Series I contains the records of the W.W.II. Letter Project conducted in 1992 which resulted in a computer database to the letters. Each piece was numbered and entered into a database. Two indices are provided here: an alpha list by sender with date of letter and topic; and an alpha list by topic with sender and date. The series also contains a rubbing of the memorial plaque done in 1993 at the end of the project.
Series II contains what is believed to be a complete set of the newsletter, "Scuttlebutt" written by Evanson and distributed to Luther College servicemen. The newsletters were intended to keep the Luther "boys" in touch with their alma mater and with each other. Interesting letters exist in the next series pertaining to the restrictions Evanson was compelled to follow by the War Department censors.
Series III contains the 707 Letters and 1,064 Service Records of the Luther College servicemen. The letters range from poignant to light-hearted. The young men were clearly pleased to be part of a "family" of classmates. Many letters give details on conditions under which they lived and fought. The military service records are one-page forms detailing the men's service. These are good sources of basic biographical data. All are indexed.
The files of the Luther College War Memorial Plaque Campaign is detailed in Series IV. Most of the material is an extensive collection of letters from contributors to the fund. Many letters confirm or add names to the list of men and women to be honored on the plaque. Along with the Service Records in Series III, it is the single best place to get information on the military service of Luther College students in World Wars I and II. This series includes the final Honor Roll and the Plaque's Dedication Service held in 1949.
A small selection of Programs and Pamphlets are found in Series V. These pertain to Luther College ceremonies honoring veterans during and after World War II. Programs to memorial services, wartime commencement programs and a special edition of the Luther College Bulletin can be found here.
Series VI contains remarkable photographs and records of the 1936 European Diamond Jubilee Concert Band Tour organized to commemorate the College's 75th Anniversary. Evanson was the Press Agent and Assistant Manager of the tour. He produced five scrapbooks of candid photographs covering everything from the farewell concert on campus to a street scene in Germany with Nazi flags on display. Files contain correspondence, contracts and photograph lists. Finding Guide to the Papers of Chellis Evanson
Files and photographs of the 50th Reunion of the 1914 Concert Band Tour can be found in Series VII. Evanson helped to organize the event held on campus in 1964 for the alumni of that tour. The material is sparse and consists of letters to Evanson from participants and candid photographs taken during the reunion.
The Biographical Files in Series VIII contains only an "Ode to Chellis" by Barbara Bahe. Unfortunately no other biographical material or academic files came with this collection.
Series IX holds World War II Memorabilia collected by Evanson. The contents of this series is noted in the Box Inventory.
Series 1: World War II Letter Project
Series 2: "Scuttlebutt" Issues
Series 3: Letters and Records of Servicemen
Series 4: War Memorial Plaque Files
Series 5: Events and Brochures
Series 6: Concert Band Tour Files
Series 7: 50th Reunion 1914 Band Tour Correspondence
Series 8: Biographical Files
Series 9: WWII Memorabilia
Box 19: Publications and writings
Box 20: World War II Exhibit Labels and Photos, American Legion Delegate Medal, n.d.