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Catalog Number M-0014
Object Name File, Document
Collection Personal Collections
Title Laurens Petrus Bergström Papers
Year Range from 1868
Year Range to 1967
Scope & Content This collection is comprised of Laurens Petrus Bergström's personal papers relating to his ministerial work and his personal life. His ministry materials include correspondence, photographs, published materials, clippings, marriage documents, extensive sermons, and other writings. Personal materials include correspondence, photograph, published materials, clippings, programs and other event keepsakes, and materials related to his wife and three children.
Biographical Information Laurens Petrus Bergström was born in Sweden in 1858 and emigrated to the United States. He worked as a pastor for the Augustana Synod of the Lutheran Church for the entirety of his career, working in many churches in the United States and in Canada. He had a wife named Alida M. Bergström and three children: Olga, Einar Lawrence, and Hugo Robert (Einar and Hugo both changed their last name to Berston). Bergström died in 1937.
People Bergström, Laurens Petrus, 1858-1937.
Bergström, Alida M.
Bergström, Olga.
Berston, Einar Lawrence.
Berston, Hugo Robert.
Series in Collection Collection is arranged in 12 series; folder names listed in parenthesis.

1. Sermons and Writings (Donation Information; "Hur Gammal är Baptismen?" Manuscript; Notebooks (1/2); Notebooks (2/2); Pentecost to Advent, 1891; Pentecost to Advent, 1893 (1/2); Pentecost to Advent, 1893 (2/2); Pentecost to Advent, 1894 (1/2); Pentecost to Advent, 1894 (2/2); Pentecost to Advent, 1896; Pentecost to Advent, 1897; Pentecost to Advent, 1899; Pentecost to Advent, 1900; Pentecost to Advent, 1902; Pentecost to Advent, 1903; Pentecost to Advent, 1906; Pentecost to Advent, 1909; Pentecost to Advent, 1912; Pentecost to Advent, 1917; Pentecost to Advent, 1920; Pentecost to Advent, Undated; Advent to Pentecost, 1890; Advent to Pentecost, 1891; Advent to Pentecost, 1893; Advent to Pentecost, 1894 (1/2); Advent to Pentecost, 1894 (2/2); Advent to Pentecost, 1896; Advent to Pentecost, 1897; Advent to Pentecost, 1899; Advent to Pentecost, 1900; Advent to Pentecost, 1903; Advent to Pentecost, 1904; Advent to Pentecost, 1908; Advent to Pentecost, Undated; Speech Materials; Unidentified Sermon Notes)

2. Personal Bible, and Books(Bible; Bible; Prayer Book; Hemlandssånger; Missionshistoria [L. Landgren])

3. American Ministry (Annual Reports to the Church; Augustana Book Concern Publications; Augustana College and Theological Seminary; Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; Baptisms and Confirmations; Call to Service in Minnesota 1888-1922; Checks and Reciepts (1/2); Checks and Reciepts (2/2); Clergy Transportationl; Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod of North America, Correspondence; Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod of North America, Publications; First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop, Minnesota; Församling Work in Winthrop, Minnesota, 1893-1909; Lutheran Minnesota Conference of the Augustana Synod; Lutheran Youth Conference; Marriage Certificates; Minnesota Conference; Minnesota Conference Finances; Notebook of Psalms and Sermon Texts; Overview of Works in the US and Canada; Postcards to L. P. Bergström, 1898-1902; Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Assembly of Lowell, Massachusetts; Swedish Language Religious Publications; Temperance Group in Winthrop, Minnesota, 1894; Unidentified Materials; Wedding Invitations; Wedding Invitations
Thank you to L. P. Bergström for work in Winthrop, Minnesota; Diploma from Augustana Theological Seminary)

4. Canadian Ministry (Augustana Colonization Association of North America, 1912-1918; Call to Service in Canada; Canadian Pacific Railway Co., 1918; Canada Conference of the Augustana Synod; Checks and Reciepts; Various Documents; Evangelical Lutheran Canada Conference of the Augustana Synod, 1913-1916; Legal Documents, 1899-1917; Ministerial Acts in Canada, 1907-1912; Missionary Work in Canada, 1907-1918; Newspaper Articles, 1913-1920; Unidentified)

