The thoughts and activities of a country and its citizens are reflected in its books and periodicals. More than 800,000 Norwegians emigrated to America between 1825 and 1930. These emigrants established their own communities, from which emerged a body of literature that describes the causes of emigration, the journey, settlements, congregations, and the whole cultural life of an immigrant community. Migration studies in general are an important field of research today. Studies of the Norwegian-American experience in particular are conducted on both sides of the Atlantic adding its special impetus to the larger field.
This website makes accessible the complete text of selected books, excerpts from books, as well as articles in full text covering various aspects of Norwegian emigration to North America and the Norwegian-American immigrant experience between 1825 and 2000.