Erland Levi Borg papers


MSS 150

3 linear feet (6 boxes)

Name of Creator(s):

Borg, Erland Levi.


English, Swedish


There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.)  Augustana College Band
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students
Music in universities and colleges--Illinois--Rock Island

Finding aid prepared by:

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

Preferred citation:

[identification of item], in MSS 150 Erland Levi Borg papers, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.


Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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Although the original accession date for some materials in this collection is unknown, Junita “Nita” Borg Hemke, Erland Borg’s daughter, donated music from her father’s years at Augustana in February 1987.  She later donated two 1928 band uniforms and three bound volumes of newspapers to the collection in April 2011.  Due to the size and fragility of the newspaper volumes, they were returned to the donor, but a list of the newspapers they contained and articles of interest are included in the collection.  She also donated her father’s suitcase from his European Tour, but due to its size, it was also returned.  Photographs and measurements of the suitcase and newspaper volumes are included in the collection. In 2013 she donated materials relating to her father's life after Augustana and photographs of band reunions. 2015 accession also received from Hemke.

Erland Levi Borg was born in 1903 and raised in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota.  He transferred to Augustana 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, the summer between his junior and senior year, 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. Interestingly, Mildred attended the 1928 concert in Kane, Pennsylvania but the two did not meet until a few years later when he became the seminary intern at the church where she 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.



The Erland Levi Borg papers dates from 1926-1993 and measures three linear feet.  This collection contains articles, pamphlets, receipts, music uniforms, and paraphernalia regarding the Augustana Concert Band European Tour and other campus organizations. There is also biographical information regarding Borg's life after Augustana and pictures of Band Tour Reunions. There were three bound volumes of newspaper issues dating from 1905-1973 but due to the size, they were returned to the donor.  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.

The suitcase measured 14 inches by 23.5 inches by 7 inches and totaled 1.33 cubic feet.

The newspaper volume labeled Miscellaneous Newspapers 1905-1968 measured 18.125 inches by 12.5 inches by 1.5 inches and totaled 339.84 cubic inches. 
The volume labeled Old Newspapers 1925-1973 measured 23.75 inches by 15.5 inches by 1.5 inches and totaled 552.19 cubic inches. 
The volume labeled Miscellaneous Newspapers 1907-1971 measured 24 inches by 18 inches by 2.5 inches and totaled 1080 cubic inches (0.625 cubic feet).

The Original accession consists of materials originally donated to Augustana College on an unknown date. 
      The Augustana Concert Band Tour of 1928 subseries contains materials pertaining to the Augustana Band’s tour of Europe in the summer of 1928.  These materials include a personal diary of the trip, correspondence with hotels and friends, band programs, financial records, newspaper clippings, and a copy of a photo album.
      The Augustana College Organizations subseries contains materials relating to Borg’s other activities on campus such as the Handel Oratorio Society, Symphony Orchestra, and the Augustana Foreign Mission Society.  There are pamphlets, photos, and programs from campus events.
      The Miscellaneous subseries is made up of assorted items such as a calling card and a church bulletin. 
      The Photographs subseries contains photos of Borg’s friends and family, the Augustana Band, as well as Augustana College campus and faculty.

The 1987 accession contains two volumes of sheet music (mostly for Bflat 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 Newspapers subseries contains a list of newspaper issues and a bibliography of articles of interest from three bound volumes that were returned to the donor.  These articles include references to himself and his family, wedding announcements, class reunions, Augustana College, and the Lutheran church.  There are also reproductions of articles from the Augustana Observer and a photograph of the returned bound volumes. 
      The Augustana Concert Band Tour of 1928 subseries contains two band uniforms presumably from the Tour as well as several belts and photos of the suitcase that was returned to the donor. While there is no evidence that women went along on the tour, a uniform with a skirt was gifted along with the man's uniform. Although it is listed as a female uniform, it was actually formerly a man's. Borg's wife used the pants to make a skirt for her daughter Junita.

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 Augustana Concert Band Tour of 1928 subseries is a continuation of the sub-series from the original accession. It contains promotional materials and a souvenir program as well as a collection of postcards from Brussels and a breakfast menu from their boat the "Empress of France." The sub-series also contains an article from the Augustana College Bulletin regarding the 50th Anniversary of the Tour and a 1993 presentation hosted by the Augustana Historical Society.
   The Miscellaneous subseries contains programs from campus events and the Tri-City Symphony Orchestra and a copy of The Lutheran Companion announcing Borg's 1933 ordination. There is also a large Augustana pennant.
   The Photographs subseries contains group portraits from several band reunions from 1953-1978 as well as a few casual snapshots from these reunions.
   The Biography subseries dates from 1923-1977 and contains items and newsclippings relating to Borg's life after Augustana. Many of these items are heavily annotated by Borg's daughter Junita. There is also a brief two-page biography written by his daughter.

The 2015 accession contains photographs and other papers. Photographs include two photographs of Erland Levi Borg in his band uniform, circa 1928, and in a priest's habit, 1945; as well as 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 and a series of newsclippings, 1958, on the thirtieth anniversary reunion of the Augustana College band.



This collection has been arranged into five series by accession date. Within these series, the collection has been arranged into seven sub-series: Augustana Concert Band Tour of 1928, Augustana College Organizations, Miscellaneous, Photographs, Music, Newspapers, Biography, and Other papers.



MSS 235 Augustana College Band
MSS 236 Augustana Symphony Orchestra
MSS 367 Martin M. Johnston papers



Original accession


Augustana Concert Band Tour of 1928, 1926-1929

Journal entries (photocopy), May 15-August 6, 1928

Correspondence, 1926-1929

Printed Matter, 1928-1929

Articles and Pamphlets, 1928-1929

Programs, 1928

Post Cards, 1928

News clippings, 1928


Financial Records, 1926-1928

Invoices and Receipts, 1928

Bank Records, 1926-1928

Subscriptions, 1928

Miscellaneous, undated

Photo Album (photocopy), 1928


Augustana College Organizations, 1926-1933

Printed Matter, 1926-1932

Pamphlets and Bulletins, 1928-1929

Programs 1926-1933

Handel Oratorio Society, 1926-1930

Wennerberg Chorus, 1931

Symphony Orchestra, 1930-1931

Augustana Foreign Mission Society, 1929-1932

Commencement, 1929

Homecoming, 1927-1933

Receipts, 1927-1933

Miscellaneous, 1928-1933

Photographs, 1927-1932

1987 accession


Sheet music, undated [2 folders]

2011 accession


Newspapers, 1905-1971

List and Bibliography, 1905-1971

Augustana Observer reproductions, 1926-1933

Photographs of returned bound volumes of newspapers

Augustana Concert Band Tour of 1928

Photograph of returned suitcase

2013 accession


Augustana Concert Band Tour of 1928

Printed Matter, 1928, 1978, 1993

Miscellaneous, 1926-1934

Photographs, 1953-1978

Biography, 1923-1977

OVERSIZE BOX 1 [Formerly BOX 4]

Augustana Concert Band Tour of 1928

Band uniform, male

OVERSIZE BOX 2 [Formerly BOX 5]

Band uniform, female


Augustana pennant, undated


Augustana Concert Band Tour of 1928


2015 accession, circa 1928-1967


Photographs, circa 1928-1967

Other papers, 1954 and 1958

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