Compiled by Laurie Kay Sommers, Project Manager



Archives: Denominational, Ethnic, and Immigration



Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

321 Bonnie Lane

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Phone: 773-380-2832


Covenant Archives and Historical Library

Brandel Library, North Park University

3225 West Foster Ave

Chicago, IL 60625-4895


Danish American Archive and Library

1738 Washington

Blair, NE 68008

Telephone: (402) 426-7910



Danish Immigrant Archives,

Grand View University, Des Moines, IA.


ELCA Region 3 Archives

Arts and Archives

Luther Seminary

St. Paul, MN




Finnish American Heritage Center

Finlandia University

435 Quincy Street

Hancock, MI 49930




Immigration History Research Center

311 Elmer L. Andersen Library

University of Minnesota

222 21st Ave. S

Minneapolis, MN 55455


Phone: 612-625-4800


Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center

Swenson Center/Augustana College

639 38th Street

Rock Island, IL 61201-2296

Phone: 309-794-7204

Fax: 309-794-7443




Ethnic Organizations


Danish American Heritage Society


Icelandic Roots

2843 27th St S

Fargo, ND  58103


Icelandic League of North America



Museum of Danish America 

2212 Washington Street

Elk Horn, IA 51531

Phone: 712-764-7001


Norwegian-American Historical Association

1510 St. Olaf Avenue

Northfield, MN 55057-1097

507-786-3450 (archives)




Swedish American Historical Society

3225 W. Foster Ave, Box 48

Chicago IL 60625

Phone: (773) 583-5722


Swedish-Finn Historical Society


Vesterheim, The National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center

520 W. Water Street

Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-382-9681




State Historic Preservation Offices


Iowa State Historic Preservation Office

600 E. Locust St.

Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 515-21-5111


Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

300 North Washington Square

Lansing, MI 48913

Phone: 517-335-9840



Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office

Administration Building #203

50 Sherburne Ave.

Saint Paul, MN 55155





North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office

612 East Boulevard Ave.

Bismarck, North Dakota 58505




South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office

900 Governors Dr.

Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: 605-773-3458


Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office

Wisconsin Historical Society

816 State Street

Madison, WI 53706

Phone: 608-264-6493



Other Websites of Interest



August Klagstad, Altar Artist.


Country Churches blog by Ruth E.  Hetland,


“Dakota Life, Lutefisk Lutherans” St. Paul Lutheran, Elk Point, SD. South Dakota Public Broadcasting, 2011,


Danish Immigration, An Overview. Museum of Danish America, Elkhorn, IA.


Hebling, Audrey Kletscher. “Calling All Lutefisk Lovers to Vang Lutheran Church.” Minnesota Prairie Roots, 2014.


Icelandic Churches in the United States and Canada. (Gudmundur Vidarsson and John Rutford)


Locating Lutheranism, 19th Century Norwegian American Lutheran Congregations in Minnesota, St. Olaf College,


Rural Churches Database. Useful website of historic churches in ND and MN, many of them Nordic heritage


The Old Church Project. (images/information, includes MN, ND, SD)


Swedish Immigration to North America. Online exhibition by Dag Blanck, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, 2009.


Twin Cities House of Worship, 1849-1924, University of Minnesota (includes Nordic heritage churches)


Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Architecture and History Index (online database),