The Norwegian-American Historical Association is home to an extensive manuscript collection that includes letters, diaries, journals and ledgers, newspaper clippings, obituaries, congregational records, family and local histories, and other resources related to Norwegians in America. The collection also includes photographs illustrating many aspects of Norwegian-American history. 

The Association originally amassed a large number of Norwegian-American books, periodicals, and newspapers, which are now housed in St. Olaf Special Collections. To view these items, please contact the library staff. Our collection of bygdebøker (regional history books) is now available as a non-circulating collection in the library. They can be viewed during normal library hours without an appointment.

Searching in Omeka

We are still in the process transfering catalog records from our old content management system to Omeka. If you need help with researching in Omeka, email the archivist at 

When starting your search in Omeka, there are a few different ways you can find records. First, by using the basic search bar above. Type in a keyword, person, or topic that you are interested in. Clicking on the three elipses allows you to use advanced search options, including keyword, exact match, or boolean. Keep in mind the Norwegian special characters when searching. For example, Ole Rølvaag will need the ø in order for the collection to be found. 

Norwegian special characters: 
Æ æ Ø ø Å å Ä ä Ö ö

Researching at NAHA

Researchers are welcome to use the NAHA archives in person by appointment. Arrangements can be made to use the NAHA archives by calling (507) 786-3450 or by e-mailing Appointments should generally be made several days in advance. The archivist is happy to assist visitors in finding appropriate resources, but we are unable to undertake extensive research for patrons. We can answer simple research questions on the telephone and by e-mail, but we may need a week to ten days to respond. Entire collections may not be copied and copyright restrictions must be observed.