The Papers of Donald L. Gray, 1921-1998
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Brief Description: The Project Record Book from 1921-1998. Donald L. Gray was involved in all periods except from 1921-1957, during which Architect Charles Altfillisch worked alone.
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Luther College Archives
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: 563-387-1805
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Record Series Number: LCA/RG15/Gray, D
Created by: Donald L. Gray (1924-2010)
Volume: 0.01 Linear Feet
Biographical Note for Donald L. Gray (1924-2010) : Donald L. Gray was born on April 20, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Graduating from Franklin High School in 1942, he left Coe College after the first semester to enlist in the Air Force in 1943, in which he served until his discharge in 1946. He graduated from the architectural program at Iowa State College (Iowa State University) in 1950 and moved to Decorah, Iowa, where he joined the firm of local architect Charles Altfillisch. This firm eventaully became the Altfillisch, Gray, and Olson firm; Gray worked with Altfillisch on several iconic Luther College buildings including the Center for Faith and Life and Preus Library. After Altfillisch's retirement, the firm was renamed Olson, Gray, Thompson, and Lynnes. Gray was awarded a Luther College Distinguished Service Award in 1977. He passed away on April 1, 2010.
Access Restrictions: All materials are available for research.
Subject Index
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Buildings
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Related Materials: For additional material related to the Altfillisch, Olson, Gray, and Thompson architectural firm, please refer to the Papers of Charles Altfillisch. For more information please see
PreferredCitation: Cite unpublished materials: Donald L. Gray Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa
Finding Aid Revisions:

11/12/2019: HRJ updated to include language, subject headings, related collections, and revised copyright information.

11/18/19: EC updated the preferred citation.