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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.

Kenneth Dunmire Photographs

  • UA 8.7.2
  • Record group

The Kenneth Dunmire Photographs record group is comprised of scanned images of the print photographs and negatives of PLU University Photographer Kenneth Dunmire, who served in that capacity from 1966 to 1995. Descriptions of the images are from a legacy system and are considered unverified. On scans of print photos verso text has been appended to the description when available and is preceded by the note "Back of photo."

The record group is divided into two series, Prints and Negatives. The Prints series is subdivided into Files of 50 images each. The Negatives series is split into subseries for each year.

Dunmire, Kenneth

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.

Department of Sociology Records

  • UA 3.10.1
  • Record group
  • 1931-2006

Contains records from the Department of Sociology. Included are departmental correspondence, various reports, meeting minutes, as well as documents related to classes, faculty, and events. Contents are primarily arranged according to subject matter.

Department of Social Work Records

  • UA 6.3.1
  • Record group
  • 1973-2002

Contains records from the Department of Social Work. Included are departmental correspondence, reports and studies, events information, and syllabi.

Department of Legal Studies Records

  • UA 7.8.1
  • Record group
  • 1978-2010

Contains records from the Department of Legal Studies including departmental correspondence, class syllabi, and promotional materials.

Department of Marriage and Family Therapy Records

  • UA 3.11.1
  • Record group
  • 1978-1999

Contains records from the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy including correspondence, annual reports, and documents pertaining to accreditation, procedures, and classes.

Department of Political Science Records

  • UA 3.7.1
  • Record group
  • 1955-2007

The Department of Political Science Records include departmental correspondence, class syllabi, faculty information, and other papers.

Department of Psychology Records

  • UA 3.8.1
  • Record group
  • 1966-1996

Contains records from the Department of Psychology. Included are departmental correspondence, information regarding classes, faculty, and psychology alumni.

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