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Library Donations & Wish List

Donations to the Genealogy Center
The Genealogy Center (formerly the Family History & Genealogy Center) is the Museum of Danish America's research library.  We collect a wide variety of books and print material pertaining to Danish immigrants, their families and descendants, Danish-American communities, churches and institutions, as well as background information on immigration and Danish local and national history and culture. We are particularly interested in family, church and institutional histories, and Danish local histories and genealogical compilations.

Most of the Genealogy Center collection has been donated to the museum. Unfortunately, much valuable material tends to be discarded as people down-size or die, particularly if the items in question are in a foreign language.

Although we cannot accept everything offered, we do appreciate offers of books and other print materials, as well as copies of photographs and family documents.  Contacting us ahead of time with a list of potential donations rather than just sending us the material saves time and money on both ends.  

When unsolicited material is received that duplicates or falls outside the Center’s collection policy an effort is made to find an appropriate home for it elsewhere. Other institutions with substantial holdings of Danish materials include The Danish American Archive & Library in Blair, Nebraska, and The Danish Immigrant Archive at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

If you have questions about books, genealogical or other print materials you would like to donate, please contact the librarian.  For pre-arranged donations, the Genealogy Center Donation Form may be printed  for inclusion with the materials.

If you would like us to create a file on a Danish immigrant, fill out the Immigrant Information Form and return it along with photographs or documentation.

For donations of artifacts and original photographs and documents or if you have general questions about donations, contact the Curator of Collections.

Our Wish List
The following are some titles that we would like to add to the Genealogy Center collection. If they are sitting unwanted on your bookshelves or you would like to ‘adopt’ them by purchasing them or making a donation toward their purchase, please  email Michele McNabb or call 877.764.7008.  Please let us know that you intend to make a gift purchase or donation so that we can avoid duplications.

English-language materials:

  • A History of Ida County [Iowa], edited by Bruce L. Godbersen (1977).  This was a limited edition, so if anyone has a copy they no longer want it would find a good home with us.
  • Norsewood: The Centennial Story.  A History of the District of Norsewood, by A. L. Andersen (1972, 1997; available from abebooks.com)
  • Forest Homes: the Story of the Scandinavian Settlements in the Forty Mile Bush, New Zealand, by Conrad Petersen (1956; available from abebooks.com)
  • Scandinavians in America: Literary Life (1985), edited by J. R. Christianson ($12 + shipping from abebooks.com)
  • Dana College yearbooks:  anything before 1927, 1928-1930, 1933-1936, 1939-1940, 1944, 1954, 1957, 1968-1972, 1974-1985, 1987-2010
  • Grand View College yearbooks:  anything before 1920, 1928-1929, 1933, 1935, 1940, 1950, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1972, 1977 to the present
  • Kirke og Folk/Church and Life:  issues prior to 1973; contact librarian for desired later issues.

 Danish-language materials:

  • Salomons almanak . . . : De forenede Staters danske almanak, haand- og aarbog.  Seattle, WA -- 1914, 1915 and 1917 editions.
  • Jorden rundt efter guld: mine rejser og oplevelser som guldgraver (Around the World After Gold: My Travels and Adventures as a Gold-Miner), ved Robert Andersen (1938).
  • Ordbog for slægtsforskere, by Heini Madsen.  2nd ed.
  • Danske børnehjem i billeder og tekst (Danish Orphanages in Picture and Text; 1900), various authors.
  • Den slesvig-holstenske hærs uniformering 1848-51: Die Uniformierung der Schleswig--Holsteinischen Armé von 1848-51, ved Gerd Stolz.  Out of print.
  • Min tid i Canada: erindringer, ved Samuel Olsen (1994)
  • "Over There" : dansk i Amerika (1991), ved Anne-Grethe L. Routley.
  • Nyboder: et københavnsk miljø, med en gennemgang af dets afspejling i litteratur, ved Hanne Andersen (1981).
  • Dansk adelsleksikon (Encyclopedia of Danish Nobility). There are numerous editions of this title and accompanying volumes available from online antiquarian book dealers for a wide range of prices. We would like to obtain at least one set.
  • Dommedag Als - 29. juni 1864: kampen for Danmarks eksistens, ved Tom Buk-Swienty (2010)
  • Slagtebænk Dybbøl - 18. april 1864, ved Tom Buk-Swienty (2008)
  • Danske uniformer, [1864; out of print]