The Papers of Ulrik Vilhelm Koren, 1826-1910 | Luther College Archives

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Title: The Papers of Ulrik Vilhelm Koren, 1826-1910Add to your cart.

ID: LCA/RG15/Koren, U

Primary Creator: Koren, Ulrik Vilhelm (1826-1910)

Extent: 3.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Documentation consists of correspondence, 1850-1909 (chuch and personal); diaries, 1887-1894; sermons, 1879; Norwegian Synod papers; congregation papers (reports, censuses, etc.); family trees and information of Koren and Ottesen family histories; church record books; personal papers; drawings; materials for anniversary celebrations; books from Koren's library, "Den nyere theologies historie," 1850 and "Abraham Lincoln." 1901; writings about U. V. Koren.

Biographical Note

Ulrik Vilhelm Koren was born December 22, 1826 in Bergen, Norway, of Capt. Paul Shonevig Stub Koren and Henriette Christiane (Rulfs).  As a pioneer minister in American, he played a significant role in the development of the spiritual and intellectual development of Norwegians in America. He attended Bergan Cathedral School, 1840-44; 1844-52 theology graduate from the University of Christiania (Oslo), he married Else Elisabeth Hysing the next year and was called to the Little Iowa Congregation in America. Teacher at Nissen Latin School, Christiania, 1852-53. Ordained, 1853. Immigrated to the U.S. 1853. Pastor at Washington Prairie, 1853-1910. Teacher, Luther College, 1874-75. Held various offices in the Norwegion Synod.

The first Norwegian minister to settle west of the Mississippi, Koren’s pastorate included large parts of Northeastern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. He played an active part in the Norwegian Synod, holding various positions from secretary in 1855 to president of the synod in 1894 until his death in 1910.

U.V. Koren was also instrumental in purchasing the land and locating Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He was been described in the Luther College Semicentennial book as a man of “wide interests, excellent scholarship, and quiet dignity” and was rewarded in 1903 for these characteristics and other achievements with a doctorate of divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and made a Commander of the Order of St. Olaf by the King of Norway. His prominent career ended with his death on December 19, 1910, three days short of his 84th birthday.


Se også Washington Prairie Church. Koren ble født i Bergen. Han ble ordinert til prest og utvandra til Amerika i 1853. Samme år giftet han seg med Elisabeth Koren. Han var prest på Washington Prairie til sin død. Koren hadde stor innvirkning på etableringen av Luther College og hadde lederstillinger i Den norske synoden.

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 boxes

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Preferred Citation: Cite unpublished materials: Ulrik Vilhelm Koren Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa

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

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Box 2: Koren, Ulrik VilhelmAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Reports and Diplomas from University of Christiana, 1844Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Koren Essay from College, 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Account and Calendar Books, 1850-79Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters, 1880Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters, 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters, 1882Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters, 1883 - 1884Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters, 1885Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letters, 1886Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Letters, 1887Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letters, 1888Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letters, 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Letters, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Letters, 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Letters, 1892-1893Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Letters, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Letters, 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Letters, 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Letters, 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Letters, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Letters, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Letters, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Letters, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Letters, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Letters, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Letters, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Letters, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Letters, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Letters, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Letters, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Letters, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Letters and Papers, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Undated Letters, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Letters to Walther, 1873Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Miscellaneous Papers, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Miscell Papers, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Koren, Ahlert, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: U.V. Koren, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Programs from Anniversary Celebrations, 1926, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Koren Family Papers - The Koren 85th Anniversary Festival, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Ottesen/Koren Family History, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: U.V. Koren Correspondence, 1850 - 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Washington Prairie Cong., 1854 - 1889Add to your cart.

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