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Martin, Thusenelda Gross. Papers


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Title: Martin, Thusenelda Gross. Papers, 1889-1978

Collection identifier: 821

Primary Creator: Martin, Thusenelda Gross

Extent: 8.0 cubic feet

Subjects: Animals, Anti-communist movements, Champaign County--Champaign (Ill.), Champaign County--Urbana (Ill.), China, Christian Action Movement, Citizens' Councils of America, Civil Rights Movement, Clergy, Communism, Elections, Farms, German Americans, John Birch Society, Labor unions, Legislation, Manion, Clarence, 1896-1979, McIntire, Carl, 1906-2002, Military, Soviet Union, United Nations, United States--Politics and government, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1939-1945

Forms of Material: Personal papers

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Thusenelda Martin (1896-1986) was a graduate of the University of Illinois, a country school teacher, and, for 27 years, a science teacher at Urbana High School. An active member of the Champaign County Humane Society and the American Legion Auxiliary of Urbana, she was an advocate for animal welfare and a political conservative.

The collection, which reflects Martin's interests, contains publications of such groups as the John Birch Society, Carl McIntire's 20th Century Reformation Hour, Citizens' Councils of America, the Manion Forum, and the Christian Action Movement. Primarily covering the period from 1958 to 1968, this material reflects the views of conservatives and right-wing extremists regarding communism, unions, civil rights legislation, fluoridation, mental health programs, and the United Nations.

Martin's father, the Rev. William F. Gross, was a German-born minister who served the Evangelical Association and, later, the Methodist Church. The collection contains some items from his years as a pastor, including religious periodicals and German language materials. Because of her German background, Martin also collected information dealing with Germany's role in World War I and II.

The Champaign County Historical Archives of the Urbana Free Library transferred this collection to the University Library in 1987, but retained other items, including genealogical materials.

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Anti-communist movements
Champaign County--Champaign (Ill.)
Champaign County--Urbana (Ill.)
Christian Action Movement
Citizens' Councils of America
Civil Rights Movement
German Americans
John Birch Society
Labor unions
Manion, Clarence, 1896-1979
McIntire, Carl, 1906-2002
Soviet Union
United Nations
United States--Politics and government
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945

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Repository: Illinois History and Lincoln Collections

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URL: https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/ihlcsfa/gross-martin.pdf

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