Schwenkfelder Elmer E.S. Johnson spent the early years of the 20th century working on the Corpus Schwenckfeldianorum in Wolfenbüttel, Germany gathering Schwenkfelder research material and artifacts. Material collected at that time became part of the Corpus publications and the foundation for the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center’s library and museum collections we know today.
As we read from his diary (pictured above, left) he celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife Agnes and son Rolland by enjoying a supper of ice cream and chocolate cake from the Hermann Lambrecht Conditorei (bakery). Earlier in the day he worked on the second volume of the Corpus. During his meeting with Pastor Ritmeier, he enjoyed a cup of bullion or broth.
His daily entries in his journal record visits from friends, researchers, his meals, the weather, Schwenkfelder anniversaries, and more. His diaries are part of the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center archival holdings and provide insight into the early years of our organization and reflect the Schwenkfelder efforts to preserve and gather materials reflective of their history.
Special thanks to Allen Viehmeyer, our Associate Director of Research for finding and sharing this glimpse into the life of Elmer E.S. Johnson.