College and Lutheran Church Archives

The College Archives is open Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are highly recommended. Guests will be required to register and are expected to follow campus mask and social distancing guidelines. Please email ( or call (507-933-7554) for an appointment.

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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