Title: Sons of Norway, District IV Records
ID: OGLMC 1491
Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet
1970-2004; Fraternal and ethnic heritage organization comprised of lodges in North Dakota, Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan
The Sons of Norway is a fraternal and ethnic heritage organization composed primarily of North Americans of Norwegian descent. It's stated mission is to “promote, preserve, and cherish a lasting appreciation of the heritage and culture of Norway and other Nordic countries while growing soundly as a fraternal benefit society and offering maximum benefits to its members.” Organized by Norwegian immigrants on January 16, 1895 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the purpose of fostering mutual aid within the Norwegian-American community, the society now has four hundred local lodges spread throughout the United States, Canada, and Norway. In addition, Sons of Norway also offers life insurance benefits to its members, as well as various academic and cultural scholarships designed to promote familiarity with Norwegian language and culture. District IV consists of lodges located in the states of North Dakota and Montana, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Note: Source: Gordon Bennett, Thompson, North Dakota.
Related Materials: Gyda Varden Lodge #21, Sons of Norway Records; OGLMC 752
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Sons of Norway, District IV Records. OGLMC 1491, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid added to Archon in May 2015.
Collection Material Type: Organizational Records
Scope and Contents: The collection consists of publications, including District IV directories, charters and constitutions, and historical books; minutes and papers from the meetings of the district board; minutes, publications, and other documents relating to district and international conventions; secretarial records; treasurer records; and various other assorted materials.