Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Thrivent Financial Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1418
Creators:
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Lutheran Brotherhood
Aid Association for Lutherans
Dates:
1902 - 2014
Languages:
Collection is in
English
. Some materials are in
German
.
Physical Description:
0.3 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
Collection documents the faith-based philanthropic organization, the Aid for Association for Lutherans, the Lutheran Brotherhood, and later Thrivent Financial.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection includes early founding documents of Thrivent's predecessors, Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) and Lutheran Brotherhood (LB), including articles of incorporation, by-laws, magazines published by both organizations; magazines published by Thrivent; ballots; song books (for AAL or LB gatherings); placemats; contracts; photographs; brochures, and recruitment brochures.

Arrangement
Arrangement
1 series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Aid for Association of Lutherans (AAL) was organized in 1902 by members of the Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wisconsin for the purposes of giving to its members, aid for their wives and children in case of death and to provide assistance to themselves in case of sickness, accident and old age. The Luthern Union was founded in 1917 and later changed its name to the Luthern Brotherhood (LB) in 1920. The AAL and LB merged to form Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in 2002 and would grown to become on of the largest fraternal benefits societies in the United States. Today, the company is known as Thrivent, a not-for-profit financial services organization. It offers financial products and services including life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, disability income insurance, credit union products, money management, brokerage services, retirement planning and more. Additionally, Thrivent provides volunteer services to charitable organizations, schools, congregations and individuals in need. In 2014, Thrivent allowed non-Lutheran Christians to join.

Administration
Author
NMAH Staff
Ownership and Custodial History
Donated to the Archives Center by Thrivent Financial in 2017.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation
Thrivent Financial Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu