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Nordic Ware Records,
1940-2006

Extent and Forms of Material: 28 cubic feet, including photographs (53 boxes and 25 oversize folders)
Creator: Nordic Ware Division, Northland Aluminum Products, Inc.
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.
Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; archivescenter@si.edu; 202-633-3270; www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives
Collection Number: AC0980
Processing Note: Processed by Jennifer Daugherty (intern), 2007; supervised by John Fleckner, senior archivist.
Acknowledgement Statement: Processing of this collection made possible, in part, by a gift from Nordic Ware.
© 2009 by the Smithsonian Institution. All rights reserved.

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Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.
Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Preferred Citation: [Title and date of item], Nordic Ware Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

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In-depth information about the collection

Administrative/biographical history
Scope and content
System of arrangement
Acquisition information
Related artifacts
Access points
Container listing

Administrative/biographical history

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). 


Scope and content

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. 

Series 3, Marketing and Sales Records, 1948-2004
                                   
The Marketing and Sales Records focus mainly on the promotion of the Nordic Ware Brand and the sale and distribution of products, especially to the retail trade industry.  There is evidence of how Nordic Ware presented its products to the industry and of other types of promotions to build brand awareness.  These records are divided into three subseries:  Subseries 1, General and Department Records, 1967-1995; Subseries 2, Promotional and Trade Sales Materials, 1958-2004; and Subseries 3, Public Relations, 1948-1992

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. 


System of arrangement

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, 1976-1993
Subseries 6, Patent Materials, 1950-1994
Subseries 7, Trade Associations, 1977-1994
Series 5, Financial Records, 1948-1982
Series 6, Legal Records, 1962-1978
Series 7, Recipes and Cookbooks, 1966-2004, undated
Subseries 1, Dotty Dalquist Recipe Files, bulk 1950s-1970s, mainly 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, 1940-2001, undated
Subseries 1, Sponsored Cookbooks, 1943-1996, undated
Subseries 2, Product Guides (some with recipes), 1940-1992, undated
Subseries 3, Home and Food Related Ephemera, 1950-1980, undated
Subseries 4, Periodicals, 1967-2001
Subseries 5, Newsletters, 1961, 1973-1987, undated
Series 9, Photographs, 1940s-2006, undated


Acquisition information

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


Related artifacts

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.


Access points

Subject/Topical:
Aluminum
Aluminum industry and trade
Bakery equipment and supplies industry
Bakery products
Baking
Baking pans
Cookery, American
Entrepreneurship
Ethnic food industry
Family-owned business enterprises
Housewares
Innovation
Invention
Kitchen utensils
Kitchen utensil industry
Kitchenware
Marketing
Microwave cookery
Trademarks

Subject/Name:
Bundt Brand Bakeware
Dalquist, Dorothy M.
Dalquist, H. David (1949- )
Dalquist, H. David (1918-2005)
Dupont
Nordic Ware
Northland Aluminum, Inc.
Pillsbury Company
Plastics for Industry

Geographic:
Minneapolis, (Minn.)

Form/Genre:
Legal records
Catalogs
Cookbooks
Correspondence -- 1950-2000
Correspondence -- 2000-2010
Cookbooks
Design drawings -- 1950-2000
Financial records
Laboratory notebooks
Patents
Photographs -- 20th century
Photographs -- 2000-2010
Recipes
Scrapbooks


