Timeline banner - collage of students and Harstad Hall

Welcome to the pictorial history of Pacific Lutheran University!

Images chosen for this pictorial history come from the over 500,000 images preserved in the university archives. The selected photographs provide a glimpse of the university from 1890 until today. This is a dynamic document and will be continually updated.

Historical content was selected from the 1,080 linear feet of primary sources in the archives and from PLU’s two published histories, The Lamp and the Cross by Walter C. Schnackenberg (1965) and Educating for Service by Philip A. Nordquist (1990).

This pictorial history was created by Danielle Koenig (PLU Class of 2002) with content provided by Kerstin Ringdahl, University Archivist. Gavin Jensen (PLU Class of 2001) designed the original layout of the timeline, it has since been updated by Makara Thatch (PLU Class of 2011), Ayla Mull (PLU Class of 2012), and Rachel Diebel (PLU Class of 2016).

Please visit the archives located in Mortvedt Library for additional information or photographs. You may also search dspace.plu.edu for digitized photographs. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. Please contact us at archives@plu.edu.

Photos and information from the later years are courtesy of The Division of Marketing and Communication.