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Northwest District (LCMS) Lutheran Hour Ministries Records

Identifier: NWD.25
The records include written histories, board minutes, convention programs and minutes, and newsletters from the Oregon, Washington, and Utah-Idaho Districts.


  • 1919 - 2004

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 Lutheran Hour Ministries 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.


8.5 Linear Feet (in eight record boxes.)


The records of the Oregon, Washington, and Utah-Idaho Districts of the Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Historical note

A dedicated group of laymen in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod wanted to help the Synod settle a large debt. The success of that effort led to the formal organizing of the Lutheran Laymen's League on 3 December 1917. Their next project was to raise funds for a professional church worker pension. The stated purposes of the LLL were 1) to aid the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod with word and deed; 2) to encourage one another to participate actively in the work of the local congregation; and 3) to help increase in the members a deeper consciousness of Christian stewardship life. In 1930 the organization began funding a weekly radio program called the Lutheran Hour. Over the years subsequently the organization concentrated on funding a number of radio and television programs. By 1972 the name was changed to International Lutheran Laymen's League to reflect its growing global outreach. In 1950 the League began the annual entry of a float in the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, CA. The ILL in 1992 chose to identify itself in a more specialized way with the Lutheran Hour and became known as Lutheran Hour Ministries to reflect its media outreach programs around the world.

The Northwest was divided into three districts: Washington (including Alaska), Oregon, and Utah-Idaho. Each District was then divided into zones to carry out its work more efficiently on the local level. Each District sponsored activities that would raise funds for its charitable projects (especially the media programs), held rallies to promote interest in the work of the League, and met in annual convention.


The collection is arranged in three series according to district.


Additional accruals are expected.
Guide to the Northwest District (LCMS) Lutheran Hour Ministries Records An Inventory at the Northwest District (LCMS) Archives
Nolan R. Bremer
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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