Container listing

Box Folder  
    SERIES 1, HISTORICAL AND BACKGROUND MATERIALS, 1940S-2006
1 1 Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation, 1964
  2 Company History Information and Financial Summaries, 1972-1979
  3 Employee Policies and Procedures, undated
  4 Invitations to Nordic Ware Related Events, 1963, 1970, 1977, 1981
  5 Jeffrey, Linda Dalquist. 2006. The Nordic Ware Saga. Minneapolis: Kirk House.
  6 Materials Used for Nordic Ware Saga, 2002-2006
  7 Matranga, Victoria. 1997. America at Home: A Celebration of Twentieth-Century Housewares. Rosemont: National Housewares Manufacturers Association.
  8 The Nordic Line Employee Newsletter, 1973-1981
  9 Northland Aluminum Company Flyers, about 1950
  10 Plastics for Industry Brochure with Original Artwork, 1940s
    SERIES 2, DAVID DALQUIST FILES, 1963-1993
2 1 Agreement of Merger, 1974 June 19
  2 Balance Sheets, 1969, 1976-1979
  3 Bank Premium Offer, Correspondence and Advertising Materials, 1974-1975
  4 Barbeque Correspondence and Promotional Materials, 1985-1986
  5 Barbeque Correspondence and Promotional Materials, 1987
  6 Barbeque Product File, 1985
  7 Belgian Waffler, Crepe French Skillet Demo Kit Master File, 1985
  8 Blueprint for Success, 1979
  9 Boat, 1968-1974
  10 Brown and Bigelow Gift "Playgrounds of the World"
  11 Bundt Pan Recipes with Photographs, 1973
  12 Correspondence about Pollution License and Teflon Odor, 1970-1971
  13 DuNord Proposal, undated
  14 Dupont Magazine article approval copy, 1974 April 30
3 1 General Correspondence and Memoranda, 1970-1986
  2 General Office Files, 1976 July
  3 General Office Files, 1980-1982
  4 Inventory Management Seminar, undated
  5
O/S Folder 31
Joint Promotion with Banks, 1975
3 6 Jorgen Jorgenson Work Files, 1977-1990
Prints
  7 Kenro Corporation Information
  8 Letterhead Samples
  9 Manufacturing Equipment and Processes, undated
  10 Marketing and Sales Plans, 1986
  11 Marketing Man Advertisement Copy, 1973
  12 Mirro Product File, 1973
  13 Miscellaneous Brochures, Clippings, and Donation Solicitations, undated
  14 Micellaneous Correspondence, 1947-1993, including a 1993 memorandum summarizing the business history
  15 Multi-Fry Cook, 1978 January
4 1 National Housewares Exhibit, 1967 June
  2 National Housewares Exhibit, 1968 January
  3 National Housewares Exhibit, 1969 July
  4 National Housewares Exhibit, 1970 January
  5 National Housewares Exhibit, 1970 July
  6 National Housewares Exhibit, 1971 January 11-15
  7 National Housewares Exhibit, 1973 July 9-13
  8 New Products Focus Groups, 1988 August
  9 Operation and Production, 1970-1971, 1973
  10 Pillsbury Bakeoff Booklet and Contestant Correspondence, 1971
  11 Prince Die Cast Machine, 1970
  12 Overseas Production Materials, 1969-1970
  13 Product Advertisements, circa 1970
  14 Product Catalog with Revisions, 1975
  15 Product Information, 1975
  16 Proposal for Specialty Cookware Manufacturing, 1975 February 15
5 1 Sales Information, 1976-1977
  2 Rough Draft of Company History, 1968 October 4
  3 Sales Guide, 1982
  4 Sales Guide 1, 1984
  5 Sales Guide 2, 1984
  6 Sales Meeting, 1963 July
  7 Sales Meeting, 1965 July, 1966 January
  8 Sales Meeting, 1966 January 9
  9 Sales Meeting, 1972 January 16
  10 Sales Meeting, 1972 July
  11 Sales Meeting, 1973 January 14
  12 Sales Meeting, 1973 July, 1974 January
6 1 Sales Meeting, 1974 July 4
  2 Sales Meeting, 1976 January 11
  3 Sales Meeting, 1977 January
  4 Sales Meeting, 1978 Summer
  5 Sales Meeting, 1985 November 3
  6 Sales Representative Kit, 1975
  7 Sales Representative Product Releases with Photographs, 1973
  8 Sexual Harassment, 1972
  9 Trademark Disputes, 1974, 1977
  10 Trade Literature and Sales Meeting Materials Results, 1967-1974
  11 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Program and Invitation, 1971
  12 Vikron Brochure, Edited Copy, undated
  13 What Does It Take to Launch My Company? Paper with Photographs, undated
    SERIES 3, MARKETING AND SALES RECORDS, 1948-2004
    Subseries 1, General and Department Records, 1967-1995
7 1 American Kitchen Life Survey, 1991
  2 Brand Name and Trademark Listing, undated
  3 Bundt Carton Design and Printing, 1971
56 7 Bundt Cookbook Press Release and TV Promotion, undated
  O/S Folder 35 Consumer Appeal Packaging (trade poster), Pick-A-Pan; "In Major Magazines;" Demonstration Today, 1977, undated
7 4 Cookware Label Count, 1970 September 16
  5 Crepes and Things Line Art, undated
  6 Factory Outlet Photographs and Information, 1994
  7 French Skillet Sales Script, undated
  8 Hardware Show Sales Meeting, 1987 August 9
  9 Hasbro Home Products File, 1971
  10 Holey Smoker Invention Manufacturing Proposal, undated
  11 Housewares Show Sales Meeting, 1997 January 10
  12 "How to Conduct Successful Sales Contests and Incentive Programs" Handbook, 1979
  13 Kaiser Backform Bundt Distributor Solicitation, 1974
  14 Kitchen Bakeware Brand Image Analysis, 1995
  15 Krumkake Iron Product Line Art, undated
  16 Krumkake Iron and Cone Maker Line Art, undated
