Aagot Raaen Papers, 1798-1957 (bulk 1890-1957)
Raaen, Aagot (Mss 177)
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The Aagot Raaen Papers consist of photocopies of the original papers at the Hatton-Eielson Museum and Historical Association, copied with their permission. Her diaries from Sept. 1939 to Sept. 1941 are very detailed, documenting her teaching in the Newburgh community, personal feelings, and social affairs. The handwritten 1873-1938 "diary" (ca. 42 leaves) as Raaen called it, is more accurately a chronology of her life and of the Raaen family compiled many years later. The family papers include letters received by her mother Ragnhild, and her father Thomas’s files include a poem and love letters he wrote in Norway. Aagot Raaen's was very interested in researching and writing local history, some of which was published in newspapers and periodicals, that document the people and their way of life in the entirely Norwegian immigrant community of Newburgh Township in Steele County, N.D.