About Us - The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives


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The GG Archives is the ultimate destination for individuals seeking to dive into the past through ephemera. Our comprehensive social and cultural history archive provides a wide range of collections that offer quick and easy access to primary source documents about steamships, ocean liners, passenger lists, immigration, World Wars I and II, Works Progress Administration, historical menus, vintage fashions, and much more. With just a few clicks, you can unlock a treasure trove of historical knowledge.

Our archive is the go-to resource for researchers, historians, and anyone passionate about history. Our "About Us" section provides accessible organizational history and information access. We are confident that the GG Archives provides an excellent resource for discovering the past and learning about the people, events, and cultures that have shaped our world.

The organization, founded on January 1, 2000, and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (with a move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, planned during 2024), boasts a unique array of major collections, each holding significant historical value.


Articles on Steamships, Ocean Liners - Life on Board a Steamer


The Ocean Travel collection is the pride and joy of the GG Archives, containing thousands of documents, including passenger lists, steamship and ocean liner brochures, passage contracts, programs, menus, and information about the history of ocean travel, including steamships and ocean liners.


RMS Titanic Collections


We also have an online RMS Titanic Exhibit that enthusiasts will likely enjoy. Our offerings are further enhanced by the Epicurean collection, a culinary journey through history, and the Immigration collection, a testament to the American melting pot. Each collection is a gateway to a different era, a different story waiting to be discovered.


The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919


The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 collection documents the devastating influenza pandemic that claimed millions of lives worldwide. The Military collection contains artifacts and documents related to different military conflicts in which the United States has been involved.


Women's, Teen's, and Children's Clothing Styles on Board the Steamships and While Travelling in Style and Comfort.


The Vintage Fashions collection is a comprehensive journey through the history of fashion, featuring clothing and accessories from the late 1800s and early to mid 1900s. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) collection is a rich documentation of the history of the WPA, a New Deal program that played a crucial role during the Great Depression by providing jobs for millions of unemployed Americans.


Bangor Punta Corporation Marketing Archives


An unusual exhibit, the Bangor Punta collection, stands out. It houses historical documents and artifacts from the Bangor Punta Corporation, a conglomerate of diverse companies that existed from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Leading our organization is Paul K. GJENVICK, MAS, a seasoned archivist whose expertise and dedication ensure the preservation and accessibility of our collections. With his meticulous curation, you can be confident in the authenticity and reliability of the historical information you find in our archives.


It's All In the Name

The GG Archives, originally known as 'The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Family History Center,' was founded by Paul Gjenvick to honor his family history in the United States and Scandinavia. The name of the archives was chosen to add a personal touch. 'Gjenvick' is the original incorrect translation of 'Gjønvik,' a unique Norwegian name that first emerged in the late 1800s. This personal connection is further emphasized by the name of the archives.



Last Updated: May 2024




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