Guide to the Abraham Vereide Collection, 1980

Overview of the Collection

Bjørno, Ulf Uri
Guide to the Abraham Vereide Collection
1980 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
A biography of Abraham Vereide commemorating the 75th anniversary of his emigration from Norway to the US in 1905.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 2535357586
Fax: 2535357315
Access Restrictions

This collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Abraham was born on Vereide Farm in Nordfjord on 7 October 1886. His parents were Anders and Helene Vereide. Helene died when Abraham was eight years old, in 1894. In 1905 Abraham received a ticket to America from a neighbor who was unable to use it. He traveled to Montana and found work starting in 1906 as the leader of a mission center in Great Falls, Montana. He married Mattie Hansen from Denmark in 1910. Abraham also served as a minister in Spokane, Portland, and, starting in 1916, Seattle. During these years he and Mattie had one daughter, Alicia, and three sons, Warren, Milton, and Abraham (Abe). They family moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1931. On personal invitation from Governor Franklin Roosevelt he attended a conference regarding the social relief program for New York State. In 1935, Vereide founded the prayer breakfast movement in the United States. In 1942 he founded the International Christian Leadership (ICL) group together with Marian Johnsen, incorporated as Fellowship Foundation, in Chicago as the U.S. headquarters for the prayer breakfast movement. He was the executive director of this organization until his death. He was part of a peace conference in San Francisco after World War II. He visited Norway in 1946/47 on a tour to gain members to ICL in Europe. In 1953, Vereide started the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, later called the National Prayer Breakfast or the International Prayer Breakfast. He visited Norway once more in 1960. He was editor for The Christian Citizen together with captain Leonard Larsen. Abraham died in May 1969 and his wife died later that same year.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of one booklet regarding the 75 year jubilee of Abraham Vereide’s immigration to America in 1905. The booklet is in Norwegian.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from (the collection) must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Abraham Vereide Collection, SIEmss_114, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Lutherans, Norwegian
  • Norway--Emigration and immigration
  • Norwegian Americans
  • Religion

Personal Names

  • Bjørno, Ulf Uri
  • Hansen, Mattie
  • Larsen, Leonard
  • Vereide, Abe
  • Vereide, Abraham, 1886-1969
  • Vereide, Alicia
  • Vereide, Anders
  • Vereide, Helene
  • Vereide, Milton
  • Vereide, Warren

Corporate Names

  • Breakfast Prayer Club
  • Calvary House
  • Evangelical Free Church of America
  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Geographical Names

  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Evanston (Ill.)
  • Great Falls (Mont.)
  • Nordfjord Region (Norway)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Spokane (Wash.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Biography
  • Pamphlets
  • Souvenir Programs


  • Religious leaders

Titles within the Collection

  • Norsk-Amerikansk Pastoral-Symfoni: et memorandum i anledning 75 års jubileet for Abraham Vereide's utvandring til Amerika i 1905