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Clarence Woodrow Sorensen papers

Identifier: MSS 6


Clarence Woodrow Sorensen, the sixth president of Augustana College, was born in Nebraska in 1907. He studied and traveled all over the world, producing fifteen books about his geographical studies, before coming to Augustana College. Sorensen assumed the presidency in 1962, and became the first Augustana College president who was not ordained before or during his term. He oversaw many changes to the campus, and helped to increase donations to the college. Sorensen resigned from his position in 1975. His collection contains his presidential papers, which include papers relating to faculty, organizations, and departments in the college, papers relating to organizations outside of the college, and annual presidential reports. The collection also includes personal papers, such as biographical accounts, photographs, newspaper articles, personal correspondence, addresses and speeches, publications, and synod papers.


  • 1957-1979


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This is an unprocessed collection. A detailed description of its contents is currently unavailable. For information about accessing this collection, please contact Special Collections well in advance of any planned research visit. Be advised that preparing unprocessed collections for research may take up to six months.

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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


52.4 Cubic Feet (/ 140 boxes)

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A partial, legacy index of this collection is available at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials received from Doris Johnston, June 1984. The 1984 addendum was transferred by Dr. Roald Tweet via Edna Schaus Sorensen.

Processing Information

Originally indexed and processed by Special Collections staff. Revised by Taylor Waugh and Micaela Terronez, 2023.

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Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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