Dagny Unsgaard Nygaard Papers, 1899-1979

Overview of the Collection

Carr, Inger Nygaard
Dagny Unsgaard Nygaard Papers
1899-1979 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder), ( )  :   ; 
Collection Number
OPVSIEmss_20 (collection)
The life story and family history of Norwegian immigrant Dagny Unsgaard Nygaard (born 1899), who came to America circa 1930.
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
Access Restrictions

The biography is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dagny Unsgaard Nygaard was born on 31 August 1899 in Tydal, Norway, to Berit Stuedal Unsgaard, a midwife, and David Unsgaard, a furniture builder and farmer. Dagny had six siblings.

Dagny took a job as a salesclerk at a general store until she was 21 when she went home to care for her mother who died shortly after. Dagny married in 1927 to Lars Nygaard, a carpenter. He found a sponsor to America and left behind Dagny and their new baby girl, Inger. He stayed with people from Tydal in Minnesota helping out on the farms until he got a work for a building contractor in Montana. When he earned enough money a year later, he sent for Dagny and the baby. They were denied their passports the first time, so waited another year before they could join Lars in Minnesota in 1930. With the depression, there was little work for Lars, so they ended up moving into a home in the Grygla-Gatzke area to farm. When the economy picked up they moved closer to town and Lars got more carpentry jobs. They joined the Lutheran Church and Dagny taught Sunday School and became active in the Ladies Aid as secretary.

In 1943, during World War II, Lars moved to Washington State to work in the shipyards. Dagny and the children joined him later. In 1944 they bought their first house, a farm with twenty acres. They lived here for nineteen years. Lars returned to carpentry and Dagny took up dress making. They made three trips back to Norway.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This is a biography of Dagny Unsgaard Nygaard, born in Tydal, Norway. She and her husband, Lars, immigrated to America, he in 1928, she two years later. They settled in Minnesota, then in Montana, and finally ended up in Washington State.

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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

The Story of a Norwegian Woman Immigrant, Dagny Unsgard Nygaard, OPVSIEmss_20, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Location of Collection

Box 2, file 6

Preservation Note

Custodial History

Written account of Inger Carr's taped interview with her mother

Acquisition Information

Donated by Inger Nygaard Carr


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Fort Lewis (Wash.)
  • Depressions -- 1929
  • McChord Air Force Base (Wash.)
  • Norway--Emigration and immigration
  • Norwegian language
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945--Norway

Personal Names

  • Carr, Inger Nygaard--Archives
  • Nygaard, Dagny Unsgaard
  • Nygaard, Lars
  • Unsgaard, David

Corporate Names

  • Montgomery Ward--Catalogs
  • Boeing Aerospace Company
  • Sears, Roebuck and Company--Catalogs
  • Singer Sewing Machine Company
  • Girl Scouts
  • Luther League of America

Family Names

  • Nygaard family
  • Unsgaard family

Geographical Names

  • Everett (Wash.)
  • Forks (Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Bremerton (Wash.)
  • Dutton (Mont.)
  • Gatzke (Minn.)
  • Great Falls (Mont.)
  • Oslo (Norway)
  • Stanwood (Wash.)
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • Trønderlag (Norway)
  • Tydal (Norway)

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Unsgaard, Berit Stuedal (creator)

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Form or Genre Terms

  • Biography
  • Family history


  • Carpentry
  • Midwifery