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Northwest District (LCMS) W. F. Georg Papers

Identifier: NWD.23

Scope and Contents

The records contain biographical information (including a copy of his Reminiscences) and correspondence. The collection includes many of his monthly reports to the Mission Board, along with summaries, which he based on his notebooks of daily activities. Some of these reports are in German and in his handwriting. He also recorded on to note cards, arranged by city, all of the worship services he conducted; sometime in the past these cards were redistributed into the District's congregations files. A small scrapbook has clippings about people, congregations, and events of the District.


  • 1920 - 1950

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use Note

The Northwest District Archives is the owner of the materials in the W.F. Georg 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.

Biographical note:

Rev. Walter Ferdinand Georg served as Superintendent of Missions for the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod from 1920-1948. He was born on 11 February 1874 in Accident, MD. In June of 1899 he graduated from Concordia Seminary, Springfield, IL. From 1899-1912 he served parishes in Iowa as pastor. From 1912-1918 he was president of Bethany College, Mankato, MN. In 1918 he organized the National Lutheran Education Society.

The Oregon and Washington District (now the Northwest District) called him to be Superintendent of Missions, a position he held from October 1920 until his retirement when the office was terminated in 1948. During his tenure he was tireless in carrying out his duties. His records of his daily activities show him traveling throughout the Northwest, even into Alaska. During his ministry, he installed sixty-eight pastors and founded seventeen congregations. In frequent lectures, illustrated with lantern slides, he described the Northwest and the mission work he was doing. He travelled over 1,100,000 miles by rail and by whatever other means of transportation that was available.

On 7 September 1900 he married Bertha A. Fleckenstein. He died on 13 October 1950 and was interred at Rose City Cemetery in Portland, OR.

For further information see God Opens Doors: A Centennial Celebration of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. 2000. Portland, Oregon: Northwest District, pages 61-64.


0.08 Linear Feet (in three folders.)


The papers of W.F. Georg, Superintendent of Missions for the Northwest District (LCMS), together with biographical information, 1920-1950.

Separated Materials

Several photographs were removed and added to the general photographic collection.

Guide to the W. F. Georg Papers An Inventory at the Northwest District (LCMS) 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