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Borghild Dahl Papers

Summary Information
Title: Borghild Dahl Papers
Dates: 1923-1982
Creator: Dahl, Borghild
Extent: 54 Folders
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-301
Borghild Dahl's papers focus on her work as an author of children's books. The collection includes manuscript materials for sixteen titles published between 1923 and 1982. Manuscript materials include typescripts, proofs, notes, clippings, and reviews. There is also some correspondence. Collection also inculdes scrapbooks, awards, and audio interviews.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Good News, 1966


Autobiographical notes, 1972

Augustana College Sesquicentennial Award, 1975

Borghild M. Dahl, second-generation Norwegian-American author, 1978

Christmas Lullaby, 1979

Cloud Shoes, The, 1957



Daughter, The, 1956

Marit, 1945-46

Happy All My Life, c. 1982

Immigrant Experience, The,

I Wanted to See, 1956

Influence of Norwegian emigrants on American society, The, 1923

Interviews, 1975

Interview, 1980

Interview, 1967

Interview, 1967



St. Olaf, Medal of, 1950


Outstanding Achievement Award, 1980

Minnetonka Summer, A, 1960

My Father Loved America,

My Window on America, 1970


Scrapbooks, 1940-1980

She Wanted to See, 1944

Stowaway to America, 1959

Sesquicentennial, text of,

Under this Roof, 1961

Marit, 1944-1945

Biographical Sketch

Borghild Dahl was born Feb. 5, 1890, in Minneapolis, MN, and died Feb. 20, 1984. She was an educator, author, and lecturer. The daughter of Norwegian immigrants, she reveals in her work the bond she felt with her heritage, and the struggles she endured with a lifelong eye aliment that eventually led to total blindness. She received her A.B. from the U of MN in 1912, and her M.A. from Columbia U. in 1923. In 1924 she became the first woman of a foreign country to be selected Norsk Akademiker at the U. of Oslo in Norway. From 1912 to 1922 she taught at several Midwest high schools, and from 1926-1939 was a professor of literature and journalism at Augustana College. Her first book, Glimpses of Norway , was privately printed in 1935, and was followed by numerous books of interest to young adults. She also wrote for younger children. In discussing her work, Ms. Dahl said, "Every person who writes draws on his own life or his environment or what others tell him or what he reads. However indirect these may be, they still reflect some phase of his own living." In 1950, Ms. Dahl received the St. Olaf award from the king of Norway for her work in promoting good relations between Norway and the United States. In 1980, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the U of MN. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol, 7, 37.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for eight titles published between 1960-1982. It consists of typescripts, corrected typescripts, corrected carbons, proofs, notes, a paste-up dummy, clippings and reviews, and correspondence. The material is arranged by title.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalogue of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalogue using these headings.
  • Dahl, Borghild
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Good News 1966  
Box MF 2469
Typescript, corrected ( 1 )  Box MF 2469
layout of cover page ( 1 )  Box MF 2469
Box MF 2818
Typewriter ( 1 )  Box MF 2818
Autobiographical notes 1972  
Box M.F.276
autobiographical notes ( 1 )  Box M.F.276
Augustana College Sesquicentennial Award 1975  
Box M.C.424, 425
2 1/4 " diameter medal, in case ( 1 )  Box M.C.424, 425
Borghild M. Dahl, second-generation Norwegian-American author 1978  
Box M.F.903
