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New Land, New Lives Oral History Collection
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New Land, New Lives Oral History Collection

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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.

Hytmo, Guri

This interview was conducted with Guri Hytmo on April 6, 1978 in Stanwood, Washington. It contains information on Guri's family history, nursing, life in Norway, emigration, school, work, and Norwegian heritage. The initial portion of this interview is in Norwegian.

Rygmyr, Odlaug

This interview was conducted with Odlaug Rygmyr on April 6, 1978 in Seattle, WA. It contains information on family background, work, the German occupation of Norway during World War II, emigration, Norwegian heritage, and community activities. The interview was conducted in English with some Norwegian towards the end of the interview.

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