Guide to the Nordic Ware Records
NMAH.AC.0980

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 2012

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270
 archivescenter@si.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated by Dorothy M. Dalquist and H. David Dalquist in 2007.

Processing Information note

Processed by Jennifer Daugherty (intern), 2007; supervised by John Fleckner, senior archivist. Processing of this collection was made possible, in part, by a gift from Nordic Ware.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Creator - (donor).
Dalquist, Dorothy
Creator - (donor).
Dalquist, H. David
Creator
Nordic Ware Division, Northland Aluminum.
Title
Nordic Ware records
ID
NMAH.AC.0980
Date [inclusive]
1940-2006
Extent
28.00 Cubic feet; 53 boxes and 25 oversize folders
Language
English
Abstract
Records of a family-owned manufacturing firm, best known for kitchenware products including the Bundt Pan and Micro-Go-Round. The collection richly documents the entrepreneurial spirit of the Minnesota firm and its history of product innovation through technical files, marketing materials, and administrative and financial records.

Preferred Citation note

Nordic Ware Collection, 1942-2006, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

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Biographical/Historical note

In 1946, the year he returned from Navy service in the Pacific, H. David (Dave) Dalquist (1918-2005) joined his brother Mark to launch a new manufacturing firm, Plastics for Industry, in Minneapolis. The two University of Minnesota graduates soon were making foundry patterns and industrial plastic products for area businesses, as well as aluminum consumer cookware. Among their earliest products were ebelskiver pans, krumkake irons, and rosette irons, essential kitchen tools for the area’s large Scandinavian population. Their first employee, Donald Nygren, remained as head designer for many decades.

In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan at the request of two local women, members of the Hadassah organization. The women sought to replicate a heavy mold used in Europe. Northland Aluminum registered the trademark “Bundt” for the new product and began to sell it to local department stores. (The women sold manufacturing “seconds” as a fund raiser for their group.) Mark Dalquist created a firm, Maid of Scandinavia, to market products by mail. It separated from Northland Aluminum in 1963. Over the years, Northland Aluminum increasingly used “Nordic Ware” to identify itself for marketing and public relations purposes.

Northland Aluminum created a subsidiary finishing and coating firm, Northland Color Anodizing Company, in 1962. In 1964, Northland became one of the first to license the use of Teflon from its inventor, DuPont, and non-stick products became an important part of the company’s line. Northland also did coating work for many industries including medical, computer, and commercial food processing. For many years Northland also had a division to produce heads for video recording machines. Product sales reached $1,000,000 in 1964.

During the 1960s, Nordic Ware grew slowly, gradually increasing its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items and stove-top cookware. The company also expanded its production capacity and built its sales and marketing capabilities, including a national network of sales representatives working on commission. Dorothy Dalquist, Dave’s wife, played a vital role in the company’s history. She joined him at crucial annual sales conventions to demonstrate products, tested new products, and developed recipes for them in her home kitchen. Additionally, she represented the firm in public relations activities.

Although the Bundt Pan was only one of many Nordic Ware products, it became a national celebrity in 1966 when a Texas woman used it for her prize-winning Tunnel of Fudge Cake in the immensely popular Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. In 1970, Nordic Ware licensed the Bundt trademark to Pillsbury for use with a line of cake mixes. Customers received a cake pan at a small additional price with the purchase of the packaged mix. Although this pan was spun of light aluminum, not cast like the original models, the Pillsbury promotion was very successful. In addition to the classic Bundt design, the company began producing special designs, including a cathedral, a castle, a rose, a heart, and, in 2006, a stadium shaped pan. The Bundt Pan continues to be the most popular cake pan in America, and the company estimates it has sold sixty million pans over the past six decades.

Despite the steady popularity of the Bundt Pan, Dalquist and his firm knew that the spike in Bundt Pan sales resulting from the Pillsbury promotion was temporary, and they continued their strategy of seeking new products to buoy overall sales revenues. In 1978 Nordic Ware developed a “new thermoset plastic molding technology to create an extensive line of cookware designed to work in both conventional and microware ovens.” In these same years, as microwave oven use rapidly spread, Nordic Ware developed its second celebrity product. Designed by the company’s own engineers, the Micro-Go-Round was promoted in print and television advertising and is still its most successful product. Since then, Nordic Ware has introduced a wide range of new products, some of them successful (for example, nonstick Barbecue Grill Cookware), others not (including a device to create convection currents in a baking oven and a bicentennial cake platter). Northland Aluminum holds at least twenty-five patents for its products.

Today David Dalquist (born 1949) -- son of founder “Dave Dalquist” and, like his father, an engineer -- heads Nordic Ware. He has been involved with the company for his entire working life with major executive responsibilities since the early 1980s. David Dalquist’s mother, Dotty, is on the Board of Directors and serves as Corporate Secretary. David’s three sisters—Corrine, Linda, and Susan—are also involved in the business. The firm employs between 200 and 400 people and continues, as a point of pride, to manufacture its products in the United States. The family has refused numerous buyout offers. Nordic Ware has managed to design and market products for the large, low price retailers, including Wal-Mart, and for the upscale, specialty gourmet market. Williams-Sonoma, a leader in the latter field, has exclusive sales for a small number of new Nordic Ware products each year.

For its sixtieth anniversary, Nordic Ware produced a company history, H. David Dalquist, The Nordic Ware Saga: An Entrepreneur’s Legacy (Kirk House Publishers, Minneapolis, 2006). The volume provides edited recollections of “Dave,” many family members, and other employees drawn from oral history interviews. This finding aid is based largely on that information, other historical sources within the collection, and visits to Nordic Ware offices by National Museum of American History staff members Paula Johnson and Nanci Edwards (June 2006) and Paula Johnson and John Fleckner (August 2006).

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Scope and Contents note

The Nordic Ware collection consists of approximately twenty-eight cubic feet of records from the Northland Aluminum Company, most dealing with its Nordic Ware business. The Dalquist family recognized the importance of record keeping, and this collection documents very well the evolution of an entrepreneurial, family-owned American business from its earliest years.

Of particular interest for researchers may be the Pillsbury and Bundt Cake Pan dual marketing strategies, showcased mainly in Series 3, Marketing and Sales Records, 1948-2004, the introduction of ethnic cookware into American Culture through such dishes as the Rosettes and Timbales set and Taco dinner kit, the segmentation of product lines by price level to target consumers of differing incomes, and the issue of a trademarked term like “Bundt” becoming generic as seen in Series 6, Legal Records, 1962-1978. Series 4, Engineering Department Records, 1950-1994, provide in-depth documentation of the technical development of several of Nordic Ware’s innovative products.

Series 1, Historical and Background Materials, 1940s-2006

These materials provide a history of Dave Dalquist as an entrepreneur and how this led to his ownership of Northland Aluminum Products and the Nordic Ware brand. There are histories put together by the company as well financial summaries for some years. The series contains The Nordic Ware Saga, a book edited and produced by the Dalquist family, and America at Home: A Celebration of Twentieth-Century Housewares. Both books have valuable background information on the company and how it fits into the housewares industry. There also are materials from the original business, Plastics for Industry. An undated marketing booklet, published about 1990, briefly describes the company’s history and its product line and corporate structure. Additional company history is found in six installments written by Dave Dalquist under the title “From the Skipper” and covering the years 1946 to l985.

Series 2, David Dalquist Files, 1963-1993

David Dalquist, the president and founder of the company, kept these files in his office and home. Dalquist had no formal filing system and preferred to group records together as he used them. This order has been maintained as much as possible to the folder level. Several files contain information and notes from Dalquist’s attendance at the National Housewares Shows and the meetings held there with his sales representatives. The annual Housewares Shows in Chicago were key events in this industry and Nordic Ware made them a high priority. The sales meetings materials include speeches Dalquist delivered. This series reveals Dalquist’s involvement with every aspect of the company. It portrays an entrepreneur who began with an engineering degree, very limited capital, and no business experience. Dalquist built a multi-million dollar company while insisting on high ethical and business standards.

The several companies owned by the Dalquist family are documented in these files. There is a merger agreement between Northland Metal Finishers and Northland Aluminum. The records show the company went through several phases and had several brands besides Nordic Ware, including Minnesota Ware, DuNord, and Norcast.

Subseries 1, General and Department Records, 1967-1995

Dave Dalquist initially handled most of the company’s marketing and sales, but as the company grew, a separate department was created. Among other things, this department created sketches of new product ideas that employees submitted as part of the New Product Idea meetings periodically scheduled by Dave Dalquist. Several files contain this artwork and a design notebook. There are also the files of Doug White, a Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Other art renderings, such as line art used in catalogs, are in this series.

