The Ylvisaker Collection
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Brief Description: A collection of materials relating to the Ylvisaker family, including mainly photographs (circa late 1800s - early 1900s).  Also included is a program from the 50th Anniversary of the Bang Lutheran Congregation (1931).
Held at:
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Archives
523 West Water Street
P.O. Box 379
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: 563-382-9681
extension 219
Fax: 563-382-8828
Email: jkovarik [at]
Record Series Number: VMA/RG01/ARCH.Ylvisaker.
Created by: Ylvisaker family
Volume: 0.01 Linear Feet
Biographical Note for Ylvisaker family :

The Norwegian Lutheran Church and Luther College played a large role in the Ylvisaker family’s history.  Many members of the family have been ordained as ministers.  J. Wilhelm Ylvisaker was president of Luther College from 1948 to 1962.  Other members of the Ylvisaker family have also served on the Luther College faculty or Board of Regents.  Luther’s Ylvisaker Hall is named after President Ylvisaker and the long line of Ylvisakers who have contributed to Luther College’s history.


Den norsk-lutherske kirke i Amerika og Luther College spilte en sentral rolle i Ylvisakers slektshistorie. Mange familiemedlemmer ble ordinert til prester. J. Wilhelm Ylvisaker var president på Luther College fra 1948 til 1962. Andre medlemmer av Ylvi saker familien underviste etter satt i styret på Luther College (Board of Regents). Luthers Ylvisaker Hall er oppkalt etter president Ylvisaker og den lange rekken av Ylvisakere som har vært sentrale i skolens historie.

Rights/Use Restrictions: May be reproduced with written permission from Vesterheim collections staff or executive director.
Acquisition Notes:   Gift