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Sons of Norway Supreme Lodge

  • SIE 1.2.1
  • Record group
  • 1903-2011

Correspondence, directories, calendars, etc., dealing with the history of the Sons of Norway. During a depression which began in 1893, 18 Norwegian immigrants living in Minneapolis created a fraternal organization as a mutual assistance society built on the moral principles of American fraternalism and based on a group assistance plan from Trondheim. The name “Sønner av Norge” was settled upon and the formal inception of the organization was completed on 16 January 1895. In 1903 a similar organization was founded in the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Lodge of the Sons of Norway of the Pacific Coast, and on 9 July 1910, the two organizations merged to become a nationwide organization with two districts.The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate its relationship with other Nordic countries, and to provide quality insurance and financial products to its members.

By the 1870s, Minneapolis, Minnesota had a very active nucleus of Norwegian emigrants, many of whom had come from the Trondheim area and settled in the northern part of the city. During a depression which began in 1893, 18 Norwegian immigrants living in Minneapolis created a fraternal organization as a mutual assistance society built on the moral principles of American fraternalism and based on a group assistance plan from Trondheim. The members of this assistance plan would pay a small amount each week and in return would receive free medical care for themselves and their families. The name “Sønner av Norge” was settled upon and the formal inception of the organization was completed on 16 January 1895. The Sons of Norway provided not only security against financial crises and a forum to celebrate their new nationalism, but it also served to preserve the literature, music and art which formed such a large part of the members’ Norwegian heritage.To qualify for membership, one had to be male, either Norwegian or of Norwegian descent, give proof of being morally upright, in good health, capable of supporting a family, and between the ages of 20 and 50. In 1903 a similar organization was founded in the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Lodge of the Sons of Norway of the Pacific Coast, and on 9 July 1910, the two organizations merged to become a nationwide organization with two districts. Today, the Sons of Norway has a total of 8 regional districts and membership in the United States, Canada, and Norway. The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate its relationship with other Nordic countries, and to provide quality insurance and financial products to its members. The organization provides opportunities for members to familiarize themselves with the culture and traditions of Norway through local lodge and district lodge activities and events.

William Rieke Papers

  • UA 1.2.10
  • Record group
  • 1951 - 1993

Papers of William O. Rieke, President of Pacific Lutheran University from 1975-1992. This collection contains materials from Rieke’s term as President of Pacific Lutheran University from 1975 to 1992. It is divided into six series and then arranged chronologically into folders by subject. The first series contains correspondence and meeting transcripts from the presidential search and Rieke’s inauguration as president. The second series contains documents pertaining to Rieke’s family and personal life including programs from his children’s weddings, Christmas cards, and souvenirs from various trips abroad.

The third series is correspondence and memos from Rieke’s term as president. The correspondence involves church contacts, the Board of Regents, and university associates in Norway. The fourth series contains materials about university and community outreach and relations, including news releases, Rieke’s speeches, and documents from a student and staff survey conducted in 1975.The fifth series includes artifacts (largely plaques and other awards) from Dr. Rieke’s career and presidency. The final series includes interviews on cassette tapes with or about Dr. Rieke from the PLU Oral Histories and Lectures Collections.

Rieke, William O.

Loren Anderson Papers

  • UA 1.2.11
  • Record group
  • 1970 - 2012

This collection consists of President Anderson’s personal papers, miscellaneous papers relating to his time as president of PLU, speeches, media, and various other related papers and materials. Anderson’s personal papers include newspaper clippings, biographical information, and his writings for the Tacoma News Tribune and other publications.

The PLU papers contain notes on PLU 2000, 2010, and 2020 initiatives, board of regents meetings, the presidential search and many more things related to Anderson’s presidency. They are dated 1992 – 2012. The remainder of the collection consists of Anderson’s speeches and sermons, records of his travels, and recorded media of events throughout his tenure as president of the university, as well as media recordings and artifacts pertinent to his time at Pacific Lutheran University.

Anderson, Loren J.

Sons of Norway District 2 Records

  • SIE 1.2.2
  • Record group
  • 1903-2010

This collection contains the records of the Sons of Norway District 2 cultural organization, including constitutions, manuals, directories, record books, newsletters, brochures, songbooks and artifacts. In addition, there is correspondence between the District 2 lodges, to the presidents, and the main secretary. There are also some photographs included in the collection.

Sons of Norway District 2

Bjug Aanondson Harstad Papers

  • UA 1.2.3
  • Record group
  • 1848 - 1933

Papers of founder and first president of Pacific Lutheran University. Papers include information on the Aanondson/Harstad family and the Norwegian Synod.

Harstad, Bjug Aanondson

Nils Joseph Hong Papers

  • UA 1.2.4
  • Record group
  • 1893 - 1960

Papers of Nils J. Hong, president at Pacific Lutheran Academy, 1898 – 1918, contains correspondence, corporate reports, newspaper clippings, and class books.

Hong, Nils Joseph

Johan Xavier Papers

  • UA 1.2.5
  • Record group
  • 1892-1962

The Papers of Johan Xavier contains materials related to Xavier's time as a student at Luther College and Luther Seminary and his work at Pacific Lutheran Academy as the librarian from 1908-1918 and as acting president from 1920 to 1921. Also included in this collection are several cash ledgers kept by Xavier to track his finances.

Xavier, Johan Ulrik

Oscar Tingelstad Papers

  • UA 1.2.6
  • Record group
  • 1928 - 1952

Papers of Oscar A. Tingelstad, President at Pacific Lutheran University, 1928-1943. The collection consists of correspondence, materials from Oscar A. Tingelstad’s inauguration, financial and stock information and miscellaneous materials from 1928 to 1952. The majority of these materials comes from 1931 to 1937 and is copies from the Tingelstad papers housed at St. Olaf University (the Norwegian-American Historical Association). This collection is arranged into four series and arranged chronologically within each file.

The correspondence is almost entirely related to Tingelstad’s position as the editor of the Pacific Lutheran College publication The Pacific Lutheran Herald, and covers the years 1931 – 1937. The inauguration materials include programs and related correspondence. The financial and stock information includes a book containing a list of the bonds, stocks, and pertinent information held by Oscar A. Tingelstad. The remainder of the collection contains miscellaneous documents belonging to Tingelstad, most pertaining to his work as president of Pacific Lutheran College. Also included are artifacts and other oversized documents related to Dr. Tingelstad’s time as President.

Tingelstad, Oscar A.

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