Malene Steen, 1922 - Autobiography, 1870-1922  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Steen, Malene
Malene Steen, 1922 - Autobiography
1870-1922 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
OPVSIEmss_26 (collection)
These are the reminiscenses of Malene Steen, a Norwegian immigrant who came to this country in 1870. She never learned English. She wrote her story in 1922 and it was translated from the Norwegian by the Norwegian Historical Association in March, 1979.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
Access Restrictions

The autobiography is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Malene Steen married Severin Olsen Steen in April of 1870. One week after their marriage, the couple immigrated to the United States, and arrived in Wisconsin. They settled first in Jefferson County and lived with various people while working to support themselves. After three years, Malene and Severin moved to Kandiyohi County, Minnesota with their two children, Mary and Olai. They settled in a small homestead, but grasshoppers destroyed their crops in their second year at the homestead and they were forced to move again. The family went to Big Stone County in 1877 and bought land for a farm. They lived and worked there until 1904, when they rented out the farm and moved to Clinton, Minnesota. Despite many hardships that they faced, the family persevered and eventually was fairly prosperous. Severin Olsen died in April of 1918, and was greatly missed by his family.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Malene Steen wrote her autobiography in 1922, which was translated from Norwegian into English by the Norwegian Historical Association in 1979. It contains information on Mrs. Steen’s marriage, family life, and emigration.

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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

Malene Steen autobiography, OPVSIEmss_26, 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 :
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Norway--Emigration and immigration
  • Norwegian language
  • Tornadoes
  • Personal Names :
  • Steen, Malene--Archives
  • Steen, Mary
  • Steen, Severin Olsen
  • Steen, Olai
  • Corporate Names :
  • Norwegian-American Historical Association
  • Family Names :
  • Steen Family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Jefferson County (Wis.)
  • Big Stone County (Minn.)
  • Clinton (Minn.)
  • Kandiyohi County (Minn.)
  • Occupations :
  • Farmers
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Norwegian-American Historical Association (creator)