Subseries 2, Promotional and Trade Sales Materials, 1958-2004

This subseries consists both of advertising geared towards the trade industry and that aimed at the consumer to promote brand image and sales. A 1970s scrapbook is a record of cross-promotional offers in which Nordic Ware and other firms advertised their products together in a single advertisement. The scrapbook also documents Nordic Ware products offered as sales premiums. The advertisements are organized by the brand co-featured in the advertisement. The Bundt Pan was the predominant Nordic Ware product in these advertisements. The Pillsbury file is especially important as it shows the building of the dual marketing arrangement which allowed Bundt Pans to be packaged with Pillsbury mixes. Nordic Ware received national publicity that it would otherwise have been difficult to generate. The Bundt Pan was integrated into magazine recipes and articles and included in mentions of other brands. These records document the remarkably brief time in which the Bundt Pan achieved national recognition.

The trade market was critical to Nordic Ware. The Sales Guides, 1982-2004, were given to regional sales representatives with information on sales promotions and incentives to representatives for sales of Nordic Ware products in specific markets. The Guides also have product descriptions, so that each representative was fully familiar with the products. Along with these guides, Nordic Ware put out trade catalogs, also found in this subseries. Although there is no master list of the catalogs, many have been hand-dated by Nordic Ware employees. Many of the models in the catalogs and the advertisements were members of the Dalquist family, neighbors, and other acquaintances.

Subseries 3, Public Relations, 1948-1992

These materials mainly document a series of campaigns created by Sara Jean Thomas, a public relations contractor. She worked with the marketing and sales department to build the Nordic Ware brand and to create a series of television and radio product promotions in the form of household hints. Several scripts are included here along with details of the overall campaigns. There also are files documenting the reach of these promotions. Other materials include a press kit for Chef Tell, a celebrity chef who represented Nordic Ware products for several years and who made appearances at its booth at the National Housewares Shows. New product press releases (with photographs) and general public relations files (1986-1989), along with the Marketing Communication Plans (1987-1989), give details on the planning of other public relations efforts. The trade press clippings scrapbook documents mentions of Nordic Ware and its products, competitors’ advertising, and general developments in the house wares industry. Trade press clippings also are found in Series 8, subseries 4.

Series 4, Engineering Department Records, 1950-1994

The Engineering Department was vital to the success of Nordic Ware. Records in this series reveal the process by which a new product idea was developed, built, tested, and turned into a saleable product. Museum staff members selected the records in this series, occupying about five cubic feet, from a much larger group of files, roughly twenty-five feet in extent. The criteria for selection included substantive information on the design development of new products, especially those requiring substantial engineering work, and on product re-design to create cost efficiencies and resolve product problems.

Subseries 1, General Records, 1969-1992

These records deal with general departmental business and include incoming and outgoing correspondence and general files kept by individual engineers. They also provide operational information such as source for production materials, work orders processing, and treatment of employee issues in the department.

Subseries 2, Laboratory Notebooks, 1972, 1984-1993

Engineers in the department kept these notebooks mainly for developing design ideas and working out the technical logistics of bringing the designs into production. The notebooks also served as evidential records for patent disputes. The engineers signed and dated the pages of their notebooks as proof of when ideas were conceptualized and who recorded them.

Subseries 3, Product Files, 1976-1993, undated

These records originally were organized by product number, but no index to the numbering system accompanied the records so files of like products were grouped together. The Micro-Go-Round, Oven-Aire, and Wok are the most thoroughly documented. The records include blueprints at various stages of the products development, work orders for research and development, outside quotations, invoices, quality control tests and guidelines, memoranda to and from other company offices about product development, and other types of operational materials. Most of these products had multiple versions, and evidence of ongoing testing and modification is seen in the records.

These records document some of the innovation that made Nordic Ware an important presence in the housewares industry. The Micro-Go-Round was a particularly revolutionary product at the time, and the records show how the company recognized a need for the product and did what was necessary to develop it, although it had little or no experience with microwave technology. Micro-Go-Round records also are found in Subseries 5 of this series. The Oven-Aire required extensive development efforts to bring to fruition. The idea behind this product was to make conventional ovens cook more evenly and operate like a convection oven. The records include photographs of the original working model, tests done in some of the engineers’ home kitchens, and comparison photographs of foods cooked with and without the device. Though the product never took off in the market, the invention and development process is documented here from the perspective of the several parties who worked on it. To a much more limited degree, records for some of the other products -- like the Popgun Popcorn Popper and the Supremer Ice Creamer – demonstrate the design and development process. There is even information about packaging design for some of the products.

Subseries 4, New Product Ideas Files, 1976-1993

These records document Nordic Ware’s efforts to identify and develop a stream of new products and to involve employees in that process. They include product ideas submitted from outside the firm but primarily relate to New Product Meetings at which employees shared their own ideas. The meetings often included voting for the best ideas and for those that would be most feasible to manufacture. Most of the files contain original artwork, usually brought to the meeting by the marketing department. They also include lists of product ideas and who submitted them, ballots for the voting on the best ideas, and notes taken at the meetings. Several files have memoranda to the employees encouraging submission of ideas outside the annual meeting cycle. Related materials are found in Series 3, Marketing and Sales Records, 1948-2004, Subseries 1, General and Department Records, 1967-1995.

Subseries 5, General Research and Development, 1976-1993 This subseries mainly contains files on the development of microwave cookware products and the Micro-Go-Round. Dr. T.K. Ishii, a leading researcher in microwave technologies from Marquette University, served as a consultant to Nordic Ware. He advised on technical problems and explained processes to the Nordic Ware engineers to enable them to develop products. Other materials deal with the application and certification process for Underwriters Laboratories, an independent organization that tested products and certified them as meeting its safety standards.

Subseries 6, Patent Materials, 1950-1994

Many records in this subseries deal with the patent application process. An outside legal firm submitted Nordic Ware’s applications and negotiated with the Patent Office. The records include correspondence surrounding patent disputes and sworn affidavits by engineers submitted as proof of their work. Several reference files of non-Nordic Ware patents are in this subseries. Many were sent by the law office to Nordic Ware engineers to keep them current on new developments.

Subseries 7, Trade Associations, 1977-1994

These records reflect the participation of Engineering Department staff in trade associations, especially The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. Lloyd Keleny and several others were involved with the Microwave Oven Cookware Committee. The Society was concerned with the absence of standards for microwave ovens and the resulting problem that cookware used in these ovens was not always effective. The Committee gathered data and encouraged the microwave industry to recognize that consistency was needed. There also are files from the Frankfurt International Housewares Fair, 1994. Nordic Ware tried to build its presence internationally, and fairs such as this were opportunities to meet foreign manufacturers and distributors. They also enabled the company to see what was happening on a global level.

Series 5, Financial Records, 1948-1982

These records include financial information for Nordic Ware and other Dalquist interests, including Maid of Scandinavia Company, when it was still joined with Northland Aluminum Products, and the Minnesota Brand of Cookware. The intermixing of financial reports, invoices and receivables, petty cash receipts, and bank statements for the various enterprises demonstrates the close relationship of all of the beginning operations of the Dalquist family. There are many examples of consolidated financial information in the records including the balance sheets, combined financial reports, income statements, and the audit reports. Of particular interest is the accounting ledger (1949-1950) for Plastics for Industry, the Dalquist brothers’ original company. It has handwritten entries and shows the company’s simplified bookkeeping system. It also provides important financial data on the startup capital and the progress in the first year of business.

Reports created by the research firm Dunn and Bradstreet contain information submitted by the Dalquists to prove their credit worthiness to lenders. Several loan agreements document the company’s practice of borrowing money on future earnings in order to meet operating expenses and finance innovation. Machinery owned by Nordic Ware is listed in several factory inventories. The firm also leased machinery instead of buying in order to save money. Inventory summaries (1950-1978) detail the numbers and value of the unsold product then on hand.

Though Nordic Ware stock was never traded publically, there was an employee shareholder plan that included profit sharing. Records in this subseries document the evolution and operation of the plan, including one employee’s case for a public offering of the company stock. At some point Dave Dalquist did consider making the company public but decided to maintain private ownership. The emphasis on taking pride and ownership in the company was often repeated in memoranda that Dalquist wrote to employees about stock options. The records show that he was very conscious of morale and high standards of work within the company.

