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Alrik Gustafson papers

Identifier: 276

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, theater materials and literature in English and Scandinavian languages.


  • Creation: 1930-1960


Language of Materials

English and Scandinavian

Use of Materials

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


Requests for permission to quote from the Alrik Gustafson papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Biographical Sketch of Alrik Gustafson (1903-1970)

Alrik Gustafson was born on April 23, 1903 in Sioux City, Iowa. He received his undergraduate and graduate training from the University of Chicago, earning his undergraduate degree in 1925 and his Ph.D. in modern European literature in 1935. Dr. Gustafson was a member of the faculty at Central State Teachers College, Stevens Point, Wisconsin (1928-1929), Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois (1929-1935) and Cornell University (1935-1939) before joining the faulty of the Scandinavian Department at the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor in 1939. He was promoted to associate professor in 1945, professor in 1950 and appointed as chair of the department in 1946. He also held the position of director of the Center for Northwest European Languages and Area Studies at the University. Dr. Gustafson was a prolific writer, publishing extensively in the field of Scandinavian literature and was considered one of the world's leading authorities in the field at the time of his death on March 24, 1970.


4 boxes (5.2 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of Alrik Gustafson, professor and chair of the Scandinavian department at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The collection was transferred to University Archives by the Scandinavian department on July 8, 1971.

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

Alrik Gustafson papers, 1930-1960
Karen Spilman
April 2005
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