Icelandic Manuscript
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Brief Description:

The Icelandic Manuscript consists of approximately 200 individual, handwritten pages.  The pages have been bound together inside in brown, leather binding with wooden boards.  There is also calligraphy at the beginning of each section.

Personnel at the Chester Fritz Library and the UND Languages Department worked with Dr. Merrill Kaplan of The Ohio State University to gather information towards a partial translation of several pages in the manuscript.  Dr. Kaplan reported that the manuscript appears to be several different long-form rhyming poems, as well as an obituary in verse.  The owners/creators of the manuscript were noted as J. Magnusson and, later, Sveinn Einarsson.

Dr. Kaplan identified the work of two Icelandic poets, Árni Böðvarsson (1713-1776) and Hans Natansson, as being copied into in the manuscript.  Also included is an obituary for Sigurbjörg Jónsdóttir, copied from the Norðanfari newspaper, vol3, number 26-27, page 58, November 1864.

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/1547
Volume: 0.25 Linear Feet
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Subject Index
Literary - Poetry
Languages of Materials
Icelandic [ice]
Acquisition Notes:   Acc.2010-2981; the manuscript was received by the Chester Fritz Library in a miscellaneous donation of books by an unknown donor.
PreferredCitation: (Description of Item). Icelandic Manuscript.  OGLMC 1547, Box #, Folder #.  Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid input to Archon in October 2014.