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Sven Gustaf Youngert papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 139
The Sven Gustaf Youngert papers, 1883-1934 and undated, contains correspondence, photographs, postcards, legal documents, newspaper clippings, biographical materials, and artifacts related to Youngert's personal life and travel. The collection has been arranged into the following series: Personal, Official Documents, Correspondence, Travel, Photographs, and Artifacts. The Personal series (1916-1927 and undated) contains three subseries: Biographical (1925 and undated), Arnold Edward Youngert (1916-1927), and North Star Order Decoration (1924-1925 and undated). The Biographical subseries consists of biographies of Sven Gustaf Youngert and news clippings mentioning him. The Arnold Edward Youngert subseries contains documents related to Youngert’s seventh child. The North Star subseries consists of documents relating to Youngert’s knighthood in 1924.

The Official Documents series (1883-1938) contains legal documents, including Youngert’s last will and testament, membership certificates, a moving certificate, and a certificate of employment.

The Correspondence series (1901-1934 and undated) contains three subseries: Personal (1910-1934), Calls to Church Posts (1901-1933), and Postcards (undated). The Personal subseries contains correspondence to and from Sven Gustaf Youngert. The Calls to Church Posts subseries contains letters to Youngert relating to church and academic posts he occupied. The Postcards subseries contains several blank postcards with pictures of the town of Tallinn, Estonia. There is also one undated postcard written to Youngert.

The Travel series (1919) is a collection of documents from a trip taken by Youngert to Europe in 1919. It includes his passport, visas, identification papers, a map, and a letter of introduction. The Photographs series (1910 and undated) includes several pictures of Youngert and his associates.

The Artifacts series (undated) includes one pair of Youngert’s glasses and several pins. It also includes medals and commemorative coins, one commemorating the anniversary of the Augsburg Confession.

Dates

  • 1883-1934 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Extent

0.5 Cubic Feet (/ 2 boxes)

Overview

Sven Gustaf Youngert immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1886 at the age of 25. He studied at Augustana College and Theological Seminary for six years, until he was ordained as a minister in 1892. Throughout his life, he alternated between serving as a pastor for church parishes throughout the country and teaching at Augustana Theological Seminary. He served as the Vice President of Augustana College and Theological Seminary from 1920 to 1927 and as the Dean of the Seminary from 1930 to 1931. The Sven Gustaf Youngert papers, 1883-1934 and undated, contains correspondence, photographs, postcards, legal documents, newspaper clippings, biographical materials, and artifacts related to Youngert's personal life and travel.

Historical Note

Sven Gustaf Youngert was born 27 April 1861 in Ljunget, Sweden. His father, Olof Persson Youngert, was a tailor and farmer. Youngert attended public school until the age of fourteen. After his confirmation in June 1876, he began to attend a private school, where he studied mathematics, history, and the natural sciences. At the age of sixteen, Youngert began to work for a painter, with the intention of becoming one himself. At the age of eighteen, he moved in with his sister in Stockholm, where he worked as a painter. He attended another private school for two years and was accepted to the Fjellstedt School in Upsala in 1882. In 1884, Youngert took a position as a private tutor to a prominent family in Upsala. He remained in the position for two years.

In 1886, Youngert immigrated to the United States to attend Augustana College and Theological Seminary. He studied there for six years and was ordained as a minister 5 June 1892. He had enough credits from his schools in Sweden to receive a Master’s degree in that year as well. From 1892 to 1897, Youngert served as pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church of Kewanee, Illinois. Between 1894 and 1895 he was the secretary of the Illinois Conference of the Augustana Lutheran Church. He married Hannah Alfrida Schoberg 27 April 1894. They had eight children: Eugene, Elvira, Oliver, Eunice, Ilian, Harriet, Arnold, and Marjorie.

In 1897, Youngert received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Augustana College. From January 1897 to September 1900, he served as pastor of the First Lutheran Church of Ottumwa, Iowa. After this, he received a post as professor at Augustana Theological Seminary, a position he held until 1912. While teaching, Youngert also received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1901, and his Doctor of Sacred Theology in 1905, both from Augustana College. In addition, he took summer courses at the University of Iowa beginning in 1906, and graduated with a Doctorate in Philosophy in 1912.

In 1912, Youngert was appointed pastor of Emanuel Church in Hartford, Connecticut, where he served until 1917. He then returned to Augustana Theological Seminary as a professor from 1917 to 1931. He served as the Vice President of Augustana College and Theological Seminary from 1920 to 1927 and as the Dean of the Seminary from 1930 to 1931. In June 1931, he was appointed pastor of both the First Lutheran Church of Waltham and the Gustaf Adolf Church of Natick, Massachusetts. He held the post until 1935, when he again returned to Augustana to teach. In 1930, Youngert undertook an extensive trip to Egypt, Syria, Jerusalem, Italy, Greece, and Germany. While in Germany, he was a delegate at the celebration of the four hundredth anniversary of the Augsburg Confession.

Youngert published several books and pamphlets throughout his career, most of which focused on philosophy and the teaching of religion. He served as the editor of the Augustana Theological Quarterly from 1912 to 1917. Youngert received numerous awards and titles during his career, including the Order of Knighthood of the North Star, First Class, from Gustaf V, King of Sweden. Sven Gustaf Youngert died 26 February 1939.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Shirley Trevor, June 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Helen Reinold, 2010. Revised by Atticus Garrison, May 2016.
Title
Sven Gustaf Youngert papers, 1883-1934 and undated.
Status
completed
Author
Atticus Garrison
Date
May 2016
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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