First and foremost, the Department of Special Collections and the Chester Fritz Library sincerely thank Dr. Arne Brekke for his initial vision and continued unceasing efforts throughout the last 30 years to develop the Arne G. Brekke Bygdebok Collection into the outstanding Collection that it is today. His enthusiasm and commitment to the collection has enabled countless researchers to discover their Norwegian roots.
We also greatly acknowledge the contributions of Colleen (Oihus) Warner, who worked with Dr. Brekke to make his vision a reality and established a foundation for the collection that has been built upon by the efforts of other staff members of the Department of Special Collections and the Chester Fritz Library. These staff members include: Steve Axtman, Brian Baier, Tracy Brewer, Amy Christianson, Frank D’Andraia, Curt Hanson, Shelby Harken, Will Martin, Dan Rylance, Sandy Slater, Wilbur Stolt, Michael Swanson, and Ed Warner.
Furthermore, we are tremendously grateful to many authors, bygdebok committees, historical societies, and local government agencies throughout Norway that have willingly provided books, and continue to do so, for the collection. We also recognize the University of Oslo Library for its donation of seventeen volumes. Clearly, we would not have been able to establish such a collection without the generosity of all of these people and groups.
We would like to thank the Statens Kartverk (Norwegian Mapping Authority) for operating a mapping service offering high-quality digital maps of Norway.
Many other individuals and organizations have supported the Collection through financial donations and other means. Although it is impossible to recognize them all here, we especially want to mention the following:
- Nodak Mutual Foundation
- University of North Dakota Nordic Initiative
- District Four of the Sons of Norway