The heart of the NAHA archives is its extensive manuscript collection, which includes letters, diaries, journals and ledgers, newspaper clippings, obituaries, congregational records, family and local histories, and other resources related to Norwegians in America. The archival collection also includes photographs illustrating all aspects of Norwegian-American history. The archives are available to NAHA members and non-members, but fees are charged for most services.

Online Research

Online researchers can search the NAHA archives in three different ways.

Online Resources

Researching at NAHA

Old picture postcardResearchers are welcome to use the NAHA archives in person. Arrangements can be made to use the NAHA archives by calling the archivists at (507) 786-3229 or by e-mailing to make an appointment. Appointments should generally be made several days in advance and for our regularly posted hours Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday Memorial Day through Labor Day). Afternoon hours are also often available but only by advance appointment. The archivists are happy to assist visitors in finding appropriate resources, but we are able to undertake research for others only when our schedules allow and only upon pre-payment of research fees. We can answer simple research questions on the telephone and by e-mail, but we may need a few days to respond.


Other Norwegian-American Resources at St. Olaf

Norwegian-American books and newspapers belonging to NAHA are housed in the St. Olaf College Library and may be identified with the St. Olaf-Carleton on-line catalog, Bridge. Rare Norwegian-American imprints (books and pamphlets) are housed in the library vault, as indicated in Bridge. Access to these materials requires advance reservations which can be made by clicking the following: "Schedule an appointment". The library also houses a rich collection of Norwegian-American materials of its own, including bygdebøker.

Donations of Archival Material

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The NAHA archives actively collects manuscripts (correspondence, diaries, famiy histories), local and congregational histories, photographs, and recordings that document the history of Norwegians in North America (including Canada). We do not collect books published in Norway, although we will accept the donation of bygdebøker and Norwegian-American imprints not already in the St. Olaf Library collection. Materials from post-World War II Norwegian immigrants are a collecting priority. Donors can be assured that materials will be properly preserved and that donating families will retain access to their records. All donations to the NAHA archives will be acknowledged in writing. Although we prefer original materials, we will accept copies or make copies for donors who wish to retain originals.

Translation from Norwegian to English

The NAHA archivists are not able to provide Norwegian translation services. NAHA does maintain a list of translators who may be hired to provide such services.

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