Alexis, Gerhard Theodore.  Correspondence, Teaching, and Publication Materials, 1937-1993.

GACA Collection 94



Alexis, Gerhard Theodore.  Correspondence, Teaching, and Publication Materials, 1937-1993. GACA Collection 94.  1 Records Center Carton.

 

ABSTRACT:
The Gerhard T. Alexis collection consists of correspondence, teaching materials, writings, and some miscellaneous documents.  Alexis served as a Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.  In addition to his duties in English, Alexis helped initiate courses in American Studies.  Materials in the collection primarily concern his literary publications and teaching duties.  While there are gradebooks documenting student grades in his English and American Studies courses, the bulk of course material relates to his teaching about the American West, the wilderness, and an Elderhostel program following his retirement.

 

HISTORICAL NOTE:
Gerhard Theodore Alexis was born on 20 January 1918.  He obtained his bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota.  His graduate studies were interrupted in the 1940s when he joined the military.  Alexis became an English Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota at the age of 29 in 1947.  Prior to coming to Gustavus, he served as an English instructor at the University of Minnesota from 1934-1937.  He was active in Phi Beta Kappa, the Modern Language Association, the American Studies Association, the Minn-Dakotas Group, and was a president of the Gustavus Chapter of the American Association of University Professors.  In addition, he created American Studies courses at Gustavus.  Alexis retired in 1983.  He remained active by teaching Elderhostel sessions in connection with the college.  Gerhard Alexis died on 31 January 1993.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT:
The Gerhard Alexis collection is divided into four series of information.  These consist of Correspondence, Miscellaneous, Teaching, and Writings/Publications.

  • Correspondence, 1969-1993:  These materials are organized into either incoming or outgoing folders.  Incoming letters are listed alphabetically by the sender.  There are some letters from governors, representatives, and senators.  Outgoing correspondence is organized by date.
  • Miscellaneous, 1974 and 1993:  There are two folders in this series.  These contain Alixis’s curriculum vitae, a list of publications ending in 1974, and copies of condolence letters sent to his widow following his death.
  • Teaching, 1947-1991:  Documents in this series consist of course planning materials, lecture notecards, gradebooks, and Elderhostel teaching plans.  There are some gaps in the gradebooks that correspond with periods that Alexis was on leave from the college.  Gradebook access is restricted.
  • Writings and Publications, 1937-1984:  This series pertains to works that were produced by Alexis or that he used to help advance his writings.  His Ph.D. dissertation (labeled thesis) is included.

 

RESTRICTIONS:
There are some restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

 

COLLECTION CITATION:
Alexis, Gerhard Theodore.  Correspondence, Teaching, and Publication Materials, 1937-1993. GACA Collection 94. Gustavus Adolphus College Archives, St. Peter, Minnesota.

 

ACQUISITION:
Nancy Alexis and Susan Alexis de Caballos donated this collection during 1993 and 1994.

 

PROCESSED BY:
Jeff A. Jenson processed this collection and developed the finding aid during February 2009.

 

SUBJECT HEADINGS:
Alexis, Gerhard Theodore, 1918-1993.
Environmental education.
Gustavus Adolphus College--Faculty.
Gustavus Adolphus College--Faculty publications.
Gustavus Adolphus College--English Department.
Gustavus Adolphus College--Environmental Studies.
Older people--Education.



