Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Olsson, Hakan and Inga

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Olsson, Hakan and Inga
  • Olsson, Hakan, Interviewee
  • Olsson, Inga Interviewee
  • Brayton, Linda, Interviewer
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview:Lund, Starboys, Vasa Order, Hambo, Martha Saville, Skane, Tulkorv, Spiran Lodge, Polka, For Svenskhetens bevarende i utlandet, Sanktta Lucia, Doppigryton, Wschottis, Verglad (dance group).
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer(s):Linda Brayton (6/13/1978).
  • TRACKS:Mr. Olsson's background, reasons for coming to U.S.A., comparison of life styles and politics in Sweden and U.S.A. -- Mrs. Olsson's feeling about coming to U.S.A., blending Swedish and American traditions, holidays -- Learning English, modern immigration laws -- Arrival in U.S.A. and becoming established -- Spiran Lodge - history and purpose, activity as Spiran Lodge - especially dancing -- The Swedish language - classes -- Swedish classes (cont'd), children speak Swedish -- Interest in preserving Swedish culture now reviving, the Americanization process, comments on Cape Ann -- Comparison between modern immigrants' experience and those of earlier immigrants -- Raising a family in U.S.A. and in Sweden -- The best of two worlds, dancing helps keep family together, keeping Swedish traditions helps U.S.A.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 06-13-1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Olsson, Hakan, Interviewee, Olsson, Inga Interviewee, and Brayton, Linda, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Olsson, Hakan and Inga,” NOBLE Digital Heritage, accessed February 21, 2019,

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