53 13 Magazine Recipes, 1967, 1973-1975
7 17 Marketing Plans and Recommendations, 1983 July
  18 The Media School Handbook, undated
8 1 The Metal Cookware and Bakeware Industry Report, 1989-1990
  2 Microwave Cookware Marketing Facts, 1985-1986
  3 National Housewares Exhibit, 1975 January
  4 New Product Concepts Focus Group, 1987
  5 New Product Design Book, John N. Taylor, 1982-1991
  6 New Product Exploration Focus Group, 1988
  7 New Product Ideas Original Sketches, circa 1984
  8 New Products Examination Focus Group, 1989
  9 "Over 300 Ways to Use Your Bundt Book" Promotional Mailing and Responses, 1973-1974
  10 Original Design Sketches and Copies, Multifryer, undated
  11 Waren Peterson?: Book of Sales Contacts, undated
8 12 Warren Peterson: Sales File Prints, undated
  13 Pillsbury Allowance Agreement, 1973-1974
  14 Popgun Focus Groups, 1987
  15 Printing Numbers for Labels 1, 1971
  16 Product Demonstration Manual, undated
  17 Programs (Promotions), 1991
  18 Robin Hood Bundt Agreement, 1976
  19 Rosette and Timbale Set Product Line Art, undated
  20 Sales Meeting, 1974 January
  21 Sales Representative Correspondence and Sales Figures, 1973-1985
9 1 Sales Representatives Photo Contest, 1973
  2 Trade Folder, 1983
  3 Trade Sales Arrangements, 1970, 1976-1977
  4 Doug White: Line Art Sell Sheets, undated
  5 Doug White: New Product Idea Suggestions and Disclosure Forms, 1987-1990
  6 Doug White: New Product Idea Suggestions and Disclosure Forms, 1991-1992
  7 Doug White: Nordic Ware History
  8 Doug White: Price List Line Art, 1992, undated
  9 Doug White: Sales Guide (edited), about 1990
  10 Doug White: Product Literature and Letterhead Samples
  11 Doug White: Sample Nordic Ware News Sheets, 1985
    Subseries 2, Promotional and Trade Sales Materials, 1958-2004
47 1 Twelve Cup and Original Bundt Pan Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 September 25
53 11 Alternate Ad Layouts, Good Housekeeping, 1973
47 2 Bakeware and Bundt Pan Display Line Art on Board, undated
54 14 Bank Premium Offers, Correspondence and Advertising Materials, 1974-1975
10 1 Barbeque Demonstration Kit, undated
47 3 Bundt and Bundtlette Pan Catalog Page Line Art on Board, undated
  4 Bundt Pan Catalog Line Art on Board, 1990 October 2
  5 Bundt Pan Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 October 30
  6 Bundt Pan Catalog Page Line Art on Board, undated
  7 Bundt Pans with Cookbook Catalog Page Line Art, undated
53 20 Casserole Dish, undated
56 1 Catalogs and Price Lists, 1950s
  2 Catalogs and Price Lists, 1958, 1963, 1966, 1968-1970, 1972, 1973
  3 Catalogs and Price Lists, 1973-1974
  4 Catalogs and Price Lists, 1976-1978
  5 Catalogs and Price Lists, 1979-1982
57 1 Catalogs and Price Lists, 1984-1985
  2 Catalogs and Price Lists, 1986, 1989
  3 Catalogs and Price Lists, 1991, undated
47 8 Cookware Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 September 21
10 2 Cross-Promotional Materials, 1972
  3 Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - 3 Minute Brand and Nordic Ware
10
53
4
2
Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Betty Crocker and Nordic Ware
10
53
5
3
Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Blue Diamond and Nordic Ware
10 6 Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Creammette and Nordic Ware
10
53
7
4
Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Dominos and Nordic Ware
10
53
8
5
Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Jello and Nordic Ware
10 9 Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Libby and Nordic Ware
10
53
10
6
Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Magazine Recipes using Nordic Ware Products
10 11 Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Mail-In Nordic Ware Only Offers
10
53
12
7
Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Miscellaneous Brands with Nordic Ware Products in Alphabetical Order
10
53
13
8
Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Multiple Brands in One Ad with Nordic Ware Products
10
53
14
9
Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Pillsbury and Nordic Ware
10 15 Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Recipe Booklets and Nordic Ware
  16 Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Robin Hood and Nordic Ware
  O/S Folder 34 Cross-Promotional (oversized): 3-Minute Oats, Jello, Pillsbury, 1975, undated
10 17 Cross-Promotional/Premiums Scrapbook - Results of Campaigns
  18 Factory Outlet Sales Flyers, undated
  19 Hearty Breakfast Promotion, 1974
  20 Industrial Services Brochure, undated
  21 Japanese Catalog Pages and Sales Information, 1984
  22 Japanese Microwave Product Display, undated
53 17 Lutheran Brotherhood, Sales Campaign, 1970
10 23 Maid of Scandinavia Catalog, 1974
  24 Maid of Scandinavia Catalog, 1988-1989
  25 Maid of Scandinavia Catalog, 1992-1993
47 9 Micro-Go-Round Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 September 21
  10 Micro-Go-Round Catalog Page Line Art, 1990 September 26
  11 Micro-Go-Round Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 October 19
