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Northwest District (LCMS) Disbanded Congregations Collection

Identifier: NWD.13
This collections consists of the records that were maintained in or eventually came to the Northwest District office from two groups: mission starts that did not become viable and congregations that withdrew from The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, either because they disbanded or because they joined another Lutheran church body. The list is not complete, because in some cases no records survived or the records were transferred to another congregation. The records include correspondence with the Northwest District office, reports to the District, minutes, financial records, records of the closing, histories, property records, membership records. Some of the folders have only one or two items. The records of some congregations also contain references to surrounding congregations with which relationships had been established.


  • 1933 - 2011

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 Disbanded Congregations 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.


23 Linear Feet (in 23 boxes)


The records of congregations that disbanded and mission starts that did not become viable in the Northwest District.


Arrangement of the records is by state; by city within the state; and, if applicable, alphabetically by folder title. In the case of organized congregations, the name of the congregation follows the name of the city.


Further accruals are expected.
Guide to the Northwest District (LCMS) Disbanded Congregations Records An Inventory at the Northwest District Archives
Nolan R. Bremer
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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