Guide to the Gloria Pederson Collection, 1985-1997  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Gloria and Arne Pederson
Guide to the Gloria Pederson Collection
1985-1997 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
This collection contains stories and articles related to life and work of Gloria Pederson, proprietor of a Tacoma Scandinavian giftshop.
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 collection is available for research.

English, Norwegian

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Gloria Pederson was the daughter of German immigrants; however, after her marriage to Norwegian immigrant and PLU Professor, Arne Pederson, Gloria was best known for her contributions to promoting Scandinavian culture through selling popular and traditional Scandinavian ware and running a museum in the back of her giftshop. She is also remembered for making 27 bunads herself, representing different Norwegian regions; conducting classes in the Norwegian language; and Norwegian cooking classes. She met King Olav V when he visited PLU in 1975.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains 5 photocopied pages of the Vårt Land issue from 18 May 1988. The collection features a picture of Gloria on the front page of the issue and an article about her on page 11. The article has an interview with her and describes her feelings upon seeing the celebrations in Oslo, Norway for the first time of her life. In addition, there is an article in Ruralite, a publication distributed through Parkland Light and Power, describing her store and its oigins, as well as numerous Gloria-Grams, newsletters from her store listing new inventory items, recipes, and other news and Scandinavian cultural facts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Preferred Citation

The Gloria Pederson collection, SIEmss_68, 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 :
  • Advertising
  • German Americans
  • Gift shops
  • Specialty stores
  • Personal Names :
  • Arne Pederson
  • Gloria Pederson
  • Kristi Steber
  • Rick Steber
  • Corporate Names :
  • Gloria's Scandinavian Gifts
  • Parkland Light and Power Company (Parkland, Wash.)
  • Vårt Land
  • Family Names :
  • Pederson family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oslo (Norway)
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Ephemera
  • Newsletters
  • Occupations :
  • Women merchants
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Gloria-Grams
  • Ruralite
  • Vårt Land