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Theodore Christian Blegen Papers, 1918-1969

Summary Information
Title: Theodore Christian Blegen papers
Dates: 1918-1969
Creator: Blegen, Theodore Christian, 1891-1969
Extent: 30 boxes (30.0 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: uarc 961
Abstract:
Collection contains correspondence, biographical materials, clippings, information on committees and societies, and writings completed by Theodore Blegen, professor of history and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Minnesota.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by various people over 30 years.

Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Copyright:

Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Preferred Citation:

Theodore Christian Blegen papers, University Archives, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Biographical Sketch of Theodore Christian Blegen (1891-1969)

Theodore C. Blegen, B.A. (1910) Augsburg College, M.A. (1915), Ph.D. (1925) University of Minnesota. Appointed the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1927 and served as dean of the Graduate School from 1940 until 1960.

Theodore C. Blegen was born in Minneapolis on July 16, 1891. He received his bachelor's degree from Augsburg College in 1910 and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1915 and 1925. Before joining the staff of the University of Minnesota in 1927, Dr. Blegen was a professor of History at Hamline University. He was also the superintendent of the Minnesota Historical Society (1931-1939), president of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (1943), and Director of the National Historical Service Board during World War II (1943-1944). In 1940, Dr. Blegen became Dean of the Graduate School, a position he held until his retirement from the University in 1960. Over his career, Dr. Blegen wrote over 20 books and articles. He died on July 18, 1969.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence to and from Theodore Blegen, biographical materials, clippings, information on committees and societies Dr. Blegen was involved with, such as the National Park Service Advisory Board and the Minnesota Historical Society. Writings and manuscripts, with source information, completed by Theodore Blegen, are also included in this collection.

Related Material

Graduate School records

Separated Material

The Minnesota Historical Society has a collection of Theodore C. Blegen papers.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Blegen, Theodore Christian, 1891-1969.
  • University of Minnesota. Graduate School.
  • History -- Study and teaching.
Detailed Contents of Collection
 Location  Title
Box 1
Miscellaneous, 1918-1926.  Box 1
 
Correspondence, 1927-1941.  Box 1
Note Correspondence files labeled "personal," "family," "appointments." Includes trip to Norway, 1928-1929.
Box 2
Correspondence, 1942-1959. Box 2
 
Personal correspondence (includes appointments), 1942-1950. Box 2
 
General correspondence (alphabetical A-N),  Box 2
Box 3
Correspondence, 1945-1960. Box 3
 
General correspondence (alphabetical O-Z), 1945-1959. Box 3
 
Correspondence (chronological), 1956-1960. Box 3
Box 4
Correspondence, 1928-1969. Box 4
 
General correspondence, 1960-1969. Box 4
 
Retirement letters, 1960. Box 4
 
Correspondence, 1939-1968. Box 4
Note Includes Blegen family correspondence, as well as correspondence to and from Guy Stanton Ford, J.L. Morrill, Aagot Raaen, Richard Scammon, Ingrid Semmingsen, Margaret Snyder, and Thomas Watt.
 
Interesting autographs, 1939-1951. Box 4
 
University of Minnesota, correspondence, 1937-1944. Box 4
Box 5
Correspondence, 1934-1968. Box 5
 
University of Minnesota, correspondence, 1944-1967. Box 5
 
Dedication of Blegen building, 1967. Box 5
 
Faculty activities report, 1950. Box 5
 
Graduate school, 1957-1967. Box 5
 
History department, 1960-1967. Box 5
 
Hormel Institute, 1960-1967. Box 5
 
University Press files, 1934-1967. Box 5
 
Alphabetical Files, A-H, 1938-1968. Box 5
 
American Immigration Conference  
 
John G. Areborg  
 
Augsburg College  
 
Boncroft Prize  
 
Builders of America  
 
Century of Minnesota  
 
Concordia College  
 
Dictionary of American History  
 
Jerry Fearing - Cartoon history  
 
Golf  
 
Hamline University  
 
Bertha Heilbron - 32nd State  
Box 6
Alphabetical Files, I-Z  Box 6
 
Hill Family Foundation and report on Hill papers, 1956. 
 