  12 Microwave Ten-piece Set Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 July 27
  13 Microwave All-in-One Set Catalog Page Line Art, undated
  14 Microwave Cookware Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 February 2
  15 Microwave Cookware Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 September 26
10 26 Norcast
  27 Nordic Ware Brochures, 1994, undated
47 16 Microwave Cookware Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 October 30
  17 Microwave Cookware with Betty Crocker Catalog Page Line Art on Board, undated
  18 Microwave Products Catalog Page Line Art, 1990 October 11
10 28 Miscellaneous Nordic Ware and Minnesota Ware Product Labels, undated
47 19 Molds Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 September 21
10 29 News from the Nordic Ware Kitchen and Demonstration Instructions, undated
  30 Nordic Ware Promotion with Norman Rockwell Lithographs, 1970s
47 20 Oven-Aire Catalog Page Line Art on Board, undated
11 1 Pillsbury Bake Off Tear Off Recipe Coupons, undated
  2 Press Kit, 1983
  3 Point-of-Purchase Product Advertisements, about 1974
  4 Product Advertising Leaflets, undated
  5 Product Advertising Postcards, about 1950-1960s
  6 Product Instruction and Care Guides (some with recipes), undated
  7 Product Recipe Books, undated
  8 Product Sales Ephemera, undated
  9 S & H Green Stamps Booklet, 1963, and Gold Bell Gift Stamps Coupon Book, 1963
  10 S & H Idea Book, 1975
  11 Sales Guide, 1982-1983
12 1 Sales Guide, 1986 April
  2 Sales Guide Show Update, 1986 April
  3 Sales Guide, 1986 November
  4 Sales Guide 1, 1987
  5 Sales Guide 2, 1987
  6 Sales Guide, 1990
  7 Sales Guide, 1992
  8 Sales Guide, 1993
  9 Sales Guide, 1994
13 1 Sales Guide 1, 1995
  2 Sales Guide 2, 1995
  3 Sales Guide, 1998
  4 Sales Guide, 2000
13 5 Sales Guide, 2004
14 1 Sales Product Kit, 1983
47 21 Sizzler Catalog Page Line Art on Board, 1990 July 27
14 2 Swedish Rosettes Advertisement on Board, undated
  3 Top Value Stamps Gift Catalog, 1974
    Subseries 3, Public Relations, 1948-1992
14 4 America's New Way to Cook Promotion TV Result, 1986 December 4
  5 Better Homes and Garden New York Trips, 1986-1987
  6 Consumer Hotline Interview with Kathy Hengle, 1987
  7 Cook's Corner Radio Promotion Results, 1986
  8 Chef Tell Press Kit, undated
  9 Consumer Product Releases, undated
  10 Correspondence about Public Relations, 1988-1989
  11 Extra Photographs of Tender Cooker, Popgun Popcorn Popper, Waffler, Micro-Go-Round, and the Supremer Ice Creamer
  12 Donavon Jon Fandre, Microwave Cook Press Information
  13 Free TV Promotional Script, 1987
  14 General Public Relations File, 1986-1987
  15 General Public Relations File, 1988-1989
  16 The Great Escape Promotional Script, 1987
53 20 Great Escape Advertising Layout, 1987
14 17 Marketing Communications Plan, 1987-1988
  18 Marketing Communications Plan, 1988-1989
  O/S Folder 32 McCormick Place Fire, Newspapers, 1967
14 19 Nordic Ware Consumer Newsletters with Additional Photographs, 1988
53 18 "Nordic Ware Family Ties Up Market Niches," Entrée, 1987
14 20 Nordic Ware Press Kit, undated
  O/S Folder 23 Newspaper Advertisements, 1965-1980
14 21 Potomac Videos News Releases Production, 1986
15 1 Potomac Black and White Mat Releases, 1987
  2 Product Promotions in Newspaper Results, undated
  3 Product Slides, undated
49 1 "Product Mentions," (Clippings and Circulation Reports), 1985-1988
50 1 "Product Mentions," (Clippings and Circulation Reports), 1986-1987
15 4 Public Relations Memoranda from Sara Jean Thomas, 1989
  5 Pubsat Video Promotional Work, 1987
  6 Radio Scripts and Pickup Reports for Product Promotion, 1987
  7 Results from Public Relations Campaigns, 1988-1989
  8 Results of Consumer Public Relation Program (Print), 1987-1988
  9 Sara Jean Thomas-Consumer Communications Plan Agreement, 1985
  10 Today's Trend Radio Promotion Results, 1986
56 6 Trade press Clippings, 1948, 1950s, 1968
53 15 Trade press Clippings, 1967-1992, undated
51 1-3 Trade Press Clippings Scrapbooks, 1981-1983
52 1-3 Trade Press Clippings Scrapbooks, 1981-1983
15 11 Twin Cities Product Introduction Party, 1986 September 24
  12 Video News Release for Product Promotion, 1987
    SERIES 4, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT RECORDS, 1950-1994
    Subseries 1, General Records, 1969-1992
15 13 Alex Darbut, Project Engineer: Premix Inc. Correspondence, Quotes, Invoices, and Materials Information, 1977-1978 April
Blue Line Prints
  14 Alex Darbut, Project Engineer: Premix Inc. Correspondence, Quotes, Invoices, and Materials Information, 1978 May-December
16 1 Clad metal Brochure, 1969
  O/S Folder 30 Floor Plan, Second Floor Packing Area, 1971
16 2 Correspondence with Peter Jurgensen, 1982 December 20-1983 January 1
  3 General Correspondence, 1977, 1985-1989
  4 General Correspondence, 1990
  5 Goals for Engineering Department, 1988-1991
  6 Liberty Mutual Insurance Consumer Claim
  7 Lloyd Keleny: Correspondence and Project Notes, 1984-1993
  8 Lloyd Keleny: Memoranda about Engineering, 1984-1992
  9 Robotic Arm Proposals, 1991
