October 2021 Update: The Archives and Special Collections will continue to offer remote research assistance for all users. Onsite research appointments and donations to the department are available on a limited basis by request.

For research assistance or for more information, please email archives@plu.edu.

Search the Archives and Special Collections

The Pacific Lutheran University Archives and Special Collections preserves physical and digital records of permanent historical value related to the operations of Pacific Lutheran University, the experience of Scandinavian immigrants in the Pacific Northwest, and the history of Parkland and Pierce County. The Archives and Special Collections also serves as the regional repository for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, contact archives@plu.edu.

University Archives

The University Archives collects, organizes, preserves, describes, and provides access to records that document the history and mission of the University and the activities of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

ELCA Region 1 Archives

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Region 1 Archives serves as the repository for the permanent records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection

The Scandinavian Immigrant Experience (SIE) Collection preserves historical materials relating to immigrants to the Pacific Northwest from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.