Donations to Special Collections

Special Collections accepts published material (books, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, etc.) documenting the Norwegian-American Immigrant experience, the History of the Book, Artists’ Books, Early American Printing, and materials related to the history of East-Asia. We are especially interested in adding to our collection of Norwegian-American Imprints. If your publication meets three or more of these parameters, it is probably a Norwegian-American Imprint: 

  • Published in the USA or Canada
  • Published between 1850 and 1940
  • Written in Norwegian or English for Norwegian-Americans
  • Publisher’s name is Norwegian
  • By and/or for Norwegian immigrants
  • Written in Fraktur font
  • Some Norwegian terms to look for:
  • tidende (gazette)
  • tidskrift (journal)
  • forlægger, forlag, utgivere (publishers)

We do not accept:

  • Materials that are wet or molding
  • Books in poor condition (missing cover, broken binding) unless the item is very rare
  • Newspapers/magazines published in Norway (except those published during the period of Nazi occupation during WWII)
  • Bibles published after 1801
  • Letters, diaries, photographs, manuscripts, etc. These materials can be brought to the Norwegian-American Historical Association, or The Shaw-Olson Center for College History and Archive for consideration.
Donation Inquiry


Service ID: 50245
Mon 5/17/21 3:17 PM
Tue 5/18/21 4:01 PM