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Gudrun Kvernplassen Brittain Oral History, 1982
- Brattain, Gudrun Kvernplassen
- Gudrun Kvernplassen Brittain Oral History
- 1982 (inclusive)19821982
3 file folders
2 sound cassettes
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- An oral history interview with Gudrun Kvernplassen Brittain, a Norwegian immigrant.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
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- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This interview was conducted with Gudrun Kvernplassen Brattain on November 18, 1982 in Tacoma, Washington. It contains information on family background, emigration, work, school, marriage and family life, community activities, and Norwegian heritage. The interview also contains photographs of Gudrun and her brothers in Norway, Gudrun in 1943, Gudrun in Wasilla, Alaska, Kvernplassen in 1949, and Gudrun at the time of the interview. However, due to restrictions on the use of the material, this interview is not available online.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The Oral History collection project was started during an experimental course on Scandinavian Women in the Pacific Northwest. Students in the course were encouraged to interview women and learn about their experiences as immigrants to the United States. The project was continued and expanded with support from the president's office and by grants from the L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, from the Joel E. Ferris Foundation and the Norwegian Emigration Fund of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project was directed by Dr. Janet E. Rasmussen. The collection was transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Department.
The interview was conducted by Inger Nygaard Carr using a cassette recorder. A research copy was also prepared from the original. To further preserve the content of the interview, it is now being transferred to compact disc. We deliberately did not transcribe the entire interview because we want the researchers to listen to the interviewee's own voice. The transcription index highlights important aspects of the interview and the tape counter numbers noted on the Partial Interview Transcription are meant as approximate finding guides and refer to the location of a subject on the cassette/CD. The recording quality is good
The collection was transcribed by Mary Sue Gee, Julie Peterson and Becky Husby.
Rasmussen, Janet Elaine. New Land New Lives: Scandinavian Immigrants to the Pacific Northwest Tacoma, Washington University of Washington Press 1993
The partial interview transcription highlights important aspects of the interview. Numbers may be used as guides to important subjects. Two numbers separated by a slash indicate that the first number is for cassette and the second for CD. Due to restrictions, the transcription of this interview is not available.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Norwegian-Americans--Northwest, Pacific--Interviews
- Norwegian-Americans--Social life and customs
- Brittain, Gudrun--Interviews (creator)
- Brittain family
- Kvernplassen (Norway)
- Tacoma (Wash.)
- Wasilla (Alaska)
Form or Genre Terms
- Oral histories
- Bakers and bakeries