The Papers of Bjug Aanondson Harstad, 1881-1899, 1961 | Luther College Archives

Collection Overview

Title: The Papers of Bjug Aanondson Harstad, 1881-1899, 1961Add to your cart.

ID: LCA/RG15/Harstad, B

Primary Creator: Harstad, Bjug A. (1848-1933)

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet. More info below.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Documentation consists of book manuscripts; translation of a Norwegian account of a journey of 1881; “Pioneer Prattle” autobiography; “Letter and articles on ‘A Trip to the Yukon Region;’” 1995 letter about the Harstad family regarding the 100th anniversary of Harstad Hall (Old Main).

Biographical Note

Harstad was born on Dec. 17, 1848 in Valle, Norway, to Aanond Tallefson and Torbjorg (Kittelsen) Sarstad.  He attended Luther College, 1865-71 (A.B.); Concordia Seminary, 1871-1874.  He then served as pastor at Mayville, N.D., 1874-91; Parkland, Wash., 1891-?. First president of the Norwegian Synod, in 1918-21.  He helped found Pacific Academy (later Pacific Lutheran University) in Washington State in 1890 and later served as its first president.


Harstad ble født i Valle i Norge. Han studerte ved Luther College og Concordia Seminary i St. Louis, Missouri, 1871-1874. Deretter jobbet han som prest og ble den første presidenten i The Norwegian Synod of the Am. Ev. Luth. Church, 1918. Han grunnla Pacific Academy, Washington,1894, og ble den første president for det som nå er Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 box

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Preferred Citation: Cite unpublished materials: Bjug Aanondsen Harstad Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa

Finding Aid Revision History:

11/15/19- updated the date range.

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

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[Box 1: The Papers of Bjug Aanondsen Harstad, 1931-1995],

Box 1: The Papers of Bjug Aanondsen Harstad, 1931-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Archive Processing Sheet, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Pioneer Prattle" and Letter from Oliver Haustad to David Nelson, 1931-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Centennial Edition of a Three Week's Camping Trip, N.D.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Pioneer Prattle and Correspondence with Isabel Watness, 1995-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Trip into the Yukon Region, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Email From Gustavus Concerning Bjug Harstad Materials, 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Early Family History and Reminiscences, UndatedAdd to your cart.