The Marius and Caroline Gjelsnes Papers document the Norwegian immigrant experience in North Dakota's Red River Valley. The collection consists of letters written in Norwegian from December 12, 1886 through September 16, 1892. First are love letters written between Marius and Caroline (December 12, 1886 through April 19, 1888). There are both photocopies of the original letters and their English translations. Next are original letters and translations written during Caroline's trip to Kongsvinger, Norway, to celebrate her parents' 25th wedding anniversary (May 24 through September 16, 1892). Also included are copies of articles from the Grand Forks Herald (June 30 and November 17, 1991) describing the collection and the Gjelsness family reunion.
Three photographs were separated and placed in the Photograph File Cabinets.