Guide to the New Land, New Lives Oral History Collection


The New Land, New Lives 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.


Click a name from the lists below in order to access the materials for that individual or country.

Denmark

Andersen, Ellen Andersen, Sigrid Andersen, Aage Davidson, Bertha
Duus, Ella Enwall, Ogie Foss, Hjarne Foss, Laura
Fredricksen, Sam Goodwin, Else Hansen, Anne Hansen, Hans
Johnson, Phiea Knudsen, Johanne Kofoed, Ted Larsen, Clara
Laursen, Anna Madsen, Fred Nielsen, Einer Nissen, Ole
Nygaard, Dagny Ott, Tove Pedersen, Jenny Petersen, Greta
Rasmussen, Martin


Finland

Benson, Alli Christensen, Lydia Forman, Lempi Suaminen Heikkala, Eric
Johnson, Anna Johnson, Ellen Kasen, Sigrid Kuivala, John
Michelson, Hilma Miller, Hilma Rinne, Esther Rinne, Sulo
Salvon, Hilma Sippala, Hanna Sundvik, Ester


Iceland

Johannsson, Aleph Magnusson, Jon and Gudrun


Norway

Aamot, Sigurda Akre, Elvin Alm, Edith Alvestad, Martha
Amundsen, Ingrid Andersen, Aletta Anderson, Gunnar Anderson, Inga
Apalseth, Ida Apalseth, Ida Beck, Harold Berglund, Marie
Bilndheim, Ole Blomelie, Nelli Blomquist, Grace Borresen, Mina
Brattain, Gudrun Breiwick, Thomas Bruflot, Arnfinn Buck, Florence
Carlson, Carl Dahl, Louise (Malla) Danielsen, Peter Davidson, Inga
DeRosa, Bergliot Dyrhaug, Agnes Ekrem, Anna Erickson, Alice & Shervherm, Dagny
Farestrand, Greda Flones, Edward Frederickson, Frederick Fredrickson, Hans
Garberg, Brynhild Gilje, Bertel Greene, Clara Gregersen, Inger
Grytnes, Bersven Haggstrom, Nels Hale, Henny Handeland, Martha
Hanson, Sylvia Haug, Olga Haugen, Anna Holmes, Elias
Hopen, Anna Hopen, Anton Hytmo, Guri Isaksen, Hulda
Jacobsen, Hanna Johnsen, Margit Johnson, Bertil Krag, Dagny
Langland, Karina Langvad, Andreas Larsen, Elias Larson, Hildur
Lien, Carl Loman, Anna Lovoll, Alf Lovrak, Anna
Lund, Pearl Lundbeck, Emil Lundbeck, Linnea Magnussen, Clara
Malmin, Gunnar Mattson, Emma Molund, Elise Nakkerud, Amanda
Nelson, Amanda Nelson, John Nelson, Ruth Nerland, Einar
Nilsen, Arvid Nilsen, Esther Odmark, Elsie Olsen, Hilda
Olsen, Irving Peterson, Hans Ramstad, Anders Ranney, Freda
Riebe, Dagmar Sandbeck, George Silverberg, Ina Simonseth, Gertrude
Simonson, Gustav Solheim, Aagot Sortland, Erling Stakset, Lina
Storwick, Henny Strom, Alfred Strom, Anne Stuen, Agnes
Sylliaasen, Bertha Thompson, Kjell Tjugum, Andrew Tobiason, Anna
Tollefson, Judith Tollefson, Julius Tomsli, Astrid Tranum, Gunnar
Tveter, Hans Jacobson Tweiten, Carl Tynes, Jens Underle, Magdalene
Vanderbilt, Sara Varney, Emma Watney, Helga Westby, Herman
Wick, Harold Yost, Gretchen


Sweden

Alm, Ivar Berg, Carl Albin Berg, Emmy Buorklund, Frank
Calrson, Jennie Carlson, Signe Davidson, Odin Davidson, Ole
Drage, Turi Eide, John Ekloff, Emil Emerson, Christine
Erickson, Selma Fahl, Hans Fet, Peter and Asta Fredrickson, Sven
Garberg, Peder Gjelstad, Thora Gulhaugen, Theodore Halseth, Otto
Halvorsen, Sverre Handeland, Torvald Haram, Henry Hemmestad, Olga
Hendrickson, Arne Hjortedal, Gertie Hjortedal, Osten Holmes, Gudrun
Hoset, Ole Isaksen, Anton Isaksen, Olive Johansson, Anders
Johnson, Hilma Johnson, John Johnson, Magnhild Johnson, Olga
Johnson, Thelma Jorgenson, Jorgen Kirkemo, Randi Kjersem, Ole
Klakegg, Kristian and Alfhild Kneeland, Signe Krokenes, Magdalena Larson, Anna
Leif Erikson League Lien, Tom Lindhe, Tilla Loe, Otto Calvin
Lovestrand, Astrid Lovoll, Astrid Mattson, Matt Mjoen, Knute
Molund, Erik Mork, Helen Mork, Ola Myklebust, Elise
Nakkerud, Trygve Nelson, Hilma Nilsen, Ingolf Nilsen, Martha
Norberg, Jonas Walfred Norwick, Goodman Noto, Karl and Borghild Nygaard, Lars
Ohrt, Sigfrid Oliver, Kole Olsen, Jonhaga Opsal, Torvald
Otheim, Olav Pearson, Alva Pederson, Therese Petersen, Olivia
Rygmyr, Odlaug Sather, Gunhild Saure, Sivert Silver, Lena
Simonseth, Nels Sivertson, Olaf Solvik, Jens Sortland, Svanhild
Steel, Signe Steiro, Norwall Steversen, Sigvald Strom, Ralph
Sundberg, Mattias Turnquist, Oscar Tveter, John Howard Whitman, Nannie
Whitman, Nannie