Guide to the Frantisek Kun Collection

Repository: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Dates: 1930-1966
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet
Language(s): Czech

Scope and Content of the Collection

Frantisek Kun immigrated to the United States in 1865 and settled on a farm in Tama County, Iowa. Having received a formal education in the classics and religion in Moravia and Bratislava, he became the first pastor of a small group of Protestants near Ely, Iowa. While in Ely, Kun also taught Latin and Greek at Western College for two years. He made regular visits to congregations in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library acquired the collection in 1999 as a donation from the Session of First Presbyterian Church in Ely, Iowa. Accession Number:1999.028

The collection is open for research use. Researchers interested in consulting the archives of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library are encouraged to contact the librarian at 319-362-8500 before visiting. Many processed and nearly all unprocessed collections require advance notice in order to be retrieved.

Accruals to the Collection

The collection was acquired through a single donation. New materials will not be added to the collection.

Processing Information

The original collection was accessioned in 1999.

Copyright Statement

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Prefered Citation

Box #, File #, Frantisek Kun Collection, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Description of Materials

SC 1.11.5 - Box 1: Frantisek Kun Materials, 1900

  • Item: Book of Frantisek Kun's Sermons, handwritten by Jan Hanus, 800 pages, Czech language (1900)

SC 1.11.6 - Box 2: Frantisek Kun (and relatives) Documents

  • File SC1.11.6.01: Administrative and biographical info
  • File SC1.11.6.02: Sermons and notes by F. Kun. Session of the First Presbyterian Church: Funeral sermons Ev. Sv. Jana XVII 22. €“ 24. (16 pages); List of prepared psalms (6 pages); Preparation of the text on the sermons: Exodium- events of the past year and expectations of the future (2 pages), Proces Ota Pana text (11 pages, first page missing),Text on the sermons (4 pages), Text on the sermons (1883) (8 damaged pages), Text on the sermons (4 damaged pages), Vecere Pane sermons (6 pages)
  • File SC1.11.6.03: Order form for Postilla of Frantisek Kun (Postilla is the name for a coherent interpretation of the liturgical biblical text)
  • File SC1.11.6.04: Wilhelm (Vilem) Kun materials: Certificate from school; Diploma (certificate) of graduation in high school (1862); Marriage certificate (1888); Official document with seal (1857); Official document from Basel University (1864); Official document (1866); Official school documents (1866); Official school documents (3) (1866); Official school document (1860); School document from Basel
  • File SC1.11.6.05: Other related documents: Baptismal certificate for Anna Budka (1853); Karl Kun (relative of Frantisek Kun)€“ official document (1857); Karl Kun (relative of Frantisek Kun)- school document (1857)