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Raymond Wargelin and Kaarina Rautalahti Wargelin papers

Identifier: IHRC2819


Papers of Raymond Waldemar Wargelin, a Lutheran clergyman and educator, and his wife Kaarina Rautalahti Wargelin, consist of unpublished writings including "As I Saw It" (Memoirs of Raymond W. Wargelin) [a dictated autobiography]; Suomi Synod Ministerium, 1876-1972; When the Suomi Synod was Served by Pastors From Finland; and Social and Theological Profiles of the Suomi Synod Ministerium. Included is a listing of congregations of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Suomi Synod. Also included are writings (mainly unpublished) and speeches by Wargelin and others dealing with religion, Finnish American history, personal history, and the history of the Suomi Synod and the Suomi Conference of the Lutheran Church of America. Additional materials include correspondence, resources used for Wargelin's publications, and a large series of ethno-cultural sacred music material produced and gathered by Kaarina Wargelin. Included is also a copy of RW's MA thesis submitted at the University of California in 1940.


  • Creation: 1958-1990


Language of Materials

Mostly in English. Some Finnish


Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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Raymond Waldemar Wargelin (1911-2005), a Lutheran clergyman and educator, was born in Republic, Michigan. He served Suomi Synod Lutheran congregations in Berkeley and Reedley, California, and Fairport Harbor, Ohio; taught theology at Suomi College (Michigan) and later served as president; was executive director of the Suomi Synod Luther League; and was editor-in-chief of the Lutheran Counselor. He served as President (Bishop) of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Suomi Synod. In his later years, he became a noted scholar of immigrant religious life, particularly that of Finnish American Lutheranism.


72 linear feet


Related materials are located at the Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 765 West Higgins Road, Chicago, Illinois as well as at Finnish American Historical Archive, Suomi College, Hancock, Michigan.

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