assimilation, Danish immigration, historical analysis


During the research for my master's thesis in history at the University of Copenhagen, I was fortunate to be able to visit the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Hom, Iowa, and the Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska. My quest was made possible by the Bodtker Grant from the Danish American Heritage Society, which I was lucky to receive. This article captures the essence of the purpose of my thesis: to examine the assimilation of four Danish women by using their private letters. My thesis was contextualized by a chapter describing Danish emigration at length and, more importantly, a discussion of some of the issues concerning the use of letters as a source. I owe many thanks to the wonderfully helpful staff at the Danish Immigrant Museum as well as at the Danish American Archive and Library - their help was greatly appreciated.