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Mooring Mast

  • UA 9.10.2
  • Record group
  • 1924 - 2016

The Mooring Mast is PLU’s student-run newspaper, first printed in 1924. The unusual name of the newspaper came from the USS Shenandoah, a U.S. Navy airship. In nearby Fort Lewis there was a large mooring structure for the airship and the students derived the name from this in honor of the famed ship. Throughout its existence the newspaper was published as either 'The Mooring Mast' or 'The Mast.' The series in this collection show the different titles of the publication and years during which it was published as such. The newspaper includes coverage of campus events and activities, local and national news, athletics, editorials, and other information on student life and activities.

New Land, New Lives Oral History Collection

  • SIE 2
  • Record group

The Oral History collection contains the recorded interviews of 282 men and women who emigrated from Scandinavia and settled in the Pacific Northwest. The project was started during an experimental course on Scandinavian Women in the Pacific Northwest. Students in the course were encouraged to interview women and learn about their experiences as immigrants to the United States. The project was continued and expanded with support from the president’s office and by grants from the L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, from the Joel E. Ferris Foundation and the Norwegian Emigration Fund of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The project was directed by Dr. Janet E. Rasmussen. Upon completion, the collection was transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Department.

The oral history collection is open for personal and scholarly work. For commercial use, please contact archives@plu.edu.

Nils Joseph Hong Papers

  • UA 1.2.4
  • Record group
  • 1893 - 1960

Papers of Nils J. Hong, president at Pacific Lutheran Academy, 1898 – 1918, contains correspondence, corporate reports, newspaper clippings, and class books.

Hong, Nils Joseph

Nordlandslaget Nordlyset Records

  • SIE 1.5
  • Record group
  • 1912-1990

The records of Nordlandslaget Nordlyset (or the Northlight Club) includes correspondence, financial and membership ledgers, publications, and programs.

Nordlandslaget Nordlyset

Normanna Male Chorus Records

  • SIE 1.8.1
  • Record group
  • 1906-2000

These records include agendas and minutes of board meetings, financial records, scrapbooks, and event programs and materials.

Normanna Male Chorus

Norwegian American Anniversary Commission (N/A 150)

  • SIE 1.9
  • Record group
  • 1973

This collection includes various papers and documents about the N/A 150. It commemorates the the 150th annivesary of the association with the visit of King Olav. Many of the files contain information about the king's visit.

Olsen Family Papers

  • UA 8.6.3
  • Record group
  • 1947 - 1964

In the summer of 1947, Robert Olsen joined the faculty of Pacific Lutheran College as a Professor of Chemistry. He and his wife Josephine (“Jo”), along with sons Richard, Robert Jr., James, and Paul moved to Tacoma from Detroit, Michigan. While in Tacoma, the family expanded to include Ruth (1951) and Timothy (1953). Professor Olsen retired from PLU in 1976.

Shortly after the Olsen family relocated to Tacoma, Professor Olsen took a series of Kodachrome slide photographs of the campus and surrounding area. Jo Olsen wrote a script to accompany the slides describing their content and providing details about the family’s new home and community. The slides and script were sent to the family’s former congregation in Detroit to be viewed as a tour of the area. The slides have been digitized and the caption written by Jo Olsen has been included with each image.

The Olsen Times was a newspaper started by 10-year-old James B. Olsen in 1951, covering family and community news. The paper was distributed to family and friends across the country. The Olsen Times was published weekly from 1951-1954 and monthly from 1954-1956. It was followed or supplemented by The Olsen Times Bulletin (1958, 1960, 1961), The Olsen News (1951-1957), and family letters (1961, 1964).

Olsen Family

Oregon Congregation Files

  • ELCA 6.2.1
  • Record group

The Oregon Congregation Files contain limited information on Lutheran congregations in Alaska received either from regional Synod offices or directly from the congregation. Files may contain Congregational Historical Record forms, written histories of the church, service programs and bulletins, Congregational Statistical Record forms, and newspaper clippings. For a limited number of congregations, photographs and/or Parish Records are also included.

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