Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives

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GG Archives
Founded2000; 22 years ago (2000)
FounderPaul K. Gjenvick
PurposeGenealogy, archive
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia

The GG Archives is a large, privately held archive of genealogy,[1] military, and other ephemera dating from the mid-1800s through 2000. The site has over 6,000 static web pages and 20,000 images.[2] The archives are composed of artificial collections[3][4] of ephemera in twelve topical areas. The site has since received numerous awards.[5]

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the GG Archives supplies free, unrestricted access to historical ephemera, articles, and photographs for specific topics—primarily genealogy-related materials[6] intended for genealogists, historians, teachers,[7][8] and researchers, covering the period of the 1880s through the 1950s. They are funded mostly through contextual advertising.

Launched in January 2000, their online collections[9] include US immigration,[10] ocean travel, military (mostly US Navy), epicurean, vintage fashions, Works Progress Administration (WPA),[11] and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19.

The site includes many original steamship passage tickets or contracts, primarily for transatlantic voyages, between 1854 and 1956. The unique primary source documents are useful for illustrating family histories and for K–12 students studying history and social studies.[12]

Known for their passenger lists, they also itemize (with images) the materials they have for each ship in the "Immigrant Ships" section under "Ocean Travel". One can expect to spend copious amounts of time on this site while traversing its many collections of historical documents and ephemera.[13]

Primary source materials can be found throughout the Archives' Immigration[14] section (covers US and Canadian immigration) including passenger lists[15][16] and immigrant inspection cards, and are often used by schools[17] in a number of settings and topics.[18]

They also cover vintage fashions and epicurean lifestyles from past eras[19] and many period articles on most topics, including a Q&A on the World War I draft.[20]

Major collections[edit]

Based on their top navigation links, the Archives' major collections include:

Immigration[21][22] (US immigration through primary and other sources):[23] The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives records the immigrant experience[24] through essential documents, articles[25] and information on the mass migration[26] of immigrants[27] from primarily European countries to North America.[28] Immigrant documents,[29] steamship passage tickets,[30][31] Ellis Island, Castle Garden immigrant stations, immigration laws,[32] and steerage[33] are included in this section.

Ocean Travel – Daily life aboard a steamship.[34] Discover what life was like onboard the steamship through historical articles richly illustrated with photographs and illustrations from the 1870s through the 1950s. Extensive Cunard Line[35] materials, their vintage menus collection, RMS Titanic collections, steamship lines - history and ephemera, sea captains' biographical sketches, ports of call, Student Third Class Association (STCA),[36] and ocean liner and travel brochures can be found under this category.

Military Archives.[37] Collections have focused on the United States Navy, but also include significant materials on World War I[38][39] and the US Army. They have a large collection of US Naval Training Center graduation yearbooks, primarily Great Lakes[40] and San Diego.

Epicurean.[41] Topics cover the epicurean lifestyle and include foods, desserts, cooking terms, methods, family recipes, vintage ads (epicurean), vintage menus (ocean liners), and wedding feasts.

Vintage Fashions 1880s - 1930s.[42] Women's, teens', and children's clothing styles on board the steamships and while travelling in style and comfort.

Entertainment in the era of steamships & ocean liners.[43] Brochures, flyers, images, and articles focusing on steamships and ocean liners. Much of their focus is on motion picture production in the early 1900s.

Library.[44] Diverse collection of books primarily in reference, genealogy, maritime, and military topics.

Other notable collections:[45] Works Progress Administration (WPA), Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, biographies: Dr. Edward Jenner[46] and Thomas A. Edison, and the Bangor Punta Archives.

