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Simon Johnson Papers, 1874-1980
Title: Simon Johnson Papers, 1874-1980
Primary Creator: Johnson, Simon (1874-1970)
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Subjects: Ethnicity - Norwegian, Literary
Scope and Contents of the Materials
Collection Historical Note
Simon Johnson, also known as the "Prairie's Author," was born September 26, 1874, in Øyer, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. In 1883, his family emigrated, settling in Norway Township, Traill County, near Hillsboro, North Dakota. As the only male child, Johnson remained on the family farm until the death of his mother in 1919. By this point, he had already published four novels as well as several stories. In 1911, he was awarded the Norwegian Literary Award for the piece "Lonea."
Johnson then went to Grand Forks, North Dakota, to edit Normanden, a Norwegian-language newspaper. He resigned in 1924 and later become editor of the Decorah Posten in Decorah, Iowa, in 1929. After 1925, Johnson published no additional major works. Simon Johnson died in July 1970.
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 Method: Donation by various donors (81-713, 81-799, 81-884, 82-958) and by Playford Thorson, Grand Forks, on May 7, 1999 (99-2326)
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Simon Johnson Papers. OGLMC 612, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid added to Archon in May 2014.
Box and Folder Listing
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Ballads and Poems contained in Opplevd
- Folder 2: Inga From the Grove (translated)
- Folder 3: Louis Alfred and John Otto (translated)
- Folder 4: Norman Kenyon (translated)
- Folder 5: Bird Mary (translated)
- Folder 6: Storms - and a Toast (translated)
- Folder 7: Diggings (translated)
- Folder 8: Forever Future (translated)
- Folder 9: Rodgers, Drew, "The Norwegian Immigrant Experience as Depicted in the Fiction of Simon Johnson," Telemark Regional College, Telemark, Norway (Chapters 1-3), 1979
- Folder 10: Rodgers, "The Norwegian Immigrant Experience" (Chapters 4-6)
- Folder 11: Nelson, Rodney. "The Stories of Simon Johnson," North Dakota Horizons, Spring 1980
- Folder 12: News Clippings - "Simon Johnson's Writings Reveal More of Area Norwegian Heritage," Fargo Forum, April 20, 1980
- Folder 13: Paine, Sylvia. "Rediscovering Simon Johnson." Minnesota Monthly, 5, July 1980
- Folder 14: Photographs
612-1: Johnson family
612-2: Johnson home
612-3: Simon Johnson
612-4 through 612-6: unidentified woman (possibly Simon's mother)
612-7: Telegram to Johnson from the Royal Norwegian Consulate, February 10, 1954
612-8: Unidentified manuscript
612-9 and 612-10: Simon Johnson