Books on Norway Collection

Books on Norway from the Libraries of the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives include many Rare and Hard-To-Find Titles including: Adressebog for Trondhjem (1888); A Folk Epic: The Bygdelag in America (1975); Chamonix to Lillehammer: The Glory of the Olympic Winter Games (1994); Gløtt av Norge (Glimpses of Norway) et Kikt i Bilder (1947,1948,1951 and 1952); Handbook of Norway (1930); Lillehammer 1994: A Fairy-Tale of Images (1994); and Veit og Gate: Daglegliv i Midtbyen i Trondheim 1880-1950 (1997).

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Book Collection

A Chronicler of Immigrant Life: Svein Nilsson's Articles in Billed-Magazin, 1868-1870

A Chronicler of Immigrant Life: Svein Nilsson's Articles in Billed-Magazin, 1868-1870

As Editor of Billed-Magazin 1868-1870, the first illustrated monthly in the Norwegian language published in America, Svein Nilsson wrote a series of articles about the arrival of the early Norwegian immigrants and their pioneer settlements in the Midwest. 

Adressebog for Trondhjem - 1888

Adressebog for Trondhjem - 1888

As the first edition of my address book is presented to the public, the opening day has been made into a regular guide, which is still going to be of benefit to both the city's own inhabitants and visitors.

A Family in Norway

A Family in Norway

Describes the home, school, amusements, customs, work, and day-to-day life of ten-year-old Andrea and her family living in a small village south of Oslo.

A Folk Epic: The Bygdelag in America

A Folk Epic: The Bygdelag in America

Increased scholarly concern for the experience of the ordinary man has given us a “bottom-up” approach to social history. This volume examines a significant movement that has its roots in the lives and circumstances of the common man. It deals specifically with the process of adjustment experienced by the thousands who came to these shores from Norway.

After Confirmation; A Sketch of Modern Life in Norway

After Confirmation; A Sketch of Modern Life in Norway

The pastor hard the last regular meeting with his class. In a few days, confirmation was to take place, and the thoughts of these young girls were occupied with the many necessary preparations for it.

America-America Letters: A Norwegian-American Family Correspondence

America-America Letters: A Norwegian-American Family Correspondence

“America letters," the seemingly ubiquitous correspondence that flowed from the immigrants back to former neighbors, acquaintances, and kin in the old country, influenced greatly the extent and nature of the nineteenth- century migration from Europe to the United States.

Anna: Norse Roots in Homestead Soil

Anna: Norse Roots in Homestead Soil

The remarkable story of a young woman's journey from Oslo to the American West in 1916. In this book she tells her stories. Many are taken verbatim from her own journals, calendar pages, and letters. Others were written as she told them to Florence Ekstrand. Anna is the inspiring story of one pioneer woman's courage and zest for living. It is also a remarkable account of a brief, but dramatic, period of Western history.

Between Rocks and Hard Places

Between Rocks and Hard Places

Description of the lives of Norwegian immigrants to the United States. Books discusses the traditions, customs, and conditions in Norway during the 1800s that prompted many Norwegians to emigrate from Norway, and the subsequent immigrant community in America.

Theodore C. Blegen: A Memoir

Theodore C. Blegen: A Memoir

Theodore Blegen was a man of letters -- an essayist and critic and historian, who on occasion dabbled in verse and produced a weekly family newsletter for a quarter of a century.

Chamonix to Lillehammer: The Glory of the Olympic Winter Games

Chamonix to Lillehammer: The Glory of the Olympic Winter Games

The '94 Games, which were the most widely watched Olympics (winter or summer) in history, generated numerous stories and Olympic memories that reached millions of Americans daily. With this type of support and interest from the American public, the U.S. Olympic Movement's future looks bright.

Christmas in Norway, Past and Present

Christmas in Norway, Past and Present

The reader will gain a glimpse of how the various threads of tradition, both new and ancient. It covers the rituals of paganism as well as Christianity that are woven together to form our many-hued tapestry of customs and rituals.

