The Danish American Archive and Library has antecedents in the earlier archives of the United Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church and of Dana College–each of which essentially was institutional. Since 1986 a new archive has emerged with its emphasis being ethnic, rather than institutional. First named The Danish Immigrant Archive, the focus of The Archive today has grown to include not only the experiences and significant contributions to American society and culture of those brave pioneers, but also their descendents and others of Danish descent who have chosen to come to the United States to make their home.