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COLLECTION Identifier: A/M387

Papers of Signe C. Marton, 2015, undated


Handwritten cookbook, biographical information, and letters of Signe C. Marton, who immigrated to the United States from Norway in 1923.


  • Creation: 2015
  • Creation: Undated

Language of Materials

Materials in Norwegian and English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; fragile. Use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Signe C. Morton is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder
7.74 Megabytes (1 file)

Collection consists of a handwritten cookbook in Norwegian, probably kept before 1931. It contains recipes for main courses such as chicken; vegetables; soups; and desserts, including chocolate souffle and various puddings. Some entries may have been made by Marton's mother, Charlotte Lockert Claussen. Also included is a letter in English from Marton's daughter Patricia, providing biographical information. The collection also includes a document received as a PDF file; this has been converted to PDF/A for preservation and delivery and is listed in this finding aid as #E.1. This document "A Journey to a Beloved Country" includes a biographical sketch of her mother by Patricia Marton, scans of family photographs, and transcriptions of Signe Marton's letters to Patricia during a visit to Norway in 1971. This was Marton's first trip to Norway since she emigrated in 1923. The document concludes with a list of libraries to which hold collections of books and other materials formerly belonging to Marton.


Signe Marie Klaussen Marton was born in Fjaervoll, Bo i Vesteralen, Norway, in 1901, the daughter of Charlotte Lockert and Mathias Klaussen. (After the family's immigration to the United States, the family name was spelled "Claussen.") Mathias Claussen was a fisherman and farmer and later worked in the lumber business in Montana. Marton taught primary school and studied cooking and sewing before immigrating to the United States in 1923. She settled near Hamilton, Illinois, where her brother Morton had established a newspaper business, and later moved to Bloomington, Illinois. She worked as a photo colorist and retoucher in Bloomington, where she met Oscar Marton, a pharmacist. They married in 1931 and had two daughters, Patricia and Julie. Signe Marie Claussen Marton died in 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2015-M218, 2020-M115

The papers of Signe C. Marton was given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter Patricia Morton in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2016

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: November 2020

By: Susan Earle

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Radcliffe Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

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