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Archives Resources

Resources from the Luther College Archives

Welcome to the Luther College Archives

About the Archives

The Luther College Archives collects, organizes, preserves, promotes, and makes available records of enduring historical, legal, administrative and fiscal value.

The archives are used by college administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others.

The collection consists of a variety of formats including

  • handwritten manuscripts
  • office records
  • meeting minutes, photographs
  • audio visual material
  • video tapes
  • photographs.

The collections have been organized into record groups to aid in access for staff and researchers.

The archives are interested in collection material relating to the history of the college. If you have items of historical interest to the college, please contact the archivist.

The archives also receives limited support from a recently established endowment. Donations of any size are always welcome.

Search the Archives Catalog

Search the Luther College Archives catalog to find primary source materials relating to the history of Luther College, the Norwegian Synod, local church congregations, and more.

Visit Nordic: the Norwegian Digital Catalog

For more assistance with finding materials in the Archives, please contact us at or 563-387-1805.

Digital Collections

Digital Collections and Resources

Using the Archives

College Archives Hours

  Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  Saturday – Sunday CLOSED
  Additional research hours in the Luther College Archives are available by appointment. If the College Archives door is closed, please contact the Circulation Desk for more information. The College Archives will be closed for lunch in the middle of the day.

ABSOLUTELY no food or drink is allowed in the Archives. 

Please leave water bottles and coffee mugs in your bag or outside the room.

Materials will be brought to the researcher to use in the Archives reading room on the third floor of Preus Library. Materials may not leave the room.

Brief cases, backpacks and portfolios must be stored in the researchers coat rack in the Archives Reading Room.

Only pencils may be used to take notes. Electrical outlets are supplied for laptop computers.

Absolutely no marks may be made on Archives material.

A photocopier/scanner is available in the Archives Reading Room. It is up to the discretion of the Archives staff to decide what may and may not be safely reproduced.

All the materials are valuable to current as well as future researchers. Materials must be handled with care. You will be provided with cotton gloves when handling certain items.

If your research will result in a publication, please see the Archivist for the proper citation giving credit to the Luther College Archives. Before publication please consult the Archivist about any copyright restrictions.

Using Archives

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