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Northwest District (LCMS) E. W. Hinrichs Papers

Identifier: NWD.04

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers and course notes from Seminary courses; scholarly papers; studies of Biblical words; sermons, sermon studies, and devotions; course syllabi; and miscellaneous writings, including hymns.


  • 1927 - 1983

Language of Materials

Collections 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 E. W. Hinrichs 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. Hinrichs served various parishes from 1925 to 1956. He served seven scattered mission stations in Canada during his vicarage (internship) in 1925. He served as pastor for congregations in Trail, B.C.; Cornelius, OR; Forest Grove, OR; Beaverton, OR; and Yakima, WA.

He served the Northwest District as Executive Secretary from 1956 to 1967; during that time about 60 new congregations were formed. In 1967 he became Assistant Professor of Religion and the Department Head of Recruitment and Public Relations at Concordia University, Portland, OR.

He also served the Northwest District as a member of the Board of Directors from 1942-1943 and from 1951-1956. He served on the District Stewardship Committee from 1933-1936, on the District Mission Committee from 1940-1942, and on the Board of Finance, Board of Trustees, and Church Extension Board from 1946-1951.

He was a frequent lecturer and presenter of Pastoral Conference papers; he wrote and translated several hymn texts.

Concordia University conferred on Rev. Hinrichs the Christi Crux Award in 1984.

He was born December 18, 1901 in Guernsey, IA. He married Marie Hackett on June 18, 1927. He died November 30, 1991, in Portland, OR.


0.5 Linear Feet (in 1 box)


The papers of E. W. Hirnrichs who served in various capacities in the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church.


The collection is arranged in eight series, and chronologically within each series.

Related Archival Materials

In his capacity as Executive Secretary of the District, E.W. Hinrichs corresponded with many churches and pastors. Some of those letters are in the congregation files in the District Archives. Several photographs are available in the Northwest District Archives Photograph Collection.

Guide to the E.W. Hinrichs Papers An Inventory at the Northwest District Archives
Nolan R. Bremer
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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