Books Relating to Luther College and Area, 1890-2003
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Brief Description: Ranging as early as 1890 to as recent as 2003, this series holds books that cover the history of Luther College, Norwegian-American immigration, Lutheranism in America, and Winneshiek County and surrounding area.  Included are official college histories, privately published reference materials, biographies, and directories.  Some of the materials are in English, while others are in Norwegian, and a small portion of books exist in both languages.
Held at:
Luther College Archives
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: 563-387-1805
Email: archives [at]
Record Series Number: LCA/RG00/Series 1
Created by: Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)
Volume: 182.0 Items

Series is arranged into six sub-series:

1) Official Luther College Histories

2) Books about Luther College

3) Books about Norwegian-American History

4) Books about Lutheran History

5) Books about Winneshiek County Area History

6) Reference.

Biographical Note for Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) :

Located in the small northeast Iowa town of Decorah, Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students. The college is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther offers more than 60 majors and preprofessional and certificate programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree. Its mission statement emphasizes faith, leadership, and community service. Luther College provides equal opportunity for all qualified persons in its educational programs and activities.

Access Restrictions: All materials are available for research.
Subject Index
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church - History
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Alumni and alumnae
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Faculty and Staff
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - History
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Students
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Students - Organizations
Norwegian Lutheran Church of America
Universities and colleges - Iowa - History
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Norwegian [nor]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Though we may hold the property rights, Luther College Archives does not hold the copyrights for all materials. Individuals may use materials for non-commercial, private use, but commercial users must secure permissions from the copyright holders and/or Luther College Archives to reproduce, publish, or quote protected materials and photographs. For more information about the Luther College copyright and fair use policy, please visit
Physical Access Notes:

Multiple copies of these books are held within the archives, but these specific copies are not available for library check-out and can only be used within the Archives' Reading Room.

Circulating copies of many of these materials are available from Preus Library's main stacks and can be found by searching  WorldCat or by clicking the Call Number listed under the item in the finding aid.


Cite unpublished materials: Books Relating to Luther College and Area, RG00 History Relating to Luther College, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa

Cite published materials as required by your chosen citation style (Chicago, MLA, APA, etc.).

Finding Aid Revisions: 3/12/2019: Updated by Hayley Jackson and Esther Choo to update Magnus links to WorldCat links and update link to Luther College's copyright policy.