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Jennie Eline Olson diary

 Collection — Box: 24-07-01
Identifier: MSS-298

Scope and Contents note

The Jennie Eline Olson diary is a daily diary written during the years 1905-1907 and appears to be a daily log of events in her life. At the time of writing, Jennie would have been between 17 and 19 years old. In the diary she lists the names and birthdates of her parents and people who appear to be her siblings.

Her father is identified as Johan Oluf Olson, born March 28, 1856, with no place of birth given. Her mother is identified as Eli and shows a birthdate of January 5, 1864 in Hoilandet, Norge [Norway].

The children of Johan and Eli are listed as: Clara Olivia born August 10, 1881 in Ishpeming, MI Marie Rasemine born January 20, 1886 in Ishpeming, MI Jennie Eline Olson born February 5, 1888 in Negaunee, MI Gyda Josephine born November 3, 1889 in Negaunne, MI Oline Gjertine born February 17, 1892 in Ishpeming, MI Selma Helene born October 15, 1894 in Ishpeming, MI Nancy Alice born December 3, 1896 in Ishpeming, MI Lillian Alfreda born November 8, 1898 in Ishpeming, MI Rosie Eleanora born September 21, 1903 in Ishpeming, MI Eilert Julius born October 14, 1905 in Ishpeming, MI


  • 1905 - 1907


Language of Materials note

The diary is in Norwegian (dialect?) with some words and phrases in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Jennie Eline Olson diary, MSS-298, 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.


Jennie Eline Olson wrote this diary starting in September of 1905 and ended it in February 1907. According to the diary Jennie lived in Ishpeming, Michigan at the time of the writing. She states that she was born on February 5, 1888 in Negaunee, MI and was christened by Reverand Sovde in Ishpeming on April 26, 1888. Reverand H. Fosnes of Ishpeming conducted her confirmation on April 26, 1903 in Ishpeming and she graduated from the Ishpeming High School on June 14-15, 1906.


1 item (This collection is stored with other small manuscript collections.)

Custodial History

The Jennie Eline Olson diary was gifted to the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives by Dr. Russell Magnaghi who purchased it from an individual in Negaunee, MI in October 2013.

Jennie Eline Olson diary
Glenda K. Ward
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Repository Details

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

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