Carl Otto Granere Papers

MSS 15
5 linear inches (1 box)


Granere, Carl Otto, 1844-1932.


English, Swedish


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Access points:

Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.)--Faculty.
Academic Librarians--Illinois.

Finding aid prepared by:

Allison James, 2008


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

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Carl Otto Granere was born on September 27, 1844 in Småland, Sweden. He graduated from Stockholm in 1870 and traveled to Augustana College in Paxton, Illinois that same year. From 1872 to 1876 he was a professor of Latin and Swedish and assistant instructor in Church History and Doctrinal Theology at the College. He received his Ph.D. in 1898 and was appointed librarian of the college. Granere continued his duties as college librarian until his resignation in 1913. He lived to be the oldest of the original Augustana faculty, and spoke at the 50th anniversary of the college.

Granere married twice, first to Sophia Albertina Wiborg and then to Marie Thomason, mother of their four children: Ruth Mirjam, Carl Emanuel, Helga Johanna and Hortensia Linnea. Granere died in his home in Detroit, Michigan on February 4th, 1933 at the age of 88. He is buried in Moline, Illinois.



The Writings, 1885-1929 series contains many poems written in both English and Swedish by Granere. The subject matter is largely academic or religious, with many poems written in memoriam of deceased faculty members or odes to the college. Also included is a one-act play written by Granere.

The Religious, 1895 and 1946 series contains a bound sermon book filled with Swedish sermons and various unbound sermons and prayers.

The Scholastic, 1877 and 1902 series contains Granere's anniversary speech to the class of 1877 as well as other speeches about the state of academic affairs at the college.

The Photographs series contains a photograph of Granere and his first wife in Paxton, Illinois as well as clippings of Old Main and some of the college's founding faculty.

The Miscellaneous, 1880-1889 series contains Granere's pocket-sized financial records and an obituary/posthumous biography written in Swedish.



Box 1
      Series I. Writings, 1885-1929
            Poetry in English, 1885-1929
            Poetry in Swedish, 1885-1912
            Memorial poetry, 1922
            Collected poems
            Correspondence, 1874, 1887 and 1923
            Plays, n.d.

      Series II. Religious, 1895 and 1946
            Sermon book (bound), [1895?]
            Prayers and sermons, 1946 and undated

      Series III. Scholastic, 1877 and 1902
            Class records, 1877 and undated
            Anniversary speech to class of 1877, 1902
            Academic speeches, n.d.

      Series IV. Photographs
            Photographs, 1873 and undated

      Series V. Miscellaneous, 1880-1889
            Financial records, 1880-1889
            Biography, n.d.




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