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Bjug Aanondson Harstad Papers

  • UA 1.3.3
  • Record group
  • 1848 - 1933

Papers of founder and first president of Pacific Lutheran University. Papers include information on the Aanondson/Harstad family and the Norwegian Synod.

Harstad, Bjug Aanondson

Nils Joseph Hong Papers

  • UA 1.3.4
  • 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

The Hurricane

  • UA 8.10.4
  • Record group
  • 1901 - 1915

The Hurricane was a student literary journal and newsletter published by the Lyceum Student Literary Society. It included campus news, creative writing, editorials, and coverage of athletics events, debates, and theatrical performances. The publication's first several issues were handwritten before it began being printed as a small booklet.

Lyceum Student Literary Society

Columbia College Records

  • UA 10.1.2
  • Record group
  • 1909-1919

This box includes records, minutes, by-laws for Columbia College.

Mooring Mast

  • UA 8.10.2
  • 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.

Office of the Provost Records

  • UA 2.1.1
  • Record group
  • 1927-2008

The Office of the Provost Records contain materials from and collected by former provosts of Pacific Lutheran University, material created by the Provost Council, information regarding the search for a provost and about the university’s faculty, and the provosts’ correspondence with the American Lutheran Church. Included are meeting minutes and notes from the Provost Council and various other academic councils, correspondence from individual provosts, documents pertaining to faculty salary, credit hours, sabbaticals, and so on, and various other documents that belong to to departments headed by the Provost.

Saga (PLU yearbook)

  • UA 8.10.1
  • Record group
  • 1930 - 1999

The University Archives has the complete collection (1930-1999) of Sagas digitized. These yearbooks were produced and published by students.

Jack Cady Papers

  • UA 4.6.2
  • Record group
  • 1932-2004

The Papers of writer and professor Jack Cady (1932-2004) include material related to Cady's life, correspondence with other writers and literary agents, his published novels with research papers, manuscripts, and reviews. Also included is information on novels he and his wife, Carol Orlock, published together under the name Pat Franklin.

Cady, Jack

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

Olsen Family Papers

  • UA 7.6.3
  • 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

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