The papers of the PACIFIC COAST
NORWEGIAN SINGERS ASSOCIATION, 1903ó1969, consist of souvenir
programs from their sangerfests and also of other singing groups
in the Seattle area.
by Beulah Folkedahl and C.A. Clausen (Volume
25: Page 270)
The OLE G. LANDSVERK Papers are a collection of articles
and correspondence in transcript chiefly regarding the Kensington
The SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF NORWAY BUILDING ASSOCIATION of
Minneapolis (1924ó1958) was a coalition of several Sons of
Norway and Daughters of Norway lodges organized to build Norway
Hall as the national headquarters and assembly place for lodge
activities. The papers of the Association consist of business
correspondence, minutes, financial reports, and other records.
The genealogies of George Washington, Leif Erickson, Andrew
Furuseth, and "Snowshoe" Thompson are among the
typescript volumes in the CARL M. GUNDERSON Papers.
Among the OLE AND PEDER G. GUNNULSON Papers are creamery
and tobacco pool reports and the assessorís statements of
1891 for the Town of Christiana, Dane County, Wisconsin. The
Gunnulson homestead has been occupied by that family since
A typescript volume by HELMER M. BLEGEN contains articles,
notes, and statistics relating to the history of Augustana
College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
An article entitled "My First Journey to America, Year
1909" is one of the items in the SIVERT NERHEIM Papers.
An article by Jesse E. Saugstad, entitled "A Mountain
Is Named," tells about his great-uncle, CHRISTIAN SAUGSTAD,
who founded the Norwegian colony in Bella Coola, British Columbia.
The CARL QUESTAD Papers stem from a prosperous farmer and
rancher of Bosque County, Texas, who migrated in 1851 and
soon became a prominent leader in his community. The collection
includes letters from relatives in Norway and Eau Claire,
Wisconsin, from the Wærenskjolds in Texas, and from
Norwegians serving in Confederate Texas regiments during the
The autobiography of the REVEREND OLAI O. BERGH, Norwegian-born
farmer and pastor of Volga, South Dakota, is a typescript
of eighty-one pages. The paper was written in 1929 and translated
by his son, John E. Bergh.
The abridged memoirs of NILS BRANDT were translated by his
grandson, Olaf O. Brandt, and published in newspapers in Decorah,
Iowa, in 1970. They deal largely with the travels of a home
missionary in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The minute book of the MENíS FELLOWSHIP CLUB OF CARPIO, NORTH
DAKOTA (1924ó1925), indicates that the members discussed such
matters as tax reduction, the Boy Scout movement, and banks
A doctorís thesis, entitled "An Analysis of Selected
Choral Works of F. Melius Christiansen," has been donated
to the archives by the author, RICHARD D. HANSON.
FRANK C. NELSEN is the author of "The American School
Controversy among the Norwegian-Americans, 1845ó1881,"
a doctoral dissertation. The thesis discusses not only the
common school issue, but also such topics as the causes of
emigration from Norway, social and cultural conditions in
the settlements, and the numerous doctrinal differences which
split Norwegian-American Lutherans into rival factions.
The JOHN EINERSON Papers include a record of transactions
at A. Blanchardís general store in Lafayette County, Wisconsin,
in 1889. Among the purchases that year were such items as
lung balsam, pills, axes, clover seed, nails, Champion mowers,
and machine oil.
A valuable item in the BODE LUTHERAN ACADEMY (Iowa) Papers
is a copy of the schoolís 1891 catalogue. 
The record books, 1882ó1932, of DOVRE MENIGHED, Osnabrock,
North Dakota, contain minutes, the names of members, and a
history of the congregation.
EDWARD M. ELLEFSENíS typescript article of twenty-six pages
is a historical sketch of the Norwegian Lutheran Church in
In articles written in 1939, OLINE ERNSTSEN (MRS. DANIEL),
Bear River, Minnesota, reminisces about her migration to America
and church life, transportation, and communication in pioneer
Probably the most complete volume in the Family Histories
and Genealogies Collection of the archives is a book of some
380 pages on the Mohn family, written in 1928. THORBJØRN
N. MOHN, a member of this family, was the first president
of St. Olaf College.
MARTHA HOVE HOUGSTAD, in her article entitled "A Pioneer
Family," relates incidents from farm life in Worth County,
Correspondence for the years 1856ó1891 in the SVENNUNG O.
HOUKOM Papers includes letters from farmers in Coon Prairie
and Taylor, Wisconsin, Hampton, Iowa, and in Stevens County
and Winona, Minnesota.
A copy of the 1858ó1859 catalogue is in the ILLINOIS STATE
UNIVERSITY (Springfield) Papers.
Lists of pioneers in Winnesheik County, Iowa, and in Dakota
Territory, pioneer societies, and the authorís mission to
the Canadian Gaspé settlement in the 1860ís are among
topics dealt with in the ABRAHAM JACOBSON Papers.
Typescript articles by CARL C. A. JENSEN include histories
of congregations and hospitals in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.
The HANNA BUGGE JENSEN (MRS. NILS E.) Papers contain reminiscences
of her life as a pastorís wife in the Highland Prairie, Minnesota,
Included in the JEWELL LUTHERAN COLLEGE (Iowa) Papers are
several account books.
