The Papers of William Paul Sihler, 1887-1989 | Luther College Archives

Collection Overview

Title: The Papers of William Paul Sihler, 1887-1989Add to your cart.

ID: LCA/RG15/Sihler, W

Primary Creator: Sihler, William Paul (1865-1941)

Extent: 3.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Documentation consists of correspondence, 1904-1940; two Luther College photo albums; privately owned books; music by Sihler; journal "The Lutheran Herald," 1951; cassettes and tapes with notes; books by Sihler (fables for children, grammar books, buides for learning different languages); program; writings; miscellaneous articles (some in German); sales plan; certificate of membership; materials on Billy Sihler stories.

Biographical Note

William Paul Sihler was born Nov. 5, 1865 at Fort Wayne, Ind. Attended Concordia College, 1877-73; Concordia Seminary, 1883-86 (CT); Univ. of Wis., 1887-88 (MA); Johns Hopkins Univ., 1889-90. Teacher of parochial school, 1886-87; Dr. Sachs Collegiate Institute, 1888-89.

Sihler taught German at Luther College from 1890-1940.  His experience playing professional baseball helped to promote the development of the game at Luther.

He married Amelia Schust on June 23, 1893. They had four children, including Margaret Sihler and Rev. E.W. Sihler. Died 1941.


Sihler underviste i tysk på Luther College fra 1890 til 1940. Som tidligere profesjonell baseball spiller.

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 boxes

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Though we may hold the property rights, Luther College Archives does not hold the copyrights for all materials. Individuals may use materials for non-commercial, private use, but commercial users must secure permissions from the copyright holders and/or Luther College Archives to reproduce, publish, or quote protected materials and photographs. For more information about the Luther College copyright and fair use policy, please visit

Preferred Citation: Cite unpublished materials: William Paul Sihler Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa

Processing Information: The collection was reprocessed in April and May 2024 by Amelia Ramirez and Hayley Jackson.

Finding Aid Revision History:

5/16/24: HJ updated copyright policy link.

11/26/19: EC updated the preferred citation.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: 1899-1979],
[Box 4: Photos and Letters, 1890 - 1997],
[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Billy Sihler Stories],
[Series 3: Publications],
[Series 4: Photographs and Scrapbooks],
[Series 5: Patents],
[Series 6: Music],
[Series 7: Biographical Material],

Box 1: 1899-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 2 Books. "Cotta'sche Bibliothek der Weltlitteratur: Schiller" and "Cotta'sche Bibliothek der Weltliteratur: Goethe", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Inventory Processing Sheets, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Music, Publications, and Program, 1899-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Fifty Fables for Children" by Wilhelm Hey, Translated by William Sihler and Two Booklets "Drikfaldighed", 1884, 1877, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photo Album and Snapshot Booklet, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Digte og Sange" by Wilhelm Fr. Koren, "The Latin Forms Through the Shortest Method" by William Sihler, "The German Noun Its Difficulties Simplified" by WIlliam Sihler, and Notes, 1890, 1930, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Reel Cassettes, Box Cover Photocopies, Cassette Tape, and Notes on Cassette Tape, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, Certificate of Membership in the Chartered Institute of American Inventors, Shoveling Machine Patent, and Notes, 1935-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, Booklet on Patent Law, Brochure, and material regarding Patents, 1900-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Patents, Patent Copies, and Envelopes, 1899-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 11: 4 Luther College Homecoming Buttons, 1911,1948, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Booklets on German, Latin, and Greek by WIlliam Sihler, 1896-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Articles Including Poetry, German Word Lists, and Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: German Grammar Books by William Sihler, 1903, 1914, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Letters About Recognition Day, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1915-1917Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1918-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence to Margaret Sihler, 1929, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence to Mrs. William Sihler, 13 April 1904 - 1 December 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Family Letters, 15 January 1914- 31 October 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Family Letters, 27 January 1919- 10 October 1919Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: 1899-1979],
[Box 4: Photos and Letters, 1890 - 1997],
[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Billy Sihler Stories],
[Series 3: Publications],
[Series 4: Photographs and Scrapbooks],
[Series 5: Patents],
[Series 6: Music],
[Series 7: Biographical Material],