Series 6, Legal Records, 1962-1978

The bulk of these records deals with trademark issues, especially Nordic Ware’s creation, licensing, and protection of the “Bundt” mark. Included are copies of correspondence with the law firms that handled applications to the Patent and Trademark Office and correspondence from that office. Correspondence and legal papers document licensing negotiations with Pillsbury and others. In several instances Nordic Ware took legal steps when the Bundt Pan trademark was being misused.

Series 7, Recipes and Cookbooks, 1966-2004, undated

This series is comprised of a large selection of cookbooks and recipe files maintained by Dotty Dalquist and reflect her active role in business activities. She did much of her cooking and experimenting in a test kitchen in her own home and was integral to the preparation of foods to be photographed in Nordic Ware products. These photographs demonstrated the use of the products and were included in the advertisements, catalogs, and product or recipe brochures.

Subseries 1, Dotty Dalquist Recipe Files, bulk 1950s-1970s, mainly undated

Dotty Dalquist kept recipes, product booklets, notes, and other materials to aid in the development of her own recipes. She organized much of the material by food type, but she also had several files for specific Nordic Ware products. The Bundt Pan was a major product, and the files on it reflect that. As Nordic Ware sought new ways to promote the use of its products, Dalquist’s development of new and inventive recipes was a major part of that effort.

Subseries 2, Bundt Pan Cookbooks, 1966-2004

Nordic Ware published several books by Dotty Dalquist to promote use of the Bundt Pan. Pillsbury and other firms also published their own books. Pillsbury incorporated its products into the recipes to promote the dual product relationship between the Bundt Pan and the Pillsbury brand of cake mixes. These books were sold in stores and added as premiums to go along with the purchase of the other products.

Subseries 3, Other Recipe and Public Relations Materials, 1970-1996, undated

Recipe contests and a cookbook were among the efforts to involve employees with the Nordic Ware products and to generate new recipes and ideas. These files include photographs and entries and correspondence about these employee activities.

A file of correspondence, mainly to and from Dotty Dalquist, concerns problems consumers encountered using specific recipes that she had published. Consumers also wrote about recipes they had tried on their own and could not get satisfactory results with a Nordic Ware product. Dalquist’s problem-solving efforts were an example of the personal customer service in which Nordic Ware took pride.

Series 8, Non-Nordic Ware Reference Materials, 1940-2001, undated

The materials in this series were used by Nordic Ware as reference resources. They have been organized into subseries by type.

Subseries 1, Sponsored Cookbooks, 1943-1996, undated

Dotty Dalquist collected cookbooks published by a wide range of manufacturers and trade organizations. The cookbooks are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the sponsor. Many companies, such as Pillsbury and General Foods, put out these kinds of books to promote their own brands. This may have influenced Dalquist’s creation of her own Bundt Pan cookbook.

Subseries 2, Product Guides (some with recipes), 1940-1992, undated These product guides, for appliances and other items used in Dotty Dalquist’s kitchen, include use instructions and, often, recipes. Nordic Ware often included recipes in the print materials packaged with its products and associated with its advertising.

Subseries 3, Home and Food Related Ephemera, 1950-1980, undated

These materials include booklets of general household hints, recipe cards published by various organizations, and information on food processes.

Subseries 4, Periodicals, 1967-2001

Several scrapbooks in this subseries contain clippings from various trade publications. Some focus on Nordic Ware and Northland Aluminum Products in articles or advertisements while others contain industry, including competitors’, product advertisements. There are several issues of trade periodicals with Nordic Ware related stories. Trade press clippings also are found in Series 3, Marketing and Sales Records, 1948-2004, Subseries 3, Public Relations, 1948-1992.

Subseries 5, Newsletters, 1961, 1973-1987, undated Most of these newsletters were for reference use with Nordic Ware’s microwave cookware projects. With its extensive line of these microwave products, there was an active effort to stay up to date with the field. The firm also tried to find different kinds of foods and recipes that could be prepared using a microwave oven.

Series 9, Photographs, 1940s-2006, undated

This series consists of a wide range of photographic prints re-housed in archival sleeves and assembled into a single binder. The photographs are arranged roughly by image content and document the Dalquist family and employees; factory and offices scenes, including a series of black and white images by Mel Jacobsen, a commercial photographer; and product displays at trade shows and other locations. The photographs also include a few images of Nordic Ware products and of baked foods and black and white images of plastic molds created by Plastics for Industry. Most of the photographs are undated and many are unidentified. There is a View Master viewer with one viewing card containing photographs assembled for Nordic Ware’s sixtieth anniversary in 2006. Series 2, David Dalquist Files, includes five photographs of foods baked in Bundt Pans. Series 3, Marketing and Sales Records, Subseries 1, General and Department Records, 1967-1995, has photographs of a factory outlet store and product displays.

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Arrangement note

The collection is divided into nine series.

Series 1: Historical and Background Materials, 1940s-2006

Series 2: David Dalquist Files, 1963-1993

Series 3: Marketing and Sales Records, 1948-2004

Subseries 1, General and Department Records, 1967-1995

Subseries 2, Promotional and Trade Sales Materials, 1958-2004

Subseries 3, Public Relations, 1948-1992

Series 4: Engineering Department Records, 1950-1994

Subseries 1, General Records, 1969-1992

Subseries 2, Laboratory Notebooks, 1972, 1984-1993

Subseries 3, Product Files, 1976-1993, undated

Subseries 4, New Product Ideas Files, 1976-1993

Subseries 5, General Research and Development, 1950-1994

Subseries 6, Patent Materials, 1950-1994

Subseries 7, Trade Associations, 1977-1994

Series 5: Financial Records

Series 6: Legal records

Series 7: Recipes and Cookbooks

Subseries 1, Dotty Dalquist Recipe Files, 1950s-1970s, undated

Subseries 2, Bundt Pan Cookbooks, 1966-2004

Subseries 3, Other Recipe and Public Relations Materials, 1970-1996, undated

Series 8, Non-Nordic Ware Reference Materials

Subseries 1, Sponsored Cookbooks, 1943-1996, undated

Subseries 2, Product Guides (with some recipes), 1940-1992, undated

Subseries 3, Home and Food Related Ephemera, 1950-1980, undated

Subseries 4, Periodicals, 1967-2001

Subseries 5, Newsletters, 1961, 1973-1981, undated

Series 9: Photographs, 1940s-2006, undated

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The Division of Work and Industry holds thirty-six objects from Nordic Ware (Accession # 2007.0034), including Bundt Pans in a variety of shapes, foundry patterns and molds for Nordic Ware products, a wood panel display of products manufactured by Plastics for Industry, three versions of the Micro-Go-Round, and other kitchenware products.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Catalogs
  • Cookbooks
  • Correspondence--1950-2000.
  • Correspondence--2000-2010
  • Design drawings--1950-2000
  • Financial records
  • Legal records
  • Photographs--2000-2010
  • Photographs--20th century

Geographic Name(s)

  • Minneapolis (Minn.)

Subject(s)

  • Aluminum
  • Baked products
  • Bakery equipment and supplies industry
  • Baking
  • Baking pans
  • Cookery, American
  • Ethnic food industry
  • Kitchen utensil industry
  • Kitchen utensils

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1: Historical and Background Materials, 1940s-2006

Box Folder

Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation, 1964

1 1

Company History Information and Financial Summaries, 1972-1979

1 2

Employee Policies and Procedures, undated

1 3

Invitations to Nordic Ware Related Events, 1963, 1970, 1977, 1981

1 4

The Nordic Ware Saga, 2006

1 5

Materials Used for Nordic Ware Saga, 2002-2006

1 6

America at Home: A Celebration of Twentieth-Century Housewares, 1997

1 7

The Nordic Line Employee Newsletter, 1973-1981

1 8

Northland Aluminum Company Flyers, circa 1905

1 9

Plastics for Industry Brochure with Original Artwork, 1940s

1 10

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 Series 2: David Dalquist Files, 1963-1993

Box Folder

Agreement of Merger, June 19, 1974

2 1

Balance Sheets, 1969, 1976-1979

2 2

Bank Premium Offer, Correspondence and Advertising Materials, 1974-1975

2 3

Barbeque Correspondence and Promotional Materials, 1985-1986

2 4

Barbeque Correspondence and Promotional Materials, 1987

2 4

Barbeque Correspondence and Promotional Materials, 1987

2 5

Barbeque Product File, 1985

2 6

Belgian Waffler, Crepe French Skillet Demo Kit Master File, 1985

2 7

Blueprint for Success, 1979

2 8

Boat, 1968-1974

2 9

Brown and Bigelow Gift "Playgrounds of the World"

