Archive for Jeff Jenson

Library at Gustavus (Part 5 of 10)

OLD MAIN (1897-1920) In celebration of 50 years in the current library building (known as the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library), we’ll be spending the year looking at the history of the library at Gustavus. In 1897 the library moved back into Old Main, housed on the second floor.  Branch libraries continued to exist in both […]

Library at Gustavus (Part 4 of 10)

COMMERCE BUILDING (1889-1897) In 1889, the library moved out of the Main building and into the Commerce Building. During this time the librarian was J.S. Carlson, professor of history, philosophy, and political science. He secured some of the annual publications of Uppsala University in Sweden, and he and his assistants commenced work on a subject […]

Library at Gustavus (Part 3 of 10)

OLD MAIN (1876-1889) The Main building was the first building built when Gustavus moved to St. Peter in 1876. It housed everything, including classrooms, offices, living quarters, and the library. In the beginning the library consisted of approximately 500 volumes and additional donations were actively being sought. By 1887, the library held 3,100 volumes. The […]

Library at Gustavus (Part 2 of 10)

ST. ANSGAR’S ACADEMY (1863-1876) The school Norelius founded moved to East Union in Carver County, Minnesota in 1863. Andrew Jackson became the head of the school, as well as the faculty, registrar, treasurer, and librarian. There were two major additions to the library during this time. The Minnesota Lutheran Conference authorized Jackson to travel to […]

Library at Gustavus (Part 1 of 10)

RED WING (1862-1863) Eric Norelius founded a school in his home at Red Wing, Minnesota in 1862.  His personal collection of books is considered the first library collection  You can view many of the books from Norelius’ personal collection here: https://www.librarything.com/catalog/FolkeB/ericnoreliuspersonallibrary. In celebration of 50 years in the current library building (known as the Folke […]

Ancestry.com at the Gustavus Library

The Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library and the College and Lutheran Church Archives are happy to announce a new database: Ancestry.com Library Edition.  This popular consumer online genealogy resource includes birth, death, and marriage records, as well as searchable manuscript census records for the U.S. dating from 1790-1940 (1950 is coming in April 2022).  This database […]

Off-Campus Database Access

We want to clear up a misunderstanding.  No matter where you are, as long as you have access to an Internet connection and can get to our library website, you can use our online databases. When you click on links to resources that are limited by license to Gustavus community members, you will have to […]

Moby-Dick

You’ve heard undoubtedly of Herman Melville’s book Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.  However, you might not be aware that the original was published on this day in 1851. It was a commercial failure upon its release, and the book languished for nearly 70 years in relative obscurity. Everything changed in the 1920s following the publication of Herman Melville: […]

Elections at Gustavus

Students are often passionate about political causes and especially so during presidential election years.  In the modern era, as evidenced by results of a student preference survey in the most recent issue of the Gustavian Weekly, Gustavus students prefer more liberal candidates.  In decades and centuries past, Gusties favored the more conservative contenders.  Although the following […]

Archives Open House and Free Tour

October is American Archives Month so visit the College and Lutheran Church Archives and take a tour. Tours will feature historical Gustavus treasures and awesome artifacts not usually on public display. Find out what the archives is all about and what it has to offer you.  The archives is located on the library’s top floor, directly above […]