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Frederick Roth Webber Collection

Identifier: Collection ID-0852

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, files on church architecture, sermons, biographical information, manuscripts, notes, photographs, (55 of 142). A preliminary inventory is available at CHI.


  • 1908 - 1960


Biographical / Historical

Fred Webber was born on 26 January 1887 in Decatur, Illinois. He graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology (Maywood, Illinois) in 1914. He was ordained in Racine, Wisconsin in June of that year and accepted a call from the First Lutheran Church (Beloit, Wisconsin). From 1915 to 1917 he was a missionary to stations and congregations in Wisconsin and Chicago. In 1918 he accepted a call from Faith Lutheran Church (Cleveland, Ohio) and remained there until 1937. He served on the Architectural Committee of the English District, writing articles for various periodicals. In 1927 he published his magnum opus, "Church Symbolism". He also wrote the three volume "History of Preaching in Britain and America". He spent much of his time with archeological research in England. Webber died on 27 December 1963 in Mount Vernon, New York.


25.83 Linear Feet (Sixty-two 5" document boxes; Five card files;)

25 Volumes (Twenty-five albums;)

50 Photographic Media (Fifty large photos;)

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Repository Details

Part of the Concordia Historical Institute Repository

804 Seminary Place
Saint Louis MO 63105 USA