Guide to the Gina Ruud Anderson Biography, undated  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Ruth A. Trosper
Guide to the Gina Ruud Anderson Biography
undated (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
A biographical sketch of Norwegian immigrant, Gina Ruud Anderson, written by her daughter.
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
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This collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

There is no information about the year that Gina Ruud left Norway for the United States, but she was only eighteen years old at the time. Initially lacking mastery of English, she started work in America as a housekeeper. She became active in her church and was the only female in a local debating society. It was there that she met her husband, Marcellus Anderson. Together they had four children. Marcellus left for Alaska to seek his fortune in the gold rush, returning home to Tacoma after a year and leaving again shortly thereafter. His next year away, Gina was informed that Marcellus had died in the Alaskan wildnerness, but three years after the birth of their fourth child, he returned again, later dying from complications from his time in Alaska. During all this time Gina cared for their house and children by herself, and focused on her children’s education. She was remembered in her daughter Ruth A. Trosper's essay as an intelligent, humorous, and enthusiastic woman.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of a recollection of Gina Ruud Anderson, typed by Rändi Brown, and written by Gina's daughter, Ruth A. Trosper. The copy is entitled, "The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met."

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 from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Gina Ruud Anderson Biography, SIEmss_108, 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 :
  • Absentee fathers
  • Alaska--gold discoveries
  • Gold mines and mining
  • Norway--Emigration and immigration
  • Norwegian Americans
  • Prospecting
  • Single mothers
  • Widows
  • Personal Names :
  • Anderson, Marcellus
  • Brown, Rändi
  • Ruud Anderson, Gina
  • Trosper, Ruth
  • Family Names :
  • Anderson family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Alaska
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Biographies
  • Essays
  • Family histories
  • Occupations :
  • Gold miners
  • Homemakers
  • Housekeepers
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met