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United Swedish Singers of the Pacific Coast Records

  • SIE 1.8.8
  • 1909-1924

The materials include two song albums from 1909 and, two song books from 1911, two song books for the Singing Festival from 1917, one song book from 1920, two song books from 1922, and one song book from 1924. The books list some of the singers and the officers of the organization at the time of the production. Songs are in both English and Swedish.

United Scandinavian Singers Records

  • SIE 1.8.4
  • Record group
  • 1904-1947

Contains eleven programs from the United Scandinavian Singers concerts during the years 1936-1947, one program for the 17th of May festival in 1904, and a statement sheet from 1944 which is stamped Scandinavian Singers of Oakland.

Western Rosemalers Association

  • SIE 1.7
  • Record group
  • 1976-2014

This is a collection of several scrapbooks created by the Rosemalers group. The scrapbooks contain several minutes, flyers, and pictures of the activities of the Rosemalers group. This collection includes scrapbooks, minutes, correspondences and pictures. The scrapbooks were taken out of the binders and put into folders named accordingly for better access.

Leif Erikson Foundation Records

  • SIE 1.6
  • Record group
  • 1924-1999

These records include correspondence, financial reports, programs, newsletters, and scrapbooks related to the activities and operations of the Leif Erikson Foundation. Leif Erikson was a man who came to North America in the year 1000. Due to him North America was tried to be colonized for over 300 years. Efforts were made by the Leif Erikson League to make a statue, a Leif Erikson Day (October 9th) and a postage stamp in his honor, all of which were successfully completed.

Leif Erickson is celebrated as a man who came to North America before Christopher Columbus. His statue was erected in the city of Seattle. This statue would be a symbol of cultural pride to the Scandinavian people. It was several feet tall overlooking towards the sea and cost approximately 40,000 dollars. The statue was unveiled in front of 3000 people on June 17 1962 at Shillshole Bay Marina. There was a request put in by the Leif Erikson Foundation to make the statue a landmark. The foundation also sought to make the 9th of October which went to the Senate and House Judiciary Committees. This request garnered much support from several of the congress members, the mayor and the governor. September 2nd of 1964, Congress declared October 9th to be Leif Erikson Day. In 1968 Marie Sherwin wrote a short paper titled “A Short History of the ‘Leif Erikson League, Incorporated, of the Seattle Area’”. It gives a short insight of the building of the statue, the success in having October 9th be Leif Erikson Day and she also mentions that 8 of Seattle’s citizens were awarded with the St. Olav’s Medal. His Majesty Olav V, King of Norway also came to visit and see the statue and enjoy a program set up by the surrounding schools and sponsored by Leif Erikson League. In a letter written in 1968, Ted Nakkerud talks about the effort of making Colombus day a national holiday and the problems that causes for the Scandinavian community. The proposed solution of the leagues president was to have a day named “Founders Day” that encompasses the different nationalities that came to North America. In 1972, much of the history of the Leif Erikson league was given over to Pacific Lutheran University to be kept in the archives. The agreement was overseen by Milton Nesvig. Among the financial papers, there were also papers that reported the scholarship that the Leif Erikson Memorial Committee sponsored. This scholarship was of 600.00 dollars and was given to students of Scandinavian decent.

Vasa Order of America Records

  • SIE 1.4
  • Record group
  • 1929-1992

Contains the documents and records of the Vasa Order of America from its meetings, events, and daily interactions. Such documents include publicized works, such as almanacs, histories, and newsletters; treasurers' reports and inventories; membership cards and mailing lists; convention programs; correspondence; constitution and bylaws; and meeting minutes. The documents are from the Grand Lodge in Connecticut, the Pacific Northwest District Lodge no. 13, and Norden Lodge no. 233 of Tacoma, Washington.

Vasa Order of America

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

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.

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

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

Pacific Coast/American Union of Swedish Singers

  • SIE 1.8.3
  • Record group
  • 1917-1936

Contains five programs for events related to the Pacific Coast Division of American Union of Swedish Singers, six songbooks, and one sheet about the tour of “Bergslagsmor”. Materials are in English and Swedish.

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