Ocean Travel, Military, and Immigration Archival Collections
Discover more about what your ancestors experienced in the time they lived by exploring the many collections of the GG Archives and enrich your life and your family history with our extensive collections of articles, brochures, ephemera, and photographs.
Since 2000, the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives, or GG Archives, has helped genealogists, family historians, and researchers worldwide provide a more complete social and cultural context of their family history or historical research. Students, Researchers, Historians, Teachers, and Others have utilized our images, documents, and reports for over years.
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- Discover stunning graphic cover images in our Ocean Travel Archival Collections.
- View one of the largest online collections of steamship passage contracts, tickets, and receipts.
"The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives contain a wealth of information on emigration and immigration in the age of the passenger steamship. In addition to this section of tickets other information about fares can be found by browsing Steamship Tickets"
-- Current Value of Old Money by R. Davies
"This archive offers access to more than 10,000 documents and photographs, including passenger lists, original immigrant passage contracts, steamship brochures, immigration related documents and much more and it's the work of one person - Paul K. Gjenvick."
-- Website Review, Diane L. Richard in Internet Genealogy, December/January 2018
"Explore this delightful site further to learn more about the ships and the emigrant experience aboard. Valuable information appears in unexpected places."
-- Our Ancestors at Sea by Sue Lisk in Internet Genealogy, October/November 2019
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Discover what life was like onboard the steamship through historical articles richly illustrated with photographs and illustrations. View our ephemera catalog collections to see all of the memorabilia produced on or for each voyage, ship, or steamship line. Our catalogs link directly to passenger lists, brochures, tickets and voyage contracts, luggage tags, postcards, sports and entertainment programs, track charts, deck plans, menus, onboard newspapers, magazines, books, voyage log extracts, passenger letters, ship letterhead, cap tallies, photographs, and illustrations.
Our extensive collection of souvenir steamship and ocean liner passenger lists cover the late 1870s through the early 1960s with the bulk between 1900 and 1939. Browse these collections by steamship line, ports of call, year of voyage, geographic region, or by ship. Significant collections include the Canadian Pacific, Cunard Line, French Line, Hamburg-America, Holland-America, North German Lloyd, United States Lines, and the White Star Line. Significant Ports of Call for our collection of passenger lists include Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bremen, Cherbourg, Hamburg, Liverpool, New York (Ellis Island), and Southampton.
Our Extensive Exhibit Covering the White Star liner Titanic, the largest ship ever built. Profusely illustrated topics include Planning, Building, and Launching, Officers, Crew Members, Provisions & Cargo, Manifests & Passenger Lists, Fashions, Anatomy of the Disaster, Victims, Survivors, Aftermath, Book Collection, Ephemera & Reproductions, Magazines & Journals, Movies & Motion Pictures, Collectibles & Memorabilia, Memorials, Documentary Videos, and our Huge Image Library.
Our military collections are known for Bootcamp yearbooks, primarily for the US Navy, but include the US Army and the US Marine Corps. While our collections have focused on the United States Navy, we also have significant materials on World Wars I and II. Most of our materials are in the form of books, yearbooks, magazines, brochures, historical documents, and period articles.
The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has essential documents and information on immigrants' mass migration from primarily European countries to North America. European Immigrants gained access to the United States through the north Atlantic ports of entry, in order of importance, were New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Through New York at Ellis Island came nearly three-fourths of all our immigrants. Additional information on Immigration and the social-economic and other factors are covered under separate topics.
Bangor Punta Corporation (sometimes abbreviated BP and traded on the NYSE under BNK) was an American conglomerate and Fortune 500 Company from 1964 to 1984. It owned a number of well-known companies primarily in the pleasure craft, firearms and general aviation industries. Major divisions included Smith & Wesson, Piper Aircraft, Starcraft, Cal Boats / Jensen Marine, O'Day Sailboats & Yachts, and Luhrs. The primary purpose for this website is to provide an educational resource for students and researchers.
The GG Archives vintage fashion collections include many photographs, articles, and period advertisements covering fashions and related topics. The student of fashion may gain a greater understanding of the styles provided for both the affluent and the common under-classes.
Epicurean, or Epicure, comes from Epicurus, the ancient Greek Philosopher, teacher of the philosophy of simple pleasures. One of these enjoyments is the pleasure associated with good food. Epicurean also refers to an individual who delights in fine food and wines. This section incorporates 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.
The term "Spanish" flu was coined because Spain was the only European country where the press were printing reports of the outbreak, which killed thousands in the armies fighting World War I (1914–1918). Other countries suppressed the news in order to protect morale. In the U.S., about 28% of the population of 105 million became infected, and 500,000 to 675,000 died.
Making a Genealogy Website with Broad Appeal with scarce resources is challenging, mainly when one's mission includes providing historical materials and ephemera for free. While we may not have the coverage of Ancestry.com or other giants in the online genealogy category, we have many accomplishments through our site's extensive collections of ephemeral materials.
High Resolution Images and Reprints
For over years, the GG Archives has provided images and information to researchers, production companies, and other organizations, worldwide. Production companies have utilized our photographs in movies, student film projects and television programs like “Treasure Quest – The Silver Queen” a production of the Discovery Channel about the SS Laconia (1911) of the Cunard Line.
The GG Archives has earned numerous awards since its founding in 2000 by Paul K. Gjenvick, MAS, its archivist, and curator.
We supply high-resolution images to production companies, authors, and genealogists like you - of historical documents including passenger lists, brochures, photographs, and other materials from the 1800s through 1954. See ordering information for services and digital image fees.