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Preliminary Inventory of the Reverend F. J. Uplegger Papers 1896-1986

1990-00321
1990-00352
1992-00560
1992-00560A
1992-00677


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Uplegger, Francis J., 1867-1964
Title: Preliminary Inventory of the Reverend F. J. Uplegger Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1896-1986
Quantity: 11 Boxes (13.9 Linear Feet)
Abstract:This collection houses books, diaries, notes, correspondence, artwork, botanical specimens, audio tapes, and a photocopy of the Apache dictionary manuscript documenting Rev. F. A. Uplegger's work with the Apache people and their language. This collection has not been processed in full and can be viewed only by appointment. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.
Identification: 1990-00321
1990-00352
1992-00560
1992-00560A
1992-00677
Language: Material in English with some Apache and German.
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
E-Mail: archives@asu.edu
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Franz John Theo Uplegger (more commonly known as Francis J. Uplegger) was born in Rostock, Germany on October 29, 1867. He emigrated to the United States in August of 1886 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied at the Concordia Seminary, but was not granted a Doctorate of Divinity until 1957. Uplegger was naturalized in 1895. In 1891, he became pastor of the St. John's congregation (Wisconsin Synod) in Hermansfort, Wisconsin. He went on to hold posts in Denmark and Germany and served as director of the Lutheran high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin upon returning to the United States. In 1919 Uplegger followed his son (also a Lutheran pastor) to San Carlos, Arizona (then known as Rice) to establish a mission to the San Carlos Apache, where he remained for the rest of his life.

When Uplegger arrived in Arizona he was already familiar with German, English, Norwegian, French, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. He learned the Apache language while at the mission and wrote a four-volume Apache-English dictionary. His works include Apache translations of most of the Lutheran catechism, creed, liturgy, and much of the Bible. Uplegger also assisted the San Carlos Apache in writing their constitution in 1930-1931. This document was later used as a model by many other tribes. Known fondly as "Old Man Missionary", Uplegger was officially adopted into the San Carlos tribe in 1961. He died on the reservation on June 13, 1964.

Uplegger married Emma Plass (1866-1925) on August 20, 1891 in Dodge County, Wisconsin. They had four children, Alfred Martin Johannes (1892-1984), Johanna (Uplegger) Rosin (1896-1983), Gertrude E. (1898-1991), and Dorothea (Uplegger) Behn (1902-1986).


Scope and Content Note

This collection houses books, diaries, notes, correspondence, artwork, botanical specimens, audio tapes, and a photocopy of the Apache dictionary manuscript documenting Rev. F. A. Uplegger's work with the Apache people and their language. This collection has not been processed in full and can be viewed only by appointment. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.


Arrangement

This collection consists of eleven boxes divided into five series:
Series I: Accession #1990-00321
Series II: Accession #1990-00352
Series III: Accession #1992-00560
Series IV: Accession #1992-00560A
Series V: Accession #1992-00677

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.

Copyright

Arizona State University does not own the copyright to this collection. We recognize that it is incumbent upon the researcher to procure permission to publish information from this collection from the owner of the copyright.


Related Material

A guide to CP SPC 187: Francis J. Uplegger Photographs is available at http://www.azarchivesonline.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/asu/upleggerphotos.xml.

Artifacts received with this collection, including an unidentified jawbone, pottery shards, and beads, were transferred to the School of Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) in 2008.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Uplegger, Francis J., 1867-1964.

Subject(s)
Apache Indians -- Arizona.
Apache languages.
Lutheran Church -- Arizona -- Clergy.
Lutheran Church -- Missions -- Arizona.
Missionaries -- Arizona.
Navajo language.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Reverend F. J. Uplegger Papers, [Accession Number], Arizona State University Library.

Provenance

The Arizona Collection received these materials from Gertrude Uplegger and others between 1990 and 1992.