2 10

Bundt Pan Recipes with Photographs, 1973

2 11

Correspondence about Pollution License and Teflon Odor, 1970-1971

2 12

DuNord Proposal, undated

2 13

Dupont Magazine article approval copy, April 30, 1974

2 14

General Correspondence and Memoranda, 1970-1986

3 1

General Office Files, July 1976

3 2

General Office Files, 1980-1982

3 3

Inventory Management Seminar, undated

3 4

Joint Promotion with Banks, 1975


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 5
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 9 31

Box Folder

Jorgen Jorgenson Work Files, 1977-1990

3 6

Kenro Corporation Information

3 7

Letterhead Samples

3 8

Manufacturing Equipment and Processes, undated

3 10

Marketing Man Advertisement Copy, 1973

3 11

Mirro Product File, 1973

3 12

Miscellaneous Brochures, Clippings, and Donation Solicitations, undated

3 13

Micellaneous Correspondence, including a 1993 memorandum summarizing the business history, 1947-1993

3 14

Multi-Fry Cook, January 1978

3 15

National Housewares Exhibit, June 1967

4 1

National Housewares Exhibit, January 1968

4 2

National Housewares Exhibit, July 1969

4 3

National Housewares Exhibit, January 1970

4 4

National Housewares Exhibit, July 1970

4 5

National Housewares Exhibit, January 11-15, 1971

4 6

National Housewares Exhibit, July 9-13, 1973

4 7

New Products Focus Groups, August 1988

4 8

Operation and Production, 1970-1971, 1973

4 9

Pillsbury Bakeoff Booklet and Contestant Correspondence, 1971

4 10

Prince Die Cast Machine, 1970

4 11

Overseas Production Materials, 1969-1970

4 12

Product Advertisements, circa 1970

4 13

Product Catalog with Revisions, 1975

4 14

Product Information, 1975

4 15

Proposal for Specialty Cookware Manufacturing, February 15, 1975

4 16

Sales Information, 1976-1977

5 1

Rough Draft of Company History, October 4, 1968

5 2

Sales Guide, 1982

5 3

Sales Guide 1, 1984

5 4

Sales Guide 2, 1984

5 5

Sales Meeting, July 1963

5 6

Sales Meeting, January 1966, July 1965

5 7

Sales Meeting, January 9, 1966

5 8

Sales Meeting, January 16, 1972

5 9

Sales Meeting, July 1972

5 10

Sales Meeting, January 14, 1973

5 11

Sales Meeting, January 1974, July 1973

5 12

Sales Meeting, July 4, 1974

6 1

Sales Meeting, January 11, 1976

6 2

Sales Meeting, January 1977

6 3

Sales Meeting, Summer 1978

6 4

Sales Meeting, November 3, 1985

6 5

Sales Representative Kit, 1975

6 6

Sales Representative Product Releases with Photographs, 1973

6 7

Sexual Harassment, 1972

6 8

Trademark Disputes, 1974, 1977

6 9

Trade Literature and Sales Meeting Materials Results, 1967-1974

6 10

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Program and Invitation, 1971

6 11

Vikron Brochure, Edited Copy, undated

6 12

What Does It Take to Launch My Company? Paper with Photographs, undated

6 13

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 Series 3: Marketing and Sales Records, 1948-2004

 Subseries 1: General and Department Records, 1967-1995

Box Folder

American Kitchen Life Survey, 1991

7 1

Brand Name and Trademark Listing, undated

7 2

Bundt Carton Design and Printing, 1971

7 3

Bundt Cookbook Press Release and TV Promotion, undated

56 7
Map-case Drawer Folder

Consumer Appeal Packaging (trade poster), Pick-A-Pan; "In Major Magazines;" Demonstration Today, 1977, undated

8 9 35
Box Folder

Cookware Label Count, September 16, 1970

7 4

Crepes and Things Line Art, undated

7 5

Factory Outlet Photographs and Information, 1994

7 6

French Skillet Sales Script, undated

7 7

Hardware Show Sales Meeting, August 9, 1987

7 8

Hasbro Home Products File, 1971

7 9

Holey Smoker Invention Manufacturing Proposal, undated

7 10

Housewares Show Sales Meeting, January 10, 1997

7 11

Housewares Show Sales Meeting, 1997 January 10

7 12

Kaiser Backform Bundt Distributor Solicitation, 1974

7 13

Kitchen Bakeware Brand Image Analysis, 1995

7 14

Krumkake Iron Product Line Art, undated

7 15

Krumkake Iron and Cone Maker Line Art, undated

7 16

Magazine Recipes, 1967, 1973-1975

53 13

Marketing Plans and Recommendations, July 1983

7 17

The Media School Handbook, undated

7 18

The Metal Cookware and Bakeware Industry Report, 1989-1990

8 1

Microwave Cookware Marketing Facts, 1985-1986

8 2

National Housewares Exhibit, January 1975

8 3

New Product Concepts Focus Group, 1987

8 4

New Product Design Book, John N. Taylor, 1982-1991

8 5

New Product Exploration Focus Group, 1988

8 6

New Product Ideas Original Sketches, circa 1984

8 7

New Products Examination Focus Group, 1989

8 8

"Over 300 Ways to Use Your Bundt Book" Promotional Mailing and Responses, 1973-1974

8 9

Original Design Sketches and Copies, Multifryer, undated

8 10

Waren Peterson?: Book of Sales Contacts, undated

8 11

Warren Peterson: Sales File Prints, undated

8 12

Pillsbury Allowance Agreement, 1973-1974

8 13

Popgun Focus Groups, 1987

8 14

Printing Numbers for Labels 1, 1971

8 15

Product Demonstration Manual, undated

8 16

Programs (Promotions), 1991

8 17

Robin Hood Bundt Agreement, 1976

8 18

Rosette and Timbale Set Product Line Art, undated

8 19

Sales Meeting, January 1974

8 20

Sales Representative Correspondence and Sales Figures, 1973-1985

8 21

Sales Representatives Photo Contest, 1973

9 1

Trade Folder, 1983

9 2

Trade Sales Arrangements, 1970, 1976-1977

9 3

Doug White: Line Art Sell Sheets, undated

9 4

Doug White: New Product Idea Suggestions and Disclosure Forms, 1987-1990

9 5

Doug White: New Product Idea Suggestions and Disclosure Forms, 1991-1992

9 6

Doug White: Nordic Ware History

9 7

Doug White: Price List Line Art, 1992, undated

9 8

Doug White: Sales Guide (edited), about 1990

9 9

Doug White: Product Literature and Letterhead Samples

9 10

Doug White: Sample Nordic Ware News Sheets, 1985

9 11

 Subseries 3: Public Relations, 1948-1992

Box Folder

America's New Way to Cook Promotion TV Result, December 4, 1986

14 4

Better Homes and Garden New York Trips, 1986-1987, 1986-1987

14 5

Consumer Hotline Interview with Kathy Hengle, 1987

14 6

Cook's Corner Radio Promotion Results, 1986

14 7

Chef Tell Press Kit, undated

14 8

Consumer Product Releases, undated

14 9

Correspondence about Public Relations, 1988-1989

14 10

Extra Photographs of Tender Cooker, Popgun Popcorn Popper, Waffler, Micro-Go-Round, and the Supremer Ice Creamer

14 11

Donavon Jon Fandre, Microwave Cook Press Information

14 12

Free TV Promotional Script, 1987

14 13

General Public Relations File, 1986-1987

14 14

General Public Relations File, 1988-1989

14 15

The Great Escape Promotional Script, 1987

14 16

Great Escape Advertising Layout, 1987

53 20

Marketing Communications Plan, 1987-1988

14 17

Marketing Communications Plan, 1988-1989

14 18
Map-case Drawer Folder

McCormick Place Fire, Newspapers, 1967

8 9 32
Box Folder

Nordic Ware Consumer Newsletters with Additional Photographs, 1988

14 19

"Nordic Ware Family Ties Up Market Niches," Entrée, 1987

53 18

Nordic Ware Press Kit, undated

14 20
Map-case Drawer Folder

Newspaper Advertisements, 1965-1980

8 9 23
Box Folder

Potomac Videos News Releases Production, 1986

14 21

Potomac Black and White Mat Releases, 1987

15 1

Product Promotions in Newspaper Results, undated

15 2

Product Slides, undated

15 3

"Product Mentions," (Clippings and Circulation Reports), 1985-1988

49 1

"Product Mentions," (Clippings and Circulation Reports), 1986-1987

50 1

Public Relations Memoranda from Sara Jean Thomas, 1989

15 4

Pubsat Video Promotional Work, 1987

15 5

Radio Scripts and Pickup Reports for Product Promotion, 1987

15 6

Results from Public Relations Campaigns, 1988-1989

15 7

Results of Consumer Public Relation Program (Print), 1987-1988

15 8

Sara Jean Thomas-Consumer Communications Plan Agreement, 1985

15 9

Today's Trend Radio Promotion Results, 1986

15 10

Trade press Clippings, 1948, 1950s, 1968

56 6

Trade press Clippings, 1967-1992, undated

53 15

Trade Press Clippings Scrapbooks, 1981-1983


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   52 1-3
  Binder Folder
Mixed materials   51 1-3

