Guide to the John Jacob Scherer Papers, 1931-1959
The John Jacob Scherer (1881-1956) Papers span the years 1931 to 1959. They chiefly consist of subject files and printed material but also include writings, sermons, clippings, and subject cards. The collection primarily relates to Scherer's career as an independent labor arbitrator for several companies and labor unions in Virginia including: Mead Corporation, United Paper Workers of America, Brooks Transfer Company, and the Teamsters Union. Included are two volumes of typed transcripts of proceedings of arbitration cases. Other areas represented in the collection are Scherer's career as a Lutheran minister in both West Virginia and Virginia. There is no information pertaining to his personal life or his tenure as an associate justice. In the Subject Files Series is information pertaining to labor arbitration from 1937-1955, such as literature from both labor unions and the companies. This information contains the grievances of each party, and also contains Scherer's notes and recommendations for specific cases. The Printed Materials Series contains published texts collected by Scherer that pertain to labor arbitration. The Miscellaneous Series includes Scherer's writings on labor arbitration and also a few sermons and church addresses. Photocopied newspaper clippings in this series concern both Scherer's labor arbitration and ministry.
- Collection Number
- John Jacob Scherer papers
- Scherer, John Jacob, 1881-1956
- 4.8 Linear Feet, 4,000 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], John Jacob Scherer Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
|1881, May 6||
Born, Marion, Va.
Student, Marion College
Student, Fishburne Military School, Waynesboro, Va.
Earned A.B., Roanoke College, Salem Va.
Earned B.D. Gettysberg (Pa.) Lutheran Theological Seminary
Ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Minister, Grace Lutheran Church, Fairmont, W. Va.
Minister, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richmond, VA
|1906, Dec. 13||
Married Anna Belle Downtain
Associate justice Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Richmond, Va.
Conferred, D.D., Roanoke College, Salem, Va.
President, Lutheran Synod of Virginia
Member of the American Arbitration Association
|1956, Jan. 14||
Died, Richmond, Va.
John Jacob Scherer, Jr. served and held positions in many civic and community organizations including: President and member of Board of Directors, Richmond Community Council; Trustee, Roanoke College, Marion Junior College, and Richmond Professional Institute of College of William and Mary (founder and President); Konnarock Training School (Director); and Iron Mountain School for Boys. Scherer also served as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Virginia (President 1919-1922) and Lutheran Synod of Virginia (President 1926-1948). Scherer also served on the National War Labor Board, Region IV; as Vice-Chairman of the National Wage Stabilization Board, Region IV; and as Chairman of the Virginia Board of Public Welfare.
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- Brooks Transfer Company
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America
- Lutheran Church -- Sermons
- Lutheran Church -- Clergy
- Mead Corporation
- Scherer, John Jacob, 1881-1956
- United Paper Workers of America
The John Jacob Scherer Papers (1931-1959) were donated to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1979.
Processed by: John Gribble
Completed 8 June 1994
Encoded by Jackie Dean