Brand

Josua Lindahl Papers
1844-1948

MSS 16
11.75 linear feet (24 boxes)



Creator:

Lindahl, Josua, 1844-1912.

Language:

English, Swedish, French, German

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.)--Faculty--Personal and professional papers.
College science teachers--United States.
Geologists--United States.
Foss, C. W. (Claude William), 1855-1935.
Ulrich, Edward Oscar, 1857-1944.
Illinois State Museum.
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)

Finding aid prepared by:

Allison James, 2008. Updated by Elizabeth Mayer, 2013.

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu




Custodial History
Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content
Container List
Related Materials



CUSTODIAL HISTORY

Dr. Fritof Fryxell donated many of the items in this collection to the Augustana College Library in 1955. The items in the 2013 Accesion series were found during an extensive reorganization project during the 2012-2013 school year. The letters between Lindahl and E.O. Ulrich were donated in fall 2013 by the U.S. Geological Survey Field Records Collection in Denver, Colorado; they had previously been represented in the collection as neagtive photostats made in 1955.

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Josua Lindahl was born in Kungsbacka, Halland (Sweden) on January 1, 1844. He was only 10 years old when his father died and he was sent to relatives in Karlshamn. There he attended public schools and subsequently took the student's examination at the University of Lund on May 26, 1863. He received the degree of doctor of philosophy in 1874, and the following year was appointed docent in zoology at Lund University. During a period of five years, before coming to the United States, Dr. Lindahl participated in many important scientific expeditions and thus established a name for himself as a great scientist.

He was married to Sophie Pahlman in 1877. They had two sons and two daughters. The older
son died at a young age in 1881, in Rock Island, Illinois. In December, 1878, Dr. Lindahl became a professor of natural science and mathematics at Augustana College and Theological Seminary in Rock Island, Illinois. Lindahl is remembered as the first full-time science teacher at Augustana College and laid the foundation for his successor, John Udden, a later professor of geology. .

In 1888, Dr. Lindahl left Augustana having been appointed to the position as state geologist and curator at the Illinois Natural History Museum, Springfield. The condition of the Museum was chaotic, and Lindahl worked hard to put it into working order. He resigned after five years following the change of governors since his position was a political appointment.

Dr. Lindahl passed away in Chicago on April 19, 1912. His death was unexpected and was considered a great loss to the Swedish-American community. He was one of the foremost celebrities in cultural circles and in the scientific world.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Personal series (1876-1902) contains biographical information and photographs of Josua Lindahl.

The Correspondence series (1877-1897) contains 65 letters written to Dr. Edward Oscar Ulrich, a stratigrapher and paleontologist. Also included are letters written by Lindahl to C.W. Foss, an Augustana professor, about the difficulties of Lindahl's reappointment as Illinois State Museum curator.

The Specimens series (1876, 1878 and undated) contains lists of exhibit materials sent from Sweden to the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Joshua Lindahl was sent to Philadelphia by the Swedish government as an assistant to the Commissioner General of the Centennial Exposition. Also includes an 1878 list of specimens gifted to Augustana from Stockholm, and bound museum specimen accession lists.

The Pamphlets series (1844-1958 scattered and undated) is divided into three sub-series: English pamphlets, Swedish pamphlets, and pamphlets in other languages which include German, French and other Scandinavian languages. This series is very large and consists of scientific pamphlets once owned by Lindahl that bear his signature and number in his personal library. Also included are pamphlets and literature from 1876 and 1893 exhibitions.

The 2013 Accession series (1853-1887) contains 37 additional pamphlets from the personal library of Josua Lindahl. The bulk of the pamphlets are written in Swedish, with one in English and one in French.

 

CONTAINER LIST

Box 1
     Series I. Personal
            Copy of biography with cover letters, 1902 (cover letters 1989)
            Photographs, 1876, 1891 and undated
      Series II. Correspondence
            Early letters, 1877 and 1891
            Letters to E.O. Ulrich, 1888-1889
            Letters to E.O. Ulrich, 1890
            Letters to E.O. Ulrich, 1891
            Microfilm of letters to E.O. Ulrich, 1888-1893
            Letters to C.W. Foss. 1896-1897
            Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1897
Box 2
      Series III. Specimens
            List of exhibit material sent by Sweden to the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, 1876
            List of specimens sent to Augustana from Stockholm Hogskola, 1878
            Museum specimen accession book (unbound), undated
            Oversized book of Augustana Museum acquisitions [Box 22], undated
Box 3
      Series IV. Pamphlets
            Sub-series 1: Pamphlets in English
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1847
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1854
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1856-1858
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1863-1870
Box 4
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1870-1875
Box 5
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1876-1879
Box 6
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1879-1887
Box 7
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1888-1890
Box 8
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1891-1892
Box 9
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in English), 1893, 1895, 1905, 1911, 1936 and undated
Box 10
            Pamphlets from the 1876 Exhibition, 1876
Box 11
            Pamphlets from the 1876 Exhibition, 1876
            Pamphlets from the 1893 Exhibition, 1893
Box 12
            Sub-series 2: Pamphlets in Swedish
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Written in Swedish), 1844-1866 scattered
Box 13
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Swedish), 1867-1872
Box 14
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Swedish), 1872-1874
Box 15
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Swedish), 1874-1880, 1882
Box 16
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Swedish), 1884-1886, 1888-1889, 1891-1893, 1957-1958 and undated
Box 17
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl (Swedish), undated
Box 18
            Sub-series 3: Pamphlets in Other Languages
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl, 1844,1847, 1852, 1854, 1856-1859, 1861-1865, 1867-1870
Box 19
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl, 1871-1876
Box 20
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl, 1877-1882, 1884, 1886-1893
Box 21
            Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl, 1901, 1914 and n.d.
     Series V. 2013 Accession       Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl found in 2013, 1853
Box 22
      Series V. 2013 Accession  
           Scientific Pamphlets and Essays belonging to Lindahl found in 2013, 1860-1887 
Box 23 (Oversize)
      Series III. Specimens
            Oversized book of Augustana Museum acquisitions [Box 23], undated

 

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