The Papers of Walter C. Schnackenberg contains materials related to his career as Professor of History at Pacific Lutheran University (1937-1973), detailing his scholarly work and leadership as a faculty member and key figure within various Lutheran organizations.
Prism exists to celebrate the work and achievement of the Division of Humanities as well as to promote continuing education among our colleagues and constituents. Focusing on important issues of the day, Prism provides a vehicle for contemporary reflection and opinion, while lifting up the enduring values of the Liberal Arts. The magazine endeavors to address topics of lively interest, from a variety of perspectives within the university community, and with the clear understanding that “Educating for Service” requires broad vision about the human condition in order to support the effective commitment and wise social purpose and action.
The Papers of Dr. Janet Rasmussen include information on her time as a Professor at PLU, Director of the Wang Center, and Dean of Humanities. Research files and materials related to her study of Scandinavian immigration to the US are also included.
Class schedules printed each semester beginning in 1928 and ending in 2008. Some folders in the collection include summer and interim schedules, preliminary fall schedules, or drafts.
The earliest class schedule in the collection was printed for the fall semester of 1928 by Pacific Lutheran College (PLC). Schedules were printed for each semester and were on single sheets of paper, beginning with letter size and growing beyond legal size as the list of classes grew, until they were printed on folded leaflets beginning in fall of 1946. During the 1956 – 57 school year the leaflet grew into a small booklet, which became the “First Book Edition” in 1968. The first summer catalog was printed in 1953, the first and only schedule for evening classes was printed in fall of 1963, and the first interim schedule was printed in 1970. Beginning in the early 1990s, the summer schedule was included in the fall schedule and the J-Term schedule included with the spring schedule.
Course catalogs typically include descriptions of individual courses to be offered in the upcoming academic year. The information included in the catalogs differ by year. Early years included lists of faculty and tuition information. More recent catalogs include general information about the University including campus maps and building information, information on University administrative offices, and other details.
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.