Informal Club, 1936-1964. 
 
Erling Jorstad, 1959-1960. 
 
Halvdan Koht, 1963. 
 
Macalester College, 1953-1960. 
 
Minnesota Human Genetics League, 1954. 
 
Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1955 
 
Nature Conservancy, 1956-1961. 
 
Norwegian Luncheon Club (Torske Klubber), 1961-1964. 
 
Norwegian Journalist's Luncheon, 1952. 
 
Pioneers of Minnesota, 1955-1958. 
 
Pulitzer Prize nominations, 1946-1948. 
 
Truman Library, 1952-1960. 
 
Emerson Wulling & Sumac Press, 1934-1969. 
Box 6
Blegen - Biographical materials  Box 6
 
Honors, 1935-1960. 
 
Photographs.  
 
Offers of position, 1935-1948. 
 
Vita.  
 
Who's Who, 1950-1957. 
 
Committees  
Box 7
Library of Congress Grants-in aid for study of history, 1945. Box 7
 
Minnesota War History Committee, 1942-1943. Box 7
 
National Park Service Advisory board, 1944-1964. Box 7
 
National Council for Historic Sites and Buildings, 1947-1951. Box 7
 
Societies  
Box 8
American Council of Learned Societies, 1938-1959. Box 8
 
American Council on Education, Committee of College Teachers, 1951-1953. Box 8
 
American Historical Association, 1939-1959. Box 8
Note Includes committee on teaching history.
 
American History Research Center, 1951-1958. Box 8
 
American Museum of Immigration, 1954-1959. Box 8
Box 9
American Scandinavian Foundation, 1945-1966. Box 9
 
Folk Arts Foundation, 1944-1945. Box 9
 
Forest History Foundations, 1951-1967. Box 9
Box 10-11
Minnesota Historical Society, 1913-1968. Box 10-11
Box 12
Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1939-1956. Box 12
 
New York State University, correspondence and report, 1957-1960. Box 12
 
Norwegian - American Historical Association, 1959-1968. Box 12
 
Norwegian - American Museum, 1964-1966. Box 12
 
Society for Advancement of Scandinavian Studies, 1957-1959. Box 12
 
Book reviews, 1930-1956. Box 12
Box 13
Books and reprints (thank you letters) A-Z, 1940-1960. Box 13
 
Talks and writings, correspondence, 1945-1960. Box 13
Box 13-14
Minnesota History - course, undated. Box 13-14
Box 14-20
Papers and talks, 1920-1958. Box 14-20
Box 14-16
On Minnesota  Box 14-16
Note Alphabetical by title, county and local history.
Box 16-17
On immigrants.  Box 16-17
Note Alphabetical by title.
Box 17-18
Personal appraisals, introductions, dedications, biographies, anniversaries.  Box 17-18
Box 18-19
On education.  Box 18-19
Box 19-20
On scholarship and research.  Box 19-20
Box 20
Miscellaneous.  Box 20
 
Writings and publications.  
Box 21
Nativism and the American Party (Ph.D. thesis), undated. Box 21
 
