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Studies and Records
Volume XXIV

Published by the Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, Minnesota
Copyright © 1970 by the Norwegian-American Historical Association  87732:50

To The Memory of Theodore C. Blegen


THIS VOLUME, the twenty-fourth in the Studies series and the fourth with a shortened title, is also the fiftieth book to bear the imprint of the association. Appropriately, it is dedicated to the memory of the late Theodore C. Blegen, who was the associationís managing editor for thirty-five years and who continued to serve in an advisory capacity following his retirement in 1960. Readers are referred to Professor Qualeyís tribute to Dr. Blegenís scholarly and editorial contributions in the opening article of Studies, volume 21.

It is fitting that the contributions to this publication should continue to reflect an ever-widening view of the associationís tasks and responsibilities, as well as to mark the first appearance of several young scholars from a variety of academic disciplines. One of Dean Blegenís pet phrases was "wide-ranging," and he never tired of stressing the role of the graduate school in training the authors of future association publications.

Professor Haugen, a veteran linguist and a student of folklore, draws on a rich knowledge of Norwegian-American literature and presents in the schoolteacher Thor Helgeson a gifted storyteller in the tradition of Asbjørnsen and Moe. Professor Clausen, a well-known author of studies in the immigration field, co-operates with Mr. Per Hvamstad, a Norwegian student, to submit a valuable collection of America letters written by Mons H. Grinager.

Norwegian-born Odd S. Løvoll condenses a masterís thesis into a remarkably revealing account of the Norwegian press in North Dakota, and, in doing so, suggests the reformist tendencies of the immigrants it was designed to serve. The late Professor Knaplund, who retained a keen interest in his old moorings as well as his new during a lifetime of productive research on the British Empire, contributed a portrait of H. Tambs Lyche, whose character and writings stand in sharp contrast to those of the young Knut Hamsun.

The novelist O. E. Rølvaag continues to attract students of literature and social philosophy. Dr. Eckstein sympathetically interprets the writerís views regarding Americanization, but finds him to have been somewhat outside the mainstream of American life and his social criticisms aimed primarily at the immigrant community. Mr. Hamre submits, in translation, a Thanksgiving Day sermon by Georg Sverdrup which strikingly reflects the Lutheran Free Church leaderís concern for the individual congregation.

Professor Arestad offers translations of four Hamsun short stories with American settings and a summary of a fifth. He does this authoritatively against the background of Norwegian-American literary relations. Mr. Benson analyzes the population and interprets the lives of the Norwegians in nineteenth-century California in a manner that should be applied to other areas. Mr. Hooverís brief description of the pattern of Norwegian settlement in Greater New York reminds us again of the need for a comprehensive study of the Norwegians in the East.

Miss Folkedahl adds still another installment to the series "Some Recent Publications," and reveals for the fourth time the riches of the associationís source collection in "From the Archives."

I wish to acknowledge the invaluable editorial services of Ralph L. Henry, professor emeritus of English at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota. He has been vitally involved in every stage of preparing this volume for publication.

Kenneth O. Bjork
St. Olaf College

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