Portraits (Identified), circa 1865-1997
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Brief Description:

Amassed piecemeal by Vesterheim curators over the course of many decades, the collection currently has more than 2,000 images of notable Norwegian and Norwegian-American church leaders, politicians, military officials, explorers, scientists, doctors, athletes, artists, writers, publishers, editors, historians, and university presidents, among other movers and shakers, in a variety of photographic and photomechanical formats, from 19th-century tintypes and albumen cartes de visite and cabinet cards to 20th-century silver gelatin prints, halftones, and real photo postcards.

The earliest of the portraits date from just after the Civil War, the latest from the 1990s. The bulk, however, are from the 1870s through the 1920s, decades of peak emigration from Norway to the United States. Imprints from over seventy Norwegian and Norwegian-American photographers, mostly with businesses in the Upper Midwest but some with studios as far afield as Nome, Alaska, were identified during the cataloging of the collection from February 2017 through March 2018.

Held at:
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Archives
523 West Water Street
P.O. Box 379
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: 563-382-9681
extension 219
Fax: 563-382-8828
Email: jkovarik [at] vesterheim.org
Record Series Number: VMA/RG03/ARCH.Photos.03/ALL
Volume: 11.1 Linear Feet
Arrangement: Items have been arranged alphabetically into series by the surnames of the subjects of the portraits.
Subject Index
Norwegian Americans
Genres/Forms of Material
Cabinet photographs
Carte de visite photographs
Real photo postcards
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Norwegian [nor]
Rights/Use Restrictions: May be reproduced with written permission from Vesterheim collections staff or executive director. Though Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum may hold the property rights, Vesterheim might not hold the copyrights for materials. Individuals may use materials for non-commercial, private use, but commercial users must secure permissions from the copyright holders and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum to reproduce, publish, or quote protected materials and photographs.