Box Folder

Twin Cities Product Introduction Party, September 24, 1986

15 11

Video News Release for Product Promotion, 1987

15 12

 Subseries 2: Promotional and Trade Sales Materials, 1985-2004

Box Folder

Twelve Cup and Original Bundt Pan Catalog Page Line Art on Board, September 25, 1990

47 1

Alternate Ad LayoutsGood Housekeeping, 1973

53 11

Bakeware and Bundt Pan Display Line Art on Board, undated

47 2

Bank Premium Offers, Correspondence and Advertising Materials, 1974-1975

54 14

Barbeque Demonstration Kit, undated

10 1

Bundt and Bundtlette Pan Catalog Page Line Art on Board, undated

47 3

Bundt Pan Catalog Line Art on Board, October 2, 1990

47 4

Bundt Pan Catalog Page Line Art on Board, October 30, 1990

47 5

Bundt Pan Catalog Page Line Art on Board, undated

47 6

Bundt Pans with Cookbook Catalog Page Line Art, undated

47 7

Casserole Dish, undated

53 20

Catalogs and Price Lists, 1950s

56 1

Catalogs and Price Lists, 1958, 1963, 1966, 1968-1970, 1972, 1973

56 2

Catalogs and Price Lists, 1973-1974

56 3

Catalogs and Price Lists, 1976-1978

56 4

Catalogs and Price Lists, 1979-1982

56 5

Catalogs and Price Lists, 1984-1985

57 1

Catalogs and Price Lists, 1986, 1989

57 2

Catalogs and Price Lists, 1991, undated

57 3

Cookware Catalog Page Line Art on Board, September 21, 1990

47 8

Cross-Promotional Materials, 1972

10 2

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - 3 Minute Brand and Nordic Ware

10 3

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Betty Crocker and Nordic Ware


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   53 2
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 4

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Blue Diamond and Nordic Ware


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   53 3
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 5

Box Folder

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Creammette and Nordic Ware

10 6

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Dominos and Nordic Ware


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   53 4
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 7

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Jello and Nordic Ware


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 8
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   53 5

Box Folder

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Libby and Nordic Ware

10 9

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Magazine Recipes using Nordic Ware Products


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 10
  Box Binder
Mixed materials   53 6

Box Folder

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Mail-In Nordic Ware Only Offers

10 11

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Miscellaneous Brands with Nordic Ware Products in Alphabetical Order


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   53 7
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 12

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Multiple Brands in One Ad with Nordic Ware Products


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   53 8
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 13

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Pillsbury and Nordic Ware


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   10 14
  Box Binder
Mixed materials   53 9

Box Folder

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Recipe Booklets and Nordic Ware

10 15

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Robin Hood and Nordic Ware

10 16
Map-case Drawer Folder

Cross-Promotional (oversized): 3-Minute Oats, Jello, Pillsbury, 1975, undated

8 9 34
Box Folder

Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Results of Campaigns

10 17

Factory Outlet Sales Flyers, undated

10 18

Hearty Breakfast Promotion, 1974

10 19

Industrial Services Brochure, undated

10 20

Japanese Catalog Pages and Sales Information, 1984

10 21

Japanese Microwave Product Display, undated

10

Lutheran Brotherhood, Sales Campaign, 1970

53 17

Maid of Scandinavia Catalog, 1974

10 23

Maid of Scandinavia Catalog, 1988-1989

10 24

Maid of Scandinavia Catalog, 1992-1993

10 25

Micro-Go-Round Catalog Page Line Art on Board, September 21, 1990

47 9

Micro-Go-Round Catalog Page Line Art, September 26, 1990

47 10

Micro-Go-Round Catalog Page Line Art on Board, October 19, 1990

47 11

Microwave Ten-piece Set Catalog Page Line Art on Board, July 27, 1990

47 12

Microwave All-in-One Set Catalog Page Line Art, undated

47 13

Microwave Cookware Catalog Page Line Art on Board, February 2, 1990

47 14

Microwave Cookware Catalog Page Line Art on Board, September 26, 1990

47 15

Norcast

10 26

Nordic Ware Brochures, 1994, undated

10 27

Microwave Cookware Catalog Page Line Art on Board, October 30, 1990

47 16

Microwave Cookware with Betty Crocker Catalog Page Line Art on Board, undated

47 17

Microwave Products Catalog Page Line Art, October 11, 1990

46 18

Miscellaneous Nordic Ware and Minnesota Ware Product Labels, undated

10 28

Molds Catalog Page Line Art on Board, September 21, 1990

47 19

News from the Nordic Ware Kitchen and Demonstration Instructions, undated

10 29

Nordic Ware Promotion with Norman Rockwell Lithographs, 1970s

10 30

Oven-Aire Catalog Page Line Art on Board, undated

47 20

Pillsbury Bake Off Tear Off Recipe Coupons, undated

11 1

Press Kit, 1983

11 2

Point-of-Purchase Product Advertisements, about 1974

11 3

Product Advertising Leaflets, undated

11 4

Product Advertising Postcards, about 1950-1960s

11 5

Product Instruction and Care Guides (some with recipes), undated

11 6

Product Recipe Books, undated

11 7

Product Sales Ephemera, undated

11 8

S & H Green Stamps Booklet and Gold Bell Gift Stamps Coupon Book, 1963

11 9

S & H Idea Book, 1975

11 10

Sales Guide, 1982-1983

11 11

Sales Guide, April 1986

12 1

Sales Guide Show Update, April 1986

12 2

Sales Guide, November 1986

12 3

Sales Guide 1, 1987

12 4

Sales Guide 2, 1987

12 5

Sales Guide, 1990

12 6

Sales Guide, 1992

12 7

Sales Guide, 1993

12 8

Sales Guide, 1994

12 9

Sales Guide 1, 1995

13 1

Sales Guide 2, 1995

13 2

Sales Guide, 1998

13 3

Sales Guide, 2000

13 4

Sales Guide, 2004

13 5

Sales Product Kit, 1983

14 1

Sizzler Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 July 27, July 27, 1990

47 21

Swedish Rosettes Advertisement on Board, undated

14 2

Top Value Stamps Gift Catalog, 1974

14 3

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 Series 4: Engineering Department Records, 1950-1994

 Subseries 1: General Records, 1969-1992

Box Folder

Alex Darbut, Project Engineer: Premix Inc. Correspondence, Quotes, Invoices, and Materials Information, April 1977-1978

15 13

Alex Darbut, Project Engineer: Premix Inc. Correspondence, Quotes, Invoices, and Materials Information, May-December 1978

15 14

Clad metal Brochure, 1969

16 1
Map-case Drawer Folder

Floor Plan, Second Floor Packing Area, 1971

8 9 30
Box Folder

Correspondence with Peter Jurgensen, December 1982 - January 1, 1983

16 2

General Correspondence, 1977, 1985-1989

16 3

General Correspondence, 1990

16 4

Goals for Engineering Department, 1988-1991

16 5

Liberty Mutual Insurance Consumer Claim

16 6

Lloyd Keleny: Correspondence and Project Notes, 1984-1993

16 7

Lloyd Keleny: Memoranda about Engineering, 1984-1992

16 8

Robotic Arm Proposals, 1991

16 9

Robotic Arm Sales Literature from GMF, 1991

16 10

Robotic Arm Sales Literature from Miscellaneous Companies, 1991

16 11

 Subseries 2: Laboratory Notebooks, 1972, 1984-1993

Box Folder

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1972, 1985

17 1

Alex Darbut, 1984

17 2

Mark Faitel, February-August 1988

17 3

Lloyd Keleny, July 1986 - May 1987

17 4

Lloyd Keleny, May 19 - November 23, 1987

17 5

Lloyd Keleny, January 21, 1988

17 6

Lloyd Keleny, January 3, 1989 - January 11, 1990

17 7

Lloyd Keleny, January 11, 1990

17 8

Lloyd Keleny, October 1990 - October 1991

17 9

Lloyd Keleny, December 1992 - July 1993

17 10

Lloyd Keleny, July 1993

18 1

Rod Rueter, 1985

18 2

Rod Rueter, 1993

18 3

 Subseries 3: Product Files, 1976-1993, undated

Box Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Assembly Diagrams, undated

