NAGC & NL has dedicated itself to collecting, preserving, and researching Norwegian-American heritage and family history. Central to our mission is continually growing the collection of resources.

The Naeseth Library is open to all who are interested in learning more about their Norwegian-American roots.
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Donations of Norwegian or Norwegian-American books have enriched our library collection immensely. Please contact us if you have books or other materials you would consider donating to the Library.

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New Bygdebøker Added to Collection

Thanks to the generosity of member William Helgeson, and his Helgeson Acquisitions Fund, over two hundred bygdebøker have recently been added to the Naeseth Library collection.

These books, many purchased during the recent study trip to Norway, greatly enhance our growing collection of Norwegian local history.

Bygdebøker are a genre of Norwegian local history literature containing information about rural districts, and the people who lived within those districts. It has long been thought the combined collection of bygdebøker at the NAGC & NL and those held at the University of Wisconsin – Memorial Library, in Madison, Wisconsin, provide the most extensive collection in such close proximity to each other outside of Norway.

NAGC & NL Collection

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