Tape cassettes ( 1 )  Box M.F.903
Christmas Lullaby 1979  
Box AV11
Cassette ( 1 )  Box AV11
Cloud Shoes, The 1957  
Box M.F.276
Typescript, corrected carbon; galley proof ( 1 )  Box M.F.276
Box M.F.276
Correspondence ( 1 )  Box M.F.276
Box M.F.904
Correspondence ( 1 )  Box M.F.904
Daughter, The 1956  
Box M.F.276
Galley proof, corrected ( 1 )  Box M.F.276
Marit 1945-46  
Box M.F.276
Typescript ( 1 )  Box M.F.276
Correspondence ( 1 )  Box M.F.276
Happy All My Life c. 1982  
Box MF903
Typescriptt ( 1 )  Box MF903
Immigrant Experience, The  
Box AV23
Tape, filmstrip, pamphlet ( 1 )  Box AV23
I Wanted to See 1956  
Box MF277
Typescript, carbon ( 1 )  Box MF277
Influence of Norwegian emigrants on American society, The 1923  
Box MF904
Holograph ( 1 )  Box MF904
Interviews 1975  
Box MF277
Tape cassette; 2 interviews with Janet Macy, KUOM ( 1 )  Box MF277
Interview 1980  
Box MF277
Interview with Cathy Eayrs ( 1 )  Box MF277
Interview 1967  
Box MF903
Tape recording of radio program ( 1 )  Box MF903
Interview 1967  
Box MF903
Tape recording of interview with Philip Spurgeon, WHP ( 1 )  Box MF903
Box MC192,377,380
high school graduation announcement. teacher's contract. certificate of Who's Who of American women. certificate of the National Register of Who's Who. first grade professional certificate. Meldebevis. birthday greeting award. list of addresses and contacts of B.M.Dahl. framed certificate of appreciation from the Lions Club of Detroit, Mich. key to the city of Harrisburg, PS (broken). photo of B.M. Dahl with children. photo of B.M. Dahl's graduating class. inscribe photo of Ray Shafer. copy of LUTHER, a quarterly publication of Luther College, Autumn, 1968. homecoming program from Luther College, 1968. framed diploma from the World Who's Who of Women for distinguished achievement. certificate for the Regent's of the U of MN Outstanding Achievement Award, presented June 4, 1980. tape of the presentation of the Regent's Outstanding Achievement Award, June 4, 1980. wooden lap board used by B.M. Dahl. Ebenezer Digest, Summer 1980, 2 copies. correspondence, clippings, photos, 59pp. Gopher 1912, U of MN yearbook. The Edda, 1928, Augustana College yearbook. Silver Anniversary Gopher, Class of 1912, from the U of MN. Guests, guestbook from 6\4\80--10\22\84. Tape of Jerry Savelle, from the MN Regional Chapel, 10\11\79. Tape of newspaper article. Tape of celebrity style show for the blind. Plaque from M.E.M.O. for "Outstanding Service By An Author." ( 1 )  Box MC192,377,380
Box MF
8 diplomas, 2 certificates ( 1 )  Box MF
St. Olaf, Medal of 1950  
Box MC424, 425
1 1/4 " diameter medal in case ( 1 )  Box MC424, 425
Box MC 1464
crayon drawing of B.M.Dahl by 11 year old girl; scroll signed by pupils and faculty of Glenwood Elem. School ( 1 )  Box MC 1464
Outstanding Achievement Award 1980  
Box MC424, 425
1 1/4 " diameter medal, in case ( 1 )  Box MC424, 425
Minnetonka Summer, A 1960  
Box MF277
Typescript, galley proof ( 1 )  Box MF277
My Father Loved America  
Box MF277
Typescript, corrected carbon ( 1 )  Box MF277
My Window on America 1970  
Box MF277
corrected galley proof ( 1 )  Box MF277
Box MF277
typescript, misc corrected partial carbon; correspondence ( 1 )  Box MF277
Scrapbooks 1940-1980  
Box MF 942,943 Box 190, 191, 377, 380
scrapbooks ( 1 )  Box MF 942,943 Box 190, 191, 377, 380
She Wanted to See 1944  
Box MF904
Typescript, mimeograph ( 1 )  Box MF904
Stowaway to America 1959  
Box MF278
Typescripts, galley proof, notes, correspondence ( 1 )  Box MF278
Sesquicentennial, text of  
Box MF904
Typescript ( 1 )  Box MF904
Under this Roof 1961  
Box MF279
Typescript, corrected carbon ( 1 )  Box MF279
Marit 1944-1945  
Box MF279
photocopy of magazine pages ( 1 )  Box MF279