War Letters and Memorabilia, 1861-1972 | Luther College Archives

By Sasha Griffin

Collection Overview

Title: War Letters and Memorabilia, 1861-1972Add to your cart.

ID: LCA/RG00/Series 8

Primary Creator: Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet. More info below.


This series is organized into four sub-series:

1) Civil War (1861-1981)

2) World War I (1916-1956)

3) World War II (1944-1946)

4) Vietnam War (1970-1973)

Subjects: Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - History, Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Students, Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Students - Organizations, United States - History, United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865, World War, 1914-1918, World War, 1914-1918 - Correspondence, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945 - Correspondence, World War, 1939-1945 - Memorials, World War, 1939-1945 - Personal Narratives, World War, 1939-1945 - Photographs - Europe, World War, 1939-1945 - Photographs - Pacific

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Photographs, World War, 1939-1945 - Photographs

Languages: English, Norwegian


This series holds Luther College and Decorah-area materials relating to the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This series holds materials relating to the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War, as collected by Luther College Archives.  Included are letters, photographs, memorial service programs, realia, and published materials.  Not only do these boxes document the history of the United States, but also its affect at Luther College and within the Decorah-area community.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - History
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Students
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Students - Organizations
United States - History
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918 - Correspondence
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 - Correspondence
World War, 1939-1945 - Memorials
World War, 1939-1945 - Personal Narratives
World War, 1939-1945 - Photographs - Europe
World War, 1939-1945 - Photographs - Pacific

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 7 boxes

Access Restrictions: All materials are available for research.

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 https://www.luther.edu/copyright/.

Original/Copies Note: Many of the materials in this collection are photocopies or reproductions of published materials, such as newspaper clippings and letters.  Originals may be held by the originating publisher or creator.  Please note that Luther College may hold property rights to these materials, but may not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation:

Cite unpublished materials: War Letters and Memorabilia, 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 Revision History: 4/11/2019: Hayley Jackson updated link to copyright policy.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Sub-Series:

[Sub-Series 1: Civil War, 1861-1981],
[Sub-Series 2: World War I, 1916-1956],
[Sub-Series 3: World War II, 1944-1946],
[Sub-Series 4: Vietnam War, 1970-1973],

Sub-Series 4: Vietnam War, 1970-1973Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: "They Prize Letter Written at Capture", 29 October 1970Add to your cart.
Newspaper article from the Des Moines Register discussing Luther graduate Michael Kjome and his capture as a civilian during the Vietnam War.
Creator: Lamberto, Nick
Physical Description: 2 pages
Preferred Citation: Des Moines Register
Folder 2: Luther Students and Wartime Activities, 1971-1973Add to your cart.
Newspaper articles, clippings, court records, and more about Luther students and war / anti-war activities.
Physical Description: 35 pieces
Item 1: "First Priority - end the war", undatedAdd to your cart.
Creator: Muedeking, George H.
Item 2: Statement of District Judge George A Sulivan Jr., 6 May 1971Add to your cart.
Item 3: A Celebration of pilgrimmage at Danbury Prison, 24 February 1972Add to your cart.
Item 4: Indictment No. 14950, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Item 5: Phil Berrigan's "Opening Statement", 3 March 1972Add to your cart.
Item 6: Hoover and the Berrigans, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Statement of Purposes and Goals of the Defense Committee, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Physical Description: 10 pieces

Browse by Sub-Series:

[Sub-Series 1: Civil War, 1861-1981],
[Sub-Series 2: World War I, 1916-1956],
[Sub-Series 3: World War II, 1944-1946],
[Sub-Series 4: Vietnam War, 1970-1973],