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Pacific Northwest Publication Collection

  • Collection
  • 1871 - 2014

The Pacific Northwest Publication Collection includes books, periodicals, memoirs, and other published materials related to the history, culture, and people of the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific Herold

  • UA 8.2.4
  • Record group
  • 1895 - 1918

The Pacific Herold, a Norwegian language newspaper published by Pacific Lutheran University from 1895 to 1918.

Pacific Coast/American Union of Swedish Singers

  • SIE 1.8.3
  • Record group
  • 1917-1936

Contains 5 programs for events related to the Pacific Coast Division of American Union of Swedish Singers, 6 songbooks, and one sheet about the tour of “Bergslagsmor”. The documents are dated between 1917 and 1936. Collection is in English and Swedish.

The Pacific Coast Division of American Union of Swedish Singers promotes and preserves the Swedish music tradition in the US.

Oscar Tingelstad Papers

  • UA 1.2.6
  • Record group
  • 1928 - 1952

Papers of Oscar A. Tingelstad, President at Pacific Lutheran University, 1928-1943. The collection consists of correspondence, materials from Oscar A. Tingelstad’s inauguration, financial and stock information and miscellaneous materials from 1928 to 1952. The majority of these materials comes from 1931 to 1937 and is copies from the Tingelstad papers housed at St. Olaf University (the Norwegian-American Historical Association). This collection is arranged into four series and arranged chronologically within each file.

The correspondence is almost entirely related to Tingelstad’s position as the editor of the Pacific Lutheran College publication The Pacific Lutheran Herald, and covers the years 1931 – 1937. The inauguration materials include programs and related correspondence. The financial and stock information includes a book containing a list of the bonds, stocks, and pertinent information held by Oscar A. Tingelstad. The remainder of the collection contains miscellaneous documents belonging to Tingelstad, most pertaining to his work as president of Pacific Lutheran College. Also included are artifacts and other oversized documents related to Dr. Tingelstad’s time as President.

Tingelstad, Oscar A.

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.

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

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.

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