18 4

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Blue Line Prints, August-September 1978

18 5

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Convection Oven, 1986-1987

18 6

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Diode Testing, 1982

18 7

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Electric Correspondence and Diagrams, 1978

18 8

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Electric Model, 1980

18 9

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Escapement Supplier, 1982

18 10

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], General, 1980-1982

18 11

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Mechanical Production Memos, Invoices, and Parts Lists, 1979-1980


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   18 12
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 9 16

Box Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Meeting Minutes, July 25, 1989

19 1

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Microwave Powered Turntable Blue Line Prints, April-September 1978

54 1
Map-case Drawer Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Microwave Carousel, Mechanical, 1982

8 8 11

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Microwave Carousel, Mechanical, 1984-1985

8 9 20
Box Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Microwave Powered Turntable, 1982

19 2

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Microwave Powered Turntable, 1983

19 3

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Microwave Powered Turntable, 1984

19 4

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Microwave Powered Turntable Blue Line Prints with Pencil Sketches and Notes, April-October 1978

54 2
Map-case Drawer Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Microwave Turntable, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1986

8 9 25
Box Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Miscellaneous Drawings, 1984, 1988, 1991

54 13

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Mold Production (Blue Line Prints), 1984-1986

19 5

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Non-Disclosure Agreements with Outside Parties, 1984

19 6

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Patent Applications with Denials, Test Reports, and Notes (Blue Line Prints), 1978-1981


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   19 7
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 7

Box Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Patent Dispute, 1986

19 9

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Patent Status, 1983, 1985, 1986

19 9

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus and Kluge Incorporated, 1986-1987

19 10
Map-case Drawer Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Proposed Office Expansion, undated

8 8 5

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus and C.K. Products Assembly, 1984-1986, 1989


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   19 11
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 4

Box Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus and Rood Tool Company, Incorporated, 1984-1986

19 12

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus Assembly Cost Figures, 1984

19 13

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus Packaging, December 1984 - 1985

19 14

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus Packaging Correspondence, January - February 1985

19 15

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus Research and Development, 1982-1986

19 16
Map-case Drawer Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus Research and Development, 1984

8 9 19
Box Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus Testing/Quality Control, bulk, 1985, 1986-1991

20 1

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Plus Upgrade for Hardee's, 1986

20 2

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Quality Control, 1980-1982, 1985-1986


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   20 3
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 2

Box Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Silent Escapement (Prints), 1981-1983

20 4

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Silent Springs Tests, Memoranda, and Blueline Prints, 1982, 1985, 1991

20 5

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Silent Springs Tests, Memoranda, and Patent Information, 1982-1986

20 6

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Stop Button, work orders, memos, and samples Blue Line Prints, 1979, 1981-1982, 1987


  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 1
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   20 7

Box Folder

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Toughest Turntable Tests, 1985-1986

20 8

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Toughest Turntable Tests, 1987

20 9

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Toy Motor (Blue Line Prints), 1983-1984

21 1

Micro-Go-Round [MGR], Working Drawings, 1982

21 2

Oven-Aire, Clutch Arbor Prints, 1992- March 1993


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   21 3
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   54 5

Oven-Aire, Cold Head Gear, Specifications, Drawings, Memos, 1992


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   21 4
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   54 8

Box Folder

Oven-Aire, Correspondence, December 1980 - 1988

21 5

Oven-Aire, Developmental Testing, 1992

21 6

Oven-Aire, Fan Blade, Proposals, Drawings, Test Results Blue Line Prints, 1992

21 7

Oven-Aire, In Process Inspection Forms with Technical Drawings Blue Line Prints, 1992


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   21 8
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 9 17

Box Folder

Oven-Aire, Meeting Minutes, 1982, 1988, March 1989

21 9

Oven-Aire, Memoranda and Tests, 1988

21 10

Oven-Aire, Memoranda, 1989-1992

21 11

Oven-Aire, Project Changes Blue Line Prints, 1991


  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 9
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   21 12

Box Folder

Oven-Aire, Project Costs, 1992 - January 1993

21 13

Oven-Aire, Product Development, Memoranda, Meeting Notes, Miscellaneous, 1991-1993

21 14

Oven-Aire, Project Drawings, 1992


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   54 10
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   21 15

Map-case Drawer Folder

Oven-Aire, Prototype, 1981-1982

8 8 6
Box Folder

Oven-Aire, Quality Assurance Reports, June - July 1992

22 1

Oven-Aire, Quality Assurance Reports, August - December 1992

22 2

Oven-Aire, Research Articles, 1980s

22 3

Oven-Aire, Springs Specifications, Invoices, and Torque Sheets, 1992 - January 1993

22 4

Oven-Aire, Tri-Tek Invoices, 1988 - January 1989

22 5

Oven-Aire, Work Orders, December 1980 - February 1981

22 6

Oven-Aire, Work Orders, Test Photos, and Memorandums, 1990-1992

22 7

Wok, Alex Darbut: Patent Applications and Correspondence, 1978-1979

22 8

Wok, Electric Meeting Minutes and Memoranda, 1984, 1987-1993

22 9

Wok, Canadian Electric (Blue Line Prints), 1981-1982

22 10

Wok, Electric Base, 1988, 1990


  Map-case Drawer Binder
Mixed materials   8 8 3
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   22 11

Box Folder

Wok, Electric Hardware, 1988-1989

22 12

Wok, Electric Packaging, 1988-1989

22 13

Wok, Electric Probe Quality Control, 1988-1989

22 14

Wok, Electric Research and Development Blue Line Prints, 1986-1989


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   22 15
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 7

Box Folder

Wok, Electric Spinner, Work Orders, Invoices, 1988, 1990

22 16

Wok, Electric Steel Bowl Blue Line Prints, 1988, 1990, 1992


  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 9 24
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   23 1
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 12

Box Folder

Wok, Electric Steel Welding Fixture, 1990-1991

23 2

Wok, Electric Underwriter Laboratories Approval, 1988-1989, 1992

23 3

Wok, Electric Use of Durez Phenolic, 1991-1992

23 4

Wok, Electric Work Orders, Invoices, and Drawings Blue Line Prints, 1979-1984


  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 9 22
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   54 6
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   23 5

Box Folder

Wok, Electric Work Orders, Invoices, and Drawings, 1985-1993

23 6
Map-case Drawer Folder

Wok, Heating Element Bracket, 1988

8 9 23
Box Folder

Wok, Jorgen Jorgenson: Electric Correspondence, Reference Materials, and Drawings Blue Line Prints, 1977

23 7

Wok, Jorgen Jorgenson: Electric Correspondence, Reference Materials, and Drawings Blue Line Prints, 1977

54 7

Wok, Jorgen Jorgenson: Electric Correspondence, Reference Materials, and Drawings, 1978-1984

23 8

Wok, Stove Top, 1977-1984

23 9

Wok, Steel Trim Cutters, 1988-1990

23 10

Burger Maker Drawings, 1987-1989


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   54 9
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   23 11

Box Folder

Deluxe Gas Grill Part Lists, 1991

23 12

Distilled Water Unit, Drawing, 1989

53 12

Electric Buffet Griddle King Memoranda and Work Orders, 1979-1980

23 13

Electric Crepe Pan (French) Standards Information and Correspondence, 1976

24 1

Electric Crepe Pan (German) Standards Information, Correspondence, and Costs, 1977

24 2

Electric Crepe Pan (Canadian) Inspection Reports, Correspondence about Product Standards, and Status, 1981-1983


  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 9 21
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   24 3

Box Folder

Electric Waffle Maker Memorandums, Meeting Minutes, Drawings, and Non-Nordic Ware Waffle Advertisements, 1984-1988

24 4

Electric Waffler Tooling Equipment Sales Lists and Information, 1982

24 5

Emperor Pan Memoranda and Work Orders, 1980-1981

24 6

Five-in-One Electric Appliance Sketches and Test Memorandums, 1988


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   53 10
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   24 8