  10 Robotic Arm Sales Literature from GMF, 1991
  11 Robotic Arm Sales Literature from Miscellaneous Companies, 1991
    Subseries 2, Laboratory Notebooks, 1972, 1984-1993
17 1 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1972, 1985
  2 Alex Darbut, 1984
  3 Mark Faitel, 1988 February-August
  4 Lloyd Keleny, 1986 July-1987 May
  5 Lloyd Keleny, 1987 May 19-November 23
  6 Lloyd Keleny, 1988 January 21
  7 Lloyd Keleny, 1989 January 3-1990 January 11
  8 Lloyd Keleny, 1990 January 11
  9 Lloyd Keleny, 1990 October-1991 October
  10 Lloyd Keleny, 1992 December-1993 July
18 1 Lloyd Keleny, 1993 July
  2 Rod Rueter, 1985
  3 Rod Rueter, 1993
    Subseries 3, Product Files, 1976-1993, undated
    Micro-Go-Round [MGR]
  4 Assembly Diagrams, undated
  5 Blue Line Prints, 1978 August-September
  6 Convection Oven, 1986-1987
  7 Diode Testing, 1982
  8 Electric Correspondence and Diagrams, 1978
  9 Electric Model, 1980
  10 Escapement Supplier, 1982
  11 General, 1980-1982
  12
O/S Folder 16
Mechanical Production Memos, Invoices, and Parts Lists, 1979-1980
Blue Line Prints
19 1 Meeting Minutes, 1989 July 25
54 1 Microwave Powered Turntable Blue Line Prints, 1978 April- September
  O/S Folder 11 Microwave Carousel, Mechanical, 1982
  O/S Folder 20 Microwave Carousel, Mechanical, 1984-1985
19 2 Microwave Powered Turntable, 1982
  3 Microwave Powered Turntable, 1983
  4 Microwave Powered Turntable, 1984
54 2 Microwave Powered Turntable Blue Line Prints with Pencil Sketches and Notes, 1978 April October
  O/S Folder 25 Microwave Turntable, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1986
54 13 Miscellaneous Drawings, 1984, 1988/1991
19 5 Mold Production, 1984-1986 (Blue Line Prints)
  6 Non-Disclosure Agreements with Outside Parties, 1984
  7
O/S Folder 7
Patent Applications with Denials, Test Reports, and Notes, 1978-1981 (Blue Line Prints)
19 8 Patent Dispute, 1986
  9 Patent Status, 1983, 1985, 1986
  10 Plus and Kluge Incorporated, 1986-1987
  O/S Folder 5 Proposed Office Expansion, undated
19 11
O/S Folder 4
Plus and C.K. Products Assembly, 1984-1986, 1989
Blue Line Prints
  12 Plus and Rood Tool Company, Incorporated, 1984-1986
  13 Plus Assembly Cost Figures, 1984
  14 Plus Packaging, 1984 December-1985
  15 Plus Packaging Correspondence, 1985 February-January
  16 Plus Research and Development, 1982-1986
  O/S Folder 19 Plus research and Development, 1984
20 1 Plus Testing/Quality Control, bulk 1985, 1986-1991
  2 Plus Upgrade for Hardee's, 1986
20 3
O/S Folder 2
Quality Control, 1980-1982,1985-1986
Blue Line Prints
20 4 Silent Escapement,1981-1983 (Prints)
  5 Silent Springs Tests, Memoranda, and Blueline Prints, 1982, 1985, 1991
  6 Silent Springs Tests, Memoranda, and Patent Information, 1982-1986
20 7
O/S Folder 1
Stop Button, work orders, memos, and samples, 1979, 1981-1982,1987
Blue Line Prints
20 8 Toughest Turntable Tests, 1985-1986
  9 Toughest Turntable Tests, 1987
21 1 Toy Motor, 1983-1984 (Blue Line Prints)
  2 Working Drawings, 1982
    Oven-Aire
21
54
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5
Clutch Arbor, 1992-1993 March
Prints
21
54
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8
Cold Head Gear, Specifications, Drawings, Memos, 1992
21 5 Correspondence, 1980 December-1988
  6 Developmental Testing, 1992
  7 Fan Blade, Proposals, Drawings, Test Results, 1992
Blue Line Prints
21 8
O/S Folder 17
In Process Inspection Forms with Technical Drawings, 1992
Blue Line Prints
21 9 Meeting Minutes, 1982, bulk 1988, 1989 March
  10 Memoranda and Tests, 1988
  11 Memoranda, 1989-1992
21 12
O/S Folder 9
Project Changes, 1991
Blue Line Prints
21 13 Project Costs, 1992-1993 January
  14 Product Development, Memoranda, Meeting Notes, Miscellaneous, 1991-1993
21
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10
Project Drawings, 1992
  O/S Folder 6 Prototype, 1981-1982
22 1 Quality Assurance Reports, 1992 June-July
  2 Quality Assurance Reports, 1992 August-December
  3 Research Articles, 1980s
  4 Springs Specifications, Invoices, and Torque Sheets, 1992-1993 January
  5 Tri-Tek Invoices, 1988-1989 January
  6 Work Orders, 1980 December-1981 February
  7 Work Orders, Test Photos, and Memorandums, 1990-1992
    Wok
  8 Alex Darbut: Patent Applications and Correspondence, 1978-1979
  9 Electric Meeting Minutes and Memoranda, 1984, 1987-1993
  10 Canadian Electric, 1981-1982 (Blue Line Prints)
22 11
O/S Folder 3
Electric Base, 1988, 1990
22 12 Electric Hardware, 1988-1989
  13 Electric Packaging, 1988-1989
  14 Electric Probe Quality Control, 1988-1989
  15
O/S 7
Electric Research and Development, 1986-1989
Blue Line Prints
22 16 Electric Spinner, Work Orders, Invoices, 1988, 1990
23 1
O/S Folder 12 and 24
Electric Steel Bowl, 1988, 1990, 1992
Blue Line Prints
23 2 Electric Steel Welding Fixture, 1990-1991
  3 Electric Underwriter Laboratories Approval, 1988-1989, 1992
  4 Electric Use of Durez Phenolic, 1991-1992
23
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6
O/S Folder 22
Electric Work Orders, Invoices, and Drawings, 1979-1984
Blue Line Prints
