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Items Published in This Series

No. 70: Hus Medal
No. 69: Nativity from Guatemala
No. 68: Log Cabin College Model
No. 67: “Trinity Church” New York Sketch
No. 66: U. S. Army Chaplain’s Jacket
No. 65: Martin Luther Medal (1983)
No. 64: Private Communion Set
No. 63: Papua New Guinea Painting (1970)
No. 62: Papua New Guinea Exhibit
No. 61: Scrapbook of Convention Doodles (1954–1963)
No. 60: “Flowers Plucked in Those Holy Fields” Specimen Book
No. 59: Pest-Damaged Luther’s Works (1553)
No. 58: Addison Seminary Photo Album (circa 1903–1906)
No. 57: Souvenir Sheet Commemorating Martin Luther (1983)
No. 56: Wayang kulit (Shadow puppets)
No. 55: Concordia Seminary Architectural Drawing (Clayton Campus, 1922)
No. 54: “The Ascension”—Albrecht Dürer Woodcut (c. 1511)
No. 53: Initial Teaching Alphabet Arch Book (1970)
No. 52: Wyneken Oil Paintings (1842)
No. 51: Dossal (1951)
No. 50: “Missouri Chirpings” Caricature
No. 49: Needlework Sampler (1838)
No. 48: Archive Work Coat (1940s)
No. 47: Birthday Poem from C. F. W. Walther to his Wife (21 July 1846)
No. 46: India Missionaries Photograph (1902)
No. 45: Mission House Model (1963)
No. 44: German-language Primer (1817)
No. 43: Polish Crèche
No. 42: Altar cloth (1850s)
No. 41: Saint Anna Medal, Second Class (circa 1828–29)
No. 40: WWI Army Mess Kit (1918)
No. 39: Bound Collection of 16th Century Tracts
No. 38: Walther League Scrapbook (1928-1930)
No. 37: Erasmus of Rotterdam Medal (1531)
No. 36: Sketch of the English Conference of 1872
No. 35: Photograph of Wilhelm Sihler
No. 34: Sketch of Cleveland, Ohio (F. Lochner, 1845)
No. 33: Missouri Synod Pastor’s Civil War Diary (July 1863)
No. 32: Double-button carbon KFUO Radio microphone (1920s)
No. 31: African Wood Carving (ca. 1990s)
No. 30: Louisiana Purchase Exposition Materials (1903-1904)
No. 29: Synod Gavel (1911)
No. 28: Baseball Challenge (1876)
No. 27: Crucifix (circa 1868)
No. 26: Lithograph of the Ev. Luth. Orphanage and Church, St. Louis County [Des Peres], Missouri (ca. 1868-1873)
No. 25: Ojibwe-English Dictionary (1903)
No. 24: Wedding Dress (1877)
No. 23: Photograph of Missionary Olive Gruen with seven orphans (1939)
No. 22: Map of German Lutheran Mission Work in North America (1848)
No. 21: Postcard of Concordia College [Theological Seminary], Springfield, Illinois
No. 20: Kettle Crèche (Italy, date unknown)
No. 19: Concordia College Military Uniform (mid-1920s)
No. 18: Wooden Mask from Papua New Guinea (ca. 1967-1971)
No. 17: Index of Luther’s German Writings (1664)
No. 16: Mule Shoe (Concordia Seminary construction?)
No. 15: This Is the Life director’s chair, 16 mm movie reel, script and photograph (1954)
No. 14: Souvenir Baseball signed by the St. Louis Cardinals (ca. 1938-1939)
No. 13: Hindu Temple (model, ca. 1930s)
No. 12: Olbers Passenger List (First Cabin) (November 1838)
No. 11: Wedding Chairs (date unknown)
No. 10: Portrait of Dr. Alfred O. Fuerbringer (1974)
No. 9: Photograph, New Members, Saint Philip Lutheran Church (Chicago, Illinois, 1924)
No. 8: Chinese Dragon Mask
No. 7: The Johann Georg (oil painting by Rev. George H. Hilmer, 1937)
No. 6: Kirchen-Gesang-Buch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden ungänderter Augburgischer Confession (1847)
No. 5: Rev. August Friedrich Craemer’s Marriage Certificate (1845)
No. 4: A Manual of Prayers for Soldiers (1863)
No. 3: Altenburg, Missouri, Parsonage Watercolor (1848)
No. 2: Theodor Walther camera and African American mission slides (circa 1920)
No. 1: C. F. W. Walther Passport (1860)

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