Christmas Time and Juletid

Christmas Time and Juletid

Norwegian and Norwegian-American Christmas customs are combined in a book partially funded by the Sons of Norway Foundation. The history of Christmas and Jul is explored along with the days from September leading up to Christmas and through Saint Knut's Day or Tjuendedagen on January 13th.

Ciceronen: en Veileder for Publikum

Ciceronen: en Veileder for Publikum

Early Twentieth Century guide book to the major cities of Norway including Kristiania (Oslo), Bergen, Trondhjem and Stavanger. Includes period advertisements and some information about smaller towns and villages.

Colonel Heg and His Boys: A Norwegian Regiment in the American Civil War

Colonel Heg and His Boys: A Norwegian Regiment in the American Civil War

The book is a primarily a collection of letters written by the soldiers to their loved ones back home in Wisconsin. Their outlook on life could be summed up using common "Scandi-hoovian" saying of 'It Could Be Worse."

The Colony that Rose from the Sea: Norwegian Maritime Migration and Community in Brooklyn, 1850-1910

The Colony that Rose from the Sea: Norwegian Maritime Migration and Community in Brooklyn, 1850-1910

In this first book-length study of the immigrant community originally known as the Red Hook district and later as Little Norway, a Norwegian scholar traces its development and its place in the overall scheme of Norwegian emigration to America.

Concerning Our Heritage - 087732087X

Concerning Our Heritage

O.E. Rølvaag formulated the ideas presented here during the first two decades of this century, then collected and published them in book form in 1922. His intended audience was “his people”— Norwegian Americans living primarily in the Upper Midwest.

Culture Shock! Norway: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Culture Shock! Norway: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette

Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go.

Front Cover - An Eager Child: Growing Up In Norway - 2012

An Eager Child: Growing Up In Norway

Mother lived in the glow of her Life Celebration, periodically reviewing her Memoir, for another year, until passing to her heavenly home exactly on her 101st birthday June 14, 1990

Ekte Norsk Jul (Traditional Norwegian Christmas Foods)

Ekte Norsk Jul: Traditional Norwegian Christmas Foods

Create and enjoy Norway's Christmas traditions. Celebrate Advent through Christmas Eve. Histories of Christmas' past and fun stories of the nisse (Christmas elf), patterns for tree and table decorations, and memories of Astrid's Christmas's spent in Norway.

Ethnicity Challenged: The Upper Midwest Norwegian-American Experience in World War I - 087732066X

Ethnicity Challenged: The Upper Midwest Norwegian-American Experience in World War I

The third volume in Topical Studies, Ethnicity Challenged, examines and interprets issues that concern the very essence of American society — the definition of American nationality — as these were debated during a distressful time in the nation’s history, the period of World War I

For Love of Norway (Alt for Norge)

For Love of Norway (Alt for Norge)

For Love of Norway is a memorable modern Nordic saga, all the more impressive for an objective style that is the literary equivalent of photography.

From Peasants to Farmers: The Migration from Balestrand, Norway, to the Upper Middle West - 052126068X

From Peasants to Farmers: The Migration from Balestrand, Norway, to the Upper Middle West

This book examines a trans-Atlantic chain migration from a Norwegian fjord district to settlements in the nineteenth-century rural Upper Middle West and considers the social and economic conditions experienced in Europe as well as the immigrants' cultural adaptations to America. 

Gløtt av Norge (Glimpses of Norway) 1947 Edition

Glimpses of Norway - 1947 Edition

1947 Photographs of Norway with brief descriptions of each photo in Norwegian, French, and English. Includes listing of featured photographs.

Gløtt av Norge (Glimpses of Norway) 1948 Edition

Glimpses of Norway - 1948 Edition

1948 Photographs of Norway with brief descriptions of each photo in Norwegian, French, and English. Includes listing of featured photographs.

Gløtt av Norge (Glimpses of Norway) 1951 Edition

Glimpses of Norway - 1951 Edition

1951 Photographs of Norway with brief descriptions of each photo in Norwegian, French and English. Includes listing of featured photographs.

Gløtt av Norge (Glimpses of Norway) 1952 Edition

Glimpses of Norway - 1952 Edition

1952 Photographs of Norway with brief descriptions of each photo in Norwegian, French and English. Includes listing of featured photographs.