Container List

Series I: Accession #1990-00321
Box
1 Apache Dictionary Manuscript (Photocopy)
Original manuscript held at the Huntington Library.
Series II: Accession #1990-00352
BoxFolder
11 [Papers, Newsclippings], 1903, 1909, 1965
12 [Letters from Tom Endfield], 1932
13 [Chuck Bindner Letters], 1967 (1 Photograph)
14 [Lessons in Apache - Rev. Joel Sauer], 1937
15 ["Apache, Past and Present" by Charles T. Connell in The Tucson Citizen], 1921
16 Genesis in Apache, 1954
Apache

17 [Indian Languages - Phonetics], 1913, 1916, 1940
18 [Census - San Carlos Indian Reservation], 1929
19 [Correspondence, Letters], 1957, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1970
110 [Verb Composition, John VIII, Mark; Journals, Handwritten Notes], Undated
111 Apache Sermons, 1945-1948
112 Sermons, 1951-1952
113 Apache Sermons, 1945-1957
114 Apache Sermons, 1940-1950
115 Apache Sermons - John / Acts, 1940-1950
116 [Journal - Magic Flight, Summaries and Leading Thoughts], Undated
117 Apache Words and Phrases, 1952
118 [Handwritten Notes], 1933
119 [Handwritten Notes], Undated
120 [Handwritten Notes], Undated
121 [Handwritten Notes], Undated
122 [Handwritten Notes], Undated
BoxFolder
21 [Meditations Predigtnotizon], 1913, 1916
22 [Apache Sermon Sketches], Undated
23 God Bizad - Navajo, 1917
24 [Handwritten Notes], Undated
25 [Handwritten Notes], Undated
26 Catechism, Undated
27 Apache Verbs; Exposition of the Book of Revelation, Undated
28 [Handwritten Notes, Expositions], Undated
29 Apache Myths, Handwritten Notes, Undated
210 Sermons in Apache; The Warning and the Consolation: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation, Undated
211 [Loose Handwritten Notes and Typewritten Notes], Undated
212 [Newsclippings], 1932, 1934, 1935
213 [Newsclippings], 1906, 1907
214 Vocabulary of the Navajo Language, 1912
215 [Elementary Bible History - Text and Handwritten Notes], 1935
216 Sermons, 1965
217 [Journal Articles, Reports], 1939, 1949, 1953
218 [Apache Snakeman Story; Apache Text Translations and Sermon Material, Handwritten Notes], Undated
219 [Chiricahua Apache Stems - Complied by Harry Hoijer], Undated
220 [The Earth For Sam - by W. Maxwell Reed], Undated
221 [Handwritten Notes], 1957, 1958
222 [Handwritten Notes], 1953
223 [Handwritten Notes, Sermon Notes], 1941, 1954, 1957
224 [Handwritten Notes], Undated
225 [Linguistic History, Notes on Phonefias, Handwritten Notes], 1936
226 [The Apache Scout, A Few Forget-Me-Nots of the Ministry, My Life How Should it Proceed?, Golden Anniversary], 1936, 1944, 1964, 1965, 1967
227 [Red Man and White Man in Harmony], Undated
228 [Apache Names], Undated
BoxFolder
31 Apache Sermons, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1956
32 Disposition of the Sermon on the Mount [Handwritten Notes], Undated
33 [Order of Church Worship - Book I and II - Handwritten Notes], Undated
34 [The Relation Between the Liturgy and the Dissemination of False Doctrine - Typewritten Notes], Undated
35 The Record of the Rocks - Evolution [Handwritten Notes], Undated
36 [Handwritten Notes], Undated
37 [Handwritten Notes], Undated
38 Apache Language Material, 1945
39 [Handwritten Notes], 1913
310 Constitution of Apache Congregation - San Carlos and Other Papers, 1942
Apache and English

