Scandian Grove Lutheran Church.  Records of Scandian Grove Lutheran Church, 1858-1992.

LCA Collection 12



Scandian Grove Lutheran Church.  Records of Scandian Grove Lutheran Church, 1858-1992.  LCA Collection 12. 1 Records Center Carton, 1 Oversized Hollinger box, 2 Hollinger boxes, 2 half Hollinger boxes, 2 note card boxes, and 1 flat box.


ABSTRACT:
The Scandian Grove Lutheran Church collection consists of the church’s records from its founding in 1858 through the creation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Materials include annual reports, minutes, membership cards and lists, transfer records, financial ledgers, Sunday bulletins, photographs, and event programs along with other less substantial papers.  Also included are two histories written by Emeroy Johnson, and short history written by Herman Solomonson that includes information about the Dakota Conflict in 1862 and the grasshopper plague from 1873-78.  The church served a Swedish-American population, and as a result, many records from the 1800s and early 1900s are in Swedish.  Scandian Grove Lutheran Church is located approximately twelve miles to the northwest of St. Peter, Minnesota.  There are a couple materials after the ELCA’s formation during January 1988.


HISTORICAL NOTE:

Swedish immigrants banded together to form the Scandian Grove Lutheran Church on 13 June 1858.  These Lutherans had been meeting informally in the home of Andrew Thorson since 1855.  Their church community became one of the thirteen original congregations within the Minnesota Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church. 

Located just outside of Norseland, Minnesota and approximately twelve miles from St. Peter, Minnesota, members of the local congregation played a role in bringing Gustavus Adolphus College to St. Peter.  Members served on the college’s building committee, and they pledged the needed financial resources to help the college grow.  The congregation of the church has been primarily farmers and people living in rural areas of Nicollet County.

* Information obtained from the collection.


SCOPE AND CONTENT:

The collection is described within the following seven content areas.

  • Administrative, 1858-1992:
    This series shows activities and actions of the church’s administration.  Materials include reports, minutes, protocol books, opinion surveys, and records of the library.  Most documents are pre 1986, with one annual report from 1992.
  • Events, 1910-1983:
    Materials in this section are diverse but pertain to church events.  Included are bulletins for Sunday services, funerals, special events, and programs.  The bulk of materials are from the late 1940s through the late 1970s.
  • Financial, 1889-1986:  
    Records in the financial portion of this collection consist of budgets, offering/donation records, treasurer ledger books, financial receipts, and stewardship planning files.
  • Groups and Church Bodies, 1937-1959:
    Papers of two organizations active within Scandian Grove are included.  These include the Junior Missionary Society and the local Luther League.
  • Histories, 1892-1983: 
    Clippings of various anniversaries and dedications makeup this series. Included in this section are two books written by Emeroy Johnson. 
  • Membership, 1858-1986:
    Papers in this portion of the collection document members from the church’s founding through its merger into the ELCA.  Major materials include directory books and transfer records.  In addition, there are papers concerning confirmands, communion records, and vacation bible school reports and attendance logs.
  • Miscellaneous, 1884-1980s:
    This section includes sermon notes and the pastoral call for Rev. John Pehrson, a letter from Mrs. Cederstam to Mrs. Benson, and newspaper clippings relating to the church and its members, and photographs of members, clergy, and Confirmation classes.


RESTRICTIONS:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes.  However, some materials are in fragile condition and access may be limited.  The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of the Lutheran Church Archives, the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, and Gustavus Adolphus College.


COLLECTION CITATION:

Scandian Grove Lutheran Church.  Records of Scandian Grove Lutheran Church, 1858-1992. LCA Collection 12.  Gustavus Adolphus College, Lutheran Church Archives, St. Peter, Minnesota.


PROCESSED BY:

Jeff A. Jenson processed this collection and developed the finding aid during May 2010.


RELATED COLLECTIONS:
Reel 107.  Augustana Synod, Minnesota Conference Congregations. Microfilm Reels of Minnesota Conference Congregations, Augustana Synod, Various Dates. LCA Collection 14.

Church records created since the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on 1 January 1988 are either retained by the congregation or have been transferred to the ELCA’s archives.

SUBJECT HEADINGS:
Scandian Grove Lutheran Church (Nicollet County, Minn.)
Protestant churches -- United States -- Minnesota.
Swedish Americans -- Minnesota -- Nicollet County.
Norseland (Minn.) -- Churches.


LCA Collection 12

Box

Folder

Administrative, 1858-1992

Annual Reports, 1966-71

1

1

Annual Reports, 1972-77

1

2

Annual Reports, 1978-86 and 1992

1

3

Architectural Drawings and Floor Plans, 1892

8

--

Call issued to Rev. John Pehrson/Pehrsson, 1 July 1863  (transcription and translation)

7

4

Church Protocols (Protokols Bok), 1858-86

1

4

Church Protocols (Protokols Bok), 1887-1913

3

1

Church Protocols (Protokols Bok), 1914-29

3

2

Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1965 and 1979

1

5

Correspondence, Pastoral Letters to Congregants and Miscellaneous, 1966-80

1

6

Internship Report, "A View from the Prairie" by Nancy Lee Ogren, 1986

7

4

Library Records, 1884-1912

1

7

Meeting Minutes of the Board, 1932-50 (Includes a Sweet Corn Acreage Contract)

