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Albrecht (Esther Andreen) papers and printing plates, 1943, circa 1985 and undated. Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 80
Finding Aid Author
Atticus Garrison
Finding Aid Date
June 2016
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
English

Dates

  • 1943, circa 1985 and undated (Creation)

Extents

  • 3.75 Linear Feet (Whole)
    / 3 boxes

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  • Abstract

    Esther Miriam Andreen was born on September 4, 1896 in New Haven, Connecticut to parents Gustav and Marie Andreen. Her father became the fourth president of Augustana College in 1901. Albrecht had two older brothers, Paul and Marion, and two younger, Gustav and Carl. She attended the Augustana Academy from 1908 to 1914, and enrolled at Augustana College in the fall of 1914, where she studied Modern Languages. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa Tau sorority, the Adelphic Society, the Woman’s Club and the Inter-collegiate Prohibition Association. She was a photographer for the Rockety-I and served as class secretary her freshman year. This collection contains original writings by Esther Andreen Albrecht and printing plates. Papers include a printed copy of her master's thesis, "Gustav Andreen and the Growth of Augustana College and Theological Seminary," and a typed manuscript of her memoir, "Confessions of a Schoolteacher," written around 1985. The memoir ends with several pages of family trees compiled by Albrecht for the Andreen, Albrecht, Fryxell, Peterson, and Brigida families. The printing plates in the collection were used to print Albrecht's thesis in 1943.

  • 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    Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The "Confessions of a Schoolteacher" manuscript was transferred to Special Collections from Gustavus Adolphus College in December 2015. Immediate source of acquisition for remainder of collection unknown.

  • Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], in MSS 80 Esther Andreen Albrecht papers and printing plates, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Helen Reinold, 2010. Updated by Samantha Crisp, January 2016. Revised by Atticus Garrison, June 2016.

  • Related Materials

    MSS 4 Gustav Andreen papers

  • Historical Note

    Esther Miriam Andreen was born 4 September 1896 in New Haven, Connecticut to parents Gustav and Marie Andreen. Her father became the fourth president of Augustana College in 1901. Albrecht had two older brothers, Paul and Marion, and two younger brothers, Gustav and Carl. She attended the Augustana Academy from 1908 to 1914, and enrolled at Augustana College in the fall of 1914, where she studied Modern Languages. She was a member of the Sigma Kappa Tau sorority, the Adelphic Society, the Woman’s Club and the Inter-collegiate Prohibition Association. She was a photographer for the Rockety-I and served as class secretary her freshman year.

    Albrecht graduated in 1918 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and went on to receive two masters’ degrees from the University of Illinois, one in education and one in English. One of her theses was titled, “Gustav Andreen and the Growth of Augustana College and Theological Seminary .” She taught in public schools for 25 years, and served as Director of Student Teaching in the Education Department of Augustana College from 1962 to 1967. Albrecht published several books and articles relating to Augustana College heritage. She retired in 1967 with the status of Professor Emeritus. Albrecht published a fiction book in 1970.

    Esther Miriam Andreen married Arthur J. Albrecht, an attorney and later teacher in the Rock Island Public Schools, in 1922. They had three daughters, Greta, Miriam and Lorraine. Arthur Albrecht died in 1961. Esther Andreen Albrecht died in Austin, Texas, 1 September 2001, at the age of 105.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains original writings by Esther Andreen Albrecht and printing plates. Papers include a printed copy of her master's thesis, "Gustav Andreen and the Growth of Augustana College and Theological Seminary," and a typed manuscript of her memoir, "Confessions of a Schoolteacher," written around 1985. The memoir ends with several pages of family trees compiled by Albrecht for the Andreen, Albrecht, Fryxell, Peterson, and Brigida families. The printing plates in the collection were used to print Albrecht's thesis in 1943.

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