Guide to the Phil Teigen North American churches postcard collection, 1904-2010

Phil Teigen North American churches C0317


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Teigen, Philip M.
Title Phil Teigen North American churches postcard collection
Date 1904-2010
Quantity: 3.0 linear ft.
Abstract This collection contains postcards of churches of many Christian denominations from the United States and Canada.
Collection Number C0317
Language Collection is primarily in English. Some postcard messages are in Swedish.

Historical note

Immigrants from Europe and Asia brought a wide variety of Christian beliefs to North America. As Peter Williams notes, "The pluralism of America's religious experience is a given from the beginnings, first for the colonial settlements in aggregate, then later in virtually every town, city, and state" ("Houses of God", xii). He goes on to describe how these many religious groups impacted the built environment as they came "in succeeding waves of immigration, each bringing with them and/or adapting for their own purposes a wide variety of types of houses of worship and other sacred sites and structures" ("Houses of God," xii). This diversity of religious architecture is reflected in material commemorative culture, including through postcards.

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Scope and Content note

This collection contains postcards from churches of many denominations across the United States and Canada. The postcards date from 1904-2010, although many are undated. The processor included undated in the date range for a series or box if it seemed likely that some of the postcards in the group date from outside the given range. More than half of the postcards depict Lutheran churches; there are also many postcards of Roman Catholic churches and Episcopal churches, as well as other Christian denominations. The postcards are organized by denomination and alphabetically by state (sometimes city), as well as whether they depict church interiors or exteriors.

Series 1: Lutheran churches, 1904-2010 (Boxes 1-7) includes postcards of Lutheran churches from the United States and Canada. It is divided into two subseries, Lutheran church exteriors and Lutheran church interiors.

Series 2: Roman Catholic churches, 1907-1995 (Boxes 8-10) includes postcards of Roman Catholic churches across the United States and Canada.

Series 3: Episcopal churches, 1908-1983, undated (Boxes 10-11) includes postcards of Episcopal churches across the United States and Canada.

Series 4: Other denominations, 1908-2000 (Boxes 11-12) is the smallest series, and includes postcards of a variety of churches, including Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Orthodox, and other denominations, as well as non-denominational.

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Arrangement

The collection is organized into four series by denomination. Within Series 1-3, postcards are organized alphabetically by state or province.

Series 1: Lutheran churches, 1904-1910 (Boxes 1-7)
Series 2: Roman Catholic churches, 1907-1995 (Boxes 8-10)
Series 3: Episcopal churches, 1908-1983, undated (Boxes 10-11)
Series 4: Other denominations, 1908-2000 (Boxes 11-12)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Phil Teigen North American churches postcard collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center also holds the Gustav Klemp German World War I collection, which contains postcards from a German World War I medic.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Catholic church buildings.
Church buildings.
Lutheran church buildings

Document Types:

Postcards.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Phil Teigen on 9/11/2018.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Elizabeth Beckman in October 2018. EAD markup completed by Elizabeth Beckman in October 2018.

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Bibliography

Williams, Peter W. "Houses of God: Region, Religion, and Architecture in the United States." Urbana/Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

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Contents List

A detailed inventory of individual postcards in the collection can be found here: Postcard Inventory

Series 1: Lutheran churches, 1904-2010 (Boxes 1-7)
Scope and Content
This series contains postcards of Lutheran churches. It is divided into two subseries: Lutheran church exteriors and Lutheran church interiors.
Subseries 1.1: Lutheran church exteriors, 1904-2010
Box
1 Alabama-Indiana, 1905-2001
Box
2 Iowa-Minnesota, 1904-1988
Box
3 Minnesota, 1907-1986
Box
4 Mississippi-Ohio, 1906-1977, undated
Box
5 Ohio-South Carolina, 1905-2010
Box
6 South Dakota-Wisconsin, 1906-1999
Box
7 Wisconsin-Wyoming, 1907-1967, undated
Subseries 1.2: Lutheran church interiors, 1906-2000
Box
7 Alabama-Wisconsin, 1906-2000
Series 2: Roman Catholic churches, 1907-1995 (Boxes 8-10)
Scope and Content
This series includes postcards of Roman Catholic churches across the United States and Canada.
Box
8 Alabama-Massachusetts, 1907-1986
Also includes unknown at beginning
Box
9 Michigan-Pennsylvania, 1907-1989
Box
10 Prince Edward Island - Wyoming, 1907-1995
Series 3: Episcopal churches, 1908-1983, undated (Boxes 10-11)
Scope and Content
This series includes postcards of Episcopal churches across the United States and Canada.
Box
10 Alabama-New York, 1908-1983, undated
Box
11 North Carolina-Wyoming, 1910-1976, undated
Series 4: Other denominations, 1908-2000 (Boxes 11-12)
Scope and Content
This is the smallest series, and includes postcards of a variety of churches, including Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Orthodox, and other denominations, as well as non-denominational.
Box
11 African Methodist Episcopal churches, circa 1960s-1970s
Baptist churches, 1953-1983, undated
Churches of the Brethren, circa 1950s-1983
Christian churches, 1957-1977, undated
Christian Science churches, 1934-1962
College and university non-denominational churches, circa 1960s-1970s
Community churches, circa 1950s-1970s
Congregational churches, 1908-1986
Evangelical and Reformed churches, 1910-1974, undated
Mennonite churches, 1964
Methodist churches - Alabama-Missouri, 1920-1990
Box
12 Methodist churches - Montana-Wyoming, 1908-circa 1970s, undated
Military churches, 1953-1977, undated
Assemblies of God, Nazarene, Moravian, etc. churches, 1952-1954, undated
Non-denominational churches, 1908-1990
Orthodox churches, 1959-1973, undated
Presbyterian churches, 1908-2000
Unitarian/Universalist churches, 1936-1970, undated
United Church of Christ, 1956-1992, undated
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