Financial support is crucial if The Danish American Archive and Library is to continue to grow. Contributions to the General Fund are needed for recurrent expenses, such as rent, utilities, the purchase of acid-free boxes, postage, printing, and scanning. We would like to rebuild our Endowment Fund, which was lost when Dana College went bankrupt. This fund will protect the future of the DAAL. Please send your tax-deductible donations by check or credit card to The Danish American Archive and Library, 1738 Washington Street, Blair NE 68008.


Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Danish American Archive and Library. Without them the Archive could not exist, but with them the Archive flourishes. Volunteers are needed for many tasks, including sorting donated materials, entering records into a database, translating Danish documents, and digitizing fragile materials. You don’t need a particular background or education to be a valued volunteer. The only required skill is an interest in the life stories and the contributions of immigrant Danes and their descendants. The rewards are many. You will have the satisfaction of helping preserve treasured records of the Danish American experience. You will have the opportunity to make friendships lasting a lifetime. Finally, you can join with other volunteers for coffee and Danish pastry at ten o’clock each weekday morning. You don’t have to be Danish to work at the Archive.

Contribute Materials

The Danish American Archive and Library seeks materials that document the experiences of all Danish Americans and their descendants. These include written materials of every sort (books, letters, diaries, journals, family histories, obituaries, newspaper articles, account books, sermons, mortgages, shopping lists, and report cards) and may also include digitized materials such as scanned photos or documents and audio-visual computer files. The Archive also seeks audio-visual materials (phonograph records, audiotapes, photographs, slides, 8 mm and 16 mm films). These materials can come from individuals, families, organizations, or corporations. They can relate to any and all aspects of the Danish American experience-artistic, financial, athletic, educational, or religious. They can document the earliest years of Danish immigration, or detail recent twenty-first century developments. Materials that document Danish American life since the Second World War are of particular interest. Donations can be large or small. It is possible to restrict access to donated materials, if that is the donor’s preference. The Archive does not purchase Archival materials.

If you would like to volunteer or donate materials, please contact us at 402-426-7910 or