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Personal & Organizational Histories

Below you will find a listing of all personal and organizational histories held by the Scandinavian Immigrant Experience Collection.

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Guide to the Anders O. Aasen Biography

A brief biographical account of Anders O. Aasen, 1874 – 1974.

Guide to the Aasta and Anders Wedding Songbook

A songbook from the wedding of Aasta and Anders, 1952.

Guide to the Rhoda E. (Livingston) Ackerman Diary Collection

Guide to the History of Adelphia College

The collection consists of a typescript entitled, History of Adelphia College, by Jean Anderson.

Guide to the Esther Allstrum Collection

Correspondence in Norwegian

Guide to the Bertha (Josephson) Anderson Autobiography 

Autobiography of a Danish immigrant

Guide to the Gina Ruud Anderson Biography

A biographical sketch of Norwegian immigrant Gina Ruud Anderson, written by her daughter.

Guide to the Nils Andersson Emigration Registration Document

Emigration registration document for Nils Andersson, who left Sweden in the early 1900s.

Guide to the Dinus Jonsson & Kristjana Andresdottir Collection

Letter discussing the landscape and history of Iceland.

Guide to “The Vikings Return” Article by Bob Asp

The collection consists of an article published by Viking shipbuilder Bob Asp entitled A Dream is a Dream: The Vikings Return!

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Guide to the Baalson Family History
Centennial booklet for the descendants of Norwegian immigrants Kari and Ellen Baalson who came to America from Flaa, Hallingdal in 1861. 

Guide to the Ole Bakken Autobiography

Short autobiographical sketch of the life of Norwegian immigrant Ole Bakken, born in Trondheim in 1924. Ole and his wife Alta Jane (Vaswig) had three children. Alta died in 1984, and Ole later remarried to Diana E. Borge. This account was written for his grandchildren and dated June 21, 1990.

Guide to the K. Berge Diary

The diary of K. Berge, written around 1874 – 1884, with four other contributing writers, including Edv. Larsen and John Lie.

Guide to the Berggren Family History 

Family history of the Berggren family, beginning with Johan Olofsson, born circa 1620. He was married to Karin (last name unknown), born in 1631, died in 1706. They had four children. Olofsson was a miner on the Saxan farm and was a juror and county judge until 1679. He was a member of parliament for several terms. The history is written in Swedish, first published in 1908.

Guide to the Esther Nelson Berglund Family History

Handwritten family history by Esther Nelson Berglund born in 1890 in Tacoma, Washington.

Guide to the Bergström-Ersson Family Papers

The family history describes the Ersson and Bergström families by concentrating on the lives of Anna Ersson Bergström and Sven Bergstrom. Included in the family history is a family tree of both families, a copy of Sven Bergström’s citizenship papers, and a copy of the patent deed issued to Tarkeld Willisson for the homestead Sven and Anna bought.

Guide to the Hjalmar Björk Collection

The collection includes a biography, letters, clippings, poetry, and other announcements related to Swedish-American poet, Hjalmar Björk.

Guide to the Hilda Marie Black Papers

Memoirs of former Tacoma resident Hilda Marie Black, born in 1884 in North Dakota. This file includes newspaper clippings and her obituary.

Guide to the James Bramblet Autobiography
Autobiography of James Bramblet titled “Privies, Charivaris and Bedbugs or Life on the Farm in the Olden Days.” James Bramblet was born on Big Bear Ridge and the story covers his life on the family farm in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Guide to the Brodin Family Papers
The Brodin family papers consist of manuscripts pertaining to Old Brodin, born in Alster, Sweden, 1809, an overview of the Brodin family, a map of Dalsland, letters from Carl Brodin to family members, John Brodin’s certificate of citizenship, articles, family photographs, and a first through tenth generations list.

Guide to the Ulrikka F. Bruun Poetry Collection

This poem, written in Norwegian, expresses disapproval of presidential candidate Al Smith because he was Catholic and against prohibition, 1928.

Guide to the Feena (Mattson) Busch Family History

Feena Mattson Busch was born in WA, the daughter of Finnish immigrants. She taught school in Kent, WA.

