Folder 62 Pittsburgh Catholic Data, c2007
Folder 63 Prospectus, Undated
Folder 64 Research Assistant Tasks, Undated
Folder 65 Research Initiation Proposal, 1988
Folder 66 Research Proposal, c2005
Folder 67 Rodef Shalom: Hebrew Primer (German), 1866
Folder 68-69 Rodef Shalom: Data and Notes c2009

Box 4
Folder 1 Schroeder: Corredpondence re: The Splinter Cross, 2010
Folder 2 Schulte, "Memories", 1913
Folder 3 Smithfield: Charter and Bylaws, 1942
Folder 4 Smithfield: Pamphlets, Undated
Folder 5 St. John's Lutheran: Marriage Data 1849-1882 Undated
Folder 6 St. Mary's: Pamphlets, c1996
Folder 7 Stuckenburg and Lutherans Notes, Undated
Folder 8 Tree of Life: Data and Notes, Undated
Folder 9 Zion Evangelical: Member List 1854, Undated
Folder 10 Zion Evangelical: Data and Notes, Undated

Series VI. Audio/Visual Material

Subseries 1. Audio Cassettes, 1993

Scope and Content Notes:

In December of 1993 Dr. Faires had an in-depth discussion with a male colleague (who is never identified) about her book The Splintered Cross. This nearly two hour conversation was recorded on an audio cassette and gives remarkable insight into the creation of the book. Not only does Dr. Faires lay out what she feels to be the theme of the book, but more importantly she goes over what she and the other speaker feel are the weaknesses. They also go over the historiography on the subject, and specifically what scholars/interpretations she intends to refute in her book. This discussion is very informative for those interested in the subject, and those with a weaker background in this area can gain an incredible amount of insight into it by listening. Both cassettes are copies of the same discussion, with the second being of noticeably better quality than the first.

Cassette 1 Splintered Cross Discussion, 1993
Cassette 2 Splintered Cross Discussion, 1993

Subseries 2. Photographs, c1980

Scope and Content Notes:

In addition to the wide variety of research Dr. Faires did on churches within Pittsburgh, she also sought to document visual information as well. Located here are several color "snapshot" photographs and negatives of locations relavant to her work within Pittsburgh.


Box 4
Folder 11 Eberhardt and Ober Brewery, c1980
Folder 12 St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and Priory (Lochart & Pressley St.), c1980
Folder 13 St. Mathhew's Lutheran Church (North Ave), c1980
Folder 14 Street Scene in East Allegheny (Northside), c1980
Folder 15 Teutonia Mannerchor (North Side), c1980
Folder 16 Voegtly German Evangelical Protestant Church (Northside), c1980
Folder 17 Voegtly Church Cemetery (Troy Hill), c1980
Folder 18 Negatives, c1980