Sons of Norway Wergeland Lodge No. 21 Records, 1908-2017  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Sons of Norway (U.S.). Wergeland Lodge No. 21 (Bellingham, Wash.)
Title
Sons of Norway Wergeland Lodge No. 21 Records
Dates
1908-2017 (inclusive)
1927-2010 (bulk)
Quantity
13.5 linear feet
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0359
Summary
A collection documenting the history and activities of a Sons of Norway Lodge in Bellingham, Washington.
Repository
Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building
808 25th St.
Bellingham, WA
98225
Telephone: 360-650-7534
cpnws@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public for research.

Languages
English, Norwegian


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The Sons of Norway is an international cultural society dedicated to preserving Norwegian heritage and culture, and that has historically provided insurance and other financial support to its members. Wergeland Lodge No. 21 was established in Bellingham, Washington, in April 1927. Named for the poet Henrik Wergeland, the Lodge has worked throughout its history to provide members with opportunities to share and explore aspects of Norwegian heritage. Members and officers also participated in district and international conventions, building connections among the larger Norwegian community. In 1947, the Lodge purchased property at 1419 N. Forest Street in Bellingham, where they built the Norway Hall. The Hall was the location for Lodge meetings, and a variety of social and cultural events, until its sale in 2014.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Sons of Norway Wergeland Lodge No. 21 Records document the history and activities of a Norwegian heritage and cultural group in Bellingham, Washington. The collection contains records dated approximately 1908-2017, with the bulk of materials dating from the period 1927-2010.

Administrative records include correspondence, convention reports, officer’s materials, meeting minutes, and membership information. Researchers will also find records relating to the Norway Hall building committee’s work and permitting process. In addition to financial records and reports, the collection contains copies of the local “Wergeland 21 News” newsletter, files documenting planning and implementation of Lodge activities and events, and cultural resources about genealogy, Norwegian history and cultural skills. The photos and clipping series include images of members and events (including framed images of past Presidents), scrapbooks, and clippings of local Norwegian news.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Sons of Norway Wergeland Lodge No. 21 Records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Administrative Records, 1927-2010Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
NSEA Correspondence
undated
1 2
Wergeland Publicity
1981; 1986
1 3
Lodge Secretary Correspondence
1963-1964
1 4
Lodge Correspondence and Membership
1980-1990
1 5
Lodge Correspondence
1991-2000
1 6
Semi-Annual Reports
1964-1997
1 7
District 2 Correspondence / Convention Materials
1960-1994
1 8
International Conventions / Correspondence
1991-1998
1 9
Convention Reports
1990-1992
2 1
Convention Planning / Reports
1990-2001
2 2
Constitution and By-laws
1971-1992
2 3
Secretary's Materials
circa 1998
2 4
Postal Materials
1997-2005
2 5
Brochures + Proceedures
1925; undated
2 6
Officer's Guidelines
undated
2 7
Officer's Roster
1998
2 8
Meeting Rosters and Budget Reports
1992-1993
2 9
Lodge Supply Catalog and Orders
1987-1999
2 10
Administrative Forms
undated
2 11
Lodge Officers Form
1999
2 12
Roll Call Record
1987-2000
2 13
Miscellaneous Materials
2005-2006
2 14
Miscellaneous Administrative / Publicity Materials
2004-2007
2 15
By-laws, Newsletters, and Lodge Brochures
1980s-2000s
2 16
Sunshine Committee / Thank Yous
1993-1999
2 17
Memorial Fund
1991-1994
2 18
Norway Hall Building Committee
1966-1967
2 19
Norway Hall Building Permits
2000
3 1
Norway Hall Tax Filing
1956-2001
3 2
Meeting Minutes
1927-1930
3 3
Meeting Minutes
1929-1934
3 4
Meeting Minutes
1936-1940
3 5
Meeting Minutes
1940-1943
3 6
Meeting Minutes
1944-1948
4 1
Meeting Minutes
1948-1952
4 2
Meeting Minutes
1980
4 3
Meeting Minutes and Newsletters
1986-2012
4 4
Meeting Minutes and Other Notes
circa 1990s
4 5
Auxilary Meeting Minutes
1994-1999
4 6
Executive Board Meeting Minutes
1997-2000
4 7
Lodge of the Year Application and Meeting Minutes
1992-2000
4 8
District 2 Convention
1998
4 9
Meeting Minutes
2003-2004
5 1A
Meeting Minutes
2005-2006
5 1B
Norway Hall Meeting Minutes and Adminstration
2002-2005
5 2
Application Forms
1995
5 3
Member Lists
1932-1945
5 4
Membership Reports
1984-1985
5 5
Membership List
1986-1987
5 6
Membership List
1988
5 7
Membership Reports
1989
5 8
Membership Reports
1990
5 9
Membership Reports
1991
5 10
Membership Reports
1992
5 11
Membership Reports
1993
5 12
Membership Reports
1994
5 13
Membership Reports
1995
5 14
Membership Reports
1996
5 15
Membership Reports
1997
6 1
Membership Reports
1998
6 2
Membership Reports
1999
6 3
Membership Records
1990-2010
6 4
Record of Applications
1936-1971
6 5
Report of New Members
1983-1998
6 6
Membership Records of Dues
1973-1990
6 7
Deceased Member Records
1970-1999
7 1
Deceased Member List
1998-2000
7 2
Membership Cancellations
1984
7 3
Membership + Misc. Materials
1978-1986
Volume
1
Lodge Roster
1927-1931
Box Folder
7 4
Membership Roster
circa 1927-2001
7 5
Membership Rosters
1990-1997
7 6
Membership Roster
1992
7 7
Member Directory / File Backup CD
2006

