Donating to the Luther College Archives

Preserving the history of Luther College includes the memories and stories of its community. As such, the Luther College Archives gladly welcomes donations of material from faculty, staff, alumni, students, and friends of the College documenting their experience of Luther College. Examples of materials we are interested in collecting include, but are not limited to:

  • Diaries, correspondence, notebooks, postcards
  • Photographs, photograph albums, and scrapbooks
  • Ticket stubs, programs, flyers, and other ephemeral material
  • Film/sound recordings of campus or campus-related events
  • Select professional papers of faculty, staff, and alumni 
  • Records relating to student and campus organizations (e.g. Greek organizations, Black Student Union, Student Congregation)
  • Records relating to Luther faculty/alumni participation in the Norwegian Synod

In general, we are not in need of additional copies of The Chips, The Pioneer, histories of the College, or other widely-circulated campus publications; these items are well-represented in our collections. Artifacts and textiles are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Those interested in donating books, historical or otherwise, to Preus Library should contact Research and Instruction Librarian Andrea Beckendorf. Please be aware that we do not perform monetary appraisals of material. Donors desiring one should seek the services of a qualified professional appraiser.

Part of the donation process includes meeting with donors to discuss and document the history of the material before it enters the collection. As such, please do not leave material at the Archives Reading Room or Preus Library without first making arrangements with the College Archivist.

If you have material you are interested in donating or have any questions, please contact the College Archivist.