Collection highlights[edit]

  • The World War One Draft – photograph recording the first draft lottery of 1917
  • Immigrant ID Tag[47] from the Holland-America Line's TSS Rijndam, 26 September 1923[48]
  • King George Letter to soldiers of the United States, April 1918[49]
  • Black Ball Line Passage Ticket for passage of Mr. Nicholas Fish on the packet ship Yorkshire, 1859.[50] See Black Ball Line.
  • World War I Booklet to Discharged Soldiers: "Where Do We Go from Here? This is the Real Dope", by William Brown Meloney
  • White Star Line Brochure: "The Famous Big 4 of the New York Liverpool Service"[51]
  • Painting of the first cowpox vaccination, Dr. Edward Jenner, by Georges Gaston Melinque


Paul K. Gjenvick, MAS, an archivist by trade, has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Minnesota State University and a masters of archival studies from Clayton State University.[52]


  1. ^ RESCHE, Antoine. "L'exploitation de la ligne de l'Atlantique Nord par les compagnies françaises et britanniques (1890-1940). Mémoire présenté en vue de l'obtention du grade de Docteur de l'Université de Nantes sous le sceau de l'Université Bretagne Loire, Soutenue le 7 décembre 2016". Retrieved 2020-06-02. Resche discusses this site and its link to genealogical research, especially immigration to the US with related documents, brochures, and articles. See pp. 677-678 for a summary of the materials used throughout his doctoral thesis.
  2. ^ "Using the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-31. Low-resolution images are free to use for non-commercial purposes.
  3. ^ Richard, Diane L. (8 August 2017). "Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – Some Great Resources for Those Researching Immigrant Ancestors". National Genealogical Society. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  4. ^ RESCHE, Antoine (7 December 2016). "L'exploitation de la ligne de l'Atlantique Nord par les compagnies françaises et britanniques (1890-1940)". Retrieved 2020-06-02. Resche discusses how the White Star Line archives were largely destroyed or distributed amongst many collectors. Made documents from the steamship lines have been digitized.
  5. ^ "Website Awards". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  6. ^ "Understanding the Immigrant Experience of Your Ancestors. – Further Exploration [GG Archives]". Focused Family Research. Retrieved 2020-05-29. ...superb examples of many documents used by immigrants and the steamship lines.
  7. ^ Howell, Cameron (2020-05-31). "Titanic ABC Book" (PDF). Floyd County NC Schools. Grade 7 instructional PDF. Materials used included the GG Archives
  8. ^ "Ellis Island Coming to Life at Blowing Rock School, More Volunteers Needed". BlowingRockNews.com: Connecting the High Country. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Example of using Ellis Island materials for (K-12)
  9. ^ "How to Trace Your Immigrant Ancestors" (PDF). National Park Service, US Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2020-05-26. gjenvick.com: One of the largest collections of historical documents from the 1800s through 1954 with concentrations in Steamship and Ocean Liner documents and photographs, Passenger Lists, US Navy Archives and additional materials covering World Wars I and II, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Immigration documents from Ellis Island, Castle Garden and other Immigration Stations.
  10. ^ Richard, Diane L. (8 August 2017). "Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – Some Great Resources for Those Researching Immigrant Ancestors". National Genealogical Society. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  11. ^ Fryxell, David A. (December 2015). "How to: Your Research Ancestor's Work for the WPA [sic]". Family Tree Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-25. (Requires Premium Membership to view online)
  12. ^ Sergent, Jacqueline. "Primary & Secondary Sources - What's the Difference?". Retrieved 2020-05-26. Teacher and Student Resources and Evaluation of Resources - The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives: Two document evaluations covering Influence, Characteristics, Accessibility, and Overall Rating.
  13. ^ Lisk, Sue (October 2019). "Our Ancestors at Sea: A Selection of Websites to Help Illuminate the Maritime Travels of Immigrant Ancestors". Internet Genealogy. 14 (4): 42–45.
  14. ^ "Immigration Studies: Primary Source Materials – Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives". Logue Library, Chestnut Hill College. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  15. ^ "Immigration Information – Passenger Lists – Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives" (PDF). San Francisco Public Library. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  16. ^ Mooney, Tom (2 October 2017). "Out on a Limb: Great Time to Be Genealogist with New Materials Available". Times Leader. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  17. ^ Boelter, Mimi. "Voyage of Hope, Voyage of Tears" (PDF). Massachusetts Department of Education. Retrieved 2020-05-25. Spring 2017 Grade 7 English Language Arts Test – A next Generation Assessment, 2017
