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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.

Andersen, Sigrid

This interview was conducted with Sigrid Andersen in Tacoma, Washington on April 11, 1978. It contains information on Sigrid's family life and background, emigration, marriage, settling in, and Danish heritage. The interview was conducted in English.


Folder Contents

Box 1, File 3 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Tape Index, and Family Background

Box 1, File 3A Correspondence and Forms
Checklist and Release Form
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Davidson, Bertha

This interview was conducted with Ida Apalseth on July 26, 1982 in Tacoma, Washington. It contains information on family background, emigration, settling in, marriage and family life, church, and community activities. The interview was conducted in English.

Also see Ida's interview on the Daughters of Norway.


Folder Contents

Box 8, File 14 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Family Background and Tape Index

Box 8, File 14A Correspondence and Forms
Checklist and Release Form
Letters from Janet Rasmussen regarding Mrs. Apalseth’s participation.
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Nygaard, Dagny

This interview was conducted with Dagny Nygaard on April 27, 1978 in Stanwood, Washington. It contains information on family background, emigration, marriage and family life, and Norwegian heritage. The interview also includes a photograph of Dagny's home in Tydal, Norway, includes a photograph of Dagny leaving Norway, includes a photograph of Dagny in 1982, includes a photograph of Dagny and her husband Lars in 1982, and Dagny's life memoirs.

Also see Lars Nygaard.


Folder Contents

Box 1, File 8 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Tape Index, and Family Background

Box 1, File 8A Correspondence and Forms
Checklist and Release Form
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Box 1, File 8B Photographs and Memoirs
Four photographs and a manuscript entitled “Looking Back on my Seventy-Years of Living on Two Continents

Laursen, Anna

This interview was conducted with Anna Laursen on May 24, 1978 in Tacoma, Washington. It includes information on Anna's family background, emigration, settling in, marriage and family, Danish heritage, Danish organizations, and church. The interview was conducted in English.


Folder Contents

Box 1, File 10 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Tape Index, and Family Background

Box 1, File 10A Correspondence and Forms
Checklist and Release Form
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Duus, Ella

This interview was conducted with Ella Duus on June 8, 1978. She was living at Josephine Sunset Home in Stanwood, WA at the time, and the interview contains information on family background, emigration, and Norwegian heritage. The interview was conducted in English.


Folder Contents

Box 1, File 12 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Tape Index, and Family Background

Box 1, File 12A Correspondence and Forms
Checklist and Release Form
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Ott, Tove

This interview was conducted with Tove Ott, January 1981, in Burlingame, California, by Scott Lawley, a Pacific Lutheran University student and Tove's grandson. It provides information about family background, emigration, marriage, employment, community involvement, and Danish heritage. The interview was conducted in English.


Folder Contents

Box 2, File 13 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Family Background, and Tape Index

Box 2, File 13A Correspondence and Forms
Release Form
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Hansen, Hans

This interview was conducted with Hans Peter Hansen on April 13, 1981 at his home in Tacoma, Washington. It provides information on family background, the Danish Royal Guard, emigration, occupation, and Danish heritage. The interview also includes two black and white photographs of Hans at the time of the interview and Hans' obituary (December 4, 1981). The interview was conducted in English.


Folder Contents

Box 2, File 15 Personal and Family History
Tape Archive Sheet, Family Background, and Tape Index

Box 2, File 15A Correspondence and Forms
Release Form
Letters from Janet Rasmussen to Mr. Hansen regarding his participation.
Handwritten Tape Archive Sheet and Family Background

Box 2, File 15B Photographs and Clippings
Two photographs
One clipping

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