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Leif Erikson Foundation Records

  • SIE 1.6
  • Record group
  • 1924-1999

These records include correspondence, financial reports, programs, newsletters, and scrapbooks related to the activities and operations of the Leif Erikson Foundation. Leif Erikson was a man who came to North America in the year 1000. Due to him North America was tried to be colonized for over 300 years. Efforts were made by the Leif Erikson League to make a statue, a Leif Erikson Day (October 9th) and a postage stamp in his honor, all of which were successfully completed.

Leif Erickson is celebrated as a man who came to North America before Christopher Columbus. His statue was erected in the city of Seattle. This statue would be a symbol of cultural pride to the Scandinavian people. It was several feet tall overlooking towards the sea and cost approximately 40,000 dollars. The statue was unveiled in front of 3000 people on June 17 1962 at Shillshole Bay Marina. There was a request put in by the Leif Erikson Foundation to make the statue a landmark. The foundation also sought to make the 9th of October which went to the Senate and House Judiciary Committees. This request garnered much support from several of the congress members, the mayor and the governor. September 2nd of 1964, Congress declared October 9th to be Leif Erikson Day. In 1968 Marie Sherwin wrote a short paper titled “A Short History of the ‘Leif Erikson League, Incorporated, of the Seattle Area’”. It gives a short insight of the building of the statue, the success in having October 9th be Leif Erikson Day and she also mentions that 8 of Seattle’s citizens were awarded with the St. Olav’s Medal. His Majesty Olav V, King of Norway also came to visit and see the statue and enjoy a program set up by the surrounding schools and sponsored by Leif Erikson League. In a letter written in 1968, Ted Nakkerud talks about the effort of making Colombus day a national holiday and the problems that causes for the Scandinavian community. The proposed solution of the leagues president was to have a day named “Founders Day” that encompasses the different nationalities that came to North America. In 1972, much of the history of the Leif Erikson league was given over to Pacific Lutheran University to be kept in the archives. The agreement was overseen by Milton Nesvig. Among the financial papers, there were also papers that reported the scholarship that the Leif Erikson Memorial Committee sponsored. This scholarship was of 600.00 dollars and was given to students of Scandinavian decent.

Family of God Lutheran Church (Federal Way, Washington) Records

  • ELCA 7.2.6
  • 1977 - 1999

Contains the records of Family of God Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington including pastoral records, meeting minutes, financial records, reports, and worship bulletins.

Family of God Lutheran Church (Federal Way, Washington)

Bethel Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington) Records

  • ELCA 7.2.26
  • 1905-1998

Contains the records of of Bethel Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington, including reports, minutes, histories, financial records, records of church organizations, bulletins, and anniversary books.

Bethel Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington)

Nisqually Plains Collection

  • 1890-1998

The Nisqually Plains Collection consists of materials on local history of the PLU area collected by Dr. Arthur Martinson. Records include historical Tacoma postcards and promotional materials, correspondence on establishing the Nisqually Plains Room, interviews with former students of Harts Lake School, and listings of photos in the collection.

Mount Zion Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington) Records

  • ELCA 7.2.31
  • 1915-1998

Contains the records of Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington, including legal documents, meeting minutes, sermons, financial records, newsletters, bulletins, information on organizations, and membership information including baptismal and marriages.

Mount Zion Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington)

Gethsemane Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington) Records

  • ELCA 7.2.27
  • 1962-1998

Contains the records of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington, including legal, historical, financial records, meeting minutes, and publications.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington)

Riverton Heights Lutheran Church (Tukwila, Washington) Records

  • ELCA 7.2.35
  • 1945-1998

Contains the records of Riverton Heights Lutheran Church in Tukwila, Washington, including church transactions, church officials’ correspondence, meeting minutes, and bulletins. Many photos are also included, as well as some video tapes and cassette recordings.

Riverton Heights Lutheran Church (Tukwila, Washington)

Campus Voice

  • UA 7.2.9
  • Record group
  • 1996 - 1997

Campus Voice was a web page with news, upcoming events, and classified ads for the PLU community. It was created by the PLU Office of Public Information, and updated once a week during the academic year, twice a month during J-Term, and once a month during the summer.

Seth Clarence Eastvold Papers

  • UA 1.3.7
  • Record group
  • 1942 - 1997

Papers of Seth Clarence Eastvold, President at Pacific Lutheran College from 1943 to 1962. These Papers contain correspondence, war papers, financial records, and other materials from Eastvold’s career at the College.

This collection is divided into six series and consists of correspondence, war papers, financial records, and miscellaneous other materials from 1942 to 1997. The majority of the material comes from 1943 – 1862 when Eastvold was President of the university. Files are arranged within series by subject and ordered chronologically.

The correspondence varies from the daily operations of a university to Eastvold’s letters home describing his trip around the world. The war papers detail recruitment and the running of military training programs for students at Pacific Lutheran College, as well as the required number of students that needed to enlist. The financial records cover the refinance of the college and bringing the university out of debt while Eastvold was President. The remaining papers are composed of newspaper clippings, short works written by Eastvold and other paperwork related to his office as president. In the last series there are artifacts, oversized documents, and taped interviews from PLU Oral Histories and Lecture series related to Eastvold’s time as President at PLU.

Eastvold, Seth Clarence

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