  18. ^ "Kids and Teens: School Time: Social Studies: History: By Region: North America: United States". DMOZ Tools. Retrieved 2020-05-25. The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives [Kids/Teens/Mature Teens] Provides information and documents about steamships, including brochures, passenger lists, and immigration documents.
  19. ^ "Resources on Michigan". Bernheimer's International Society. Retrieved 2020-05-26. Gjenvick–Gjønvik Archives—A private historical archive, the website has extensive collections of ephemera—articles, photographs, and brochures—on "immigration, military, and ocean travel, as well as fashions and the epicurean lifestyle of past eras." Their mission is to preserve social and cultural history from the 1870s–1950s. For example, learn about housekeeping onboard a steamship in this article from 1899.
  20. ^ Frances, EmilyAnn. "46a-D'Agosto Family – Giuseppe comes to America: Exemptions from Serving in the US Military During WWI". Through the Byzantine Gate. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  21. ^ Dalbello, Maria (2016). "Reading Immigrants: Immigration as Site and Process of Reading and Writing" (PDF). Umeå University and Royal Skyttean Society. Retrieved 2020-06-01. Reading and Writing from Below: Exploring the Margins of Modernity, Northern Studies Monographs 4. Extensive use of immigrant images from this site.
  22. ^ Blight, RGN, MSc, Ph.D., Karin Johansson (February 2019). "Migration and Mental Health". Center for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine, Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Presentation included materials from this site – Fellowship of the Steerage (The Man at the Gate), the abolishment of steerage [third class] (The New 'Man at the Gate').{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ "US Immigration through Primary and Other Sources, Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  24. ^ Fleming, E. J. (2009). "Chapter 1: Paul and Dorothy". Paul Bern: The Life and Famous Death of the MGM Director and Husband of Harlow. Jefferson. Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 6–7+. Retrieved 2020-06-01. Discussion of RMS Titanic Cargo, steerage passengers' accommodations, and US Immigration card based on materials from this site.
  25. ^ "Genealogy Odds and Ends: Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives" (PDF). Venturing Into Our Past: The Newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV). September 2017. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  26. ^ Mitchell, Robert E. (2019). Human Geographies Within the Pale of Settlement: Order and Disorder During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 243–244. Discussion of the Jewish migration from Bremen and Hamburg to North America (routes and passenger lists).
  27. ^ Borsi, Flora. "The Forgotten Dream". Retrieved 2020-06-01. Photographs of immigrants coming through Ellis Island with retouched images of the past placed into modern-day New York. A photographic study that utilized images from this site.
  28. ^ Tibert, Diane Lynn (31 December 2016). "Column: Exploring Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives". Roots to the Past: Atlantic Canada's Genealogy Hub. Retrieved 2020-05-30. A valuable site for researching immigrants to Canada or those who settled in the US who later crossed the border.
  29. ^ "Chapter 3: Migration, Emigration & Immigration to the USA. in A Blacksmith's Tale: An Abbreviated History of Marter & Martyr Families from mainly Surrey & Kent and their Travels to Elsewhere in the World". Marter and Martyr One-Name Study, a part of the Guild of One-Name Studies. pp. 60–62. Retrieved 2020-05-31. Discussion of Immigrant Inspection Card.
  30. ^ "Current Value of Old Money: Trans-Atlantic and Other Inter-continental Passenger Fares". Retrieved 2020-06-01. A brief discussion of the immigration and emigration materials, especially steamship passage tickets/contracts that provide fare information.
  31. ^ Branchick, Blaine J. "Ship Ahoy: A History of Maritime Passenger Industry Marketing". Journals at Carleton University. p. 27. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Discussion of a steerage passage ticket and the expense in 1907 shown in current dollar equivalents (Inflation Calculator 2009). Note: Related footnote on p. 35.
  32. ^ Marilyn Crawford, Stacy Galiatsos, Anne C. Lewis. "LDC Instructional Ladder I, Skills Cluster I: Preparing for the Task in The 1.0 Guidebook to Literacy Design Collaborative: Linking Secondary Core Content to the Common Core State Standards" (PDF). pp. 93–94. Retrieved 2020-05-31. Summary of US Immigration Laws.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  33. ^ Verbrugen, Frances Augusta Ramos (3 December 2018). "Representations of Immigrants in Young Adult Literature". Dissertations and Thesis. Paper 4652. Portland State University. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Extensive discussion of steerage conditions.
