Welcome to the Pacific Lutheran University Archives & Special Collections Discovery Database. This database includes descriptions of the Archives & Special Collections' holdings and provides access to digitized and born digital content. These holdings are divided into four main collection areas:
<br/>PLU University Archives - Records relating to the activities and operations of Pacific Lutheran University. ELCA Region I Archives - Records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Region I, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Special Collections - Unique materials collected by or donated to the department of Archives & Special Collections. Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection - Records relating to the experience of Scandinavian immigrants in the Pacific Northwest.

Search Tips

  • To limit your search to a specific collection area (University Archives, ELCA Region 1 Archives, the Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection, or Special Collections), select the appropriate archival institution.
  • Use advanced search to limit results by date range and digital object availability.
  • Publications, images, and documents (such as Scene or Tacoma Tidende) can be viewed in full by clicking on the preview image.
  • Browse by subject, place, or digital objects.

Advisory Statement on Offensive Content

Materials held by the Archives and Special Collections may include content that is inconsistent with the mission and values of Pacific Lutheran University. When utilizing these materials, including content available digitally, you may encounter offensive, oppressive, and/or outdated references and representations. This content is made available for transparency, accountability, and education. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Lauren Loftis at loftis@plu.edu.

Contact us

For questions or to schedule a research appointment please fill out this form. If you are interested in donating materials, please fill out this form. You can also get in touch via email at archives@plu.edu.

Current hours and location

Monday - Friday
8am-4pm: By appointment only

Physical address:
Mortvedt Library 303
12180 Park Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98447