Bruflat Academy, Portland, North Dakota, Records
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Brief Description:

The Bruflat Academy, Portland, North Dakota, records contain a manuscript with a brief history of the Academy from 1889 to 1918 written by Theodore Gilbertson. Bruflat Academy was one of the first advanced educational institutions in North Dakota.

An addition to the collection consists of a textbook, History of the United States, which was used at the Academy. The book was used by Erling Erickson's mother, Anna Odegaarden (later shortened to Odegaard), at Bruflat during the 1917-18 school year.  Opposite the title page is a list of the students in the class: Robert Dahl, Joseph Stockmoe, Edwin Kyllo, Joseph Gilbertson, Anna Odegaard, Olga Kville (Odegaarden's first cousin), Ovidia Rydland, Oline Viken, and Ida Hefta. The book also contains scribbling and notes commonly found in high school textbooks.  For example, page 344 contains backwards writing which must be held to a mirror to read.  Page 345 contains a short poem written about Odegaarden's classmates, and study notes can be found written in the margins throughout the book.

Held at:
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202 9000
Phone: 701-777-4625
Fax: 701-777-3319
Email: und.archives [at]
Record Series Number: OGLMC/131
Created by: Bruflat Academy
Volume: 0.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1968. Additional documents were photocopied from the Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, Minnesota, in September 1981 (81-794); additional materials were donated by Erling Erickson, Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada, on July 8, 2003 (2003-2645)
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Subject Index
Portland, North Dakota
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Theodore Gilbertson, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Donation
Other Formats: The originals for some of the material in collection are held by the Norwegian-American Historical Association in Northfield, Minnesota.
PreferredCitation: (Description of Item). Bruflat Academy, Portland, North Dakota, Records. OGLMC 131. Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. Chester Fritz Library. University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid added to Archon in July 2012.