Philip Frederick Meusch was the second president of Elmhurst College. He was born in Nassau, Germany in 1836 and immigrated to Missouri in about 1850. He trained for the ministry at Marthasville Seminary (later Eden Theological Seminary) in Marthasville, Missouri and was appointed president of Elmhurst in 1874. He served until his death in 1880.
The papers consist of a small booklet (1865) handwritten in German and signed by Meusch, a biographical form completed by his son in 1945, a letter from his son, and a printed obituary in German.