Papers of Ira Larson, 1932-1936
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Brief Description: Collection contains photographs, publicity, and programs from the Concert Band's 1936 European Tour, along with Larson's academic records, his diploma, and a USB port with digitized copies of the photographs. Collection material dates 1922-1936.
Held at:
Luther College Archives
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: 563-387-1805
Email: archives [at]
Record Series Number: LCA/RG15/Larson, I
Created by: Larson, Ira (1913-1997)
Volume: 0.6 Linear Feet
Acquired: 10/28/2016.
Biographical Note for Larson, Ira (1913-1997) :

Ira E. Larson was born on October 8, 1913 in Allamakee County. He graduated from Luther College in 1936, playing horn in Concert Band, playing football, and working on the Pioneer yearbook. Larson participated in Concert Band's notable European Tour in 1936. He later earned a master's in administration in 1939 from Iowa State University and an education specialist degree in 1969. He married Doris E. Veit on September 30, 1944; they had six children.

Larson was a career educator, serving as a teacher, high school principle, and county superintendent. Among other accomplishments, he was a key figure in the formation of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA, where he served as its assistant interim superintendent, 1970-1977 and interim superintendent, 1977-1978. He also had a military career, beginning with Army service in 1944 and ending with his retirement in 1973.

Larson passed away from colon cancer on January 22, 1997.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open and available for research.
Subject Index
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Music Organizations
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Students
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Collection donated by Larson's daughter, Greer Fry.
PreferredCitation: Cite unpublished materials: Ira Larson Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa
Finding Aid Revisions: 11/20/19: EC updated the preferred citation.