GACA Collection 94

Box

Folder

Correspondence, 1969-1993

Arnold J. Ryden to John S. Kendall, 1985 (Mentions Alexis)

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Incoming, A-K, 1969-92 and undated

Anonymous, undated

Anthony L. Anderson, 17 January 1985

Julie J. Anderson,  undated

Nina Archabal, 8 March 1991 (encl: "Policies and Procedures for Selection of Works of Art for the Capitol" (leaflet))

Rev. Ralph W. Bagger, 9 June 1988

Harold Beaver, 18 October 1973

Debby Becker, 4 February 1985

Mary Berg, 13 March 1991

Linda Berglin, 23 April 1985

Lorraine Bergstrand, 26 February 1985

Lorraine Bergstrand, 4 March 1985 (encl: Normandale Lutheran Church pamphlet)

Lorraine [Bergstrand], 7 March 1985

Rudy Boschwitz, 28 July 1987

Rudy Boschwitz, 20 June 1989

Rudy Boschwitz, 26 July 1990 (encl: Boschwitz to Robert Byrd, 2 May 1990)

Ellen M. Bruzelius, 28 March 1983

Bruce Carlson, 25 February 1985 (encl: Ordway seating guide)

Herbert W. Chilstrom, 5 January 1984 (encl: "Questions about Legalized Gambling")

Jack [Clark], 5 November 1989

Ronald D. Clark, 26 September 1984

Ronald D. Clark, 22 December 1987

Ronald D. Clark, 9 November 1992

Colorful Images, 22 February 1992

Colorful Images, 4 March 1992

Alex E. Conrad, 18 November 1985 (encl: Herbert W. Chilstrom to Pastors of the Minnesota Synod, August 1985; Lowell O. Erdahl to Fellowship of Evangelical Lutheran Laity and pastors, 26 July 1985)

Sue Crowley, 3 April 1990 (encl: Hymn board slides catalog pages)

Dave Durenberger, 5 August 1987

Dave Durenberger, 22 June 1989

Dave Durenberger, 22 August 1990 (encl: Durenberger to Robert C. Byrd, 7 May 1990)

Dave Durenberger, 13 January 1992

C. D. Dyer, 11 June 1991 (encl: Dyer to Ty Ty Gardens, 11 June 1991)

Stephen Eckman, 20 March 1969

Sue A. Ellingwood, 26 December 1985

Emmer Engberg, 11 August 1983

Dola Francis, no date

Dola Francis, 22 October 1984

Nelson T. French, 1 December 1992

Russell Fridley, 1 April 1985 (encl: "How to Make the Minnesota History Center a Reality")

E. B. Haddon, 25 July 1988

John K. Hall, 30 December 1988

John Hallberg (incomplete), undated

Cherie Harkenrider, undated

Sandra J. Hayes, undated

Helen, 23 May 1985

Harold Higgins, 20 December 1984

Chuck Hoffman, 23 March 1984

Paul L. [Holner], 28 September 1988

Deborah Howell, 2 October 1987

Donald H. Juel, 29 February 1988

Chester [Johnson], 28 November 1989

David Johnson, 15 December 1989

Marlys Johnson, 1 August 1958

Bob [Karsten], 27 November 1990

John Kawamoto, 8 June 1987

John S. Kendall, 8 January 1990

John S. Kendall, 19 December 1990 (encl: Faculty Notes, 1989-90, no. 6; Kendall to The Editor, Faculty Notes, 19 December 1990; Kendall to Horst Ludwig, 19 December 1990)

John S. Kendall, 11 February 1991 (encl: Kendall to Horst Ludwig, 11 February 1991)

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Incoming, L-Z, 1966-92 and undated

Lisa Lynn Lackmann, 14 January 1987 (encl: Supporting Statement; Transcript)

Gary Laidig and Harriet McPherson, 10 April 1992 (encl: Questionnaire Results)

Ilene Linnerooth, 27 June 1977

Laurie Madison, no date

Margaret, 13 April 1969

Carol Martell, no date

Gregory H. Mason, 25 April 1985 (encl: Program, Sigma Tau Delta Banquet, 3 May 1985; Laura J. Hauer, "Allegory and Epic Romance: Two Threads in the Spenserian Tapestry")

Harriet McPherson, 1 April 1985

Harriet McPherson, 30 April 1985

Harriet McPherson, 6 May 1985

Harriet McPherson, 21 January 1988

Harriet McPherson, 31 July 1990

Harriet McPherson and Gary Laidig, 10 April 1992 (kept under Laidig)

Clair N. McRostie, 10 April 1985

Clair N. McRostie, 25 March 1987

Roger D. Moe, 1 May 1984

Bob Moline, 10 February 19??

