Carol Noren papers

MSS 117
Approximately 2.35 linear feet


Noren, Carol Marie.
Anderson, Nils.
Anderson, Signe.


English, Swedish


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Access points:

Noren, Carol Marie.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students.
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)--Alumni and alumnae.
Methodist Church--Clergy.
Women clergy.
Salem United Methodist Church (Barrington, Ill.)

Finding aid prepared by:

Emily Hughes Dominick, 2006


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

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Donated to Special Collections in 1982.



Carol Noren was born and raised in Chicago, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav A. Noren. She graduated from Augustana College in 1973 with a B.A. in Scandinavian studies and religion. While at Augustana, she was active in the Augustana Nordic Student Association (formerly known as the Augustana Swedish Club) where she served as secretary/treasurer. She was also the queen of the annual Santa Lucia Festival in 1972.

Carol Noren was the first woman graduate of Augustana to enter the ministry. She became a deacon in 1974 and completed her master of divinity degree at Garrett Evangelical Seminary in 1977 where she graduated with honors in preaching. She was ordained as an elder by the United Methodist Church on June 17, 1979 at Salem United Methodist Church in Barrington, Illinois. In 1981, Noren left to pursue her PhD at Princeton Theological Seminary and received her doctorate in 1986.

She served as pastor and hospital chaplain in Manchester, England (1975-76) and associate pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Barrington, Ill., from 1977-1981. Between 1986 and 1993, she served on faculty at Duke Divinity School and currently is the Wesley W. Nelson Professor of Homiletics at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Noren has written three books: What Happens Sunday Morning: A Layperson's Guide to Worship (Westminster John Knox Press, 1992), The Woman in the Pulpit (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1991), and In Times of Crisis and Sorrow: A Minister's Manual Research Guide (San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2001).



The Carol Noren collection spans about a decade (1971-1982) and provides a detailed account of her life during these years. The collection has been organized into five series: Biographical, Augustana, Correspondence, Salem United Methodist Church, and Miscellaneous. Much if not all of the collection appears to have been collected by Nils and Signe Anderson through correspondence with Noren. Nils Anderson was a professor of Swedish and sponsor of the Scandinavian Club, and Signe Anderson taught art. Along with detailed letters, Noren also sent along clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and other ephemeral materials relating to her personal endeavors, or items simply for amusement.

The Augustana series includes a collection of issues of "Andreen Desk Workers' Gazette," exams and assignments from Swedish classes, a notebook from the Augustana Nordic Student Association, and other miscellaneous items pertaining to Noren's time at Augustana.

The Correspondence series consists of letters that Noren wrote to Nils and Signe Anderson. The correspondence began when Noren was still a student at Augustana and continued through the years as she pursued her career as a minister. Her letters tend to be rich in detail in many aspects of her daily life. Where possible, all items the Noren included with a letter or note have been kept together. Some items may have become separated and cannot be reliably reassembled.

The Salem United Methodist Church series includes church bulletins; "Salem News," the monthly newsletter of the church; audio cassettes of Noren's sermons; as well as miscellaneous programs, letters, leaflets, and announcements. These items date to Noren's tenure there, 1977-1981. Nils and Signe Anderson were subscribers to the "Salem News" and were likely sent the other items directly from Noren.

The Miscellaneous series includes a series of photos; "Barrington Book Club" publications that were written by Noren; as well as brochures, menus, magazines, programs, and clippings. Some of these items may have been sent to the Andersons.



This collection is missing documentation regarding the original order, so has been arranged chronologically within each series.



Box 1
      Augustana College
            Nordic Student Association, 1971
            Santa Lucia materials, 1971-1972
            Swedish tests and papers, 1970-1973
            Andreen Desk Workers' Gazette, 1973
            Press release, 1974
            January-June 1979
            July-December 1979
            1980-1981 [oversize: in box 4]
            January-June 1981
Box 2
            July-October 1981
            November-December 1981
            January-April 1981
            May-October 1981
      Salem United Methodist Church
            Salem Church Bulletins, 1977-1979
            Salem Church Bulletins, 1980
            Salem Church Bulletins, 1981
            Salem News, 1977-1978 [oversize: in box 4]
            Salem News, 1979 [oversize: in box 4]
            Salem News, 1980 [oversize: in box 4]
            Salem News, 1981 [oversize: in box 4]
            Congregational Survey, 1981 [oversize: in box 4]
            Miscellaneous items, 1980-1981 and undated
Box 3
            Newspaper clippings, 1972-1981
            "Barrington Book Club" publications, 1980-1981
            Other items, 1975-1982 and undated (1 of 2)
            Other items, 1975-1982 and undated (2 of 2)
            Photographs, 1979-1980 [oversize: in box 4]

Box 4 (Oversized)
      Salem United Methodist Church
            Salem News, 1977-1978
            Salem News, 1979
            Salem News, 1980
            Salem News, 1981
            Congregational Survey, 1981
            Photographs, 1979-1980
Box 5
      Salem United Methodist Church
            Audiocassettes, 1978-1983
                  Carol's Ordination, Jun. 17, 1979
                  Noren, Nov. 18, 1979/Strand, Nov. 21, 1979
                  Jan. 11, 1981/Palm Sunday, Apr. 12, 1981
                  Apr. 12, 1981/Pentecost, Jun. 7, 1981
                  Sunday Service, Feb. 24, 1980
                  Eight Sermons by Carol Noren: Feb. 13, 1978; Mar. 18, 1979/ May 27, 1979; Feb. 15, 1981
                  Eight Sermons by Carol Noren: Feb. 15, 1981; Aug. 29, 1982/Oct. 31, 1982; Jun. 12, 1983



None known.


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