The NAHA archives contains material of enduring value related to the
history of Norwegian migration and Norwegians in America. We are delighted
to have patrons use our materials, but since these materials are unique,
irreplaceable and often fragile, researchers using the NAHA Archives must
take special care. We also provide research assistance for those who are
unable to visit the Archives.
We welcome you to come use the NAHA archives for your research. Arrangements
can be made to use the NAHA archives through calling us at (507) 786-3221
or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org to make
an appointment. Since the Association has limited staff and docent resources,
assistance can be provided on a limited basis by the staff and archivist.
Due to the costs of maintaining the NAHA archives, a modest fee is charged
for visits to the archive and research requests. A daily fee of $5 for
NAHA members and $10 for non-members is charged for the use of the unique
resources built over the years and maintained by NAHA.
The NAHA archive contains books, letters, journals, diaries, family histories
and photographs that document and illuminate the “big picture”
of Norwegian-American life. Little attempt has been made to collect materials
needed for thorough genealogy research, such as U.S. Census records, Norwegian
and American church records, etc. Emigration records from major Norwegian
ports are held from 1867 to about 1900, but searching these can be very
time-consuming unless an approximate date of emigration is known.
An excellent source of genealogical information for Norwegian Americans
can be found by contacting the Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth
Library, 415 Main Street, Madison, WI 53703, (608) 255-2224, facsimile:
(608) 255-6842. The center is a branch of the Vesterheim, the Norwegian-American
Museum, located in Decorah, IA.
The Norwegian-American Historical Association welcomes e-mail or letter
inquiries in addition to on site research. A modest fee of $20/hour is
charged for research pursued by our staff. E-mail and letter requests
will be answered in the order in which they are received. Fees may vary
according to request and are subject to change. Priority is given to requests
from our NAHA members.
Photographs and written material can be digitally scanned upon request.
Please keep in mind that the fragile condition of many manuscripts and
photographs may prohibit any form of duplication. Please check with the
Administrative Director or NAHA Archivist for the fees which will depend
on the use of the image.
NAHA staff members are not able to provide Norwegian translation services.
NAHA does maintain a list of translators who may be hired to provide such
services. Each translation request varies according to the dialect, script,
hand-writing or nature of the material.