5. Keepsakes and Memorabilia (Church and Group Cookbooks; Clippings; Conference Materials; Greeting Card Scrapbook; Gustavus Adolphus Programs and Publications; Minnesota State Capitol; Programs; Sheet Music; Svenska Amerikanska Linien Passenger Lists; Travel Souvenirs (1/3); Travel Souvenirs (2/3); Travel Souvenirs (3/3); Women's Missionary Society of Lutheran Augustana Synod)

6. Bergstrom Air Force Base (Air Force Base Memorabilia; Clippings; History of Bergstrom Air Force Base)

7. Correspondence (Correspondence 1880-1889; Correspondence 1890-1899 (1/3); Correspondence 1890-1899 (2/3); Correspondence 1890-1899 (3/3); Correspondence 1900-1909 (1/3); Correspondence 1900-1909 (2/3); Correspondence 1900-1909 (3/3); Correspondence 1910-1919 (1/2); Correspondence 1910-1919 (2/2); Correspondence 1920-1929 (1/2); Correspondence 1920-1929 (2/2); Correspondence 1930-1939; Correspondence, Undated; Postcard Correspondence; Unidentified Correspondence)

8. Photographs (1157 Laurel Negatives; 1936 European Trip: Austria; 1936 European Trip: England; 1936 European Trip: France; 1936 European Trip: Germany; 1936 European Trip: Holland; 1936 European Trip: Ireland; Alida M. Bergström; American Swedish Institute; Bergström Family Snapshots; Cadaver Photos; Christmas 1950 at 1157 Laurel; Church Photographs; Einar L. Berston; Farm Photographs; Group Photographs including Bergströms; Gustavus Adolphus College; Homes of Other Families; Hunting Photographs; Identified Portraits (1/3); Identified Portraits (2/3); Identified Portraits (3/3); L. P. Bergström and Alida M. Bergström Wedding Portrait; Niagra Falls; Non-Bergström Formal Family Portraits; Non-Bergström Informal Family Portraits; Nordstroms of Rockford, Illinois (cousins of Bergströms); Olga Bergström; Picture Postcards (Bergströms and friends); Signe Liedberg (Alida M. Bergström's cousin); Various Landscape Photographs; Various Travels; Unidentified Beach Snapshots; Unidentified Car Photos; Unidentified Portraits (1/2); Unidentified Portraits (2/2); Unidentified Snapshots; Oversize Photographs; Photographic Printers Plates; Oversize photographs of L.P. Bergström with confirmation classes)

9. Alida M. Bergström (Bank Ledger; Correspondence 1880-1889; Correspondence 1890-1899; Correspondence 1900-1909 (1/2); Correspondence 1900-1909 (2/2); Correspondence 1910-1919 (1/2); Correspondence 1910-1919 (2/2); Correspondence 1920-1929; Correspondence 1930-1939; Correspondence 1940-1949; Correspondence, Undated; Signature Books)

10. Olga Bergström (Correspondence 1880-1889; Correspondence 1890-1899; Correspondence 1900-1909; Correspondence 1910-1919; Correspondence 1920-1929; Correspondence 1930-1939; Correspondence 1940-1949; Correspondence, Undated; Passport; Sheet Music; Postcards; Various Notes)

11. Hugo Robert Berston (Correspondence 1900-1909; Correspondence 1910-1919; Correspondence 1920-1929; Correspondence 1930-1939; Correspondence, Undated; Correspondence from H. R. Berston; Drawings; The First National Bank, St. Paul; Legal Documents; Osteopathy; Postcards; Sheet Music; A Trappers Guide; Diplomas, religious certificates, and professional certifications)

12. Einar Lawrence Berston (Correspondence 1900-1909; Correspondence 1910-1919 (1/2); Correspondence 1910-1919 (2/2); Correspondence 1920-1929; Correspondence 1930-1939; Correspondence 1940-1949; Correspondence 1950-1959; Correspondence 1960-1969; Imperial Publishing Co. Materials; Infantry Drill Regulations; Other Documents; School Essays; Signature Album; Teaching; Transcripts; Various Receipts; Diplomas and professional certificates)
Physical Dimensions 8 cubic feet (10 archives boxes and 1 oversize flat storage cabinet drawer M-0014)
Copyrights Copyright for this collection is held by the American Swedish Institute. Staff will provide photocopies of collection materials for personal use at researcher's expense. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials must be secured in writing from the American Swedish Institute.
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