The NELSON JOHNSON Papers reveal something about the life
of a pioneer settler in Winnesheik County, Iowa, and of an
early minister in the Norwegian Methodist Church.
Two scrapbooks, consisting of clippings from the Norwegian
press of a serial entitled "Haringer i Amerika gjennem
100 ár,"  constitute the major portion of
the ALFRED KNUTSEN Papers. The authorís vast collection of
scrapbooks is in the University of Oslo Library.
Clifford Larson is the author of a six-page typescript biography
of PEDER BORDERUD, his grandfather, who settled at Kindred,
North Dakota, in 1871.
A letter to Alfred B. Johnson, a Chicago lumber dealer during
the 1860ís, has data regarding the BEAVER CREEK settlement
An account book of the SAND HILL CONGREGATION (1877ó 1927),
Eldred, Minnesota, includes lists of contributions to the
parochial school, the pastorís and the precentorís salaries.
"A Christmas at the Old Parsonage in Coon Valley"
is the title of a six-page typescript by JOHN N. MIDTLIEN.
The article was translated by L. A. Mathre in 1965.
The MINNEAPOLIS KREDS NORSK-LUTHERSKE LÆRERFORENING
record book (1893ó1900) contains the constitution and the
minutes of the society.
An Andrew B. Moe typescript article of four pages concerns
his father, IVER B. MOE, founder of Poulsbo, Washington.
Genealogical and biographical materials are included in the
KNUTE NELSON Papers.
DET NORSKE SELSKAP Papers contain material on the Sigvald
Quale declamatory contests.
Nine record books constitute the major portion of the papers
of NORDLYSET, a Norwegian sickness and benefit society in
"Den norsk-danske methodisme i Amerika" is the
title of an eleven-page typescript filed among the NORWEGIAN-DANISH
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE Papers.
The minute book (1929ó1951) of the NORWEGIAN LITERARY SOCIETY
of Minneapolis is in the files of the Norwegian-American Historical
The papers of MARIA OFTEDAHL (MRS. EINAR L.) are made up
of two items: an account of the "snow winter" of
1880ó1881 in Lyon County, Minnesota, and a local church history.
The EMILY VEBLEN OLSEN Papers contain a thirteen-page typescript
of her memoirs. 
Data on the history of Story County, Iowa, are to be found
in the PAUL A. OLSON Papers.
A typescript manuscript of forty-five pages by Dr. J. C.
K. Preus is a study of the early efforts of PASTOR HERMAN
A. PREUS and his parish in Columbia and Dane counties, Wisconsin,
to orient themselves to American church life.
MILDRED M. SEBO, Lamoille, Minnesota, has written a thirty-three
page typescript history of the Sebu-Myhre family in Cedar
The SONS OF NORWAY Papers contain an account of the origins
of the society.
An article by Adolf Steen sketches the career of NILS PAUL
XAVIER and explains how he acquired his name. Originally published
by Norges Finnemisjonsskelskap in Samenes Venn in 1951, it
has been translated, under the title "Nils Paul Xavier,
1839ó 1918," by Magdalene Xavier Visovatti, Xavierís
A copy of Svarteboka throws light on the "black arts,"
which were believed in and practiced in early times in Norway.
Reprints of the book have been published in Chicago.
A sixty-one-page typescript by Clarence Swenseid tells the
story of ROLLEIV SWENSEID'S migration from Telemark to Minnesota
and thence to Nelson, North Dakota. The article throws light
on various aspects of pioneer life.
The ELLING THOMPSON America letters from Wiota, Wisconsin,
tell of farm life, types of recreation, and political activities.
An eleven-page typescript historical sketch of pioneer life
in Ransom County, North Dakota, was written in 1965 by MARY
SYVERSON TORBENSON (MRS. OSCAR), a native of the area.
A biography of MRS. ANDREAS UELAND, entitled "Clara
Ueland of Minnesota," has been written by her daughter,
Brenda. The 501-page typescript volume covers such topics
as the nation, the community, and the home.
Two items in the BARTHINIUS L. WICK Papers are a biography
of Nicolai Ibsen, Henrik Ibsenís brother, and a photograph
of his grave.
A manuscript, entitled "En gammel setlers historie skreved
da jeg var 68 aar," was written in Viroqua, Wisconsin,
by an anonymous author. The article deals with farming, logging,
the  temperance question, the district school problem,
medical service, and church activities in that region in the
The MICHAEL O. BORGE Papers contain material about the area
around Volga, South Dakota, in the 1880ís.
LESTER W. HANSEN in his autobiography, a typescript of 475
pages, relates some of the Civil War experiences of his grandfather.
The article was written in 1968.
The treasurerís book of the HOLMES CITY (Minnesota) LÆSEFORENING
covers the period from 1878 to 1905.
The MJØSENLAG Papers contain the minutes and the cash
books of the society.
One of the items in the NORA O. SOLUM Papers is her translation
of H. Tambs Lycheís "James Russell Lowell."
The BENJAMIN A. PAUST Papers, consisting of a series of articles,
are reminiscences of his boyhood in Milwaukee and his student
days at the University of Wisconsin during the final two decades
of the last century.
A. O. FETVEDT AND S. O. FETVEIT, authors of a collection
of America letters, have written interesting observations
about our national elections.