23 6 Electric Work Orders, Invoices, and Drawings, 1985-1993
  O/S Folder 23 Heating Element Bracket, 1988
23
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7
Jorgen Jorgenson: Electric Correspondence, Reference Materials, and Drawings, 1977
Blue Line Prints
23 8 Jorgen Jorgenson: Electric Correspondence, Reference Materials, and Drawings, 1978-1984
  9 Stove Top, 1977-1981
  10 Steel Trim Cutters, 1988-1990
    Other Products
23
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9
Burger Maker Drawings, 1987-1989
23 12 Deluxe Gas Grill Part Lists, 1991
53 12 Distilled Water Unit, Drawing, 1989
23 13 Electric Buffet Griddle King Memoranda and Work Orders, 1979-1980
24 1 Electric Crepe Pan (French) Standards Information and Correspondence, 1976
  2 Electric Crepe Pan (German) Standards Information, Correspondence, and Costs, 1977
  3
O/S Folder 21
Electric Crepe Pan (Canadian) Inspection Reports, Correspondence about Product Standards, and Status, 1982-1983
Blue Line Prints, 1981-1982
24 4 Electric Waffle Maker Memorandums, Meeting Minutes, Drawings, and Non-Nordic Ware Waffle Advertisements, 1984-1988
  5 Electric Waffler Tooling Equipment Sales Lists and Information, 1982
  6 Emperor Pan Memoranda and Work Orders, 1980-1981
  7 Five-in-One Electric Appliance Meeting Minutes, Project Notes, and Materials, 1988
Blue Line Prints
24
53
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10
Five-in-One Electric Appliance Sketches and Test Memorandums, 1988
24 9 High Pressure Washer Meetings, 1987-1988
  10 Mexican Kitchen Set, 1981 December-1982
24 11 Microwave Chili Set, Meeting Minutes, 1982
Blue Line Prints
  O/S Folder 28 Microwave Cookware, Reversible Grill'n Baking Sheet, 1978
  O/S Folder 29 Microwave Cookware, Casserole, Soup R' Mug, 1982
24 12 Microwave Hot Dog Research, Notes, Memoranda, Research, 1982
24
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12
Microwave Pressure Cooker Finite Element, about 1980s
Prints
24 14 Microwave Pressure Cooker Prototype, Evaluation and Final Report, about 1980
24 15
O/S Folder 18
Microwave Proper Popcorn Cover, 1980-1981, 1982, 1985
Blue Line Prints
24 16
O/S Folder 10
Microwave Proper Popcorn Testing, bulk 1980-1982, 1984, 1986, 1990-1991
Prints
25 1
O/S Folder 14
Microwave Proper Popcorn Base Work Orders, Invoices, and Correspondence with TSI about Mold Dispute, 1980-1987
Blue Line Prints
25 2 Microwave Tender Cooker, 1986
  3 Microwave Tender Cooker, 1987-1988 January
  4 Microwave Wood Product Ideas, 1982
  5 Multi-Fry-Cook, Correspondence, Underwriters Laboratories Documents, Notes,1977-1978
25
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Multi-Fry-Cook, 1982-1986
Drawings and Prints
25 7 Popgun Popcorn Popper Memorandums about Cost, 1988 January 25, 1990 October, 1991 March
  8 Popgun Popcorn Popper Packaging Literature and Tests, 1987
  9 Popgun Popcorn Popper Patent Application, 1987
25 10
O/S Folder 8
Popgun Popcorn Popper Production and Assembly, 1986-1987
Blue Line Prints
25 11
O/S Folder 15
Popgun Popcorn Popper Research and Development Issues with Kluge, 1987
Blue Line Prints
25 12 Popgun Popcorn Popper Research and Development Work Orders, and Invoices, 1987
  13 Solar Lights, 1988
  14 Supremer Ice Creamer Assembly, 1986 (Prints)
26 1 Supremer Ice Creamer Liquid Crystal Thermometer Samples, Costs, and Plans, 1986
  2 Supremer Ice Creamer Memoranda, 1986
  3 Supremer Ice Creamer Packaging, 1986
  4 Supremer Ice Creamer Prototype, 1986
  5
O/S Folder 13
Supremer Ice Creamer Quality Control, 1986-1987
Blue Line Prints
  6 Supremer Ice Creamer, Refrigerant Disperser, 1986-1988
  7 Supremer Ice Creamer Total Cost Reports, 1986
54 3 Taco Fryer, 1982 January
    Subseries 4, New Product Ideas Files, 1976-1993
26 8 Chris Kosson: New Products Meeting Notes, 1992
  9 Jorgen Jorgenson: New Product Ideas Meeting Minutes, Notes, and Research, 1979-1983
  10 Jorgen Jorgenson: New Product Ideas Meeting Notes, Memoranda, Sketches, and Reference Materials, 1986
  11 Lloyd Keleny: New Product Meeting Minutes, Correspondence, Competitor Product Releases, and Sketches, 1983-1985
  12 Lloyd Keleny: New Product Meeting Minutes, Correspondence, Competitor Product Releases, and Sketches, 1986-1993
27 1 Nancy Dahl: New Product Ideas Meeting Notes Minutes, Sketches and Research Materials, 1986-1987
  2 New Product Ideas Solicitations, 1976, 1978, undated
  3 New Product Meetings, 1982-1985 (Materials)
  4 New Product Meeting, 1986 July 28
  5 New Product Meeting, 1987 June 30
  6 New Product Meeting, 1988 June 7
  7 New Product Meeting, 1989 June 22
  8 New Product Meeting, 1990 June 21
28 1 New Product Meeting, 1991 June 7
  2 Penny Druk: New Product Memoranda and Meeting Notes, 1981-1987
    Subseries 5, General Research and Development, 1976-1993
28 3 Correspondence about Testing, Drawings, and Prints, 1985-1993
  4 Dr. T.K. Ishii: Correspondence and Research, 1980-1984
  5 Dr. T.K. Ishii: Correspondence and Research, 1990
  6 Dr. T.K. Ishii's Milwaukee Trip to Nordic Ware, 1982 November 2
