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    by Charlotte Jacobson (Volume 30: Page 311)

ALFARNES, ALINE
De Haarde Aar i Vesten, the recollections of an emigrant who came to the United States in 1909, but after a few years of wandering in the West returned to his home in Norway. The material was originally published in Anadalsnes Avis.

BERGMANN, LEOLA NELSON
An issue of the State Historical Society of Iowa Palimpsest, March, 1956, entitled "Scandinavian Settlement in Iowa." Mrs. Bergmann is the author of Americans from Norway (New York, 1950) and Music Master of the Middle West (Minneapolis, 1954).

BERVEN, JACOB AMUNDSON
An account of an emigrant journey in 1872 from Bergen to Lee county, Illinois, and clippings of memorial tributes to friends. Part of his written work is compiled in Reisebreve og digte (Radcliffe, Iowa, 1916).

BONDEUNGDOMSLAGET OF NEW YORK
Papers of a society organized in Brooklyn in 1925. In 1930 the group built a cabin at Lake Telemark, Rockaway, New Jersey, to serve as a social center and a vacation place. Their folk dancers became a popular entertainment group in the area.

BORDEWICK, HENRY
Papers of an emigrant from the Lofoten Islands who came to Chicago in 1864. He enlisted in the Navy and served on a [312] Mississippi River gunboat during the Civil War. After sailing on the Great Lakes for three years he came to Granite Falls, Minnesota, in 1872, where he held various offices. In 1897 he was appointed to a consular post in Christiania, Norway, in which capacity he served until his death.

CHICAGO HISTORY COMMITTEE OF THE NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Papers presented at a 1982 symposium, "Norwegians in Chicago: Their History," which was designed to present an overview of the colony in what was at one time the Norwegian capital of America. Topics presented were medical care; the landscape artist, Jens Jensen; Norwegian artists; the Danish editor and poet, Anton Kvist; Knut Hamsun; the artist and feminist, Aasta Hansteen; the sculptor, Kristian Schneider; Kristofer Janson's novel Sara; and a general history.

DYRESEN, DYRE
Several papers covering the history of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church among Danish and Norwegian immigrants.

EVANS, CHRISTOPHER
The translated diary of an Iowa farmer who came from Vang, Valdres, in 1850, to Winneshiek county, Iowa.

EVANS, EYVIND
Clippings from Norwegian newspapers about a Kasson, Minnesota, farmer and writer who came to the United States in 1920. The clippings cover his visit to Norway in August, 1979.

FLETRE, LARS
Papers of an artist from Voss who came to Chicago in 1923. In 1933 he returned to Norway and was in charge of Vossevangen Steinhoggeri. His sculptures include a war memorial in Bømoen, a memorial to Lars Osa in Ulvik cemetery, and an altarpiece in the Mjølfjell mountain chapel. He returned to Chicago in 1954, where, in addition to his work as sculptor and wood-carver, he was active in Norwegian cultural circles.

GRAFF, OLGA
Papers of a Norwegian-American journalist, much of whose work appeared in a Norwegian women's magazine Urd. Also included are articles by her husband, Harald Graft, a physician in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and drawings by her daughter, Gerda, an artist in Oslo. [313]

HAFSTAD, LAWRENCE RANDOLPH
Papers of a Norwegian-American physicist who was a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1928-1941. During World War II he was part of a scientific team at the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University, which developed the proximity fuse for use in anti-aircraft weaponry. This development was hailed as a significant improvement in ordnance for the Army and the Navy. For his part in the achievement Hafstad was awarded the Medal of Merit of the United States Navy and the King's Medal in Defense of Freedom of the British Government in 1946.

HAGEN, CARL
Memoirs of a Norwegian American covering farm and village life in the Halloway, Minnesota, area from the 1890s to 1908. Hagen was later on the staff of the National City Bank of New York and spent part of his career in Latin America.

HANSEN, KNUTE
Papers of a Norwegian-born musician who, during his 48-year career in Chicago, was conductor of many choral groups there. On several occasions he was chief conductor of the Norwegian Singers' Association and of the American Union of Swedish Singers.

