Welcome to the Pacific Lutheran University Archives & Special Collections

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:


For questions or to schedule a research appointment contact archives@plu.edu.


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 and documents (such as Scene or Tacoma Tidende) can be read by clicking on the preview image.
  • Browse by subject, place, or digital objects.