J. L. Morrill, 14 March 1960

Zola Murdock, 12 February 1992 (encl: CNN schedule)

Mary Nelson, 12 July 1961

Cornell Norby, 24 December 1988

Cornell Norby, 19 November 1989

Fred Nyquist, 12 November 1989 (unfinished)

Barbara K. Lindblom Patrick, September 1980

Joyce Pedersen, 14 February 1984

Rudy Perpich, 31 July 1984

James L. Peterson, 9 January 1985

Robert A. Peterson, 8 November 1990

Warren P. Peterson, 30 August 1968

Mary Prosser, 14 January 1988

Nancy E. Reid, 4 April 1986

J. Donald Rice, 5 June 1989

R. J. Rosendahl, 10 October 1968

Susie Sandberg, 17 September 1981

John Schiltz, 7 February 1992

Sylvia L. Sheldon, 1 June 1968

Carolyn Shimek, 16 October 1985 (encl: Roman Meal pamphlets)

Florence L. Sponberg, 6 February 1966

Doug Stone, 2 February 1988

Doug Stone, 8 August 1988

Delphine Swanson, no date

Elaine Ellertson Tohal, no date

Julie Tuel, 1 July 1987

Robert Vanasek, 23 February 1990

T. H. Watkins, 27 January 1983

Phyllis Webster, no date (encl: 55 Alive/Mature Driving

Completion Certificate)

Jeanne Weigum, no date (encl: ANSR catalog; MCIAA; MCIAA complaint form)

Jeanne Weigum, no date

Jeanne Weigum, no date

Paul David Wellstone, 14 June 1991

Paul David Wellstone, 17 June 1991

Janet Baker Westegard, 5 May 1977

David L. Wettergren, 4 January 1990

Dave Wicklund, 11 January 19??

Anita N Wollon, no date

Randall Wreghitt, August 1986

Mitsuko Yoshitamu, no date

Otis Zanders, no date

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Outgoing, 1974-93 (Organized by Date)

Professor Hershel Parker 10 June 1974 (encl: Alexis, "Two Footnotes on a Faceless Whale," American Notes & Queries, March 1973. (copy) )

Ilene Alexis, 23 June 1977

The Wilderness Society, 18 January 1983

Harper's Magazine Foundation, 7 February 1983

Representative Chuck Hoffman, 18 March 1984

Senator Roger Moe, 20 March 1984

Governor Rudy Perpich, 26 July 1984

Mr. and Mrs. David Robb, 4 September 1984

Ronald D. Clark, 25 September 1984

St. Croix Valley Press, 8 October 1984

Dorothy Gimmestad, 12 October 1984

Nora Nelson & Associates, 18 October 1984

Russel T. Lund, 2 November 1984

John Easton, 13 November 1984

Nora Nelson & Associates, 19 November 1984

Jack Kennelly, 28 November 1984

Jeff Hamel, 4 December 1984

The Salvation Army, 4 December 1984

Denise Deters, 12 December 1984

Harold Higgins, 17 December 1984

Jim, 6 January 1985

James L. Peterson, 6 January 1985

Deborah Howell, 17 January 1985

Senator Gary Laidig, 20 March 1985

Representative Harriet McPherson, 20 March 1985

Representative David Jennings, 16 April 1985

Senator Gary Laidig, 16 April 1985

Manager, Burger King, 16 May 1985

Duane Tangen, 26 May 1985

Don Boxmeyer, 27 May 1985

Bridgeman's, 27 May 1985

Jerry, 23 July 1985

David Junker, 26 September 1985

Senator Gary Laidig, 4 October 1985

Representative Harriet McPherson, 4 October 1985

Almanac, KTCA-TV, 15 October 1985

Suburban Chrysler-Plymouth, 14 November 1985

Steve M. Wilson, 9 December 1985

Art [Arthur Huseboe], 13 December 1985

Kate Sheetz, 14 December 1985

Representative David Jennings, 13 January 1986

Swedish Food Products, 17 January 1986

Nancy Reid, 20 June 1986 (encl: Newsletter)

