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This collection presents English- and Swedish-language diaries and logbooks kept by Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) missionaries in Alaska during the period 1893 to 1915, along with several English translations of the Swedish originals. Founded in Chicago in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC is a multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. The ECC’s mission work began in Alaska in 1889 through Axel E. Karlson, whose diaries can be found as part of this collection.

These journals provide a glimpse into the life and work of early missionaries, particularly those in Unalakleet and Golovin Bay. For an introduction to early ECC missions, see the book Covenant Frontiers: Fifty Years In China, Fifty-Three Years In Alaska, Three Years In Africa available online in the Frisk Collection of Covenant Literature.

The collection is named in honor of Donald C. Frisk (1911-2010), a pastor in the ECC and professor of theology (1945-1978) and dean (1961-1967) of North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago. In memory of Donald Frisk's life and work, family and friends have established a fund that contributes to this collection. See also the Frisk Collection of Covenant Literature and the Frisk Collection of Our Covenant.

The original items and microfilms digitized in this collection are cataloged in the Covenant Archives and Historical Library, located at the F. M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections at North Park University in Chicago. The microfilms were made by Lennart Setterdahl in 1971 and 1980.

Learn about the above images through the following links: Missionaries; Children; White Mountain, Alaska

More images related to ECC missions in Alaska are available online.

Please contact archives staff at archives@northpark.edu or (773) 244-6224 for more information, or if you wish to make an appointment to visit or research.

Questions about this collection? Contact: archives@northpark.edu or 1-773-244-6224

 
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