HANSON, JOHN F.
An autobiographical sketch of an immigrant from Stavanger whose life was largely spent in Quaker ministry. Also in-eluded is a diary kept by his daughter, Estella Hanson Watland, which adds to her father's story and gives a graphic description of her childhood, youth, and early married life.

HAWAII
An early labor contract, newspaper clippings, and other data regarding Norwegian immigration to Hawaii in 1881. Some of the material was Collected for the centennial celebration of this event.

HJELM-HANSEN, PAUL
Om Amerika, a book by the Norwegian journalist who came to the United States in 1867 and whose writings influenced a great number of Norwegians to come to the Red River Valley. Also included is a paper by Tor Henning Ormseth about Paul Hjelm-Hansen. [314]

JACOBSON, J. RODE
Miscellaneous papers of a composer, teacher, and organist who came to Chicago in 1898 and was influential in the musical life of the city.

JEVNE and ALMINI, CHICAGO
Information about a decorating firm in Chicago whose publication Chicago Illustrated has been called "the best source for the physical appearance of the city that the Great Fire destroyed.''

JORGENSON, OLOF MEYER
Papers of a Baptist minister who came in 1903 from Fiskenes on the island of Andøy. After his ordination in 1911 he served parishes of the Norwegian Baptist Conference in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington.

LARSON, JULIUS ANSGAR
Autobiography and other papers of a Norwegian-born forester who received a master's degree in forestry from Yale University in 1910. After working with the United States Forest Service he joined the faculty of the forestry department at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 1924.

LEVORSEN, BARBARA
An unpublished manuscript "The Quiet Conquest," by a native of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, describing frontier life in central North Dakota as she remembered it fifty years later. Two chapters of the manuscript have been published in Norwegian-American Studies: "Early Years in Dakota," in volume 21, and "Our Bread and Meat," in volume 22.

LUNDE, JOHAN P.
Diaries and other papers of an immigrant who came to Chicago in 1880. They reveal the introspective nature of a devout Quaker struggling with problems related to education, military service, and employment in Norway and in the United States.

LUNDE, THEODORE H.
Papers of an emigrant from Hamar who established the American Industrial Company for the manufacture of piano hardware. Because of his refusal to make war materials during World War I, he lost his factory. A son, Erling N. Lunde, was court-martialed for being a conscientious objector in 1918. A pamphlet covering his defense is included. [315]

NELSON, CARL
Memoirs, poems, humorous anecdotes, and biographical data of a Norwegian-American editor and poet who lived at Cando, North Dakota.

NELSON, THEODORE G.
"Scrapbook Memories," covering the experiences of a political activitist in North Dakota, who was secretary of the Independent Voters' Association. Later, when he lived in Oregon, he was active in cooperative marketing, real estate, and retirement home movements.

NIELSEN, FREDRIKKE
Data concerning an evangelist of the Methodist Church, who before her conversion had been a leading actress for twenty-five years in the theaters of Bergen and Trondheim. She traveled widely in the United States, visiting some 300 cities, and received a great deal of acclaim as a powerful preacher.

NINETY-NINTH INFANTRY BATTALION, UNITED STATES ARMY
A newsletter of the Viking Battalion, which was composed of "men of Norwegian extraction, Norwegian nationals, and Americanized Norwegians," organized for particular missions during World War II.

NORWEGIAN IMMIGRATION
Promotional booklets written in Norwegian by railways and immigration bureaus, designed to give favorable and practical information for immigrants into Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.

NORWEGIAN IMMIGRATION SESQUICENTENNIAL
Papers of the six different commissions organized to arrange for the celebration in 1975 of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Restauration in New York. Major publications of the commissions are in the St. Olaf College Library.

NYHAMMER, LOUIS
Diaries of a Norwegian-born riverboat captain who held master pilot licenses on the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi rivers.