311 [Recording Tapes], 1963-1968 (13 5" Tapes; 3 3" Tapes)
Series III: Accession #1992-00560
BoxFolder
11 [Autobiography Handwritten Notes], Undated
12 [Newsclippings, Handwritten Notes], 1906, 1910
13 [Handbook of American Indian Languages - Handwritten Notes], 1911
14 [Correspondence, The Interpreter An English-Apache Dictionary], 1953, 1954 (Draft)
15 [Biography, American Bible Society Correspondence], 1945, 1967
16 [Huntington Library - Apache/English Dictionary], 1985
17 [Northern Renaissance Art], 1914 (Handwritten Draft)
18 [Old Sermons, Stories, Poems], 1917, 1919, 1939
German and English

19 [Letters from Germany], 1924-1954
110 [Southwest Indian Newsletter], 1951
111 [Correspondence], 1923, 1941, 1946, 1950, 1957
112 [Correspondence, Newsclippings, The Small Catechism, Music], 1924, 1927, 1964
113 [Letters to Alfred's to Family], 1915-1919
114 [Newsclippings], 1920, 1923
115 [Notes, Gospel of St. John], 1946, 1972
116 [Obituary, Church Bulletins], 1929, 1952, 1954, 1964
117 [Our Christian Faith and Creed - Apache Equivalents for Scripture Terms], 1967
118 [Song Book], 1965
119 [Newsclippings, Correspondence], 1912, 1920, 1921
120 [Notes on Apache, Music, The Apache Scout], 1935, 1938, 1942, 1946, 1948 (3 Photographs)
121 [Prayer of Thanksgiving], 1951, 1982
122 [English-Apache Dictionary, Poem], 1965, 1966, 1971 (1 Photograph)
123 [Newspaper Clipping - Apaches Bid Final Farewell to their Missionary], 1964
124 [Songbook, Notebook], Undated
125 [Handwritten Notes, Genesis in Apache], Undated
126 [English/Apache Dictionary, Handwritten Notes], Undated
127 [Biographical Preface and Notes], Undated
128 [Thomas Adapul, Sigmund Bresters Sohn and Other], Undated
129 [Handwritten Notes, Mission vid Delaware], Undated
130 [Music], Undated
131 [Proposed Settlement of Claims in Docket No. 22-D before the Indian Claims Commission], 1972
132 [Newsclippings (Apache Tribal Council), Teaching Beginners], 1966, 1976
133 [Brochure No. 5-10 by George E. P. Smith], 1967, 1968, 1969
134 [Low German Poems Translated to English], Undated
135 [First Lessons in Apache], Undated
136 [Apache Word List, the Apache Verb], 1968
137 [A Brief Review of Nearly Ninety Years of Life; Apache Verb Distinctions], 1957, 1966
138 [Experiences in Learning to Know the Apache Indians], Undated
139 [The Apache Indian According to his Traditions and his Language], Undated (Draft Typescript)
140 [Apache Verbs used in "The Story of Moses"; Various Verbal Systems of the Apache Indian Language], 1968
141 [Journal Article and Map, Black Hills], Undated
142 [Correspondence Rice, Arizona], 1927
143 [First Lessons in Apache], Undated
144 [A Third Night - The Seeing Spirit], Undated (Revised Copy)
145 [The Hand of Providence], Undated
146 [Handwritten Notes; Excerpts from The American Bible Society, Missionsbriefe], 1911, 1913
147 [Handwritten Notes; Dr. Martin Luther's Small Catechism in the World], Undated
148 [Handwritten Notes - Merrill Miller], Undated
149 [The Messenger; Handwritten Notes], 1921
BoxFolder
21 [German Writings], 1915
22 [Handwritten - The Last of the Mohicans], Undated
23 [German Poems], Undated
24 [Indian Dawn; Music by J. S. Zamecnik, Poem by Charles O. Roos], Undated
25 [Missionary-Interpreter Conference, Hand Notes], 1942, 1943
26 [Newsclippings; Apache Conference], 1959, 1976, 1978
27 [Night First / The Gadding Spirit - Poems], Undated
28 [Correspondence], 1945, 1946
29 [First Lessons in Apache; Apache a Practical Introduction into the Language], 1942
210 [Numerals], Undated
211 [Language Material #44], Undated
212 [Language Material #45], Undated