Series 2:  Financial Records, 1930-2007Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 8
Wergeland Financial Reports
1950-1954
7 9
Miscellaneous Financial Materials
1959-1968
7 10
Blank Norway Hall Building Fund Notes
undated
8 1
Cash Flow Reports
1998
8 2
Member Account Sheets (A-E)
1930-1950
8 3
Member Account Sheets (F-J)
1930-1950
8 4
Member Account Sheets (K-O)
1930-1950
8 5
Member Account Sheets (P-Z)
1930-1950
8 6
Member Account Sheets I
1950-1975
9 1
Member Account Sheets II
1950-1975
9 2
Member Account Sheets (Bound Book)
1953-1973
9 3
Secretary's Cashbook
1931-1935
10 1
Secretary's Cashbook
1935-1939
10 2
Secretary's Cashbook
1939-1942
10 3
Secretary's Cashbook
1942-1944
10 4
Secretary's Cashbook
1945-1947
10 5
Secretary's Cashbook
1947-1950
10 6
Cash Book
1946-1954
10 7
Secretary's Cashbook
1960-1964
10 8
Secretary's Cashbook
1965-1968
11 1
Secretary's Cashbook
1969-1974
11 2
Secretary's Cashbook
1975-1996
11 3
Cash Book
1970-1973
11 4
Cash Book
1973-1976
11 5
Cash Book
1976-1979
11 6
Cash Book
1980-1983
11 7
Cash Book
1983-1987
11 8
Cash Book
1987-1992
11 9
Cash Book
1992-1995
12 1
Check Register
1977-1989
12 2
Receipt Books
1983-1986
12 3
Receipt Books
1994-1997
12 4
Receipt Books
1997-2000
12 5
Receipt Books
1987-1994
12 6
Record of Bills
1991-2008

