Guide to the Marvin Johnson Papers, 1884-1896  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Johnson, Marvin
Guide to the Marvin Johnson Papers
1884-1896 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
The collection consists of a letter from Gudmund Alfsen in Norway to his brother Sjur in America, and a Norwegian Lutheran Church pamphlet on prayer.
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

Gudmund Alfsen Isvik (sometimes Alfson or Alvson) was born on 25 January 1873 in Skjold, Rogaland, Norway. He was the son of Alf Velumson and Margreta Gudmundsdatter. He married Lavina Hallgeirsdt on 29 October 1907. He was the brother of Malena Alfsdatter, Velum Alfson Risanger, Malena Alfsdatter, and Sjur Alfson (born 1871). He died in 1926.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains a photocopy of a letter from a Gudmund Alfsen along with a typed copy of the letter side-by-side with its English translation. Dated 12 November 1896 from Isvik, Norway, Alfsen relates life back in Norway to his brother living in the Dakotas in the United States. It talks about the family happenings in Norway and about news from other relatives in the Dakota Territory who lost their harvest to hail. Also included is a photocopy (and English translation by Ken Christopherson) of a Norwegian Luther Foundation tract from "Mother" regarding the role of prayer in one's daily life.

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

Marvin Johnson Papers, SIEmss_105, 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

  • Emigration and immigration
  • Norwegian Americans
  • Prayer
  • Scandinavian Americans

Personal Names

  • Alfsen, Gudmund
  • Alfsen, Sjur
  • Bisaanger, Martin
  • Christopherson, Ken
  • Gjære, Isak
  • Hauerne, Karen
  • Hauerne, Knudt
  • Johnson, Marvin
  • Kalstvet, Erik
  • Øvrebonæse, Ola
  • Sorhus, Tomas
  • Væstretræ, Margrette

Geographical Names

  • Dakota Territory
  • Skjold (Norway)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence
  • Letters
  • Tracts
  • Translations