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Emily Envall Dahlberg papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 87

Scope and Contents

The Emily Envall Dahlberg papers, 1889-1895 and undated, largely span less than four years of her life, beginning with her year as a student of music at Augustana College in 1889. The papers, in both English and Swedish, contain information about her studies, social life, and relationship with Johan G. Dahlberg. The papers are arranged in five series: Notebooks, Letters, Account Book, and Miscellaneous Writings and Publications, and Photographs.

The Notebooks series contains two notebooks from her year at Augustana, detailing social and academic life. The Letters series contains four letters written by Emily, in a mix of English and Swedish, and two letters written by Johan G. Dahlberg, written in Swedish. The Account of Playing and Music Lessons series contains the records of payment received by Emily for music lessons and church and funeral services at which she played the organ in Galesburg in 1890. The Miscellaneous Writings and Publications series contains a religious tract, three published photographs, handwritten materials signed by E.A. Edlen, and a catalog of Augustana College and Theological Seminary for 1890-1891. The Photographs series contains photographs of the family gravestones in Galesburg.

Dates

  • 1889-1895 and undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English and Swedish

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Historical Note

Emily Caroline Envall was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on 25 November 1869, the oldest child of John and Caroline Peterson Envall, recent immigrants from Sweden. Her father became a prosperous Galesburg businessman. Emily Envall was baptized on 1 January 1870, and confirmed on 1 June 1884, at First Lutheran Church in Galesburg. She received less than seven years of formal education in the Galesburg public schools. On 10 January 1889 she entered the Augustana Conservatory of Music at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. She studied music and other subjects, and was active in the Phrenokosmian Society. She attended Augustana for only one year, leaving at the end of the semester in December 1889. While a student at Augustana, Envall met seminarian Johan (John) G. Dahlberg, whom she married on 25 November 1891. He was a pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona, Illinois. Emily Envall Dahlberg died in childbirth on 8 November 1892, survived by her husband and a son, Carl Johan Emil Dahlberg. Her son, Emil Dalberg, died in Galesburg in 1961.

Extent

0.2 Cubic Feet (/ 1 box)

Abstract

Emily Caroline Envall was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on 25 November 1869, the oldest child of John and Caroline Peterson Envall, recent immigrants from Sweden. She received less than seven years of formal education in the Galesburg public schools. On 10 January 1889 she entered the Augustana Conservatory of Music at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. She attended Augustana for only one year, leaving at the end of the semester in December 1889. The Emily Envall Dahlberg papers, 1889-1895 and undated, contains information about Dahlberg's studies, social life, and relationship with Johan G. Dahlberg. The papers are arranged in five series: Notebooks, Letters, Account Book, Miscellaneous Writings and Publications, and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dahlberg's notebooks and a single letter were purchased at a flea market in Davenport, Iowa in 1988 and 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica C. Spinder, 2009. Revised by Atticus Garrison, June 2016.

Title
Emily Envall Dahlberg papers,1889-1895 and undated.
Status
Completed
Author
Atticus Garrison
Date
2016
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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