The Olaf Torgersen Collection consists of personal and professional documents related to Torgersen's life as a sea captain in China and Hong Kong. The collection is divided into three series: Identification Documents (1914-1952), Career Records (1907-1950), and Personal Materials (1927-1957).
Series I, Identification Documents, consists of various vital records belonging to Torgersen, including his baptismal certificate, two Norwegian passports, a Chinese sailor's identification booklet, an official Chinese identification card, a medical information card and a business card.
Series II, Career Records, contains records relating to Torgersen's work as a sea captain. Items in the series include letters verifying Torgersen's service on a number of ships, master's certifications from Norway, China, and Panama allowing Torgersen to captain vessels, statistics taken regarding a shipping route from Shanghai to Keelung, and a statement written by Torgersen seeking damages for losses suffered by him during World War II.
Series III, Personal Materials, contains miscellaneous correspondence, ephemera and documents related to Torgersen's life in China and Hong Kong. Items in the series include membership cards, receipts, newspaper articles, correspondence about loan assistance, a ticket to the Hong Kong Jockey Club and a postcard sent to Torgersen in Norway in the 1950s.