Knut Vaa - Biography, 1876-ca.1920  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Vaa, Edwin
Title
Knut Vaa - Biography
Dates
1876-ca.1920 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
OPVSIEmss_29 (collection)
Summary
Story of the Vaa family, and of Norwegian immigrant Knut Vaa, who came to America in 1876 and later moved his family from Minnesota to Washington State. The collection consists of a biography of Knut Vaa written by his son, Edwin Vaa. It contains information on emigration, settling in, and family life. It also includes a section with information on the descendants of Knut and Gunhild Vaa.
Repository
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
98447
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
archives@plu.edu
Access Restrictions

The biography is available for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Knut and Gunhild Vaa emigrated from Norway to America in May of 1876. They settled in Filmore County, Minnesota and later moved to near Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The family remained on a small farm there until a hailstorm destroyed the crops in 1887. Knut then moved to Seattle, Washington where he worked on several small farms and also at a railroad company. By 1889, he saved enough money for his family to join him, and together, they moved to Poulsbo, Washington and bought a small homestead. At that time, Knut and Gunhild had one daughter and four sons, and they later had another two sons together. Their son Edwin worked in the lumber business, first near Liberty Bay and later in Port Gamble.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of a biography of Knut Vaa written by his son, Edwin Vaa. It contains information on emigration, settling in, and family life. It also includes a section with information on the descendants of Knut and Gunhild Vaa.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from (the collection) must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

The Knut Vaa biography, OPVSIEmss_29, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Immigrant families
  • Norway -- Emigration and immigration
  • Puma attacks
  • Personal Names :
  • Vaa, Edwin--Archives
  • Vaa, Gunhild
  • Corporate Names :
  • Port Gamble Lumber Mill (Port Gamble, Wash.)
  • Family Names :
  • Vaa family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Fergus Falls (Minn.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Grant County (Minn.)
  • Port Gamble (Wash.)
  • Poulsbo (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Biography
  • Occupations :
  • Farming
  • Fishing
  • Lumber trade
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Biography of Knut Vaa
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Vaa, Knut (creator)