The Concordia College Archives has completed the full description for the records of the Office of Church Relations (Record Group 23) and is now available on its public catalog. These records, over thirty-one linear feet, document the many projects and programs undertaken by Concordia College and administered through the Office of Church Relations, as well as the records of Lutheran Church groups affiliated with the college.
The bulk of the records are those documenting the Women's Missionary Federation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church for the North Dakota and Northern Minnesota districts and the Lutheran Daughters of the Reformation of the Northern Minnesota District. The Women’s Missionary Federation records are extremely rich in documenting the work of Lutheran church ladies aids. A complete list of individual ladies aids is included in the on-line description. Some include histories of the church, parsonage as well as photographs. There are also scrapbooks documenting the WMF at the district level. An interesting historical note is found in the Goose River Ladies Aid of Hatton, N.D. history with this quote (translated from the Norwegian) from the 1909 meeting minutes “A motion was passed that no one is allowed to have more than four food dishes at a ladies aid meeting. If anyone violates this rule they must pay a fine of $5.00.” The ladies aid history goes on to state “The amusing part of this ruling is, that though the women made it themselves, they refused to live up to it. One member served eleven kinds of cake only a short time later and was never fined.”
In its efforts to reach out to Lutheran churches, clergy and lay persons in the region, Concordia sponsored a number of programs including the Lutheran Churchmen's Seminar held on the campus from the 1950s to 1962 designed to bring together both clergy and laymen for spiritual refreshment and stimulus. The Conference on Church Archives & Anniversaries held on-campus and other regional sites from 1986 to 2000 assisted churches in collecting and preserving church archival records and planning church anniversary celebrations. The Maasai Scholarship Program documents in great detail the partnership of Concordia with the Lutheran Church in Tanzania from 1998 to circa 2006 to bring female students of the MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School at Monduli, Tanzania to study at Concordia and to assist the development of the school. Part of the records is a rich collection of photographs by Sheldon Green of the Maasai in Tanzania and on campus.
The Archives public catalog is part of the on-going effort to provide easy access to the collections preserved in the College Archives. Additional records are being added to the catalog on continuing basis. We welcome you to visit the on-line catalog. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us.
To search all collections described to-date by term or browse subjects and creators go to the Public Catalog at: https://cord.cuadra.com/starweb4/l.skca-catalog/servlet.starweb4?path=l.skca-catalog/skcacatalog.web
The Concordia College Archives will be sponsoring a campus-wide poetry contest throughout the month of April in order to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Students, faculty, staff and fans of the College Archives are invited to join the contest. Poems can be written in the individual’s choice of style, but the poem must be about Concordia College in some regard. Poets should email their poems to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 19th. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of the College Archivist, students, and a guest judge, Bill Snyder, who specializes in poetry within the English Department. The winner of the contest will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Cobber Bookstore. The winning poem will be added to the College Archives collections and will also be featured in The Concordian.