"From the Archives," prepared
by Beulah Folkedahl, was a feature in Volumes 21-25 of Studies.
After her death in1971, materials have continued to accumulate,
but processing was not resumed until 1974. The following report
by the Associationís curator includes a selection from the papers
by Charlotte Jacobson (Volume 27: Page
His emigration papers together with United States citizenship
papers and a letter written from Ottawa, Illinois, in 1851.
BERGE, GULBRAND O.
A typescript, "The Autobiography of Gulbrand O. Berge, 1827-1886."
Mr. Berge was a farmer who came to America in 1848, settling
near Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He served for a year in the Civil
BERGE, OTTO G.
Copy of "A History of Valders," a town near Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Otto Berge was a son of Gulbrand Berge.
Scrapbook of clippings, programs of musical, dramatic, and
other entertainment activities among the Scandinavians in
Chicago, 1890-1900. Emil Biørn was a versatile musician
and artist and the center of considerable cultural life.
Papers of an engineer and manufacturer in New Jersey, who
was a former president of the Norwegian-American Historical
Association. These writings are chiefly concerned with his
interest in the Norse discovery of America.
BLEGEN, THEODORE C.
Letters to Helen Thane Katz, his editorial assistant. While
they deal chiefly with editorial details, they are lively
and interesting, revealing the writerís personality.
BROSTE, OLE K.
Copy of a manuscript, "Coming to America, 1868," covering
the journey from Romsdalen Valley in Norway to Brown County,
Clippings and other papers about an immigrant poet. Mr. Bruflot
emigrated in 1928 and engaged in many kinds of work. During
the 1930s, he was editor of Western Viking and a contributor
to other newspapers. At present he is on the editorial board
of Ny Verd. He wrote three volumes of poetry in Ny Norsk that
were published and well received in Norway.
A copybook of letters written by a Norwegian-born, Swiss-trained
engineer who was a member of the faculty at the University
of Wisconsin, 1879-1907. He was a nephew of Ole Bull, the
Minutes of annual meetings, 1923-1971, of Camp Nidaros, a
group of summer cottages owned largely by Lutheran pastors,
together with historical sketches of the camp on Ottertail
Lake, in Ottertail County, Minnesota.
Clippings concerning the erection of a marker at Kendall,
New York, commemorating the Slooper settlement there.
CHRISTOPHER, OLE C.
A manuscript, "The Norse American Adventure," containing information
about Norwegian Americans in various fields, including many
lesser known persons.
"Memoirs of Sister Elizabeth," as translated by P. J. Hertsgaard,
covering her early career in Norway and in New York. Sister
Elizabeth was a deaconess who established hospitals in Brooklyn
and Minneapolis. Her "Diary, 1883-1888," appeared in Norwegian-American
Studies and Records, Volume 20.
FETVEDT, ANUND OLSEN and SVEINUNG OLSEN
Copies of letters, 1868-1885, written by two Norwegian-born
Minnesota farmers. The last letters are from Ottertail County,
Poems by a Norwegian-born amateur writer, who came to the
United States in 1927. He worked at various trades in New
Jersey and New York, but eventually became a farmer.
Bibliographical compilations regarding the voyages of the
Vikings, with special reference to the discovery of America.
GIESKE, MILLARD L.
A typescript entitled "Heroes, Sagas, Politics: Knute Nelson,
GREVSTAD, MATHILDE BERG
A translation of the account of her parentsí journey from
Norway to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Red River Valley in
Biographical sketches about Anders Emil Fridrichsen, the first
Norwegian Lutheran pastor in Portland, Oregon, and about Gunder
Herlofsen, an early settler in Kansas.
Copies of "America letters," 1847-1908, by members of the
family to relatives at Hilton, Kløften Station, Ullensaker,
Norway. The bulk of the letters are from Jacob Hilton, who
lived at Socorro, New Mexico. Mention is made of August Hilton,
the father of Conrad Hilton, but it is not clear what the
exact connection was between the families.
HOLTER, SERAF B.
A pamphlet concerning the emigration of his grandparents from
Nannestad, Norway, in 1862 and their first years in America.
They came first to Koshkonong, Wisconsin, later to Fillmore
County, Minnesota, and finally settled in Kandiyohi County,
IBSEN, JOHAN A. A.
A letter from the brother of Henrik Ibsen to his father, dated
May 28, 1850, at Milwaukee, together with a translation by
Theodore Jorgenson. Johan Ibsen lived for a time in Wisconsin,
but set out for California and is supposed to have died while
crossing the desert on the way to the gold fields.
Clippings about a second brother of Henrik Ibsen, who came
to the United States and died near Estherville, Iowa, in 1888.
Copy of a translation of Arne Garborgís Læraren.
KROGNESS, SAMSON MADSEN
Papers of a pioneer Lutheran clergyman who emigrated from
Norway in 1866 and was active in the affairs of the Norwegian
Augustana Synod and in the United Evangelical Lutheran Church,
serving congregations in Illinois and Iowa. He occupied official
positions in the church bodies and was a prolific letter writer,
author, editor, and translator.
LINDBERG, DUANE R.
Copy of a paper, "ĎAmerican Salooní and ĎAmerican School.í"
KVAMME, VERA JOYCE FOX
The genealogy of Mrs. Kvamme in eleven volumes. Volume eleven
lists descendants of Olav II, saint and king of Norway.