Box Folder

High Pressure Washer Meetings, 1987-1988

24 9

Mexican Kitchen Set, December 1981-1982

24 10

Microwave Chili Set, Meeting Minutes, 1982

24 11
Map-case Drawer Folder

Microwave Cookware, Reversible Grill'n Baking Sheet, 1978

8 9 28

Microwave Cookware, Casserole, Soup R' Mug, 1982

8 9 29
Box Folder

Microwave Hot Dog Research, Notes, Memoranda, Research, 1982

24 12

Microwave Pressure Cooker Finite Element, about 1980s


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   24 13
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   54 12

Box Folder

Microwave Pressure Cooker Prototype, Evaluation and Final Report, about 1980

24 14

Microwave Proper Popcorn Cover, 1980-1981, 1982, 1985


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   24 16
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 10

Microwave Proper Popcorn Base Work Orders, Invoices, and Correspondence with TSI about Mold Dispute, 1980-1987


  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 14
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   25 1

Box Folder

Microwave Tender Cooker, 1986

25 2

Microwave Tender Cooker, 1987 - January 1988

25 3

Microwave Wood Product Ideas, 1982

25 4

Multi-Fry-Cook, Correspondence, Underwriters Laboratories Documents, Notes, 1977-1978

25 5

Multi-Fry-Cook, Drawings and Prints, 1982-1986


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   25 6
  Box Folder
Mixed materials   54 11

Box Folder

Popgun Popcorn Popper Memorandums about Cost, January 25, 1988, March 1991, October 1990

25 7

Popgun Popcorn Popper Packaging Literature and Tests, 1987

25 8

Popgun Popcorn Popper Patent Application, 1987

25 9

Popgun Popcorn Popper Production and Assembly, 1986-1987


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   25 10
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 8

Popgun Popcorn Popper Research and Development Issues with Kluge, 1987


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   25 11
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 15

Box Folder

Popgun Popcorn Popper Research and Development Work Orders, and Invoices, 1987

25 12

Solar Lights, 1988

25 13

Supremer Ice Creamer Assembly (Prints), 1986

25 14

Supremer Ice Creamer Liquid Crystal Thermometer Samples, Costs, and Plans, 1986

26 1

Supremer Ice Creamer Memoranda, 1986

26 2

Supremer Ice Creamer Packaging, 1986

26 3

Supremer Ice Creamer Prototype, 1986

26 4

Supremer Ice Creamer Quality Control, 1986-1987


  Box Folder
Mixed materials   26 5
  Map-case Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   8 8 13

Box Folder

Supremer Ice Creamer, Refrigerant Disperser, 1986-1988

26 6

Supremer Ice Creamer Total Cost Reports, 1986

26 7

Taco Fryer, January 1982

54 3

 Subseries 4: New Product Ideas Files, 1976-1993

Box Folder

Chris Kosson: New Products Meeting Notes, 1992

26 8

Jorgen Jorgenson: New Product Ideas Meeting Minutes, Notes, and Research, 1979-1983

26 9

Jorgen Jorgenson: New Product Ideas Meeting Notes, Memoranda, Sketches, and Reference Materials, 1986

26 10

Lloyd Keleny: New Product Meeting Minutes, Correspondence, Competitor Product Releases, and Sketches, 1983-1985

26 11

Lloyd Keleny: New Product Meeting Minutes, Correspondence, Competitor Product Releases, and Sketches, 1986-1993

26 12

Nancy Dahl: New Product Ideas Meeting Notes Minutes, Sketches and Research Materials, 1986-1987

27 1

New Product Ideas Solicitations, 1976, 1978, undated

27 2

New Product Meetings (Materials), 1982-1985

27 3

New Product Meeting, July 28, 1986

27 4

New Product Meeting, Jun e30, 1987

27 5

New Product Meeting, June 7, 1988

27 6

New Product Meeting, June 22, 1989

27 7

New Product Meeting, June 21, 1990

27 8

New Product Meeting, June 7, 1991

28 1

Penny Druk: New Product Memoranda and Meeting Notes, 1981-1987

28 2

 Subseries 5: General Research and Development, 1976-1993

Box Folder

Correspondence about Testing, Drawings, and Prints, 1985-1993

28 3

Dr. T.K. Ishii: Correspondence and Research, 1980-1984

28 4

Dr. T.K. Ishii: Correspondence and Research, 1990

28 5

Dr. T.K. Ishii's Milwaukee Trip to Nordic Ware, November 2, 1982

28 6

Electrical Appliance Probe Drawings, Notes, and Correspondence, 1976-1985

28 7

Microwave Product Development Memoranda and Correspondence, 1977-1978

29 1

Miscellaneous Competitor Materials, 1986-1987

29 2

Research and Tests for Materials Used in Production, 1984-1991

29 3

Underwriters Laboratories Application, Certification, and Notices, 1984, 1987

29 4
Map-case Drawer Folder

Pan Opener Assembly for Nordic Ware, 1985

8 9 26
Box Folder

Brake Assembly, 1984

29 27

 Subseries 6: Patent Materials, 1950-1994

Box Folder

Correspondence about Patent Applications and Approvals, 1992, January 1993, July 1994

29 5

Don Nygren: Patent Correspondence, Applications, and References, 1978-1980

29 6

Microwave Food Cooking, Non-Nordic Ware Patents, 1975-1991

29 7

Microwave Patents, Non-Nordic Ware, including correspondence, 1981-1987

29 8

Non-Nordic Ware Drying Patents, 1950, 1966-1976

29 9

Non-Nordic Ware Ice Cream Maker Patents and Marketing Materials, 1984-1987

29 10

Patent Applications, Correspondence, and Reference Copies, 1984-1993

30 1

Patent Dispute, Microware Turntable, 1985

30 2

 Subseries 7: Trade Associations, 1977-1994

Box Folder

International Power Institute Information, Correspondence and Meetings, 1977-1978

30 3

Frankfurt Fair, February 20, 1994

30 4

Frankfurt Fair Non-Nordic Ware Sales Catalogs, February 20, 1994

30 5

Society of the Plastics Industry Microwave Oven Cookware Committee Correspondence, Member Roster, and Notes, 1978

30 6

Society of the Plastics Industry Microwave Oven Cookware Committee Meeting Minutes, 1977-1979

31 1

Society of the Plastics Industry Microwave Oven Cookware Committee Meeting Minutes, 1978

31 2

Society of the Plastics Industry Microwave Oven Cookware Committee Meeting Notices, 1978

31 3

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 Series 5: Financial Records, 1948-1982

Box Folder

Accounts Receivable and Payable Invoices and Petty Cash, about 1950-1970

31 4

Audit reports, 1965-1967

31 5

Audit Reports, 1973-1979

31 6

Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1949-1951

31 7

Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1952-1956

31 8

Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1957-1958

31 9

Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1959-1961

31 10

Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1962-1964

32 1

Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1965-1967

32 2

Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1968-1974

32 3

Balance Sheet, 1975

53 16

Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1974-1980

48 1

Cost of Manufacture, 1974

48 2

Correspondence about Loan Applications, 1951, 1954, 1978

32 4

Comparative Reports, 1962-1975

32 5

Dunn and Bradstreet Company Analysis Reports, 1948, 1959, 1966-1967, 1969, 1980-1981

32 6

Equipment Appraisals, 1950, 1979

32 7

Employee Compensation, 1977

32 8

Financial Statement Summaries, 1952, 1954-1957, 1978-1979

32 9

Income Tax Returns, 1948-1949, 1962

32 10

Insurance Benefits and Policies, undated

32 11

Inventory Summaries, 1950-1955

32 12

Inventory Summaries, June 30, 1956 - June 30, 1958

32 13

Inventory Summaries, December 1958 - December 1960, December 1978

33 1

Item Popularity analysis, 1971, 1973, 1976

48 3

Loan and Purchase Agreements, 1950-1951, 1975-1976

33 2

Maid of Scandinavia Financial Statements, 1948-1950

33 3

Maid of Scandinavia Petty Cash Account, 1960-1962

33 4

Miscellaneous Materials (not financial reports), including Company Histories and Fortune Magazine Article, 1951, 1970-1981

33 5

Northland Aluminum Products Weekly Operating Reports, 1979-1980

33 6

Northland Aluminum Products Weekly Operating Reports, 1981-1982

33 7

Order entry, 1975-1981

33 8

Plastics for Industry Accounting Ledger, 1949-1950

46 1

Plastics for Industry Machinery Inventories, about 1949

33 9

Profit and Loss Plans, 1979-1980

33 10

Sales and Profit Ledgers, 1950-1975

33 11

Shareholders and Profit Sharing, 1962-1974

33 12

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 Series 6: Legal Records, 1962-1978