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Guide to the Cromwell Reunion Memories

Recollections gathered at a 1980 reunion of the alumni of the Cromwell School near Tacoma, Washington.

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Guide to the William N. Danielson Collection
William Danielson describes his visit to Öland, Sweden in the summer of 1967

Guide to the Daughters of Norway Embla Lodge No. 2 Collection

This collection contains the records of Daughters of Norway Embla Lodge No. 2 from 1907 – 2014, including financial records, membership history, and meeting minutes.

Guide to the Daughters of Norway Grand Lodge Collection 

This collection contains the records of the Daughters of Norway Grand Lodge cultural organization, 1908 – 2010

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Guide to the John and Kristine Erikson  Family History 

Family history of John and Kristine Erickson written by their daughter, Mamie Seymour. John and Kristine Erickson left Mora, Sweden, and traveled to America with their children in 1882.

Guide to the Evan I. Evanson Biography

Biography of Norwegian immigrant Evan I. Evanson from Jämtland, Östre Toten, Norway.

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Guide to the Gabriel Aanensen Fedde Autobiography

This manuscript is an autobiography written by Gabriel Aanensen Fedde who was born Fedde, Norway in 1843. In 1881 he immigrated to New York. He died in 1917 at age seventy-four.

Guide to the Stephen Forslund Collection

Guide to the Nils P. Frostensson Family History

Nils P. Frostensson was born January 12, 1854, in Näsum Parish, Kristianstad Province, Sweden.
He became a teacher and retired in 1911, often visiting his home community during his retirement years.

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Guide to the Gjøa Collection

News article from 1970 about the Gjøa ship in San Francisco, and a copy of a diary about the Gjøa’s 1901 Arctic Ocean expedition.

Guide to the Jonas Olof Grafström Collection

This collection contains two articles on Swedish-American artist Olof Granström, as well as two photographs of a painting, and correspondence.

Guide to the Olaf Gulbrandsen Autograph Album

Photocopied pages of Olaf Gulbrandsen’s autograph album with notes from his friends at Pacific Lutheran Academy (University) and his family.

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Guide to the Olaf Ludvig Haavik Collection

Letters and memoirs, 1885 – 1974.

Guide to the Hallonbacken Collection

This file contains a flyer, background information about Edith Södergran, and an excerpt of the play Hallobacken. The play, written by Stina Katchadourian, is based on Edith Södergran’s life.

Guide to the Mathilde Hader Papers

Transcript of interview of Mathilde Hader, born Mathilde Georgine Chistiansen, July 25, 1897, in Oslo, Norway. She recounts details of her family history and the story of her life and her career as a teacher and home economist in Norway and the United States. She worked as the first executive secretary for Consumer’s Research, taught at New York University, and held a master’s degree from Columbia University. She died February 18, 1988, in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Guide to the Christine K. Hansen Biography

The collection consists of an obituary and a manuscript about the life of Christine K (“Disse”) Hansen. The biography discusses her life in Denmark, immigration, schooling in nursing, marriage, and nursing work in Alaska.

Guide to the Knut Pedersen Haslerud Papers

Knut Pedersen Haslerud was born February 3, 1824 in Rollag, Numedal, Norway. He writes about poor times in Norway before coming to America. He died in 1899.

Guide to the Hefte Family History

The Hefte family history book was published in 1981 and covers the descendants of Ole Olson and his wife Ingrid Oldsdatter Kinneberg.

Guide to the Ole Nilsen Hegna Papers

“My Journey to America and Reminiscences of the Civil War,” 1840 – 1916

Guide to the Pauline Paulson Hendrickson Biography

A biographical sketch of Norwegian immigrant Pauline Paulson Hendrickson who came to the United States with her family as a child. In 1872 she married another Norwegian immigrant and they settled in Minnesota and had seven children. She died in 1927.

Guide to the Knud Olsen Hovie Vaccination Certificate

A November 1830 cowpox vaccination certificate for Knud Olsen Hovie.