Sandra Samuelson, 20 June 1986

Seattle Filmworks, 28 June 1986

Seattle Filmworks, 14 July 1986

Gurney Seed & Nursery Company, 26 July 1986

Rivertown Excavating, 11 August 1986

Randall Wreghitt, 9 September 1986

Stillwater Gazette, 17 November 1986

Representative Gordon Voss, 18 December 1986

University of Minnesota, Office of Graduate Admissions, 21 January 1987

Cub Comments, 14 February 1987

Tom Triplett, 25 February 1987 (encl: Tom Triplett to St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch, 21 February 1987 (clipping))

Rudy Perpich, 27 February 1987

David Johnson, 2 March 1987

Clyde's Restaurant, 27 July 1987

Dr. David Nelson, 27 July 1987

Deborah Howell, 28 September 1987

Reid Johnson, 16 December 1987

Senator Roger Moe, 7 January 1988

Don Juel, 19 February 1988

Roy M. Close, 24 March 1988

Doug Stone, 23 May 1988

Fortress Press, 2 June 1988

Rand McNally & Company, 2 June 1988

Bob Utecht, 29 June 1988

John K. Hall, 24 December 1988 (encl: Alexis, "Bluebirds in

Washington County")

Rick [Richard Cory], 10 April 1989

Minnesota Professional Firefighters, 13 October 1989

John K. Hall, 14 December 1989

David Wettergren, 28 December 1989

Proctor-Silex, Customer Service Department, 16 January 1990

Senator Roger Moe, 27 January 1990

Lee Ann Owens, 2 March 1990

Lawrence A. Severson, 21 March 1990

Sue Crowley, 7 April 1900

Deborah Howell, 11 April 1990

Edgar R. Trexler, 11 April 1990

David Hartwell, 22 May 1990

Senator [Rudy] Boschwitz, 28 June 1990

Senator Dave Durenberger, 28 June 1900

Representative Harriet McPherson, 28 June 1990

Darwin, 8 August 1990 (encl: Anthem list, list of readings

for Sundays of Advent)

John [Kendall] 5 December 1990 (encl: Kay Smallzried, "Of Thankfulness" (photocopy) )

John [Kendall], 21 December 1990

Nina M. Archabal, 14 February 1991

Mary Berg, 14 March 1991

Senator Gary Laidig, 28 April 1991

Representative Harriet McPherson, 28 April 1991

Representative Bruce Vento, 10 May 1991

KC Publishing, Inc., 20 May 1991

Walker Lundy, 7 December 1991 (encl: Dennis Anderson, "Minnesota fares poorly in new U. S. wetlands definitions")

Gregory Peck, 7 December 1991

Phyllis Webster, 11 January 1992

Dan Kelly, 13 January 1992

Lake Elmo Inn, 22 January 1992

Cable News Network, 5 February 1992

American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 13 February 1992

Linda Anderson, 15 February 1992

Colorful Images, 28 February 1992

SuperAmerica Group, Inc., 24 March 1992

Larry Millett, 9 September 1992

Nelson T. French, 4 November 1992

Larry Millett, 9 November 1992

Editor, Stillwater Evening Gazette, 9 November 1992 (encl: editorial, Stillwater Evening Gazette, 9 November 1992; Alexis to editor, 16 November 1992 (clippings))

Allan Klein, 19 November 1992 (encl: "Minnesota Wetlands Conservation Act: Public comments on proposed rules needed" (leaflet) )