  7 Electrical Appliance Probe Drawings, Notes, and Correspondence, 1976-1985
29 1 Microwave Product Development Memoranda and Correspondence, 1977-1978
  2 Miscellaneous Competitor Materials, 1986-1987
  3 Research and Tests for Materials Used in Production, 1984-1991
  4 Underwriters Laboratories Application, Certification, and Notices, 1984, 1987
  O/S Folder 26 Pan Opener Assembly for Nordic Ware, 1985
  O/S Folder 27 Brake Assembly, 1984
    Subseries 6, Patent Materials, 1950-1994
29 5 Correspondence about Patent Applications and Approvals, 1992, 1993 January, 1994 July
  6 Don Nygren: Patent Correspondence, Applications, and References, 1978-1980
  7 Microwave Food Cooking, Non-Nordic Ware Patents, 1975-1991
  8 Microwave Patents, Non-Nordic Ware, including correspondence, 1981-1987
  9 Non-Nordic Ware Drying Patents, 1950, 1966-1976
  10 Non-Nordic Ware Ice Cream Maker Patents and Marketing
Materials, 1984-1987
30 1 Patent Applications, Correspondence, and Reference Copies, 1984-1993
  2 Patent Dispute, Microware Turntable, 1985
    Subseries 7, Trade Associations, 1977-1994
30 3 International Power Institute Information, Correspondence and Meetings, 1977-1978
  4 Frankfurt Fair, 1994 February 20
  5 Frankfurt Fair Non-Nordic Ware Sales Catalogs, 1994 February 20
  6 Society of the Plastics Industry Microwave Oven Cookware Committee Correspondence, Member Roster, and Notes, 1978
31 1 Society of the Plastics Industry Microwave Oven Cookware Committee Meeting Minutes, 1977-1979
  2 Society of the Plastics Industry Microwave Oven Cookware Committee Meeting Minutes, 1978
  3 Society of the Plastics Industry Microwave Oven Cookware Committee Meeting Notices, 1978
    SERIES 5, FINANCIAL RECORDS, 1948-1982
31 4 Accounts Receivable and Payable Invoices and Petty Cash, about 1950-1970
  5 Audit reports, 1965-1967
  6 Audit Reports, 1973-1979
  7 Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1949-1951
  8 Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1952-1956
  9 Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1957-1958
  10 Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1959-1961
32 1 Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1962-1964
  2 Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1965-1967
  3 Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1968-1974
53 16 Balance Sheet, 1975
48 1 Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Combined Reports, 1974-1980
48 2 Cost of Manufacture, 1974
32 4 Correspondence about Loan Applications, 1951, 1954, 1978
  5 Comparative Reports, 1962-1975
  6 Dunn and Bradstreet Company Analysis Reports, 1948, 1959, 1966-1967, 1969, 1980-1981
  7 Equipment Appraisals, 1950, 1979
  8 Employee Compensation, 1977
  9 Financial Statement Summaries, 1952, 1954-1957, 1978-1979
  10 Income Tax Returns, 1948-1949, 1962
  11 Insurance Benefits and Policies, undated
  12 Inventory Summaries, 1950-1955
  13 Inventory Summaries, 1956 June 30-1958 June 30
33 1 Inventory Summaries, 1958 December-1960 December, 1978 December
48 3 Item Popularity analysis, 1971, 1973, 1976
33 2 Loan and Purchase Agreements, 1950-1951, 1975-1976
  3 Maid of Scandinavia Financial Statements, 1948-1950
  4 Maid of Scandinavia Petty Cash Account, 1960-1962
  5 Miscellaneous Materials (not financial reports), Including Company Histories and Fortune Magazine Article, 1951, 1970-1981
  6 Northland Aluminum Products Weekly Operating Reports, 1979-1980
  7 Northland Aluminum Products Weekly Operating Reports, 1981-1982
  8 Order entry, 1975-1981
46 1 Plastics for Industry Accounting Ledger, 1949-1950
33 9 Plastics for Industry Machinery Inventories, about 1949
  10 Profit and Loss Plans, 1979-1980
  11 Sales and Profit Ledgers, 1950-1975
  12 Shareholders and Profit Sharing, 1962-1974
    SERIES 6, LEGAL RECORDS, 1962-1978
33 13 Binding Agreements, 1962, 1967
  14 Bundt Trademark Issues, 1973 August-1974 September
  15 Bundt Trademark Issues, 1974 October-1976 February
34 1 Trademarks, 1966-1972
  2 Trademarks, 1974-1978
    SERIES 7, RECIPES AND COOKBOOKS, 1966-2004, UNDATED
    Subseries 1, Dotty Dalquist Recipe Files, bulk 1950s-1970s, mainly undated
34 3 Breads
  4 Bundtlettes and Bundt Muffins
  5 Bundts 1
  6 Bundts 2
  7 Cocktails
  8 Cookies and Bars, Including Examination Blue Book for Glendale Junior College with Recipes
  9 Desserts
  10 Flan
  11 Hotel Recipes
  12 Lasagna
35 1 Meat
  2 Mini-Muffins
  3 Nordic Ware Mold
  4 Quiches
  5 Recipe Club Ideas
  6 Recipes from Competitions
  7 Scandinavian
  8 Sheet Cake and Griddle
  9 SoufflŽs
  10 Waffles
    Subseries 2, Bundt Pan Cookbooks, 1966-2004
36 2 The Best of 50 Bundt Cakes, 1997
  3 Nordic Ware Bundt Cookbook, about 1995
  4 Nordic Ware Bundt Cookbook, 1996
  5 Nordic Ware Bundt Cookbook, 2004
  6 Nordic Ware--Over 200 Ways to Use Your Bundt Pans, 1994
  7 Nordic Ware--Over 300 Ways to Use Your Bundt Pans (Blue Cover), 1973, two Copies
37 1 Nordic Ware--Over 300 Ways to Use Your Bundt Pans (Brown Cover), 1973, two Copies
  2 Pillsbury's 100 New Bundt Ideas, 1977, two copies
  3 Pillsbury's Best Bundt Recipes, 1974, two copies