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Guide to the Jonas Isakson Collection

Letter and English translation, 1870

Guide to the O.B. Iverson Collection

Reminiscences in English, 1845 – 1920

Guide to the O.B. Iverson Experiences and Observations on Two Continents 

The collection consists of the story of O.B. Iverson as he surveyed the land in the Puget Sound and settled near Stanwood.


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Guide to the Johanne Jacobsdatter Papers

Vaccination record for Johanne Jacobsdatter, 1840 – 1911.

Guide to the Eulogy for Jacob D. Jacobsen

A biographical account of Jacob D. Jacobsen, 1842 – 1881.

Guide to the Alfred Johansson Autobiography

Collection contains Johansson’s writings and autobiography.

Guide to the Frans Johan Johanson Collection

The collection consists of several original documents from Frans Johan Johanson’s life.

Guide to the Jansson-Berlin-Johansson Family History

History and genealogy of the Jansson family of Sweden, 1994.

Guide to the Johnson Family correspondence

Correspondence between Hanna and Johan Johnson in Washburn, Wisconsin and Johanna Svensdotter in Stora Svenstorp, Sweden

Guide to the Edward Emanuel Johnson Collection

Biography and legal documents of early Tacoma shipbuilder Edward Johnson from Vanersborg, Sweden.

Guide to the John August Johnson Papers

Memoranda of Events in the Life of John August Johnson: from childhood days to the age of 82.

Guide to the Marvin Johnson Papers

The collection consists of a letter from Gudmund Alfsen in Norway to his brother Sjur in America, and a Norwegian Lutheran Church pamphlet on prayer

Guide to the Olof and Lars Johnson Collection

This collection consists of copies of personal documents of Swedish emigrants, Olof and Lars Johnson, 1886 – 1982.

Guide to the Simon Johnson Stories

Collection comprised of journal articles about novelist Simon Johnson and containing his short stories, 1980.

Guide to the Kenneth A. Jorgenson Collection

Collected information and books about the Norwegians who volunteered in the Fifteenth Wisconsin Infantry during the America Civil War.

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Guide to the Mathilde Kildahl Autograph Book

This collection contains photocopies of a filled autograph book given to St. Olaf student, Mathilde Kildahl, from her brother Nathan.

Guide to Kinfolk

The collection consists of the 1990 edition of the family history, entitled Kinfolk, by Margie Lee.

Guide to the Kjesrud Family Collection

The author of this work is Joseph O. Rude, and it is based in part on research conducted by Professor Helge Frøyseth of Norway. It is the story of the Kjesrud family of Norway, dating back to 1635, with historical and genealogical information, including the story of those who moved to North America in the late 1800s.

Guide to the Inga Broadland Knutzen Biography

Biography of Norwegian immigrant Inga Broadland Knutzen, written by her granddaughter Jill Holmes.

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Guide to the Hildur Larson Autobiography

Hildur Larson was born in Sweden in 1896. She traveled to the United States in 1927, married, and never returned to Scandinavia. The collection consists of a book written by Edgar Larson about his mother’s early years, based on her oral history.

Guide to the “Letters From Norway” Article

This collection consists of an article published in The New Yorker, written by Lillian Ross and titled Letter from Oslo.

Guide to the Kari Lodvarsdatter Papers

Vaccination record for Kari Lodvarsdatter, 1861.

Guide to the Lokensgard Family History

History of the Ole and Helga Lokensgard family, who left Norway for America in 1857.

Guide to the Richard Londgren Collection

The Londgren family history, starting from the mid-19th century to 2001.

Guide to the Gunnar and Marie Lund Biographies

A biographical sketch of Norwegian immigrants Marie Pauline Vognild Lund and Gunnar Lund.

Guide to the August Lundberg Autobiography

August Lundberg emigrated from Stockholm, Sweden in 1881 and worked in a wide variety of jobs, first in the Midwest and later in and around Seattle, WA where he met some city founders and witnessed the great first of 1889.

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Guide to the Peder Madsen Genealogical Chart

Genealogical chart of Peder Madsen, born in Nordre Lomsdalen, Norway.