1

8

Minutes of the Congregation, Ledger, 1930-48

3

3

Minutes, 91-7 Annual Meetings, 1950-56

1

9

Minutes, 98-102 Annual Meetings, 1957-61

1

10

Minutes, 103-113 Annual Meetings, 1962-72 (Missing 109)

1

11

Newsletters, July 1978-November 1979

1

12

Newsletters, January 1980-February 1983

1

35

Annual Reports, 1978-86 and 1992

1

3

Specifications for Parsonage, 1892

4

4

Surveys of Opinion, 1950 and 1967

1

14

Warranty Deed, 1873 (photocopy)

7

5

Events, 1910-1981

400th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Program, 1921

7

6

Funeral Bulletins and Cards, 1950s-80s

1

15

Historical Pageant Script, 1983

7

7

Programs, 1956-81

1

16

Service Bulletins, 27 February 1949-66

1

17

Service Bulletins, 1967-74

1

18

Service Bulletins, 1975-76

1

19

Service Bulletins, 1977-78

1

20

Service Bulletins, 1979

1

21

Special Services, Programs, and Events, 1970s-80s

7

8

Sunday School Christmas Program, 1910

1

22

Wedding Bulletins, 1960s-80s

7

9

Financial, 1889-1986

Budgets, 1965-67, 1971, and 1986

1

23

Centennial Thank Offering, Ledger, 1943-44

3

4

Charity and Donations (Missionen och Välgörande), Ledger, 1892-1917

1

24

Offering Book (Kollekter och Offer), 1893-1918

1

25

Receipts, 1889-94

1

26

Receipts, 1895

1

27

Receipts, 1896-1903

1

28

Special Accounts, Ledger, 1901-07

3

5

Stewardship, Church Records and Mailings, 1959-61, 1972, and 1975-77

1

29

Stewardship, General Documents and Training Materials, 1960

1

30

Treasurer’s Book, Ledger, 1892-97

3

6

Treasurer’s Book, Ledger, 1897-1904

4

1

Treasurer's Book, Ledger, 1897-1905

8

--

Treasurer’s Book, Ledger, 1932-40

4

2

Treasurer’s Report, Sunday School, 5 January 1929

1

31

Groups and Church Bodies, 1937-1959

Junior Missionary Society, Secretary and Treasurer Reports, 1946-50

1

32

Luther League, Secretary Book, Meeting Minutes, 1937-44

2

1

Luther League, Correspondence, 1958

2

2

Luther League, Leaguers’ Log, 1959

2

2

Norseland Cornet Band, Constitution, 1892

7

10

Histories, 1923-1983

80th Anniversary of Swedish Lutheran in Scandian Grove, July 2-3, 1938 by P.P. Quist

7

11

Anniversary and Rededication Programs, 1923-73

2

3

Anniversary, Clippings, 75th, 1933

2

4

Anniversaries, Clippings, 100th, 105th, 110th, 115th, 125th, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, and 1983

2

5

“A Hundred Years of Sweden, New Sweden, and Scandian Grove, 1850-1950,” by Herman Solomonson, c. 1956

7

3

Norseland Community, Brief History, 1976

7

12

Publications about the history of Scandian Grove, undated

7

13

Scandian Grove: A History of the Scandian Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Peter, Minnesota, 1858-1958 by Emeroy Johnson, 1958

7

1

Scandian Grove, A New Look: A History of the Scandian Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Peter, Minnesota, 1858-1980 by Emeroy Johnson, 1980

7

2

Membership, 1858-1986

Baptismal Record, 1864-79

7

14

"The Charter Members of the Scandian Grove Lutheran Grove, St. Peter, Minnesota: A Tentative Study" by Emeroy Johnson, July 1978

7

15

Church Record, Membership Details, 1858-c. 1883 (see working transcript)

2

6

Church Record, Membership Details, 1858-c. 1883 (working transcript)

1

33

Church Register, late 1800s-early 1900s

8

--

Communion Record (?), 1911-17

2

7

Confirmation Classes, 1864-1979

7

16

Confirmation Pupils, 1910-11

1

22

Member Directory, 1984

7

17

Membership Cards, A-P, undated

5

--

Membership Cards, Q-Z, undated

6

--

Membership List (?), People from Christianstad, undated

1

34

Membership List (?), People from Christianstad, undated

2

8

Membership List (?), People from Färlöv, undated

2

9

Membership List (?), undated

2

10

Membership List (?), undated

2

11

Schedule and Directory Books, 1964-72

2

12

Schedule and Directory Books, 1973-82

2

13

Schedule and Directory Books, 1983-86

2

14

Transfers, A-H, 1860s-1950s (perhaps 1850s)

2

15

Transfers, I-N, 1860s-1961 (perhaps 1850s)

2

16

Transfers, O-Z, 1860s-1966 (perhaps 1850s)

2

17

Vacation Bible School, Reports and Attendance Logs, 1946-48

2

18

Miscellaneous, 1884-1980s

 

 

Church members and miscellaneous pictures, undated

9

1

Clergy pictures, 1883-1978

9

2

Confirmation pictures, 1949 and 1950

8

1

Confirmation pictures, 1951-66

9

3

Letter from Mrs. Cederstam to Mrs. Malena Benson, 1878 (includes translation)

7

18

Newspaper Clippings, 1820s-80s

7

19

Rev. John Pehrson/Pehrsson, Pastoral Call (transcription and translation) 1863, and Sermon Notes, 1884 and undated

4

3