Box Folder

Binding Agreements, 1962, 1967

33 13

Bundt Trademark Issues, August 1973 - September 1974

33 14

Bundt Trademark Issues, October 1974 - February 1976

33 15

Trademarks, 1966-1972

34 1

Trademarks, 1974-1978

34 2

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 Series 7: Recipes and Cookbooks, 1966-2004, undated

 Subseries 1: Dotty Dalquist Recipe Files, bulk 1950s-1970s, undated

Box Folder

Bread

34 3

Bundtlettes and Bundt Muffins

34 4

Bundts 1

34 5

Bundts 2

34 6

Cocktails

34 7

Cookies and Bars, Including Examination Blue Book for Glendale Junior College with Recipes

34 8

Flan

34 10

Hotel Recipes

34 11

Lasagna

34 12

Meat

35 1

Mini-Muffins

35 2

Nordic Ware Mold

35 3

Quiches

35 4

Recipe Club Ideas

35 5

Recipes from Competitions

35 6

Scandinavian

35 7

Sheet Cake and Griddle

35 8

Souffles

35 9

Waffles

35 19

 Subseries 2: Bundt Pan Cookbooks, 1966-2004

Box Folder

The Best of 50 Bundt Cakes, 1997

36 2

Nordic Ware Bundt Cookbook, about 1995

36 3

Nordic Ware Bundt Cookbook, 1996

36 4

Nordic Ware Bundt Cookbook, 2004

36 5

Nordic Ware--Over 200 Ways to Use Your Bundt Pans, 1994

36 6

Nordic Ware--Over 300 Ways to Use Your Bundt Pans (Blue Cover), 1973

36 7

Nordic Ware--Over 300 Ways to Use Your Bundt Pans (Brown Cover), 1973

37 1

Pillsbury's 100 New Bundt Ideas, 1977

7 2

Pillsbury's Best Bundt Recipes, 1974

37 3

Pillsbury Busy Lady Bake-Off Recipes, 1966

37 4

Robin Hood Bundt Pan Recipes, about 1970

37 5

 Subseries 3: Other Recipe and Public Relations Materials, 1970-1996, undated

Box Folder

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1973-1985, undated

35 11

Employee Bundt Loaf Pan Recipe Contest, July 30, 1996

35 12

Employee Cookbook Recipes, 1981

35 13

Product Press Releases (Some with photographs and/or recipes)

35 14

WCCO Radio Promotions with Recipes, 1970-1980, undated

36 1

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 Series 8: Non-Nordic Ware Reference Materials, 1940-2001, undated

 Subseries 1: Sponsored Cookbooks, 1943-1996, undated

Box Folder

American Dairy Association, 1993

37 6

American Egg Board, 1974

37 6

American Egg Board, undated

37 6

American Institute of Baking, undated

37 6

Baker's, 1948

37 7

Beecham, undated

37 7

Best Foods, 1972

37 7

Better Homes and Gardens, 1976, 1987, 1989, 1990

37 8

Betty Crocker, 1943, 1957, 1969, 1978, 1990, undated

37 9

Bon Appetit, 1970

37 10

Bristol, 1995-1996

37 11

Campbell, 1967

37 10

Comstock, undated

37 12

Consumer Guide, 1982

37 13

Crisco, 1949, 1979, 1982

38 1

Cuisine Concepts, undated

38 2

Del Monte, 1966-1967

38 2

Diamond, undated

38 2

Dupont, 1975

38 3

General Electric, 1982

38 4

General Foods, 1947

38 4

General Mills, 1978

38 4

Gold Medal, 1986

38 4

Grand Marnier, undated

38 4

Grand Union, 1963

38 4

International Miling Co., 1964, 1979

38 5

International Microwave Power Institute, 1987

38 5

Kansas Wheat Commission, 1978

38 5

Karo, 1984

38 6

King, undated

38 6

Kraft, 1979

38 6

Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 1996, undated

38 7

Metropolitan, 1948

38 8

Metropolitan, 1959

38 8

Multi-Fryer Cookery, 1977

38 8

Modern Living Center, undated

38 8

Motts, 1989

39 1

National Turkey Association, 1950

39 1

New Jersey Asparagus Industry Council, circa 1960s

39 1

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., undated

39 1

Oster, 1986

39 1

Pillsbury, 1967, 1969, undated

39 2

Pillsbury, 1969-1970

39 3

Pillsbury, 1970-1974

39 4

Pillsbury, 1975, undated

39 5

Pillsbury, 1992-1993

39 6

Pillsbury, 1994-1995

39 7

Pillsbury, 1996

39 8

Pillsbury, 1996

40 1

Planters, 1948

39 1

Puritan, about 1980s

39 1

Riceland, undated

40 2

Riviana, about 1970

40 2

Royal, undated

40 2

The Standard Bartender's Guide, 1955

40 3

Standard Brands Inc., 1962

40 3

Sunsweet, 1978

40 4

Supervalu, circa 1940s

40 4

Swift and Company, circa 1940s

40 5

Tuna Research Foundation, circa 1950s

40 5

Westinghouse, 1944

40 5

Woman's Day, 1976

40 6-7

 Subseries 2: Product Guides (some with recipes), 1940-1992, undated

Box Folder

Admiral, about 1950

40 8

Anchor Hocking, circa 1980s

40 8

Anchor Ovenware, circa 1980s

40 8

Cuisinart, 1981

40 9

Electric Char-B-Que, circa 1970s

40 9

General Electric, circa 1960s

40 9

Hamilton Beach, undated

40 9

Hotpoint, 1950s, 1957

40 10

Kitchen Aid, 1958, 1969, 1979, 1992

41 1

Le Cresuset, 1969

41 2

National Pressure Cooker, circa 1940s

41 2

Rival, 1960s

41 3

Salton, undated

41 3

Sunbeam, 1947-1985

41 4

Wear-Ever, 1949

41 5

Weber, undated

41 5

Ziploc, 1979

41 5

 Subseries 3: Home and Food Related Ephemera, 1950-1980, undated

Box Folder

2001 Household Hints, 1957

41 6

CMA Guide to Cookware and Bakeware, undated

41 6

Food Freezing Manual, undated

41 6

Freezing Foods for Home Use, 1951

41 7

How to Be a Successful Hostess, 1950

41 7

How to Buy Fresh Fruit, 1967

41 7

Knox Recipe Cards, undated

41 7

Lehman, Gwen C. Microwave News, 1980

41 8

Love is Cooking with Microwaves, undated

41 9

National Asparagus Festival Recipe Cards, undated

41 7

Sun-Maid Recipe Cards, circa 1970s

41 7

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Microwave Cooking, 1978

41 10

 Subseries 4: Periodicals, 1967-2001

Box Folder

Housewares, July 1972, October 1984

41 3

Housewares Buyer, 1967

41 11

Housewares Review, 1970

41 11

Nordic Ware Clippings, 1971-1994

41 12

Housewares, 1972, 1980, 1983, 1984

53 14

Home World, 2001

53 19

 Subseries 5: Newsletters, 1961, 1973-1981, undated

Box Folder

The Creative Cook's Digest, January-August 1982

42 1

The Culinary Experience, undated

42 2

Jerry's Home Economist, Janet B. Wise, Volume 72-73, undated

43 9

Leisure Cooking, October 1978 - May 1980

42 3

Microgram, 1978

42 2

Microwave News, September 1980 - April 1981

42 4

The Microwave Times, May 1978 - November 1979

42 5

The Microwave Times, March 1980 - August 1981

42 6

The Microwave Times, May 1982 - December 1983

42 7

The Microwave Times, January 1984 - December 1985

42 8

The Microwave Times, January 1986 - December 1987

42 9

Microwave World, December 1980 - December 1982

42 10

Microwave World, January 1983 - December 1984

43

Microwave World, January-December 1985

43 2

Microwave World, March 1986-1988

43 3

Wave Lengths, May 1979 - May 1980

43 4

Wave Lengths, February-December 1981

43 5

Wave Lengths , January-December 1982

43 6

Wave Lengths, January-December 1983

43 7

Wave Lengths, January-April 1984

43 8

WCCO Joyce Lamon Program, January-December 1973

43 9

WTTW-Julia Child, 1961

43 9

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 Series 9: Photographs, 1940s-2006, undated

Box Folder

View Master Viewer and Photo Transparency Card, "Nordic Ware, 1946-2006", undated

44

Photographs, 1940s-2006

45

Bundtlettes, oversize color photoprint, undated

53 1

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