The Danish American Archive and Library's Digital Archive

Introduction to the Digital Archive

[This site is a rebuilding of the original Digital Archive and a consolidation of other repositories within the Danish American Archive and Library. It is under constructions but is open for use to the public. The original version will be accessible here.]

The Collections menu above provides easy access to some of our larger collections, although they can also be found by using the Repository menu.

Here you will find an expanding selection of digitized versions of our collections, many of which will be of interest to historians and genealogists. These are the result of a project intended to preserve some of our unique and aging materials in a format that can be easily made available to the public.

The first three collections placed on the site are the papers of Einar Vig, the P C Jensen files (Lutheran pastors' information) and additional pastor information from other sources.

  • The Vig papers are of special interest to descendants of former inhabitants of Washington County, Nebraska. Although some portions of this collection focus on persons of Danish descent, most sections deal with Washington County residents of all backgrounds. Very useful for genealogists, these documents summarize information about each family, including references to articles in local newspapers which can be found at the Blair Public Library or the Nebraska State Historical Society (often at the Omaha Public Library, too). The large collection of historical and genealogical records was created by Lars Einar Vig, a son of P. S. Vig who was one of the founders of Trinity Seminary and Dana College in Blair.
  • The P C Jensen files contain biographical information about pastors of the UELC (United Evangelical Lutheran Church).
  • The archive also contains several collections related to Dana College. These include the Dana College Yearbooks. The scans are available as JPG files of individual pages and a PDF file for each publication year. This is the first of our extensive collection from the college, and additions can be expected as scanning continues.

The DAAL also maintains a second Digital Repository that is available only at the DAAL's office in Blair, Nebraska. Holdings in that system are of interest mainly to researchers, although it contains other items such as digitized recordings and records from Dana College. Some of these will be listed and described here for those interested in visiting the office to access them. View the current list of available items here.

    Using this site...

    Images may be browsed by selecting from among the Digitized Collections at the left or using the "Repository" menu to the left (or tab above). Larger and more frequently used items can be found in the "Collections" menu. If you are looking for a specific person or family, the name can be entered in the Search box at the upper right of the window. Please keep in mind that the images are titled according to content: some will have a title consisting of a person's name; others may be titled by location or date (some cemetery entries). A useful strategy might consist of finding what is available by searching for a person's name (full name or surname only), then using date or location information to find death, estate or cemetery records, as desired. Please note that the site does not contain full transcriptions of the documents.Typically, pages dealing with specific individuals or families are indexed by only the name of the head of household (not other members of the household).

    If you wish to download an image to your own computer, you should first click on the found image (actually a thumbnail version) to bring up the full-size image. You can then right-click on that image and select the option to save it to your own computer.

    Also keep in mind that some Danish names have letters not used in English (Æ æ, Ø ø and Ä ä) which come after Z when sorted in alphabetical order and that use of the -sen surname endings are not always consistent and may have been changed at some time to -son instead; the -datter ending for females was sometimes inconsistently applied and may have been replaced with -sen.