Guide to the Norwegian Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1928-2009 UA.40.16

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Summary Information

ULS Archives Service Center
Norwegian Nationality Room Committee Collection
University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program. Norwegian Nationality Room Committee.
Collection Number
1.2 linear feet (4 boxes)
The collection of the Norwegian Room Committee contains general correspondence, photographs, financial records, news clippings, architectural designs, event programs, and publications of the design and development of the Classroom. It also contains some records of the activities of the committee subsequent to the opening of the room.

Preferred Citation

Norwegian Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1928-2009, UA.40.16, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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The Norwegian Nationality Room began as an idea to create a Scandinavian Room that would include design and cultural aspects of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. In 1931, with Frederic Schaefer in charge of the project, the focus changed to just being a Norwegian Classroom. This collection has less correspondence than is usual for these projects because Schaefer and Director Ruth Crawford Mitchell did not get along to well. Nonetheless, the room was finished and opened for use in 1945. It was not officially dedicated until 1948 following Norway’s re-establishment as an independent nation and free of wartime occupation. George Eliassen from Oslo, Norway was the architect for the project.

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This collection is arranged into the following series:

Series I. Planning and Designs

Series II. Finances

Series III. Correspondence

Series IV. Programs

Series V. Publicity

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives Service Center, October 2014

University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Further accruals are expected relating to events in the room and activities of the committee.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and organized by Bryan Brown, Nationality Rooms Program intern in September 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Nationality Rooms (Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Norwegian Classroom (Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Council.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program. Norwegian Nationality Room Committee.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program.


  • Architectural drawings (Visual works)
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Personal Name(s)

  • Bowman, John G. (John Gabbert), 1877-1962
  • Bruhns, E. Maxine
  • Eliassen, George
  • Hammer, Sigmund
  • Mitchell, Ruth Crawford, 1890-
  • Schaefer, Frederic
  • Schaefer, Sarah


  • Classrooms -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Norwegian Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Development Records 

Volume One 

Running Memos, Scandanavian, 1928-1932 1/5/31
Running Memos, Norwegian, 1935-1956 
General Correspondence, 1935-1963 
Frederic Schaefer Scholarships, 1948-1958 

Volume Two 

Architectural Correspondence, 1928-1953 2

Volume Three 

Photographs 3
Formal Opening and Dedication, 1948 

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Series  II. Planning and Designs 1928-1960 

Scope and Content Notes

This series focuses on the Norwegian Room history, its conception to its completion. Documents from its formal recognition are also included in this series. Architecture notes, correspondence, room photographs and drawings are included. Some material are repeated in this series, but in different folders for context.

Room History and Design 1940-1958 11
Photographs and Negatives 1972-1977 2
Norwegian Room Committee 1960 3
Summary Documents 1928-1953 4
Norwegian Committee Architect’s Correspondence & Drawings 1928-1953 5
General Correspondence & Dedication Material 1935-1956 6

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Series  III. Finances 1955-1967, 1993-1998 

Scope and Content Notes

This series includes the financial reports and responsibilities of the Norwegian Room Committee. Financial reports like membership fees and spending are included. Also in this collection are letters regarding scholarships in the Schaefer family name. The archive ceremony/program that Sarah Schaefer started for a bound volume in the Norwegian Room that was to be dedicated to the room, Mrs. Schaefer’s funding for the project is included in this series.

Finances, Archives Ceremony, & Committee 1955-1967 7
Finances and Donations 1993-1998 8

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Series  III. Correspondence 1969-2009  

Scope and Content Notes

General correspondence from two eras of the Norwegian Room, 1969 through 1989 and 1990 through 2009. Correspondence between the officers and council members as well as correspondence to the public are included.

Correspondence, Notes, and Memos 1969-1989 9
Correspondence 1990-2009 10

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Series  IV. Programs 1959-1993 

Scope and Content Notes

This series includes the different types of groups which collaborated with the Norwegian Nationality Room Committee. They were: Sons of Norway, Ole Bull Lodge, and the University of Oslo Summer School program. This series also contain activities and programming conducted by the committee, such as the Norwegian Summer School Program.

Norwegian Summer School Program 1959-1968 11
Sons of Norway Ole Bull Lodge Members 1983-1989 12
Sons of Norway Minutes 1981-1993 13

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Series  V. Publicity 1968-2006 

Scope and Content Notes

The final series in this collection is publicity. Types of publicity include: newsletters, flyers, invitations to social events, holiday cooking recipes, and much more.

Undated Publicity Materials Unmarked 14
 1968-1981 15
 1982-1985 16
 1986-1989 17
 1990-1993 18
 1994-2006 19

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