Paul Hendrickson, 23 November 1992

Cornell Norby, 27 January 1993

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Miscellaneous, 1974 and 1993

Letters of Condolence to Family, 1993 (Photocopies)

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Vita and Bibliography, 1974

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Teaching, 1947-1991

Ancient Times: Historical Sketch of Man-Nature Relationship in the Western World; Trails West: Companion to University of Minnesota Television Hour, Transcript, 1966

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7

Correspondence Course titled “Two Forces in American Culture: Interpretations of Puritanism and the Myth of the West,” Lecture Notecards and Fouan Family Genealogy, 1962

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8

Course Syllabi and Related Materials, 1957-81

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9

Course Planning for a new course on wilderness, Correspondence with and Syllabi from Dr. Roderick Nash at University of California, 1974-76

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10

Elderhostel, Instruction Materials for Day One, undated

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11

Elderhostel, Instruction Materials for Day Two, undated

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12

Elderhostel, Instruction Materials for Day Three, undated

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13

Elderhostel, Instruction Materials for Day Four, undated

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14

Elderhostel, Instruction Materials for Day Five, undated

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15

Elderhostel, Promotional Materials and Miscellaneous, 1989-91

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Gradebooks, 1947-48 and 1948-49 (RESTRICTED)

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17

Gradebooks, 1949-50 and 1950-51 (RESTRICTED)

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18

Gradebooks, 1951-52 and 1952-53 (RESTRICTED)

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19

Gradebooks, 1953-54 and 1954-55 (RESTRICTED)

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20

Gradebooks, 1955-56 and 1956-57 (RESTRICTED)

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21

Gradebooks, 1957-58 and 1958-59 (RESTRICTED)

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22

Gradebooks, 1959-60 and 1960-61 (RESTRICTED)

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23

Gradebooks, 1961-62 and 1962-63 (RESTRICTED)

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24

Gradebooks, 1963-64 and 1965-66 (RESTRICTED)

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25

Gradebooks, 1966-67 and 1967-68 (RESTRICTED)

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26

Gradebooks, 1968-69 and 1969-70 (RESTRICTED)

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Gradebooks, 1970-71 and 1971-72 (RESTRICTED)

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28

Gradebooks, 1972-73 and 1973-74 (RESTRICTED)

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29

Gradebooks, 1974-75 and 1975-76 and Fall 1976 (RESTRICTED)

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30

Gradebooks, 1977-78 and 1979-80 (RESTRICTED)

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31

Gradebooks, 1980-81 and 1981-82 and 1982-83 (RESTRICTED)

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Instruction Materials, Transparencies of Western Maps and Slides, undated

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Instruction Notecards and Papers, c. 1970s and 1980s

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Writings and Publications, 1937-1984

 “Calvinism and Mysticism in Jonathan Edwards,” Ph.D. Thesis, 1947

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34

“Dr. L.A. Hocanzon: The Story of His Family and Pastoral Experiences hand-written in Swedish for His Children translated by his granddaughter, Corinne Dahlen in May and June 1982” (includes correspondence)

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35

 “Farrell Since Our Days of Anger,” 1967 (Mostly Correspondence)

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36

“First Lutheran Church of St. Paul, Minnesota, Centennial 1854-1954,” Booklet, 1954; Swedish-Lutheran Heritage,

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35

 “James Fenimore Cooper: The Conservative Gentleman as Social Critic,” undated

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“Moberg’s Trilogy on the Swedish Immigrant: A Dubious Conclusion,” 1956-66 (Bulk is Correspondence)

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 “Naturalism in Literature,” undated

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39

 “The Romanticism of William Gilmore Simms,” 7 December, 1937

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40

 “Why Does the Wilderness Howl?,” Includes versions of Deuteronomy and Definitions of Wilderness, undated

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 “Wilderness Landscape and Human Values,” 1984 (includes Correspondence)

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