  4 Pillsbury Busy Lady Bake-Off Recipes, 1966
  5 Robin Hood Bundt Pan Recipes, about 1970
    Subseries 3, Other Recipe and Public Relations Materials, 1970-1996, undated
35 11 Correspondence and Memoranda, 1973-1985, undated
  12 Employee Bundt Loaf Pan Recipe Contest, 1996 July 30
  13 Employee Cookbook Recipes, 1981
  14 Product Press Releases (Some with Photographs and/or Recipes)
36 1 WCCO Radio Promotions with Recipes, 1970-1980, undated
    SERIES 8, NON-NORDIC WARE REFERENCE MATERIALS, 1940-2001, UNDATED
37 6 Subseries 1, Sponsored Cookbooks, 1943-1996, undated
  6 American Dairy Association, 1993
  6 American Egg Board, 1974
  6 American Egg Board, undated
  6 American Institute of Baking, undated
  7 Baker's, 1948
  7 Beecham, undated
  7 Best Foods, 1972
  8 Better Homes and Gardens, 1976, 1987, 1989, 1990
  9 Betty Crocker, 1943, 1957, 1969, 1978, 1990, undated
  10 Bon Appetit, 1970
  11 Bristol, 1995-1996
  10 Campbell, 1967
  12 Comstock, undated
  13 Consumer Guide, 1982
38 1 Crisco, 1949, 1979,1982
  2 Cuisine Concepts, undated
  2 Del Monte, 1966-1967
  2 Diamond, undated
  3 Dupont, 1975
  4 General Electric, 1982
  4 General Foods, 1947
  4 General Mills, 1978
  4 Gold Medal, 1986
  4 Grand Marnier, undated
  4 Grand Union, 1963
  5 International Milling Co., 1964, 1979
  5 International Microwave Power Institute, 1987
  5 Kansas Wheat Commission, 1978
  6 Karo, 1984
  6 King, undated
  6 Kraft, 1979
  7 Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 1996, undated
  8 Metropolitan, 1948
  8 Metropolitan, 1959
  8 Multi-Fryer Cookery, 1977
  8 Modern Living Center, undated
39 1 Motts, 1989
  1 National Turkey Association, 1950
  1 New Jersey Asparagus Industry Council, circa 1960s
  1 Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., undated
  1 Oster, 1986
  2 Pillsbury, 1967, 1969, undated
  3 Pillsbury, 1969-1970
  4 Pillsbury, 1970-1974
  5 Pillsbury, 1975, undated
  6 Pillsbury, 1992-1993
  7 Pillsbury, 1994-1995
  8 Pillsbury, 1996
40 1 Pillsbury, 1996
39 1 Planters, 1948
39 1 Puritan, about1980s
40 2 Riceland, undated
  2 Riviana, about1970
  2 Royal, undated
  3 The Standard Bartender's Guide, 1955
  4 Standard Brands Inc., 1962
  4 Sunsweet, 1978
  4 Supervalu, circa 1970s
  5 Swift and Company, circa 1940s
  5 Tuna Research Foundation, circa 1950s
  5 Westinghouse, 1944
  6-7 Woman's Day, 1976 (two copies)
    Subseries 2, Product Guides (some with recipes), 1940-1992, undated
40 8 Admiral, about 1950
  8 Anchor Hocking, circa 1980s
  8 Anchor Ovenware, circa 1980s
  9 Cuisinart, 1981
  9 Electric Char-B-Que, circa 1970s
  9 General Electric, circa 1960s
  9 Hamilton Beach, undated
  10 Hotpoint, 1950s, 1957
41 1 Kitchen Aid, 1958, 1969, 1979, 1992
  2 Le Cresuset, 1969
  2 National Pressure Cooker, circa 1940s
  3 Rival, 1960s
  3 Salton, undated
  4 Sunbeam, 1947-1985
  5 Wear-Ever, 1949
  5 Weber, undated
  5 Ziploc, 1979
    Subseries 3, Home and Food Related Ephemera, 1950-1980, undated
  6 2001 Household Hints, 1957
  6 CMA Guide to Cookware and Bakeware, undated
  6 Food Freezing Manual, undated
  7 Freezing Foods for Home Use, 1951
  7 How to Be a Successful Hostess, 1950
  7 How to Buy Fresh Fruit, 1967
  7 Knox Recipe Cards, undated
  8 Lehman, Gwen C. , Microwave News, 1980
  9 Love is Cooking with Microwaves, undated
  7 National Asparagus Festival Recipe Cards, undated
  7 Sun-Maid Recipe Cards, circa 1970s
  10 Welcome to the Wonderful World of Microwave Cooking, 1978
    Subseries 4, Periodicals, 1967-2001
41 3 Housewares, 1972 July, 1984 October
  11 Housewares Buyer, 1967
  11 Housewares Review, 1970
  12 Nordic Ware Clippings, 1971-1994
53 14 Housewares, 1972, 1980, 1983, 1984
53 19 Home World, 2001
    Subseries 5, Newsletters, 1961, 1973-1987, undated
42 1 The Creative Cook's Digest, 1982 January-August
  2 The Culinary Experience, undated
43 9 Jerry's Home Economist, Janet B. Wise, Volume 72-73, undated
42 3 Leisure Cooking, 1978 October-1980 May
  2 Microgram, 1978
  4 Microwave News, 1980 September-1981 April
  5 The Microwave Times, 1978 May-1979 November
  6 The Microwave Times, 1980 March-1981 August
  7 The Microwave Times, 1982 May-1983 December
  8 The Microwave Times, 1984 January-1985 December
  9 The Microwave Times, 1986 January-1987 December
  10 Microwave World, 1980 December-1982 December
43 1 Microwave World, 1983 January-1984 December
  2 Microwave World, 1985 January-1985 December
  3 Microwave World, 1986 March-1988
  4 Wave Lengths, 1979 May-1980 May
  5 Wave Lengths, 1981 February-1981 December
  6 Wave Lengths, 1982 January-1982 December
  7 Wave Lengths, 1983 January-December
  8 Wave Lengths, 1984 January-April
  9 WCCO Joyce Lamon Program, 1973 January-December
  9 WTTW-Julia Child, 1961
    SERIES 9, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1940S-2006, UNDATED
44   View Master Viewer and Photo Transparency Card, "Nordic Ware, 1946-2006," undated
45   Photographs, 1940s-2006
53 1 Bundtlettes, oversize color photoprint, undated

 

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