Rosseland family correspondence

Abstract

The Rosseland family correspondence (dated 1894-1950, bulk 1894-1912; 0.18 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of printed transcriptions of original letters from Olav, Gustav, and Eilert Rosseland to their family in Norway during their time working in North America.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Rosseland family correspondence
Creator
Walker, Shirley
Extent
0.18 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Railroads -- Design and construction
Immigrants -- Kentucky
Coal mines and mining -- Appalachian Region
Company towns -- Kentucky -- McCreary County
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Dana Vondebrink
Preferred Citation
2009ms250 : [identification of item], Rosseland family correspondence, 1894-1950, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Gustave and Olav Rosseland came to America from Norway in 1904, settling in Stearns, Kentucky. They worked at sawmills, lumberyards, and railroads in McCreary County, Kentucky from 1904-1907. Additionally, they worked on the concrete arch railroad bridge in McCreary County build by the Stearns Company. After recovering from work-induced heatstroke the brothers first moved on to Minnesota, then Alberta, and then British Columbia. In 1919, the brothers returned to Norway.
Scope and Content
The Rosseland family correspondence (dated 1894-1950, bulk 1894-1912; 0.18 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of printed transcriptions of original letters from Olav, Gustav, and Eilert Rosseland to their family in Norway during their time working in North America. The letters have been translated from Norwegian into English. The collection does not contain the originals. Much of the correspondence describes the brother's work in sawmills, lumberyards, and railroads in Kentucky as well as their travels throught Upper Midwest and Canada. Additionally, the collection contains a translated and transcribed article from a Norwegian newspaper entitled Olav Rosseland's 70th Birthday.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access The collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1894-1903

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1904-1905

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1906-1907

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1908-1909

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1910-1912

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Translation of Norwegian newspaper article, entitled Olav Rosseland's 70th Birthday, 1950

  • Box 1, folder 6
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