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Esther Andreen Albrecht papers and printing plates

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 80
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.

Dates

  • 1943, circa 1985 and undated

Creator

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

3.75 Linear Feet (/ 3 boxes)

Overview

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.

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.

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.

Related Materials

MSS 4 Gustav Andreen papers

Processing Information

Processed by Helen Reinold, 2010. Updated by Samantha Crisp, January 2016. Revised by Atticus Garrison, June 2016.
Title
Esther Andreen Albrecht papers and printing plates, 1943, circa 1985 and undated.
Status
completed
Author
Atticus Garrison
Date
June 2016
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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