Guide to the Lyle A. Mattson Diary Collection

Guide to a Biographical sketch by Johan Mattson

History of the Mattson Family from Orkdalen, Norway.

Guide to the Thor Meland Collection
Collection includes the biography of Norwegian immigrant Thor Meland, born in 1861 near Vetlefjord, Norway, along with pictures of the Meland family.

Guide to the Christian Miller Autobiography

Autobiography of Norwegian immigrant. Sweet Land was written by Christian Miller over the course of forty years.

Guide to the A.B. Moe Papers

Autobiography of A.B. Moe, a Norwegian immigrant who came to America in 1881. He lived in Poulsbo, Washington, for 41 years and served as its first Mayor. 

Guide to the John Melvin Moe Papers

The collection consists of correspondence between the Reverend John Melvin Moe and others in the 1970s regarding religious publications and translations.

Guide to the Christian J. Muri Autobiography
Christian J. Muri was born in 1871 in Nordre Bergenhus, Norway, and came to America in 1893. He farmed for a living, raised a family in Montana, and was proud to be an American.

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Guide to the Fridtjof Nansen Scrapbook Collection

A scrapbook containing newspaper clippings, obituaries, and other articles covering the life of Fridjof Nansen, polar explorer, in the wake of his death in Oslo, Norway, May 1930.

Guide to the Newspaper Clippings Collection

Collection comprised of American newspaper clippings relating to Scandinavians.

1911 – 1969 1977 – 2003

Guide to the H. Nielsen Papers

Guide to the Nordstrand School Band Tour

Collection contains souvenir programs, articles, correspondence, and other administrative documents regarding the history of Nordstrand Skoles Musikkorps (Nordstrand School Band) and their 1978 tour of the American Pacific Northwest, 1978.

Guide to the Antoinetta Wilhelmina Nordström Immigration Document

Immigration certificate of Antoinetta Wilhelmina Nordström of Rone, Sweden.

Guide to the Normanna Male Chorus Collection

Records from the Normanna Male Chorus, 1906 – 2000

Dagny Unsgard Nygaard Collection

The life story and family history of Norwegian immigrant Dagny Unsgaard Nygaard, born 1899, who came to America circa 1930.

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Guide to the Obituaries Collection

Collection comprised of American newspaper clippings of obituaries and funeral ephemera for Scandinavian Americans, 1930 – 2007.

Guide to the Eulogy for Sven Oftedal

A biographical account of Sven Oftedal, 1844 – 1911.

Guide to the Bertha Blanche Hall Oles Collection

This collection consists of a photocopy of a newspaper article about Bertha Blanche (Hall) Oles, a photocopied picture of her, and her scrapbook of clippings.

Guide to the Karl Olsen Collection

Collection comprised of the autobiography of Karl Olsen titled Little Karl From Norway: The Story of My Life.

Guide to the Jonas Olson Family History

The Olson family papers tell the story of Jonas Olson who emigrated to America in 1861. In 1864 homesteaded in Alfsborg Township, Sibley County, Minnesota where he me his wife Anna Britta Hed. The family history tells the story of their life and that of their descendants. The family history also includes the story of John Olson who married Josephine, daughter of Jonas and Anna Britta. The story was researched and written by Gilbert R. Olson. The family begun in 1977 and ended in 1979.

Guide to the Ole Overlie Family History

Family history of Norwegian immigrants Ole Hansen Overlie and Marit Paulsen and their descendants, 1990.

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Guide to the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association. Sangerfest.
Programs of the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association of America Sangerfest.

Programs / Photographs

Guide to the Elsie M. Parkhurst Papers

Correspondence ordering immigration records and a photocopy of the records, 1907 – 1083.

Guide to the Gloria Pederson Collection

This collection contains stories and articles related to the life and work of Gloria Pederson, proprietor of a Tacoma Scandinavian gift shop.

Guide to the Pederson Saga

The Pederson Saga is the family history of Norwegian immigrant Paul Pederson who came to America in 1912, became a citizen in 1919, and eventually moved to Lakewood, Washington. He and his wife Magda raised two children and were long-time members of the First Lutheran Church, which Paul helped to build in 1921. Paul died on 10 December 1971 and Magda died on 23 May 1972.

