MS - 023: The Papers of Samuel Simon Schmucker and the Schmucker Family

MS-023: The Papers of Samuel Simon Schmucker and the Schmucker Family

(7 boxes, 1.89 cubic feet)

Inclusive Dates: 1810-1873

Processed by: Jaclyn Campbell
July 2001

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Samuel Simon Schmucker, born February 28, 1799 in Hagerstown, Maryland, was the son of a prominent minister and himself became a prominent Lutheran minister of the time.  Schmucker was instrumental in the founding of both the Gettysburg Theological Seminary (1826) and Gettysburg College (1832), at first called Pennsylvania College.  He also served as the first professor at the Gettysburg Theological Seminary.

His education includes the York County Academy, the Episcopal Parochial School, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Princeton Theological Seminary.  After completing his education, Schmucker also taught in the York Academy for a period of time. Since he had graduated from the Princeton Theological Seminary, his theological education was in the Presbyterian tradition.  However, Schmucker was a very devout Lutheran, founding the first Lutheran affiliated college in the state of Pennsylvania.

Schmucker had a total of three wives and 13 children, with the majority of children with his second wife, Mary Catherine Steenbergen.  He was also relatively well traveled for his day, making several tours abroad and within the United States.  He was also the author and subject of several books and publications.  Schmucker died July 26, 1873. 

Schmucker Hall, formerly the library and currently a fine arts building, is named after Samuel Simon Schmucker.

Series Description:

The Samuel Simon Schmucker collection is arranged into four series: Series I: Correspondence of Samuel Simon Schmucker (S.S.), Series II: Other Schmucker Correspondence, Series III: Publications and Papers, and Series IV: Sermons.

Scope and Content Notes

Series I is primarily comprised of correspondence written by Schmucker.  Series II is composed of correspondence written by other Schmucker family members.  Series III includes diaries written by Schmucker, a Schmucker family genealogy, lecture notes by Schmucker, a certificate of reimbursement for damage to Gettysburg College during the Civil War, clippings, and an article about Schmucker.  Series IV contains the original sermons written by Schmucker.  An index to these sermons can also be found online.

Additional information regarding Schmucker, including photos and portraits, can be found in the following archives:

“Samuel Simon Schmucker: A Bibliography of Holdings in the A. R.

Wentz Library April 1999”

“Samuel Simon Schmucker Research Project: Final Report: April 1990” by Frederick K. Wentz

Keller, F. A. M. Class of 1838 Vertical File (notebooks which may have been used in Schmucker’s classes)

MS – 124 Samuel Simon Schmucker Bicentennial Celebration 1999

Schmucker Family Portraits

Vertical File: Samuel Simon Schmucker 

Vertical Photo File: Samuel Simon Schmucker and Schmucker Album

Various books written by Schmucker can be found in the Musselman Library by searching under “Schmucker”. 

Additional information regarding the Schmucker Library/Hall can be found in the following archives:

Schmucker Library Photos

Woman’s League: Schmucker Library: Memorial Plaque

Business Office Construction Projects 1960s-1970s Box 1

Schmucker Library Historical Slides

Library: Schmucker and Musselman

Vertical Files: Schmucker Hall

Vertical Photo Files: Schmucker Library and Schmucker Hall

Link to Full Finding Aid - PDF

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