This collection was processed in two separate sections. The first section had been
partially processed and cataloged by library staff. The second section processed two
years later when four boxes of unprocessed material were discovered after a shelf move.
The two sections of material have been incorporated into one collection. The arrangement
here is the archivist's construction, there having been no inherent arrangement. Most of
the collection has to do with the business or financial aspect of mission work (bills,
statements, correspondence, etc.). There is very little personal material. Some of the
collection is in Japanese, some in Icelandic. Major portions of the collection concern
the Japan Lutheran Mission, and the Lake Nojiri Summer Resort where Thorlaksson had a
Steingrimur Octavius Thorlaksson (1890-1977) was born in Mineota, MN, May 26, 1890, his
father the first immigrant pastor of an Icelandic Lutheran congregation. He graduated
from Gustavus Adolphus College, 1913; Chicago Lutheran Seminary, 1916. That same year he
married Caroline Kristin Thomas of Winnipeg, Manitoba (4 children: Margrethe, Octavius,
Erik, Esther). They were commissioned missionaries to Japan --by the Icelandic Synod of
America on behalf of the old General Council of the Lutheran Church --arriving there in
the fall 1916.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for
permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the
Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological
Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research.