Research Services

The Luther Seminary Archives is an institutional collection whose materials tell the story of this school, now over 125 years in operation as a center of theological study. We are happy to help with the variety of questions that regularly come to us about past students, teachers and other church leaders connected with Luther Seminary. Please contact us if you have any research inquiries.

In 1994 the seminary marked its 125th anniversary with celebrations that included the publication of school history, entitled, Thanksgiving and Hope.If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of Thanksgiving and Hope, please contact us and we will be happy to send you one.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Region 3 Archives serves as the permanent storage site for the valuable records of midwestern Lutheranism, beginning in the 1840's and continuing to the present. In the structure of today's ELCA the Region 3 Archives also serves the 9 synod offices in the states of South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

The ELCA Region 3 Archives has created a research guide, Memory Work: A Guide for ELCA Congregational Archives and History, to advise congregations on recording their history, basic storage and preservation of records, and microfilming. If your congregation is interested in receiving printed copies of Memory Work please contact us. We hope that this material is helpful to you and to your congregation. If you copy Memory Work material from this web site, we ask only that you acknowledge where you found it and the organization (the ELCA Region 3 Archives) that made it available.