Exciting Expansion of Our Collections Page

posted August 18, 2012, 2:21 PM by

Check out the Collections link to the left to see the first of the exciting expansions taking place on that page. In our efforts to increase awareness of the broad scope of materials available in the Danish American Archive and Library, we are adding easy-to-use links that will allow the viewer to access documents and photos that weren’t available before.

petersen Alvin (1)

The first of the collections to be so expanded is the Alvin and Edel Petersen collection. Alvin Petersen was a Lutheran minister for more that 50 years, and much of the material in this collection documents what was going on in America during that time. For example, the sermon shown on the expanded page was given a few days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and addresses the fear and uncertainty people were feeling at that time. This is just one example of the type of fascinating documents that are available throughout the Archive.

Plans are underway to expand in a similar way all the collections listed on the Collections page and to add more collections to the list, such as the Danish Brotherhood, Lutheran Publishing House and Dana College collections. Over time, all of the collections listed will be expanded in this way, but the Danish Brotherhood, Sophus Keith Winthur and P.S. Vig collections are the next to be researched and displayed.