Papers of Ira Larson, 1932-1936 | Luther College Archives

By Brandon Trueblood and Hayley Jackson

Collection Overview

Title: Papers of Ira Larson, 1932-1936Add to your cart.

ID: LCA/RG15/Larson, I

Primary Creator: Larson, Ira (1913-1997)

Extent: 0.6 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 10/28/2016

Subjects: Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Music Organizations, Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Students

Languages: English


Papers of Ira. E. Larson, documenting his participation in the Concert Band's 1936 European Tour and academic activity at Luther College.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Music Organizations
Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Students

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 3 boxes

Access Restrictions: This collection is open and available for research.

Acquisition Source: Collection donated by Larson's daughter, Greer Fry.

Preferred Citation: Cite unpublished materials: Ira Larson Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa

Finding Aid Revision History: 11/20/19: EC updated the preferred citation.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: Papers of Ira Larson, 1936],
[Box 2: Papers of Ira Larson, 1922-1936],
[Box 3: Papers of Ira Larson, 1936],

Box 2: Papers of Ira Larson, 1922-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous Pictures, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Itineraries of Tour, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 4: USB Containing Pictures, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Tour Reflection Paper, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Certificate and Diploma, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence with Luther College, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Academic Records, 1932-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Song Books, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Postcards, 1936Add to your cart.

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