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Soren Olaf and Ralph Kolstoe Papers
Soren Olaf and Ralph Kolstoe Papers, 1920-2008
Title: Soren Olaf and Ralph Kolstoe Papers, 1920-2008
Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 10/15/2013
Subjects: University of North Dakota - Alumni, University of North Dakota - Faculty, Valley City State University
Scope and Contents of the Materials
Collection Historical Note
Dr. Soren Olaf Kolstoe was born in Norway and arrived in the Midwest in 1891. He attended the University of Minnesota and received his M.A. degree from the University of North Dakota (UND) on July 30, 1920. He earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from UND on August 6, 1931. Soren taught at Valley City State University for 27 years and was chair of the Education and Psychology Department. He was a recipient of the UND Sioux Award in 1973. He is also the author of "Lyrics of the Prairie," a collection of poetry largely inspired by North Dakota.
Soren's son, Dr. Ralph Kolstoe, was born in Valley City, North Dakota. He attended Valley City State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. He went on to receive a Master of Science degree from UND in 1950 and his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University in 1953. He became a faculty member at UND in 1957, remaining until 1990. Following closely in his father's footsteps, Ralph became the chair of the Department of Psychology at UND. His success at the University was widely recognized, indicated by the many awards he received.
UND Alumni Review, April 1973; "UND Doctoral Candidate and Cap, Gown and Hood Have Long UND Family History"
UND News, "The Ralph Kolstoe Colloquium Endowment" (pamphlet)
Repository: Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Dr. Ralph and Carolyn Kolstoe, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Acquisition Method: Donation; 2013-3221
Related Publications: "Lyrics of the prairie." Soren Olaf Kolstoe. Valley City, 1969.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Soren Olaf Kolstoe Papers. OGLMC 1623. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Processing Information: Processed by Hannah Naylor, Special Collections volunteer, in May 2017.
Box and Folder Listing
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Item 1: Master of Arts Diploma for Soren Olaf Kolstoe, July 30, 1920
- Item 2: Ph.D. Diploma for Soren Olaf Kolstoe, August 6, 1931
- Item 3: UND Sioux Award for Soren Olaf Kolstoe, 1973
- Item 4: Faculty Advisors Who's Who Award from UND to Ralph Kolstoe, 1962
- Item 5: Certificate of Appreciation from Sigma Xi to Ralph Kolstoe in Honor of His Service as Chapter President, 1963-1964
- Item 6: Faculty Award Plaque to Ralph Kolstoe for Outstanding Teaching and Loyal Service, May 11, 1973
- Item 7: Plaque for Dedicated Service from Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board to Ralph Kolstoe, April 17, 1988
- Item 8: Pamphlet for the Ralph Kolstoe Colloquium Endowment at the UND Foundation, 1989
- Item 9: Plaque for Psychologist of the Year Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology to Ralph Kolstoe, 1990
- Item 10: Plaque for Valuable Contributions to the Regulation of Psychologists and the Practice of the Profession from The American Association of State Psychology Boards to Ralph Kolstoe, 1990
- Item 11: Plaque for Distinguished Alumni Award from the UND Department of Psychology to Ralph Kolstoe, October 18, 2008