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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.

Washington Posten

  • SIE 3.5
  • Record group
  • 1899-1961

Issues of the Washington Posten, a Norwegian-Danish publication of Seattle. Includes local and national news coverage, editorials, and advertisements for the Norwegian and Danish communities in and around Seattle.

Washington Posten

Vestkysten

  • SIE 3.4
  • Record group
  • 1925-1931

Norwegian publication of Tacoma and the state of Washington.
Editor: John Soley
Publisher: Puget Sound Publishing Company

Tacoma Tidende Publishing Company

Western Viking

  • SIE 3.6
  • Record group

Issues of a Tacoma-based Norwegian weekly newspaper, published by the Puget Sound Publishing Company, Tacoma, WA.

Puget Sound Publishing Company

Pacific Coast/American Union of Swedish Singers

  • SIE 1.8.3
  • Record group
  • 1917-1936

Contains 5 programs for events related to the Pacific Coast Division of American Union of Swedish Singers, 6 songbooks, and one sheet about the tour of “Bergslagsmor”. The documents are dated between 1917 and 1936. Collection is in English and Swedish.

The Pacific Coast Division of American Union of Swedish Singers promotes and preserves the Swedish music tradition in the US.

Daughters of Norway Grand Lodge Records

  • SIE 1.1.1
  • Record group
  • 1908-2010

This collection contains the records of the Daughters of Norway Grand Lodge cultural organization, including items like treasury books, minutes, correspondence, convention information, song books, and other administrative records.

Daughters of Norway Grand Lodge

Daughters of Norway Embla Lodge No. 2 Records

  • SIE 1.1.2
  • Record group
  • 1907-2014

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

Daughters of Norway Embla Lodge No. 2

Tidende

  • SIE 3.3
  • Record group

Scandinavian newspaper circulated in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and British Columbia

Tacoma Tidende Publishing Company

Puget Sound Posten

  • SIE 3.1
  • Record group

Tacoma Swedish-language weekly newspaper, published by the Puget Sound Publishing Company.

Puget Sound Publishing Company

New Land, New Lives Oral History Collection

  • SIE 2
  • Record group

The Oral History collection contains the recorded interviews of 282 men and women who emigrated from Scandinavia and settled in the Pacific Northwest. The project was started during an experimental course on Scandinavian Women in the Pacific Northwest. Students in the course were encouraged to interview women and learn about their experiences as immigrants to the United States. The project was continued and expanded with support 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. Upon completion, the collection was transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Department.

The oral history collection is open for personal and scholarly work. For commercial use, please contact archives@plu.edu.

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