  34. ^ "Ocean Travel - Daily Life Aboard A Steamship". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  35. ^ "The Cunard Line: A Transatlantic Legend" (PDF). Outlook: Aerospace History, Art Innovation, Travel, Jet Aviation. pp. 44–49. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Included materials from this site.
  36. ^ Pietsch, Tamson (January 2019). "Commercial Travel and College Culture: The 1920s Transatlantic Student Market and the Foundations of Mass Tourism". Diplomatic History. Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. 43 (1): 83–106. doi:10.1093/dh/dhy059. The STCA collection was used extensively throughout this article.
  37. ^ "Military Archives". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  38. ^ Ziegel, Aaron (2016). "National Service and Operatic Ambitions: Arthur Nevin's Musical Activities during World War I". American Music. Project MUSE. 34 (4): 414–446. doi:10.5406/americanmusic.34.4.0414. hdl:11603/19240. S2CID 194449101. Retrieved 2020-06-01. Camp Grant described from materials on US Army Cantonments during WWI (P. 419).
  39. ^ Vlachou, Maria (2019). "Where Do We Go From Here? This is the Real Dope: The Déjà Vus of an Increasingly Illiberal World" (PDF). Museums, Borders and European Responsibility – One Hundred Years after the First World War, ICOM Deutschland e. V. pp. 104–105+. Retrieved 2020-06-02. World War I brochure by William Brown Meloney of the same title used to illustrate how succinct the booklet was, and could that style be used today.
  40. ^ "Thomas Sain – The Story of My Father's Service in WWII: Training". ESRI Story Map. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  41. ^ "Epicurean ... a complete analysis of the culinary art in the 1900s, including table and wine service, selection of bills of fare, fine dining and entertainment and vintage recipes from that era". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  42. ^ "Vintage Fashions 1880s - 1930s". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-29. Women's, Teen's, and Children's Clothing Styles on Board the Steamships and While Travelling in Style and Comfort.
  43. ^ "Entertainment in the Era of Steamships & Ocean Liners". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  44. ^ "Books in the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives Library". Retrieved 2020-05-29. Large collection of books in a number of topical sections that provide an excellent reference for the researcher and genealogist.
  45. ^ "Historical Ephemera Archives 1880s - 1950s". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-29. A review of their many topical navigational links on the left gutter revealed some interesting topics – the WPA and Influenza Pandemic were from the era of steamships and ocean liners. The Bangor Punta Archives pertained to a defunct corporation circa 1964-1984 that had an interesting existence (2 US Supreme Court decisions), and as a conglomerate, owned some well-known companies such as Smith & Wesson, Piper Aircraft, Starcraft, and several powerboats and yacht/sailboat manufactures.
  46. ^ McNeil Jr., Donald G. (27 June 2011). "Rinderpest, Scourge of Cattle, Is Vanquished". New York Times. Retrieved 2020-06-01. Discussion of Dr. Edward Jenner and his cowpox vaccination.
  47. ^ Loe, MA, MLS, Nancy E. "Immigrant Ancestors Talk at SLOCGS: Coming to America; Castle Garden, Ellis Island & Immigrant Ancestors". Sassy Jane Genealogy. Retrieved 2020-05-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  48. ^ Weintraub, Ph.D., Joel (March 2017). "The Ellis Island Name Change Myth". JewishGen: The Global Home for Jewish Genealogy. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  49. ^ Roberts, Adam Call (9 November 2018). "James Johnston's Letter from King George". The Roberts Beazer Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  50. ^ "The Black Ball" (PDF). Sidelights Magazine. Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. 49 (2): 27. April 2019. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  51. ^ RESCHE, Antoine (7 December 2016). "L'exploitation de la ligne de l'Atlantique Nord par les compagnies françaises et britanniques (1890-1940)" (in French). p. 187. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Mémoire présenté en vue de l'obtention du grade de Docteur de l'Université de Nantes sous le sceau de l'Université Bretagne Loire. Resche discusses the Famous Big Four Ocean Liner Brochure.
  52. ^ "About the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives". GG Archives. Retrieved 2020-05-29.

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