Guide to the University Archives

The University Archives collects, organizes, preserves, describes, and provides access to analog and digital records, photographs, artifacts, and audiovisual materials of permanent administrative, legal, and historical value to Pacific Lutheran University. These materials document the history and mission of the University, its administrative and academic units, and the activities of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
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Presidential Departmental Faculty
Bjug J. Harstad, 1890-1895, 1897-1898 Anthropology Christopher Browning
Nils J. Hong, 1898-1918 Campus Ministry Jack Cady
Johan U. Xavier, 1920-1921 Economics Robert Ericksen
Oscar A. Tingelstad, 1928-1943 History Harold Leraas
Seth C. Eastvold, 1943-1962 Legal Studies Janet Rasmussen
Robert A.L. Mortvedt, 1962-1969 Marriage and Family Therapy Walter Schnackenberg
Eugene W. Wiegman, 1969-1974 Political Science Audun Toven
William O. Rieke, 1975-1992 Psychology
Loren J. Anderson, 1992-2012 Social Work

Audiovisual Materials

PLU Oral History Collection A digitized collection of cassette tapes recorded by various PLU faculty, staff, alumni, and students. In addition to interviews, this collection includes recorded performances and programs.
Kenneth Dunmire Photographs Kenneth Dunmire served as University Photographer, 1966-1995.
Chris Tumbusch Photographs Chris Tumbusch served as Director of Photography Services, 1995-2003.
Jordan Hartman Photographs Jordan Hartman served as University Photographer, 2002-2010.
John Froschauer Photographs John Froschauer has served as Campus Photographer since 2010.
University Photographs Collection Photographs from a variety of studios covering a wide range of years.


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University Publications
Bulletin Targeting external audiences, this publication was titled PLA Bulletin (1911-1912), PLC Bulletin (1921-1959), PLU Bulletin (1960-1964), and Reflections (1964-1970). All years available online.
Campus Voice An internal website of campus news and events roundup also featuring classifieds. Published by the PLU Office of Public Information, 1996 and 1997 available online.
Course Catalogs Typically include descriptions of individual courses to be offered in the upcoming academic year, information included in the catalogs differ by year. 1894-present available online.
Lutheran University Herald Norwegian language "pedagogical social and literary monthly" published by PLU, 1891-1893 available online.
Pacific Herold Norwegian language newspaper published by Pacific Lutheran University, 1895-1918 available online.
Resolute A magazine published three times a year by PLU's department of Marketing and Communication 2014 to present, 2014-2018 available online.
Scene A magazine produced by PLU's department of Marketing and Communications, covering the years 1970-2013, all years available online.
Student Publications
The Hurricane PLU student literary journal and newsletter published by the Lyceum Student Literary Society. Published from 1901-1915, 1 issue available online.
The Matrix PLU students' journal of social justice. 19 issues from 2004 to 2018 available online.
Mooring Mast PLU's student newspaper published since 1924. 1924-2017 available online.
Saga The PLU Yearbook, produced by students and published 1930-1999, all issues available online.
Saxifrage PLU’s annual creative arts publication. Physical volumes covering years 1975-2019. Not available online.

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