Theodore Schroeder papers, 1842-1957
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Brief Description: The Theodore Schroeder papers consist of material related to his extensive research and writing concerning freedom of speech, religion, human sexuality, and other interests, and include: correspondence; manuscript and published forms of Schroeder's writings; autobiographical material; notebooks and diaries; newspaper clippings and other printed matter, notes, bibliographic compilations and other types of research material; reviews and other published material concerning Schroeder; and other personal papers.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/5/MSS 017
Created by: Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953.
Volume: 118.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/1969. Supplement acquired by Arnold Maddaloni in 1980.
Arrangement: Organized into six series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Autobiographical, (3) Manuscripts, (4) Published papers and is arranged in alphabetical order by title, (5) Research (6) Reviews and material about Schroeder.
Biographical Note for Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953. :

Schroeder was born in 1864 and attended The  University of Wisconsin in 1882 where he got his degree in civil engineering.

He then went to law school at Wisconsin and graduated in 1889 and opened a law office in Salt Lake City which is when he adopted an anti-Mormon stance. In 1898, Schroeder started writing a series of pamphlets under the name of "Lucifer's Lantern". The series challenged many Mormon leaders and bordered on the brink of libel suits. After his interest in Mormonism faded out in the early 1900's, he moved to New York and took up the crusade of defending free speech.

In 1911, he helped establish the Free Speech League. In 1909 the first of many writings on free speech by Schroeder appeared in the Free Press Anthology which was followed by a collection of essays titled Free Speech for Radicals,  Free Speech Bibliography in 1922, and A Challenge to Sex Censors in 1938. 

He died in 1953.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Carus, Paul, 1852-1919.
Freedom of speech - United States - History - 20th century
Mormon Church - Controversial literature
Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953
Genres/Forms of Material
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. - Correspondence
Roosevelt, Franklin D.  (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. - Correspondence
Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953 - Correspondence
Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953 - Manuscripts
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968. - Correspondence
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Purchased
PreferredCitation: Theodore Schroeder papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.