213 [Language Material #46], Undated
214 [Language Material #47], Undated
215 [Language Material #48], Undated
216 [Language Material #49], Undated
217 [Language Material #50], Undated
218 [Language Material #51], Undated
219 [Language Material #52], Undated
220 [Language Material #53], Undated
221 [Language Material #54], Undated
222 [Language Material #55], Undated
223 [Language Material #56], Undated
224 [Language Material #57], Undated
225 [Language Material #58], Undated
226 [Language Material #59], Undated
227 [Language Material #60], Undated
228 [Language Material #61], Undated
229 [Language Material #62], Undated
230 [Language Material #63], Undated
231 [Language Material #64], Undated
232 [Language Material #65], Undated
233 [Language Material #66-79], Undated
234 [Apache Prose - Song], Undated
235 [First Lessons in Apache Language], 1943, 1944
236 [Reminiscences / Einst und Jetzi], 1980
237 [Correspondence], 1946, 1948, 1951, 1953, 1955
238 [German and English Writings - Stories of the Swedes, Dutch], Undated
239 [Apache Order of Church Service], Undated
240 [The Word of God used in the Lord's Supper / The Word of God used in Baptising], Undated
241 [Words of Commitment at a Burial], Undated
242 [Ten Commandments in Apache], 1962
243 [Language Lessons], Undated
BoxFolder
31 [Apache Language Material], 1962, 1973
32 [Words at Opening of Worship, Pastor's Salutation, Apostolic Blessing in Apache], Undated
33 [First Article of the Creed / God's Ten Commandments], Undated
34 [Basic Apache - Handwritten Notes], Undated
35 [Apacheland Musical Score], 1923
36 [Musical Scores, Journal Reprints], Undated
37 [Sesquicentennial Commission], 1937
38 [Sowing the Fall Wheat - Pencil Drawing], Undated
39 [Pennant - Apacheland Arizona], Undated
310 [Newsclipping - Olympics, World's Fair], 1923, 1931
311 [Newsclipping - Byrd in the Antarctic], 1930
312 [Newsclipping - Olympics], 1930-1932
313 [Newsclipping - Century of Progress], 1933
314 [Newsclipping - Lindberghs, Horse Race, Balbo], 1933
315 [Newsclipping - music festival], 1931, 1939
316 [Newsclipping - Navy, World's Largest Amphibian], 1931, 1932, 1934
317 [Newsclippings - U.S. Ships], 1927, 1932
318 [Newsclippings - Foreign Ships], 1930, 1931, 1932
319 [Newsclippings - Sports], 1927, 1928
320 [Newsclippings - Aviation], 1927, 1932
321 [Newsclippings - North Pole Submarine; Byrd South Pole], 1928, 1930, 1933, 1935
322 [Newsclippings - Elections - Presidents; Hoover, Roosevelt], 1928, 1929, 1930
323 [Newsclippings - Dam Dedication; Coolidge], 1930, 1931, 1935
324 [Newsclippings - Bridges; Hudson River at Brooklyn], 1931, 1932
325 [Newsclippings - Events - Political], 1931, 1932
326 [Newsclippings - U.S. Events], 1928, 1932
327 [Newsclippings - Revolution Cuba], 1933
328 [Newsclippings - Persons; Prominent Royal], 1927, 1928, 1931, 1933, 1953
329 [Lessons in Apache], 1942, 1968
330 [Ephesians 2:1-10 in Apache], Undated
331 [Correspondence, Lessons, Handwritten Notes], 1947, 1951, 1971, 1977
332 [Terms of Family Relations; the Verb in Apache], 1966, 1968
333 [Music Book, Handwritten Notes], 1926, 1951
Series IV: Accession #1992-00560A
BoxFolder
11 [Seeing Things Together by Albert V. Maurer], 1948
12 [Newsclipping], 1986
13 [4 Postcards, Handwritten Notes, Handwritten Notebook], 1937
14 [Children Singing], 1960 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
15 [Apache-English Songs], 1960 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
16 [My Faith Looks Up to Thee], 1958 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