Series 3:  Newsletters, 1985-2005Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
13 1
International Newsletter
1985-1998
13 2
National Newsletters
1996-1998
13 3
District 2 Newsletters
1991-1999
13 4
Wergeland Newsletters
1980-1999
13 5
Wergeland Newsletters
1983-1995
13 6
Wergeland Newsletters + Articles
1985-1999
13 7
Wergeland Newsletters
1995-1999
13 8
Wergeland Newsletters
1996-1999
13 9
Wergeland Newsletters + USPS Service Guide
1997-1998
13 10
News of Norway and Wergeland 21 Drafts
1993-2005
13 11
Misc. Newsletters
1998
13 12
Viking Magazine / Wergeland Newsletters
1998
13 13
Wergeland Newsletter Materials
1995-1996
14 1
Wergeland Newsletter Materials
1996
14 2
Lyle and Erliss Buss Materials
1994-1995
14 3
Newsletter Materials
1995
14 4
Newsletter Planning / Design
1995; undated
14 5
Wergeland Newsletter Editor Materials
1995-1999
14 6
Articles for Newsletter
1995-1998
14 7
Member Submissions
1997
14 8
Newspapers
1995-1998

Series 4:  Events and Activities, approximately 1965-2007Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
14 9
Lodge Events and District Boundaries
1965-1973
14 10
Misc. Materials
1968-1994
14 11
Correspondence re: 50th Lodge Anniversary
1977
14 12
65th / 66th Anniversary Materials + Belinda Hovde Correspondence
1992-1993; 2001
14 13
Event Planning and Programing
1992-1994
14 14
Wergeland Anniversary Celebrations
1992-1998
14 15
Trollhaugen
undated
14 16
Merit Awards
1996-1997
14 17
Norway Hall Event Planning
1997; undated
14 18
Lodge of the Year Award
1997
14 19
Lodge of the Year Rating Form
1998
14 20
Anniversary Planning
1998-2000
14 21
UFFDA Awards Dinner CD
2004
14 22
Public Relations
2005
14 23
Cultural Programs and Election Materials
undated
14 24
Anniversary Celebration Invite
2007

Series 5:  Cultural Resources, approximately 1984-1992Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
14 25
Geneaology Resources
1984; undated
14 26
Norwegian Cultural Skills Program
1991-1992
14 27
Recipes
undated
14 28
Scandinavian Travel Brochures
undated
14 29
Wergeland History
undated
14 30
Norweigan Culture Articles
undated
14 31
Norse Mythology and Viking History
undated
14 32
Norwegian Studies Resources
undated
14 33
Song Book
undated

Series 6:  Photographs, Clippings and Display Materials, approximately 1908-2017Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
14 34
Festivals and Historic Photos
1908-2016
14 35
Cultural Events / Member Photos
1959-1993
14 36
Clippings
1960s-2010s
14 37
Correspondence to Lisa Tofsrud + Norweigan Clippings
1982-1986
14 38
Scrapbook Pages
1980s-1990s
14 39
Photos of Members / Activities
1989; 1997
14 40
Family / Personal Photos
1990s; undated
14 41
Anniversary Celebration Photos
1992
14 42
Members and Events
1999-2003
14 43
Elaine Grasdock Photos
2011
14A 1
Album (unidentified event)
undated
14A 2
90th Anniversary Celebrations
2017
15 1
Framed Past Presidents Photos
1927-1960
16 1
Framed Past Presidents Photos
1960-2011
17 1
Scrapbook: Photos of Lodge Members / Events
1990s
17 2
Photo Album: Members and Events
1950s-1970s
17 3
Scrapbook: Clippings and Photos
1980s
17 4
Wooden Gavel
undated
18 1
Lodge Scrapbook
1980s
18 2
Lodge Scrapbook: History and Photos
1948-2000
18 3
Scrapbook: Clippings and Drawings
1950s-1970s
item
1
Historic Photos
1927-1953
item
Posterboards (3)
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Fraternal organizations--Washington (State)--Bellingham--History--Sources
  • Norwegian Americans--Washington (State)--Bellingham--History--Sources
  • Corporate Names :
  • Norway Hall Incorporated--Archives
  • Sons of Norway (U.S.).--Wergeland Lodge No. 21 (Bellingham, Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Albums (Books)
  • Photographs
  • Records (Documents)