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Erland Levi Borg papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 150
The Erland Levi Borg papers, 1926-1993 and undated, contains articles, pamphlets, receipts, music uniforms, and paraphernalia regarding the Augustana Concert Band European Tour of 1928 and other campus organizations. There is also biographical information regarding Borg's life after Augustana and photographs of Band Tour Reunions. Materials have been arranged into series according to accession date.

The Original accession consists of materials originally donated to Augustana College at an unknown date, primarily dealing with the Augustana College Band tour of 1928. The 1987 accession contains two volumes of sheet music (mostly for B-flat clarinet) that Borg played while in college. The 2011 accession contains additional materials related to the Augustana Concert Band Tour and information about newspapers Borg collected. The 2013 accession contains additional information from the Band Tour of 1928, biographical information about Borg's life after Augustana, and photographs of Band Tour reunions. Many of these items contain annotations from Borg's daughter Junita Borg Hemke. The 2015 accessions contain photographs and other papers. Photographs include two portraits of Erland Levi Borg in his band uniform, circa 1928, and in a priest's habit, 1945; and two photographs of the Augustana College campus during a snow storm, 1967. Other papers include a program from the 1954 annual banquet of the Association of Alumni and Former Students of Augustana, a series of newsclippings, 1958, on the thirtieth anniversary reunion of the Augustana College Band, and two books, A History of the Christian Church by Williston Walker and Den Kristliga Dogmatiken by Dr. H. Martensen, which have been heavily annotated by Borg.

Dates

  • 1926-1993 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

5.4 Cubic Feet (/ 5 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)

Overview

Erland Levi Borg was an Augustana alumnus and Lutheran minister. The Erland Levi Borg papers, 1926-1993 and undated, contains articles, pamphlets, receipts, music uniforms, and paraphernalia regarding the Augustana Concert Band European Tour of 1928 and other campus organizations. There is also biographical information regarding Borg's life after Augustana and photographs of Band Tour Reunions. Materials have been arranged into series according to accession date.

Historical Note

Erland Levi Borg was born in 1903 and raised in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota. He transferred to Augustana College in the fall of 1926 as a sophomore after attending one year at Northwestern College. He graduated in 1929. While at Augustana, he participated in the House of Representatives, the Social Board, and the Olaf Rudbeck Society. He also sang in Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He was the secretary-treasurer of Sola Fide, the men’s Bible class, his senior year and was the treasurer of the Augustana Foreign Missionary Board that same year.

Borg was very active in the Augustana Concert Band in which he played the clarinet for his sophomore and junior year and the bassoon his senior year. In 1928, Borg went with the Augustana Concert Band on their European Tour. His senior year he was the vice-president of the band.

After he graduated, he married Mildred Benson Borg and became an ordained Lutheran minister. Mildred attended the Augustana Band's 1928 concert in Kane, Pennsylvania, but the two did not meet until a few years later when Borg became the seminary intern at the church where Mildred was the organist. They had two daughters: Junita "Nita" Borg Hemke (class of 1958) and Kirsten Borg (class of 1961).

Between 1933 and 1970 Borg ministered in Odebolt and Kiron, Iowa; St. Paul's Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota; Thabor Lutheran Church in Wausa, Nebraska; First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, Illinois; and the Augustana Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He passed away in October 1983.

There is additional biographical information located in the 2013 accession.

Arrangement

Materials have been arranged into series according to accession date.

Custodial History

The 1987 accession included three bound volumes of newspapers, 1905-1973, which were returned to the donor due to their size. Lists of the newspapers they contained and a bibliography of articles of interest are included in the collection, as well as copies of articles from the Augustana Observer student newspaper. A suitcase from the European Tour was also returned. Photographs of all returned objects are included in the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most materials received from Junita Borg Hemke in various accessions from 1987 to 2015.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original diary and photo album retained by donor.

Related Materials

MSS 235 Augustana College Band records

Processing Information

Processed by Julia G. Westblade, 2012. Updated by Special Collections staff, 2013, and Samantha Crisp, 2015.

Creator

Source

Title
Erland Levi Borg papers, 1926-1993 and undated.
Status
completed
Author
Samantha Crisp
Date
July 2015
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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