Guide to the John & Esther Peterson Biography

This document was written by Mabel Marie (Peterson) Wing and includes memories of her parents, John and Esther Peterson. Specifically, it is about John’s immigration from Sweden, his marriage and life as a pioneer on a homestead in North Dakota, farming challenges, and her memories of growing up on the homestead.

Guide to the Frederick Wilhelm August Poppe Collection

The collection consists of two articles about the Norwegian immigrant Frederick August William Poppe and his experiences leading an expedition during the Alaska Gold Rush. Collection also contains photographs of the expedition and a portrait of Poppe. 1986.

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Guide to the Rennord Collection

History, genealogy, and letters of the Rennord family.

Guide to the Paul Rennord Papers

Letters, pictures, postcards, a diary, and excerpts of writings.

Guide to the Carl Roan Collection

This collection contains Dr. Carl M. Roan’s unpublished manuscript, The Immigrant Wagon.

Guide to the John Rumenius Collection

Correspondence in Swedish and English.

Guide to the Olaf Rydjord  Papers

Olaf Rydjord was born in Norway on 8 April 1866 to O. J. and Eldri Rydjord. At age twenty-four, he went to the United States. The collection consists of a biographical sketch and personal papers of Olaf Rydjord.

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Guide to the Salvation Army Swedish Songs Collection

Collection of religious song lyrics and newspaper clippings.

Guide to the Norwegian Singers Association of America Sangerfest

Programs of the Norwegian Singers Association of America Sangerfest, 1904 – 2010

Guide to the Scandinavian Materials in Mortvedt Library

The collection consists of a research paper on Scandinavian materials in Mortvedt Library at Pacific Lutheran University in 1979.

Guide to the Scandinavians in Washington’s Politics

An historical account of the influence of Scandinavian Americans on Pacific Northwest politics and political movements, beginning with Scandinavian settlement of Washington State in the late 19th century until the mid 1970s.

Guide to the Sigdalslaget Album

Guide to the Ole G. Slind Papers

The collection consists of legal documents regarding transfer of farm property from Thomas Angells Stiftelser to the Slind family through Kari Olsdatter Slind, 1920.

Guide to the Svend Svendson Sneve Biography

A biographical sketch of Norwegian immigrant Svend Svendson Sneve and family.

Guide to the Carl Fredrik Solberg Papers

Carl Frederick Solberg was born in Kristiania, Oslo, Norway, in 1833 and came to America in 1853. In 1857 he became editor of the Norwegian-language paper “Emigraten,” becoming publisher in 1860. He was war correspondent for the paper during the Civil War, and in 1872 founded another paper, the “Minnesota.” He died in 1924 at age 91.

Guide to the Sons of Norway Collection

Sons of Norway District 2 Collection

This collection contains the records of the Sons of Norway District 2 cultural organization from 1903 – 2010.

Guide to the Malene Steen Autobiography
These are the reminiscences of Malene Steen, a Norwegian immigrant who came to this country in 1870. She never learned English, but wrote her story in 1922. It was translated from the Norwegian by the Norwegian Historical Association in March, 1979.

Guide to the Storla Family History Collection

The Storla family history describes the history of the family, from Gol, Hallingdal, Norway.  It also includes information about Norway and about their lives as pioneers in North America.

Guide to the John Storseth Biography

A brief biography of John Storseth (1863 – 1946), an immigrant from Hemne, Norway, who became a successful businessman and community leader in Poulsbo, Washington.

Guide to the John H. Strande Family History

Brief family history of John H. Strande and his family.

Guide to the Magnar Strand Autobiography

An autobiography of Magnar Strand, a Norwegian immigrant.

Guide to the Svanøe Family History

Collection contains information on the history of the Svanøe family from Svanøy, Norway, 1992 – 1994.

Guide to the Jens Fredericksen Svinth Autobiography

Recollections of Rev. Jens Fredericksen Svinth, written in 1924.