RACHIE, AMANDA LIEN
An account written by the granddaughter of Nils Gunnarson [316] Lien, who emigrated from Vang, Valdres, in 1852 and came to Goodhue county, Minnesota, in 1857.

REINDAL, KNUTE
A pamphlet about the making of violins by a Chicago craftsman who won recognition at the Paris Exposition, 1900, and at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893, for the violins he had made.

REINERTSEN, PEDER INGBART REINERT
Autobiographical account of an immigrant from Sandviken, near Bergen, in 1875, who was educated in the schools of the Norwegian Augustana Synod. Among the parishes he served was Elk Point, South Dakota, from which he recommended Ole Rølvaag for admission to St. Olaf College.

ROSDAIL, J. HART
A collection of the papers used in compiling The Sloopers; Their Ancestry and Posterity. Rosdail was a descendant of a "Slooper" family.

ROSENDAHL, PETER JULIUS
Bound copies of the first and second compilations of "Han Ola og han Per," the only continuing Norwegian cartoon published in America.

SATRANG (SAETRANG), ANTON OLSEN
Scrapbooks, albums, and unidentified photographs which belonged to an immigrant from Satrang, Haug parish, Ringerike, Norway, who came to Chicago in 1892. He was active in Normennenes Singing Society and was national treasurer of the Norwegian Singers Association.

SELJAAS, HELGE
Translation of Julie Ingeröd, Et aar i Utah, eller mormonismens hemmeligheder, which was originally published in Chicago in 1867.

STAGEBERG, OLAF
"The Poems of Olaf Stageberg," compiled by his son Roll Stageberg with translations by Clarence
Clausen and Rosanna Gutterud Johnsrud. Stageberg taught at Jewell Lutheran College, Waldorf College, and Red Wing Seminary.

STAGEBERG, SUSIE WILLIAMSON
Papers of the daughter of Norwegian immigrants who was active in education, politics, and journalism in Iowa and [317 Minnesota. Among the papers is a diary kept when she was a "validated member of the press at the Congress for Disarmament and International Cooperation in Stockholm, July, 1958." She was influential in the Farmer-Labor party in Minnesota and ran for office on that ticket; in 1950 she ran for lieutenant governor on the Minnesota Progressive party ticket.

STRAND, THEODOR ELLINGSON
"The Norwegian Fox Lake Settlement," the memoirs of a Rice county, Minnesota, pioneer about the church life in the community and the building of the church.

SVENDSEN, JULIE
"Dagbog over Atlanterhav" kept by a passenger on the ship Thingvalla during the journey of July 27 to August 14, 1882. Included is a translation by Serena Bjornstad.

THESEN, OLAF
"Trekk ved Utvandringa fra Ringsaker 1839-95," an academic thesis for the University of Oslo. The thesis deals with conditions in Ringsaker which created and encouraged emigration.

TOLLEFSRUDE, HANS C.
Diary of a journey to California from Rock county, Wisconsin, via New York and Panama, in search of gold, ending with disillusionment.

TORRISON, MARTHA
Papers concerning a prominent family who were descendants of Osul Torrison, pioneer merchant and ship owner in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

TOSTENSON, OLE
Biographical notes of a Wisconsin resident, telling of his father's problems in selling his farm and of his own military service in the 15th Wisconsin Regiment from 1861-1865.

TUSKIND, OLE
Biographical sketch of Ole and Karen Tuskind, who emigrated from Solør in 1871 and settled in Dakota Territory in 1872.

VERKEFINGEREN
An issue of a Norwegian humor magazine, November, 1925, published by Eivind Rudie, Minot, North Dakota. [318]

VETLESEN, TORBION
An "America letter" about 1850 from "Havre Dalen i Amerika." The writer describes the journey from Norway to Koshkonong, Wisconsin, in 1842, via New York, Albany, Buffalo, and Milwaukee, and tells of his satisfaction with the move to America.

WESTNES, P. ROLF
A collection of the works of a Chicago writer active in the Norwegian literary circles of that city. His poems, stories, and articles have been published in Norwegian-American newspapers and in Norway.

 

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