College and Lutheran Church Archives

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and a "Stay at Home" order from the Minnesota Governor, the Archives will be closed through April 10. We will be monitoring voice and email messages, so feel free to contact us at or 507-933-7554. However, there will likely be a delay in being able to answer your research questions. Thank you for your patience.

College Archives

The Gustavus Adolphus College Archives makes available for research and study:
  • Photographs, recordings, and documents concerning Gustavus
  • Materials from students, faculty, administrative offices, and alumni
  • Information relating to the College's history from 1862 to present
  • In addition, we hold the records of Minnesota College (a high school)
     which was located in Minneapolis.

Lutheran Church Archives

These archives consist primarily of administrative records documenting
Minnesota affiliates of the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) along with
predecessor and supporting synods. In addition, there are congregational
histories, biographical files regarding clergy and church leaders, and
microfilmed church records (ending about 1930).
We hold records for the following bodies.

Primary Collection Areas:

  • Augustana Synod, 1860-1962
    • Minnesota Conference, 1858-1962
    • Red River Valley Conference, 1912-1962
    • Association of English Churches, 1908-1931
  • English Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Northwest (Northwest Synod), 1891-1962
    • Central Conference
  • Lutheran Church in America, 1963-1987
    • Minnesota Synod
    • Red River Valley Synod

Secondary Collection Areas:

  • General Synod, 1820-1918
  • United Lutheran Church in America, 1918-1962
  • Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (Suomi Synod), 1890-1963

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