The first college freshman class is shown in a classroom setting. Pictured are: (first row) Charlie Olson, Olivia Eckloff, Anna Eckloff, Dr. J. P. Uhler, E. C. Sahlstrom (Mrs. Aug. Hed), Mary Meyer (Mrs. Turitin), William J. Tilderquist, G. A. Petri.; (second row) A. Godenius[?], Solomon Eckman, Rev. A. G. Olson, Rev. C. P. Lundgren, G. S. Olson, Joseph A. Jackson; (third row) Alfred J. Holmes, A. F. Lundquist, C. O. Cassel, Bar, C. A. Ramstead, Anton W. Holmes, Adolph C Olson, C. E. Seashore, John F. Dahl, O. B. Solvanus.
Letter from Eric Norelius, founder of Gustavus Adolphus College, to Reverend Professor W. K. Frick, May 9, 1887. Written in English for the 25th anniversary of the founding of Gustavus Adolphus College, it summarizes the circumstances under which the college was begun and the conditions that existed in 1862. Prompted by the suffering experienced by many during the U.S. Civil War, the college was founded to train parochial school teachers who could also serve congregations as ministers.
Thirty or more educators pose on steps of one of St. Peter's public schools. Included in the photograph are Fred Reipke (1), Helga High (circled), Dr. J. P. Uhler (2, seated front center), C. G. Schulz (3), Mabel Adams (4, center back row), John Holteen (left in doorway), and Prof. Becker (right in doorway).
This post card shows three college girls, including Esther Johnson and Mabel Lucken, and is addressed to Miss Amelia Turner, Ladies Hall, School of Agriculture, St. Paul, Minn. The back reads, "Dear Amelia: I suppose you are already beginning to cram for the exams. We are going to a surprise party for our mailman tonight. I have only 5 weeks of school left. E.J."
This is a group photograph of Gustavus faculty and students gathered in front of Old Main. The back reads, "Oscar Sandahl college) middle left of steps, tall, bowtie; Anna Hilda Hedberg (music conservatory 1901 or 1902) 5th row from front rt. of center, same row as Oscar in left center; Harry Hedberg top left of door, dk. hair (facing)."
The Gustavus Adolphus College baseball team poses with its manager. Pictured are: (back row) J. Engelbret, H. Johnson, A. Swanberg, P. Frodeen, A. Schroeder, E. Swensk, H. Samuelson; (seated) C. Hensel, M. Osborne, A. E. Peterson, W. Amundson, and E. Sjostrand, Manager.
The graduating class of 1905, Gustavus Adolphus College, is assembled on the stage in the college auditorium. Included in the picture are fourth from right, second row: Oscar Sandahl, center: Dr. P.A. Mattson, Harry Hedberg, Gustaf Knock; in the audience: Z.P. and Mrs. Hedberg, to the right front, Hilda Hedberg, pianist.
Post Card No. 1045 features Hello Walk, the Ladies Dormitory, Commerce Building and Old Main and is addressed to Miss Ida Swenson, Vasa, Minn., c/o Cls. Lind. The message on the front reads, "Did you ever see anything like this? Once upon a time there were some children that enjoyed playing hide and seek around these corners. They thought it was great fun, but large footprints were seen in the morning. The footprints are gone now, so are the children. That's the end of the story." Also written, "Road to Prexy. Beware." The back reads, "6/10 Aitkin, Minn. Pax Vobiscum! Hello Teacher! How goes the work? Do you still have enough to keep you from getting lonesome? I would like to drop into your schoolroom some day and take in some of your lectures. I might need some pointers. My school commenced here June 3, and there are now 23 chaps enrolled and not very bad ones either. It is the nicest place I have had for two years. It seems nice to have it easy. Am staying at Olaf Olson's home. Have a pleasant time here. His folks are so nice, so is Olaf. Rev. Sandeen] says that Olaf became a so much better boy while attending G.A.C. Can you trace the reason for it?- This is a fine country, all pine region. Rev. S. and I were to a box social nine miles out in the woods Sat. Eve. Even here the people know of our famous reception games. They must have been to college to learn them. We felt fine (?) for our work yesterday after a few hours sleep. Greetings from [triangle] (I used as much space as I dared)."
Four young men are shown posing in cadet uniforms and holding guns in this post card studio portrait. The message on the back is addressed to Miss Hannah Ivarson, Carlton, Minn., c/o Henning Ivarson.: "Clarkfield, Minn., July 25, '07. Hello. Did I forget who you was or did you forget who you was, well it makes no difference. Do you [know] the sports in the white suits, some of them I suppose. I am living fine and hope you the same. Send me a postal or something like it if you care to. Your friend, J. L. Anderson, Clarkfield, Minn."
Students are walking along a road lined by power lines in or near St. Peter. They are wearing fine clothes for the occasion. Inscribed on the front of the card, in Swedish, is ""På väg hem efter att ha varit uppe vid stationen och mött Kronobergarne."" Translation: "On the way home after having been up to the station and met the people from Kronoberg." On the back side is the photo's title and the nickname "Fickle"