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Northwest District (LCMS) Ministry to the Deaf Records

Identifier: NWD.10

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence about financial and ministry issues, ministry reports, statistical reports, and minutes of the Deaf Missions Advisory Committee.


  • 1969 - 1997

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Northwest District Archives is the owner of the materials in the Ministry to the Deaf Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Northwest District Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Historical Note

At the request of the Mission Board of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, Rev. Arthur L. Reinke, pastor of Our Savior Church for the Deaf in Chicago, made an exploratory trip to the west coast and held services in a number of cities. From that begining, several congregations were established. The majority of the members of these congregations were often deaf themselves as they ministered to deaf people in the community.

Prior to 1973, the Synod administered the deaf ministries program directly and provided any funding that was needed. In 1973 the Synod resolved to transfer the work among the deaf to the districts, and on July 1, 1974, the Northwest District assumed responsibility for work among the deaf within its boundaries through the Mission Committee.

In 1990 the Mission Committee of the District instituted a Deaf Advisory Committee to assist the Committee in the administration of the ministry to the deaf. The first meeting was held January 24, 1990.

When the Mission Committee was phased out in 1997, as a result of a reorganization of the Board of Directors, and its work assumed by Expanding Ministries, ministry to the deaf became a responsibility of Expanding Ministries.


0.5 Linear Feet (in 1 box)


The records of the ministry to the deaf by the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. The District assumed responsibility for this ministry in 1974.


The collection is arranged in two series. Series I. Subject files in alphabetical order. Series II. Congregation files arranged in order of the city where the congregations were located.

Related Archival Materials

The Mission Committee made regular reports on ministry to the deaf to the Board of Directors and to the Conventions of the Northwest District.

Guide to the Northwest District (LCMS) Ministry to the Deaf Records An Inventory at the Northwest District Archives
Nolan R. Bremer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding Aid is written in English.
Encoding of finding aid supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Repository Details

Part of the Northwest District (Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod) Archives Repository

Northwest District Archives
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman St.
Portland Oregon 97211-6099 USA