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John Langaas diaries

 Collection — Box: 07-01-04
Identifier: MSS-161

Scope and Contents Note

This collection is composed of five hard-bound diaries of John Langaas. The diaries are dated from November 1909 to June 1924, and are written in Norwegian. The collection also includes handwritten translations of nearly all of the first two bound volumes into English, done by Clara Lee Swanson, and Swanson's research materials, including an article from the Norse Civic News article, a 1992 sermon from one Pastor Skrenes of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ishpeming (Langaas's church), a Trinity Lutheran Church anniversary booklet from 1996, "Windows on the Past" booklet (1987), a translation of a letter from one John Olsen, and a Norwegian/English dictionary.


  • 1899 - 1992


Language of Materials

The journals themselves are in Norwegian. The first two volumes have been translated into English; the last three remain untranslated. The translator's research notes are mostly in English but contain a few Norwegian newspaper articles.

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the John Langaas diaries, MSS-161, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical note

John Langaas, born in 1860, was a Norwegian immigrant living in Ishpeming, Michigan. Langaas was an extremely religious man, and his diaries go into great detail describing his religious practices and sentiments. Langaas died in 1924.


1 Cubic Feet

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged into three series: diaries, photographs, and research notes. The diaries are further divided into originals (in Norwegian) and translations (in English). The other series each only have one folder and are therefore not arranged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated by Jon Watters, Paula Watters, Lynn Watters Haukkala, and Marilyn Swanson Andrew in March 2008.



John Langaas diaries
Annika Peterson
15 August 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

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