Archives Mission:  The Martin Luther College Archives collects, organizes, and makes available records documenting the history, development, and operations of Martin Luther College and its predecessor, Dr. Martin Luther College.

To learn about what the MLC Archives seeks to collect, please click here.

Martin Luther College owes a great debt of gratitude to the many volunteers who, from 2007-2017, gave several hours each month to help preserve and present our school’s historical treasures. Members include (L-R): Lois Bode, Lucille Wessel, Glenn Bode, Judy Lemke, Werner Lemke, Clarice Fastenau, John Paulsen, Lolli Paulsen, Ruth Koelpin, Paul Fritze, Barb Gorsline, Dave Gosdeck, Dennis Gorsline. Not pictured: Helen Krueger, Paul Willems, Lois Willems, Art Schulz, Joyce Schulz, Mary Hames, Char Fritze, Barb Leopold, Howard Wessel*, Arn Koelpin*.

* = now deceased

Lois Bode (DMLC ’67) served as the “Volunteer Volunteer Coordinator” as well as the “Volunteer Interim Archivist” for five years. Having spent a fair part of her life on this campus, she has extensive knowledge of our people and our past. She deserves special thanks for the many hours she devoted to serving her Lord and her alma mater.
Kelly Diersen (DMLC ’95) was hired as the Temporary Archives Project Manager in 2016. Creative and proactive, Kelly worked to establish preservation policies and digitize and present many items for alumni and friends of D/MLC to read, research, and enjoy. Her position was funded at five hours per week by a grant from the MLC Alumni Association.

Visit our history page to view some of Kelly’s contributions, including yearbooks, DMLC Messengers, graduate headshots, and written histories that tell the story of God’s blessing on this school and its predecessors.

Leaves being loaded into the college's Dodge truck on Arbor Day, early 1930s.

Students loading leaves into the college’s Dodge truck on Arbor Day, early 1930s.

Karl Schauland, 2008, performed in King Lear in 2007.

Karl Schauland, 2008, performed in King Lear in 2007.