17 [Bethy and Dear Little Ones; Apache and English Sermon; Sun after Trinity], 1957 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
18 [Pentecost - Entire Service], 1960 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
19 [Trinity Sunday], 1960 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
110 [Funeral Service - John Kitcheyan], 1960 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
111 [Conversation - Buenes Aires], 1960 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
112 [Sunday after New Year], 1958, 1959 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
113 [Conversation with Leonard Brown], 1960 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
114 [Conversation with Leonard Brown on Apache], 1960 (7" Magnetic Recording Tape)
115 [Dr. Zehner], 1954 (5" Magnetic Recording Tape)
116 [Church Service, Baptismal Service], Undated (5" Magnetic Recording Tape)
117 [Blank Tapes], Undated (3 7" Magnetic Recording Tapes)
118 [Apache - Nigostzan Djivgouaa, Hayu Dinhyaai], Undated (Silvertone Record Disc)
119 [Christian's Home Coming, Calm and Peace], 1947 (Silvertone Record Disc)
120 [Christian's Home Coming, Calm and Peace], 1947 (Silvertone Record Disc)
121 [Nigostzan Djivgonaai, Hayu Dinhya], Undated (Silvertone Record Disc)
BoxFolder
21-4 [Artifacts], Undated
All artifacts, including an unidentified jawbone, pottery shards, and beads, were transferred to the School of Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) in 2008.
25 [Photographic Images of Botanical Specimens], 1935, 1937, 1983 (Compact Disk)
Includes Listing with some Descriptions.
BoxFolder
31 [Watercolor Painting - Virgil Kozie - Indian School - Rice, Arizona], 1929
32 [Francis Uplegger], 1950 (1 Black and White Photograph)
33 [Wooden Frame with Art Canvas - Center Cut Out], Undated
34 [Incomplete Painting on Wooden Frame], Undated
35 [Landscape Painting on Wood], Undated
Series V: Accession #1992-00677
BoxFolder
11 [The Warning and the Consolation: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation II and III], Undated
12 [Skizzen and Entwurfe], Undated
13 [Assorted Notebooks - San Carlos Indian Reservation], 1954
14 Deutsche Predigten, 1938, 1946, 1948, 1952, 1955
15 [Kosma; Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod; Geological Related Topics, Newsclippings], 1896, 1925, 1926, 1937
16 [A List of Navaho Word Stems - Compiled by E. Sapir], Undated
17 Apache Grammar Introduction, Undated
18 Navaho Grammar - Fr. Bernard Haile, 1926
19 [Handwritten Notebook, Correspondence, Typewritten Draft], 1934
110 [Apache: A Practical Introduction into the Language], Undated
111 [Gospel and Epistle Leaflets], Undated
112 Mimeograph Copy [Handwritten and Typewritten Notes], Undated
113 [For Review - for Practice with Verb Forms - Handwritten Notes], Undated
114 [Apache Stems], Undated
115 [Correspondence, Handwritten Notes], 1958, 1966, 1971
116 [Apache Grammar - Foundations of Language], 1936
117 [Apache Lesson - Fifth Missionary-Interpreter Conference; Handwritten Notes; Typewritten Materials], 1944
118 [Handwritten Notebook], Undated
119 [Apache: A Practical Introduction into the Language], 1942
120 [Introductory Remarks], Undated
121 [Page II], Undated
122 [Page III], Undated
123 [Page IV], Undated
124 [Apache: A Practical Introduction into the Language - Page 1], Undated
125 [Page 2], Undated
126 [Page 3], Undated
127 [Page 4], Undated
128 [Page 5], Undated
129 [Page 6], Undated
130 [Page 7], Undated
131 [Page 8], Undated
132 [Page 9], Undated
133 [Page 10], Undated
134 [Page 11], Undated
135 Materials from Notebook Labeled "Apache", Undated