Typescript of Nybyggerne, three series of radio broadcasts
about Norwegian emigrants. Mr. Ljoneís book, Mine tårerfløt
rikelig, recently published in Norway, is based on the life
of Gro Svendsen.
MIDELFORT, CHRISTIAN FREDRIK
Typescript of a study by a psychiatrist at the Gundersen Clinic,
La Crosse, Wisconsin, entitled "Non-Migration and Migration
in Twenty-five Hundred Families," one of the purposes of which
was "to throw light on the non-migratory families, their physical
and mental illnesses."
A pamphlet and a sermon by the successor to Kristofer Janson
in Minneapolis and at Hanska, Minnesota.
Eight reels of microfilm of North Dakota newspapers.
ODLAND, GUNDER THEODORE
Diary of an emigrant from Stavanger to Dakota Territory in
1882. Up to the time of his marriage in 1888, Odland kept
a detailed account of weather, expenses, travels, and work
as a laborer and a farmer. One of the interesting features
of the diary is the intermingling of English expressions with
Norwegian, indicative of the gradual Americanization process.
OLSEN, NILS A.
Catalog of his papers prepared by James T. Steensvaag, Iowa
State University Library. Olsen was connected with the Bureau
of Agricultural Economics of the Department of Agriculture,
OLSON, LUDWIG EDWARD
Biographical sketches of his two grandfathers. The first,
"Grandpa Made Knives," is the story of Knut Langedal Olson,
who came to the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, area in 1867. The second,
"Grandpa Went to War," is the story of Samuel C. Onson, who
came to Wisconsin in 1858 and served in Company B, 21st Wisconsin
Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil War.
PORTLAND, OREGON. SKANDINAVISK EVANGELISK LUTHERSKE KIRKE
Negative photostats of "Forhandlings-protocol . . . nedlagen
den 19. April, 1871."
ROAN, CARL MARTIN
"The Immigrant Wagon," a book-length family history, chiefly
of the authorís immigrant parents, who came to Bergen Township,
McLeod County, Minnesota, in 1855, and in the 1880s moved
to Todd County, near Alexandria. The author, who died in 1946,
was a prominent physician in Minneapolis.
Biography of a Lutheran clergyman, educator, and administrator,
written by his grandson, Paul Edward Rorem.
Biography of a Norwegian-born violinist who came to Crookston,
Minnesota, in 1888. After a period of study in Europe, he
returned to Grand Forks, North Dakota, as a teacher and concert
artist. The biography was written by Sam Fossland.
Copy of "Expedition from Christiania," printed in commemoration
of the 100th anniversary of Alfred Collett Siewers, born in
July, 1871. The papers also include letters, biographies,
photographs, and facsimiles, centering around Lyder Siewers
and his wife, Thrine Brandt Siewers.
Translation of a diary kept by an immigrant, 1870-1874, covering
his last year in Norway and the first years at Hanley Falls,
SMELAND, H. G.
A pamphlet, "Reconstruction and Readjustment," outlining the
authorís plan for reorganization of United States government
SØNNELAND, SIDNEY GAYLORD
Papers of a Norwegian-American physician who practiced in
Los Angeles, California. In 1972 he established the S. G.
Sønneland Foundation at the University of Oslo for
the advancement of studies in the natural sciences. The papers
include an extensive genealogy and xerox copies of two pages
of the Trosner diary. Nils Trosner was a Norwegian sailor
known as "Nelsonís skipper og Tordenskiolds matros." The Trosner
name appears in the Sønneland genealogy.
Album with photographs of the training ship which made an
expedition to Chicago in 1933 as a feature of the "Century
of Progress" exposition. The papers also contain a pamphlet
describing the journey, written by Magnus Andersen, who brought
the ship across the Atlantic and to Chicago.
Articles by a Norwegian journalist and editor, "I Midt-Vesten,"
which appeared in Adresseavisen, a newspaper published in
Trondheim, Norway, featuring Norwegian Americans and their
achievements in the Middle West.
STENBY, STENER M.
Photographs and clippings concerning the Lutheran clergyman
who was president of the Eielsen Synod, 1902-1941.
Clippings about Norwegian-American writers. Mr. Stoylen is
a first-generation Norwegian American engaged in teaching.
Typescripts of two romantic novels: "Varden," a story from
Norway, and "Why Donít They Go Home?," the experiences of
an immigrant girl in Brooklyn.
WORKERSí LYCEUM, CHICAGO
Anniversary booklet covering the history of a workersí group
in Chicago, associated with the American Socialist party,
which had its own meeting place called Folkets Hus.
ADDITIONS TO PAPERS ALREADY IN THE ARCHIVES
Considerable material, including the Civil War letters of
Lars K. Aaker and Andrew Scott (Groven).
Materials collected in connection with the publication of
Odd S. Lovollís book, A Folk Epic: The Bygdelag in America.
The Sognalag collection is extensive.
Family letters of a pioneer family in Chippewa County, Minnesota.
Sivert Hagen earned a doctorís degree from Johns Hopkins University
in 1900 and became a philologist and teacher of English. The
letters are chiefly from the time when he was away at school.
ROLVAAG, OLE EDVART
Family papers which include clippings, correspondence, scrapbooks,
and articles by and about Rølvaag. The most notable
additions are his diary from 1896 and a draft of his projected
autobiography, "The Romance of a Life." A rich resource is
a large collection of letters that he wrote to his wife, Jennie