The Papers of Jacob Aall Ottesen, 1860-1892, n.d | Luther College Archives

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Title: The Papers of Jacob Aall Ottesen, 1860-1892, n.dAdd to your cart.

ID: LCA/RG15/Ottesen, J

Primary Creator: Ottesen, Jacob Aall (1825-1904)

Extent: 1.9 Linear Feet. More info below.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Documentation consists of correspondence, 1861-1892; photographs.

Biographical Note

Born June 1, 1825 at Fet, N. Romerike, Norway. Educated. in Norway. Ottesen immigrated to the U.S. in 1852.  With Nils Brandt, he met with local Lutherans and heads of Lutheran schools to inquire if establishing a “Norwegian chair in theology”, in the form of Luther College was possible and profitable.  He was a pastor in Manitowoc, Wis.; Koshkonong, Wisconsin from 1862 to 1891; and the Luther College pastor from 1894 to 1896. One of the 7 pastors organizing the Norwegian Synod, 1853. Married Cathinka Tank Doderlein, 1852. She died in 1899. He died Oct. 30, 1904.


Ottesen var født i Fet, Nedre Romerike. Han utvandra til Amerika i 1852. Sammen med Nils Brandt holdt han møter med lokale lutheranere og ledere for å finne ut om det å grunnlegge et norsk-amerikansk lærested i form av Luther College ville være mulig og lønnsomt. Han var prest i Koshkonong i Wisconsin fra 1860 til 1891 og prest ved Luther College fra 1894 til 1896. Han var en av de sju prestene som grunnla Den norske synoden i 1853.

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 boxes

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Preferred Citation: Cite unpublished materials: Jacob Aall Otteson Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa

Finding Aid Revision History:

11/21/19: AH updated the date.

11/25/19: EC updated the preferred citation.

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[Box 1: Correspondence and Photographs, 1861-1892],
[Box 2: Photograph],

Box 1: Correspondence and Photographs, 1861-1892Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Inventory Processing Sheets, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 3 Copies of an Excerpt from the Closing Prayer of J. A. Ottesen at the Dedication of the First College Building, 14 October 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence and Notes, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence and Notes, 1861-1862Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence and Notes, 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence and Notes, 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence and Notes, 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence and Notes, 1867Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1868Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence and Notes, 1870Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1873Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence and Notes, 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, 1875Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence, 1877Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, 1878Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1880Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence and Notes, 1881Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence and Notes, 1882-1883Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence and Article on Prisons, 1884-1885Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence, 1886-1887Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence and Receipt, 1888-1889Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence and List of Pastors, 1891-1892Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Photograph of Miss Hannah Ottesen, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Photocopy of Two Pages of "Luther College Through Sixty Years" and Negative, undatedAdd to your cart.

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