Emily Envall Dahlberg Papers

MSS 87
0.2 linear feet (1 box)


Dahlberg, Emily Envall, 1869-1892.


English, Swedish


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Access points:

Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students.
Women musicians--United States.
Galesburg (Ill.)
Dahlberg, Johan G.
Envall family.
Haterius family.

Finding aid prepared by:

Jessica C. Spinder, 2009


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

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Dahlberg's notebooks and a single letter were purchased at a flea market in Davenport, Iowa in 1988 and 1989.


Emily Caroline Envall was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on 25 November 1869, the oldest child of John and Caroline Peterson Envall, recent immigrants from Sweden. Her father became a prosperous Galesburg businessman. Emily Envall was baptized on 1 January 1870, and confirmed on 1 June 1884, at First Lutheran Church in Galesburg. She received less than seven years of formal education in the Galesburg public schools. On 10 January 1889 she entered the Augustana Conservatory of Music at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. She studied music and other subjects, and was active in the Phrenokosmian Society. She attended Augustana for only one year, leaving at the end of the semester in December 1889. While a student at Augustana, Envall met seminarian Johan (John) G. Dahlberg, whom she married on 25 November 1891. He was a pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona, Illinois. Emily Envall Dahlberg died in childbirth on 8 November 1892, survived by her husband and a son, Carl Johan Emil Dahlberg. Her son, Emil Dalberg, died in Galesburg in 1961.



The Emily Envall Dahlberg papers cover less than four years of her brief life, beginning with her year as a student of music at Augustana College in 1889. The papers, in both English and Swedish, include information about her studies, social life, and relationship with Johan G. Dahlberg. The papers are arranged in four series: Notebooks, Letters, Account Book, and Miscellaneous Writings and Publications.

The Notebooks series contains two notebooks from her year at Augustana, detailing social and academic life.

The Letters series contains four letters written by Emily, in a mix of English and Swedish, and two letters written by J. G. Dahlberg, written in Swedish.

The Account Book series contains the records of payment received by Emily for music lessons and church and funeral services at which she played the organ in Galesburg in 1890.

The Miscellaneous Writings and Publications series contains a religious tract and three published photographs, hand-written materials signed by E.A. Edlen, and a catalog of Augustana College and Theological Seminary for 1890-1891.

The Photographs series contains photographs of the family gravestones in Galesburg, Ill.



Box 1
        Journal, 1889
        Journal, 1889
        Letters from Emily Envall Dahlberg
                To Mary Envall, 18 Sept 1889
                To John G. Dahlberg, 18 Oct 1890
                To John G. Dahlberg, 8 Nov 1890
                To John G. Dahlberg, 4 June 1892
        Letters from Johan Dahlberg
                To the Lutheran Church in Altona, Ill., 25 June 1891
                To the parents of Emily Dahlberg, 26 Nov 1891
    Account Book
        Account of Playing and Music Lessons, 1890
    Miscellaneous Writings and Publications
        Haterius Family
                "Baptisternas satt att..." [religious tract] by C.J.E. Haterius, 1895
                Published photos
                        C.J.E. Haterius, undated
                        Mrs. C.J.E. Haterius, undated
                        Clarence Emanueal Haterius, undated
        E.A. Edlen
                Handwritten poem, undated
                Request for permission to be excused from gymnastics, undated
        Catalog of Augustana College and Theological Seminary, 1890/1891
        Gravestone of Emily E. Dahlberg
        Gravestone of C.J. Emil and Emma S. Dahlberg
        Gravestones of Emily E. Dahlberg and Caroline Envall
        Gravestones (5)



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