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Simon Johnson Papers, 1874-1980

Collection Overview

Title: Simon Johnson Papers, 1874-1980


Creator: Johnson, Simon (1874-1970)

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Languages: English [eng], Norwegian [nor]


1874-1970; Norwegian-American writer and newspaper editor, known as the "Prairie’s Author"

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Simon Johnson Papers contain translations of ballads, poems, and short stories written by Johnson. The collection also includes biographical publications regarding Johnson, plus commentaries on his writing style and his fictionalized accounts of Norwegian-American life in the Red River Valley. Ten photographs are also included.

Administrative Information

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

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ballads and Poems contained in OpplevdAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Inga From the Grove (translated)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Louis Alfred and John Otto (translated)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Norman Kenyon (translated)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Bird Mary (translated)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Storms - and a Toast (translated)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Diggings (translated)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Forever Future (translated)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Rodgers, Drew, "The Norwegian Immigrant Experience as Depicted in the Fiction of Simon Johnson," Telemark Regional College, Telemark, Norway (Chapters 1-3), 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Rodgers, "The Norwegian Immigrant Experience" (Chapters 4-6)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Nelson, Rodney. "The Stories of Simon Johnson," North Dakota Horizons, Spring 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: News Clippings - "Simon Johnson's Writings Reveal More of Area Norwegian Heritage," Fargo Forum, April 20, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Paine, Sylvia. "Rediscovering Simon Johnson." Minnesota Monthly, 5, July 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 14: PhotographsAdd to your cart.

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