These guides introduce the online archival collection of Concordia University Texas. Concordia has existed in several forms, growing from boy's high school called Lutheran Concordia College, to a co-educational junior college and four-year college, and now a university. This introduction highlights the online materials dating back to Concordia's founding in 1926. Concordia's archival project was funded by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through a grant funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Science. Additional support from the Portal to Texas History helped make this material available for research and study.
The Portal to Texas History hosts archival Concordia documents from the 1920s through the 1990s. Holdings include images of the original campus of the Lutheran Concordia College, correspondence among Concordia's original Board of Control members, and Faculty Minutes through the 1950s.
See the finding aid describing Concordia's archival holdings at Texas Archival Resources Online.
Concordia on the Move, by David Zersen, 2013 (LD 1281.C319 Z47 2013)
Concordia of Texas from the Beginning: Reminiscences and impressions by Henry Studtmann as he recalled the people and events which promoted and shaped synodical education in the south, by Henry Studtmann, 1977 (LD 6501.C744 S7)
Cloud of Witnesses: The History of Concordia Lutheran College of Texas, by Mark Edward Wahlers, dissertation, University of Texas at Austin, 1989 (LD 6501. C744 W35)
The Changing Nature of Church College Relations: A History and Case Study of Concordia University Texas, by Kristi Kirk, dissertation, Capella University, (UMI number 3599205, 2013)
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission as well as a mini-grant from the Portal to Texas History. Concordia University Texas gratefully acknowledges this support for digitizing the Concordia's archives and providing free public access these historical materials.
All materials copyright Concordia University Texas. Written permission to publish or display reproductions of materials held by Concordia University Texas must be secured from Concordia as owner of the physical property. For more information, please contact:
Concordia University Texas Library,
11400 Concordia University Drive
Austin, TX 78726
In 1926, Lutheran Concordian College opened its doors to its first class of 26 high school boys. Many of the records of those boys and their secondary school in central Austin--now Concordia University Texas--have been digitized and now are available online for use by alumni, genealogists, students, and scholars.
A grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission allows a portion of Concordia's rich archival heritage to be hosted on the Portal to Texas History, a resource operated by the University of North Texas that provides free access to Texas historical materials. When this grant is completed, researchers will have access to archival images and documents that describe Concordia's development and growth. These materials will include 750 letters exchanged between Concordia's Board of Control and the national officers of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, who helped direct the construction of school buildings and the hiring of faculty. Also included among the documents from these early years are faculty minutes, which provide a look at everyday campus life. A scrapbook dating from 1926, as well as yearbooks for the classes of 1949 and 1950, are among the many images found in Concordia's online archives.
The Portal's search menu allows users to browse among Concordia's resources, or to search by type. Users narrow their searches by resource type, location, date, or by language. Many of Concordia's early correspondence is written in German, and translations are provided for a select number of documents. The correspondence of Lutheran Concordia College's first president, Henry Studtmann, and many of Concordia's first faculty members (pictured at left) are included in the online collection.
Concordia's online collection provides a visual record of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's 90-year history of providing Christian education in Austin, Texas. For question, comments and suggestions regarding this resource, please contact the staff of Concordia University Texas Library.
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