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Scandinavian Immigrants

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The Oral History Project contains the recorded interviews of 282 men and women who emigrated from Scandinavia and settled in the Pacific Northwest.

The project started during an experimental course on Scandinavian Women in the Pacific Northwest. Students in the class were encouraged to interview women and learn about their existence as immigrants to the United States. The project was continued and expanded with support from the president's office and by grants from the president's  office and by grants from the L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, from the Joel E. Ferris Foundation, and the Norwegian Emigration Fund of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The project was directed by Dr. Janet E. Rasmussen, a former professor at Pacific Lutheran University. A book written by her, "New Land New Lives, Scandinavian Immigrants to the Pacific Northwest" is based on these interviews.