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Your Trusted Resource for Immigration and Steamship Voyages 1880-1954

The GG Archives Collections Features Historical Ephemera from the 1880s through 1954.

Since 2000, the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives or GG Archives has helped genealogists, historians and researchers, worldwide, provide a more complete social and cultural context for their family history, or historical research. Students from the third grade through college have utilized the GG Archives as a primary source in social studies and history classes.

For over years, the GG Archives has provided images and information to researchers, production companies, and other organizations, worldwide.  Our images have been utilized in movies, student film projects and television programs like “Treasure Quest – The Silver Queen” a production of the Discovery Channel about the S.S. Laconia (1911) of the Cunard Line.

Our extensive collections of articles, brochures, historical documents and books represents one of the largest private collections online available free to the public.  The GG Archives has earned numerous awards since its founding in 2000 by Paul K. Gjenvick, MAS, its archivist and curator.

Discover more about what your ancestors experienced in the time they lived by exploring the many collections of the GG Archives.  Start exploring the GG Archives today!  Enrich your life and your family history.

Selections from the GG Archives Collections

Our Major Collections Include:

Passenger Lists
From the 1880s through the 1950s Primarily Westbound Transatlantic Steamships and Ocean Liners that carried immigrants to America. The Passenger Lists covers are often very ornate and colorful - provided as a souvenir of the voyage.
Vintage Brochures
Supplement Your Family History Book with Photographs and descriptions of the Steamships, Ocean Liners, Steamship Lines and Passenger Information. The brochure designs, graphics and attention to detail are simply amazing.
Steamship Tickets / Passenger Contracts
An incredible collection of Old Steamship Tickets / Contracts for Passage covering Immigrants in Steerage, Third and other Classes from the 1800s through the 1950s. Learn more about the cost of voyages from these extraordinary documents.  A rare and unique collection.
US Immigration Archives
Articles, Photographs, Documents, and Information on Immigration, Immigrants, Castle Garden, Ellis Island and other immigrant stations. Do not forget about the voyage of steerage passengers, as they contained mostly immigrants.
Passenger, Crew and Voyage Information
Learn what it was like traveling in the age of steam on board the transatlantic steamships of 60 - 150 years ago. Richly illustrated historical articles, many containing photographs and illustrations.
Vintage Fashions
Fashion designs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries offers articles, photographs, and sketches of the latest in fashion trends on board steamships and ocean liners. Vintage Fashion advertisements feature fashion icons of the day.
United States Navy Archives
Our US Navy Collection includes Yearbooks of the U.S. Naval Training Stations, Cruise Books of U.S. Carriers, Brochures, Booklets, Newsletters, Navy Magazines along with Archives of Activities, Officers and Crews of the U.S.S. Matar (AK-119) and the U.S.S. Carina (AK-74). The GG Archives has one of the largest collections of Training Center (USNTC) Yearbooks or class graduation books from Great Lakes, San Diego, Bainbridge and Orlando.
United States Army Archives
Large collection of World War I documents, photographs, articles, Unit Histories, Cantonments and books; World War II - Extensive Library of Books and Brochures along with many Training Center Yearbooks.
WPA Works Progress Administration
Extensive holdings include original documents, work orders, letters, brochures, reports, photographs and more from President Roosevelt's New Deal during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Special Collections of the GG Archives

Smaller Collections Include:

Military Archives; (World Wars I & II)

Books by the GG Archives

Journey Through The Covers, Volume 1

Journey Through The Covers, Volume One

Published: ©2015 by the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives

Edited and Compiled by Paul K. Gjenvick, MAS, Archivist

This is the first volume of high resolution prints of some of the many beautiful brochures and passenger lists that are part of the extensive holding of the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives. Many of these maritime related ephemera dating from the late 1800s through the early 1900s included extraordinary graphics on their covers, to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Voyage to America

Voyage To America: Ludvig Kristian Gjønvik, June 1913

Published: ©2015 by the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives

Edited and Compiled by Paul K. Gjenvick, MAS, Archivist

Describes the journey from Norway to Boston in June 1913 including documents, photographs and information about the journey using the vast resources of the GG Archives. Excellent example for those seeking to publish a similar book for their own family.

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