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Theodore Schroeder papers

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Correspondence

Autobiographical

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Published material

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Schroeder related


Theodore Schroeder papers, 1842-1957 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Theodore Schroeder papers, 1842-1957Add to your cart.

ID: 1/5/MSS 017

Primary Creator: Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953.

Extent: 118.0 Boxes

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.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1969. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Carus, Paul, 1852-1919., Freedom of speech - United States - History - 20th century, Mormon Church - Controversial literature, Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953

Forms of Material: Correspondence., 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, Writings.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Carus, Paul, 1852-1919.
Freedom of speech - United States - History - 20th century
Mormon Church - Controversial literature
Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Supplement acquired by Arnold Maddaloni in 1980.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original .

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Preferred Citation: Theodore Schroeder papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.

The series consists of correspondence with family, publishers, editors, political figures, and others.  Includes letters from Schroeder to President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing the conditions in Puerto Rico and inviting the "first scientific investigation of social conditions;" six letters to Eleanor Roosevelt persuading her influence as the "First Lady" to induce other world "leaders" to adopt more mature, intellectual methods of solving world problems; and an open letter to President Truman requesting a psychological approach to world peace by the establishment of a federal committee for psychiatric investigation of the educational system within the United States Department of Education.

The first portion of the the series is arranged in chronological order, with the remainder of the series arranged by correspondent in alphabetical order. Alphabetical and chronological indexes to the correspondence are available for this series.

Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Family Correspondence, 1873-1905Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Family Documents, 1842-1902Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Anthony Comstock Correspondence with Schroeder; and Comstock's "Golden Rule" articles, 1905-1907; 1889-1890Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous correspondence, and Brief for Argument (re closing the mails against offensive matter), 1899-1917, circa 1889Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1880-1902Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1903, Jan-JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1903, Aug-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1904, Jan-JulyAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1904, Aug-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1906, Jan- AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1906, May-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1907, Jan-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1907, June-DecAdd to your cart.
Contains correspondence with Paul Carus.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1908, Jan-MayAdd to your cart.
Contains correspondence with Paul Carus.
Folder 4: General Correspodence, 1908, June-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1910-1911 AprilAdd to your cart.
Contains correspondence with Upton Sinclair.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1911, May-DecAdd to your cart.
Contains correspondence with Upton Sinclair.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1912, Jan-AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1912, May-JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1912, Aug-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1913, Jan-MayAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1913, June-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1914, Jan-AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1914, Sept - 1915 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1915, Aug-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1916, Jan-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1916, June-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1918Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1920-1921 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1921, Aug - 1922, AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1922, Sept - 1923Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1924, Jan-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1924, July-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1926-1927, MayAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1927, June - 1928, AugAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1928, Sept - 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1930-1931, AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1931, May - 1932, MarchAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1932, April-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1934 - 1935, JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1935, Aug-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1936-1937, AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1937, May - 1938, AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1938, May-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1939, Jan-JuneAdd to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1939, July-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1941, Jan - JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1941, Aug-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1942, Jan-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1942, July-DecAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1943, Jan-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1943, June-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1946, Jan-MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, 1946, June-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1949Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1951, Jan-JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1951, Aug-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1952, Jan-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, 1952, July - 1953, Feb 10Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, 1953, Feb 11 -1957, March 12Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, n.y., Jan-DecAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, A-B, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, C-F, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: General Correspondence, G-H, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: General Correspondence, I-M, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General Correspondence, N-R, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, S-Z, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Fragments by SchroederAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.

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