Norwegian-American Historical Association

Norwegian-American Historical Association is a non-profit, member-supported organization dedicated to locating, collecting, preserving and interpreting the Norwegian-American experience. It publishes scholarly books and maintains a historical archive, documenting research and interpretations of the American experience of immigrants from Norway.[1]

Norwegian-American Historical Association
FormationFebruary 4, 1926
Founded atNorthfield, Minnesota
Purpose"To locate, collect, preserve, and interpret the Norwegian-American experience with accuracy, integrity, and liveliness."
  • St. Olaf College


On 4th day of February, 1926, the Norwegian-American Historical Association was incorporated by Knut Gjerset, Birger Osland, and O. E. Rolvaag. The organization was founded at St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota. Although the association is still located on the campus of St. Olaf, both institutions are independent entities.[2]

Theodore C. Blegen served as managing editor for publications from 1925 until his retirement in 1960. His devotion to high standards of historical scholarship enabled the Norwegian-American Historical Association to achieve a reputation as a learned society. Later editors have included Kenneth O. Bjork from 1960 until 1980 and Odd S. Lovoll from 1980 until 2001.[3]

Ole E. Rolvaag, the author of Giants in the Earth, became the association's first secretary and archivist. Rolvaag initiated the collection of archives including letters, papers, books, periodicals, photographs, diaries and newspapers related to Norwegian-American life.[4]

The association promotes Norwegian-American historical research and literary work; and helps maintain and develop archives of Norwegian-American historical material. Its Norwegian-American Studies publications are available online.[5] The current editor of NAHA's publications is Anna Peterson.[6] The association has enjoyed success and gained the recognition and respect of an international scholarly community.[7]

In fulfillment of its purpose, the association has published nearly one hundred books of scholarly merit; promoted Norwegian-American historical research and literary work and preserved of materials of historical significance.[8][9]

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ Norwegian-American Studies publications available online (Norwegian-American Historical Association)
  2. ^ Certificate of Incorporation of the Norwegian-American Historical Association (Norwegian-American Historical Association. Volume I: Page 152)
  3. ^ Theodore C. Blegen (Carlton C. Qualey, Norwegian-American Historical Association. Volume 21: Page 3)
  4. ^ Ole Edvart Rølvaag ( John Heitmann. Norwegian-American Historical Association, Volume XII: Page 144)
  5. ^ "Norwegian-American Studies". University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  6. ^ "Luther Professor Anna Peterson named Norwegian-American Historical Association editor". Nordic Studies. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  7. ^ Norwegian-American Historical Association (Store norske leksikon)
  8. ^ About Norwegian-American Historical Association – Archives (Norwegian-American Historic Association)
  9. ^ The Norwegian-American Historical Association (D. G. Ristad, (Norwegian-American Historical Association, Volume I: Page 147)

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