Aurdal Lutheran Church Records, 1883-1964
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Brief Description:

The Aurdal Lutheran Church Records consist of copies made from original church documents. The first document in the collection is the Aurdal Church's constitution, which was translated from the original document Norwegian. This constitution was translated by Reverend H. E. Haughland on January 4, 1961.

Following the constitution is a list of the pastors who served Aurdal from 1888 until May of 1944. The list was typed, and then had hand-written additions of the pastors who served from 1938 to 1944.

Included next in the collection are meeting minutes in English that date from November 19, 1923 to July 19, 1964. These meeting minutes are from the yearly business meetings held at Aurdal Church, as well as special meetings. Meeting topics included fund raisers, work and renovation to be done on the Church, election of officers, and all other various church business.

Also included are separate financial records of the church. First are lists of expenses for the church dating from 1954-1958. For 1963, a treasurer's report is included which lists both the church's budget and expenses for the year, as well as the current balance on hand at the time that the report was made.

Also included is the North Dakota State Department of Health cemetery registration for 1932. This is the only year for which a cemetery registration is included in the collection. After this is a small drawing showing the acreage belonging to Aurdal Church.

The program for the sixtieth anniversary of Aurdal Church is located following the illustration depicting the acreage of Aurdal Church. This details the Anniversary Festival Service, the Program (which included a prayer and an address given by Reverend L. J. Odland of Clark, South Dakota), and the Anniversary Festival Rally. All these events were held on June 10, 1945.

The final two folders include untranslated documents entirely in Norwegian, and a typed, bound and edited minutes and account book for the church. This book contains meeting minutes and other church information dating from 1883-1964, and where needed was translated into English from the original Norwegian.

All of the materials in this collection were deposited by Dr. Curtis W. Stofferahn of the UND Sociology Department. Stofferahn is the great-grandson of Syvert E. Strand, one of the first trustees of the Aurdal Lutheran Church Congregation.

Held at:
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202 9000
Phone: 701-777-4625
Fax: 701-777-3319
Email: und.archives [at]
Record Series Number: OGLMC/1412
Created by: Aurdal Lutheran Church (1883-1963)
Volume: 0.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/27/2000.
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Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Subject Index
Ellendale, North Dakota
Religion - Church Records
Religion - Lutheran Church
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Norwegian [nor]
Acquisition Notes: Curt Stofferahn, UND Sociology Department  Deposit; June 27, 2000 (Acc.# 2000-2451) and January 9, 2002 (Acc.#2002-2565)
PreferredCitation: (Description of Item) Aurdal Lutheran Church Records. OGLMC 1412, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. Chester Fritz Library. University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid migrated to Archon, July 2012.