Herman J. Schick was the fifth president of Elmhurst College. Born in Milltown, New Jersey in 1878, he was the son of German immigrants. He graduated from Elmhurst College in 1897 and attended Eden Theological Seminary and McCormick Theological Seminary. He served as minister in churches in Illinois and Indiana and was appointed to the presidency of Elmhurst in 1919. (He was the first person to hold the title "president"). During his tenure, Elmhurst formally replaced the "proseminary" with "Elmhurst Academy and Junior College" and began changes in the curriculum and student rules. Schick resigned in 1924 and became the minister at Immanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church in Chicago. (From An Ever- Widening Circle by Melitta Cutright).
Papers consist of biographical information; general correspondence; correspondence, minutes and memos about a student strike over hours; correspondence in German; and an unsigned article about the strike.