Guide to the Swedish Immigrant Jubilee Correspondence

This collection includes two letters of correspondence both from Brian B. Magnusson as well as Sheets with financial information about the Jubilee.

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Guide to the Zakarius Martin Taftezen Collection

This collection contains the original and copy of two overviews of the life of Norwegian immigrant, Zakarias Martin Taftezen, including information about the dedication of the Taftezen Memorial; a handwritten letter by Grace Ryan Cornwell; and a brief summary of Zakarias’ brother Christian.

Guide to the Thorsteinson Family History

The saga of two Point Roberts pioneers, Dagbjort and Helgi Thorsteinson, 1975.

Guide to the Tollefson Family History Collection

Family history of Norwegian immigrant families the Tollefsons and Egstads written by Arnold Hagen in 1976. Biographies are written for the following children of Tollef and Berte Egstad: Lars Tollefson Egstad-Frydenlund, Ole Tollefson Egstad, Anna Karine Tollefsdatter Egstad, Jens Tollefson Egstad, Kristian Tollefson Egstad, Tonetta Tollefsdatter Egstad, Lauritz Tollefson Egstad, Andreas Tollefson Egstad, Bernt Tollefson Egstad. There is also a chronology from 1720 to 1911 and a geographical index.

Guide to the Arthur Torgerson Family History

The collection consists of a biography of Arthur Torgerson and family reminiscences, in addition to original personal and legal documents such as his baptismal record and citizenship records. Also included are Norwegian language clippings, a genealogical list of Torger Olson’s first and second family members, and Arthur’s application for a homestead in Canada.

Guide to the Trondsen-Øystad Families Genealogical Chart

Genealogical chart of the Trondsen/Øysten families beginning in 1606 with Erik Trondsen.

Guide to the Carl O. Tweiten Autobiography

This collection consists of the autobiography of Carl O. Tweiten, born 1909, Deming, Washington, notably an account of his adventures in Alaska in the 1930s, and a description of Sirdal, Norway, where he lived from age eleven to eighteen.

Guide to the Nils Harald Tornbacken Biography

Life of Swedish immigrant Nils-Harald and his family.

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Guide to the Martin Ulvestad Collection

The collection consists of one published leaflet on martin Ulvestad, a Norwegian-American author and historian, 1919.

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Guide to the Knut Vaa Biography
Story of the Vaa family, and of Norwegian immigrant Knut Vaa, who came to America in 1876 and later moved his family from Minnesota to Washington State. The collection consists of a biography of Knut Vaa written by his son, Edwin Vaa. It contains information on emigration, settling in, and family life. It also includes a section with information on the descendants of Knut and Gunhild Vaa.

Guide to the Swedish Order of Valhalla Collection

Records documenting the foundation, organization, management, and hosted events of the Swedish Order of Valhalla from the years 1884 – 1989.

Guide to the Abraham Vereide Collection

A biography of Abraham Vereide commemorating the 75th anniversary of his emigration from Norway to the US in 1905.

Guide to the scrapbook Viking Med Officerer og Mandskab

Scrapbook dealing with the history and crew members of the “ Viking” with its officers and crew that sailed from Norway across the Atlantic to the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.

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Guide to the Olaf Walseth Collection

Collection consists of eleven letters written by Olaf Walseth of Trondheim, Norway, 1922 – 1928

Guide to the Knud Wefald Collection

File contains Library of Congress information and letters.

Guide to the Ivar and Lillian (Hallquist) West Collection

Photographs and personal papers of Ivar and Lillian (Hallquist) West.

Guide to the translation of the book of the Fifteenth Wisconsin  Regiment

Translation of Kristofer Janson’s book The Fifteenth Wisconsin by Harry T. Cleven

Guide to the Johannes B. Wist Biographical Information 

A memorial tract for Johannes B. Wist, 1864 – 1923.

Guide to the Wolltveit-Hagen-Neset Family Collection

This collection details each family’s known history prior to immigration and then follows family members and their current accomplishments in the U.S.

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Guide to the Eulogy for Matthias Pedersen Øien

A biographical account of Matthias Pedersen Øien, 1867 – 1893.

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