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Walter Johnson Memorial Library

The Library serves as the in-house reading center for the Museum and includes access to over 19,000 books and periodicals maintained in the stacks as well as via the collections catalog database of searchable titles, authors, and subjects.

Patrons may also access genealogy resources in the Library, ranging from bygdebok volumes to Nordic-American immigrant family biographies and online databases (;;, to conduct their own research on family history.

The Llibrary is open by appointment, Tuesday-Wednesday, 10am–4pm. To book a research or browsing appointment, please contact Kristopher Strebe using, or by phone at 206.789.5707 x 7013.

Additional resources:

Nordic American Voices (NAV) Oral History Program 

Interwoven: The Blended Heritage of Nordics and Native Peoples

Pandemic Preserved: The COVID-19 Crisis in the Nordic Countries and the Pacific Northwest

National Nordic Museum Research Request

Please submit your research requests to the Nordic Museum’s Collections Department using the form below.

Our average staff research response time for most inquiries is 7-10 business days. There is no charge for on-site research visits. Due to limited hours and staffing, advance appointments are required for all on-site research, with these made at least two weeks in advance. Research appointments are available Wednesdays through Fridays, 10am-5pm.

Research Requests may also be submitted via mail or phone:

National Nordic Museum
Attn: National Nordic Museum Collections Staff
2655 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-5707 x 7013