State Forests Report, 1922. Box 21
 
Norwegian Emigrant Songs and Ballads, 1937-1957. Box 21
 
Minnesota, it's History and People, 1937-1956. Box 21
 
Trail Blazers, undated. Box 21
 
Building Minnesota, 1937-1954. Box 21
 
Readings in Early Minnesota History, 1938. Box 21
 
Grass Roots History, 1947. Box 21
 
Prefaces, 1949-1959. Box 21
 
Land Lies Open, 1948-1958. Box 21
 
With Various Voices, 1949-1951. Box 21
Box 21-22
Iron Face, 1950-1957. Box 21-22
 
Sherlock Holmes  
Box 22
Correspondence, 1952-1968. Box 22
 
The Adventure of the Beribboned Manuscript, 1948-1951. Box 22
 
The Crowded Box-Room, 1951-1953. Box 22
 
Master Detective, 1952-1955. Box 22
 
Neiringen Materials (Norwegian Explorers), 1953-1957. Box 22
 
Exploring Sherlock Holmes, 1953-1960. Box 22
 
Sherlockiana - London Pilgrimage, 1955-1964. Box 22
 
Denmark - correspondence and papers, 1958-1960. Box 22
 
Speeches, 1949-1957. Box 22
 
Abraham Lincoln  
Box 22
Lincoln's Imagery, 1953-1960. Box 22
 
The Gettysburg Address, 1963. Box 22
 
Lincoln and his Mailbag, 1964-1966. Box 22
 
Lincoln's Secretary Goes West, 1964-1965. Box 22
 
Hole-in-the-Day and Sioux War, 1964. Box 22
 
Lincoln in World Perspective, 1943. Box 22
 
Lincolniana, undated. Box 22
Box 22-23
Land of their Choice, 1955-1959. Box 22-23
Box 23
Minnesota History - A Guide to Reading and Study, 1957-1962. Box 23
 
Five Fur Traders of the Northwest (introduction), 1964-1966. Box 23
 
Introducing Books - A Series of Prefaces, undated. Box 23
Box 23-24
Minnesota, History of a State, undated, 1952-1955. Box 23-24
Note Includes early correspondence and book reviews.
Box 24
Newspaper clippings, circa 1962. Box 24
Note Background and biographical information, miscellaneous.
 
Kensington Runestone, 1960-1969. 
Note Correspondence, manuscripts, reviews, early article.
 
Unpublished and source materials  
Box 25
Unpublished and source materials, circa 1950s. Box 25
Box 26
Frontier Ballads - westward movement, undated. Box 26
 
Fuller, Jane Gay and Hiram, 1963. Box 26
 
Gale (Samuel) Diary, 1958. Box 26
 
Gould, Edwinn (Olsen, Aitchison, Mathaison recollections), undated. Box 26
 
Hall's Illustrated Tour, 1880. Box 26
 
Handbook for local historical workers, 1937-1940. Box 26
 
Hansen, C.G.O. - My Minneapolis, 1954-1956. Box 26
 
Hendrickson, Peter, 1910, 1956. Box 26
 
Immigration and Immigrants, undated. Box 26
 
Indians - Sioux Death Lament (Schiller's poem), 1964. Box 26
 
Indians - Sioux Uprising & Spirit Lake Massacre, 1964. Box 26
 
Johnson, Arne O. - Desertion from Norwegian Ships, 1945. Box 26
 
Johnson, Gustavus - Correspondence regarding, and musical store, 1966. Box 26
 
Jones, Carl - Reading of History, undated. Box 26
 
Kalm, Pehr - Translation of pamphlet, correspondence regarding, 1960. Box 26
 
Kohlemeinen, John - Finnish emigration, undated. Box 26
 
Minnesota - 1850's pioneers undated. Box 26
 
Miscellaneous, undated. Box 26
 
Molsather, Lawrence: Skaro, Asgrim K., undated. Box 26
 
Qualey, Carlton: Scandinavians in Michigan, undated. Box 26
 
Ramsey, Walter: Pemmican, undated. Box 26
 
Reishus, Martha: Rag Rug, undated. Box 26
 
Roseau stone, undated. Box 26
Note Correspondence, photos, and stone.
 
Scandinavian elements in Minnesota, 1890. Box 26
 
Studies & Records, 1935. Box 26
 
Thrane, Marcus, 1931-1951. Box 26
 
Turner, Frederick J. - Immigration, undated. Box 26
 
Washburn, Walter I. - Letter on leprosy, 1949. Box 26
 
Whitten, Andrew D - Patent, undated. Box 26
 
Wick, B.L., Fox River Settlement, undated. Box 26
 
Wyman, Walker, Collection of Mid-west verses, 1854-1860. Box 26
Box 27
Book chapters - Korean Diary, circa 1853 Box 27
Note Manuscript written in diary form.
Box 28
Certificates, awards, citations, diplomas.  Box 28
Box 29
Reprints, circa 1940s-1960s. Box 29
Box 30
American Council on Education, 1950-1954. Box 30