Growing Up in Norway 800 to 1990 - 0809317788

Growing Up in Norway, 800 to 1990

Floyd M. Martinson’s book is an ethnographic study of the daily life of children in Norway from the ninth century to the last decade of the twentieth century.

Handbook of Norway

Handbook to Norway - 1920s

This was part of the Tourist Handbook Series published by Ward Lock in the first half of the twentieth century that covered European destinations such as Norway, Holland, Belgium, Paris, Rome, etc.

Images of Norway

Images of Norway

Images of Norway is a photographic record of one of Europe's most beautiful and largely unspoiled countries. Traveling from the almost temperate climes of the South to the extremes of the glacial North, the author shows the changing face of a country.

In Their Own Words: Letters from Norwegian Immigrants

In Their Own Words: Letters from Norwegian Immigrants

These translations of letters home by nine Norwegian immigrants detail their perception of America and their adjustment to its lifestyle between 1870 and 1945.

Into the Melting Pot

Into the Melting Pot

Now it is 1972 and I have been swimming around in the "Melting Pot" for 60 years trying to become an American; but the ones who were born here would not let me. I see now that the Indians are the real Americans.

Kristenliv i Skogn

Kristenliv i Skogn (Christian life in Skogn, Norway)

Kristenliv i Skogn (Christian life in Skogn) is a book written in Norwegian about Church and houses in Skogn, Norway, Life Servants through the Lurtheran Church, and keeping the Christian faith through life.

The Land and People of Norway

The Land and People of Norway

Introduces the history, geography, people, culture, government, and economy of Norway.

Leftover Lutefisk

Leftover Lutefisk

This follow-up to Art Lee's popular book The Lutefisk Ghetto continues the author's hilarious stories of life in a small town at the end of World War II. This time around, the unforgettable tales are presented in a summer-fall-winter-spring motif.

Lillehammer 1994: A Fairy-Tale of Images

Lillehammer 1994: A Fairy-Tale of Images

Photographs with brief descriptions of events of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. In Norwegian and English

Living in Norway

Living in Norway

The Living in... series takes you on an armchair visit of the houses, gardens, museums and palaces of the world's most beautiful countries and cities. From Norway to Istanbul, from Portugal to London, discover the neglected treasures and hidden delights of regions which still harbor secrets to enchant even the most world-weary traveler. And for those inspired to visit, each volume includes an exclusive traveler's guide.

Material culture and People's Art Among the Norwegians in America

Material culture and People's Art Among the Norwegians in America

A collection of essays by scholars writing from various points of view on the material things made or chosen by Norwegian Americans for use or veneration. Material culture and ethnicity: collecting and preserving Norwegian Americana before World War II / Marion John Nelson -- Acculturation in buildings and farmsteads in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, from 1850 to 1930.

Mike and Else's Norwegian Songbook

Mike and Else's Norwegian Songbook

Songs include Text in Norwegian and English along with Piano Arrangements and Illustrations. Includes chord symbols for Guitar Accompaniment. Spiral binding makes it an exceptionally easy to use songbook.

New Norway 5

New Norway 5

Part 5 of a series of books by the Export Council of Norway depicting work and life in Norway through photographs and text.

New Norway 6: A Nation in Motion

New Norway 6: A Nation in Motion

Part 6 of a series of books by the Export Council of Norway depicting work and life in Norway through photographs and text.

Norway: Welcome to the 1994 Olympic Winter Games

Norway: Welcome to the 1994 Olympic Winter Games

This book is filled with breathtaking full color photographs taken throughout Norway. Includes photos and profiles of competing athletes in each venue at Lillehammer.

The Lutefisk Ghetto

The Lutefisk Ghetto

A humorous reminiscence of the author’s life in Scandinavia, Wisconsin, around 1945.

Veit og Gate: Daglegliv i Midtbyen i Trondheim 1880-1950

Veit og Gate: Daglegliv i Midtbyen i Trondheim 1880-1950

The book is based on many sources, but the most important are newspapers, police archives, municipal archives, photo collections, travelogues, fiction, and not least, interviews with people who themselves have lived in Central City.

 

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