Roy E. Halvorson papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains Halvorson's business records including articles of incorporation and bylaws, stock information, promotional material, and photographs. Also included are family correspondence, photographs, and news clippings, and clippings, correspondence, and photographs related to the Ralph Plaisted Polar Expedition. Ralph Plaisted used Ski-Doo snowmobiles on his 1967 and 1968 expeditions to the north pole.
The collection is arranged into three major series:
Halvorson Equipment, Inc. and Roy Halvorson Inc.
Plaisted Polar Expedition
Conditions Governing Access
Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be 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. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.
Biographical / Historical
In 1929, Roy Halvorson began what became in 1934, Halvorson Trees, Inc., one of the largest Christmas tree farms in the United States. By the late 1930's, it enjoyed nationwide business with orders increasing every year. The company produced small, processed, colored Christmas trees.
Christmas tree production began with the tops cut off black spruce trees from the muskeg swamps of Northern Minnesota. Black spruce trees were tall, spindly, and a sickly green color, but the top 3-4 feet were perfect for Christmas trees. The "trees" were cut, bundled, and shipped to Duluth, Minnesota for processing at a plant located at 389-391 Sout Lake Avenue. The tree was dip coated with a fire resistant color sealer (green, silver, white, blue or pink) and placed on a conveyor-system to drying racks. After insertion into a stand filled with "liquid life", a synthetic sap to prolong the life of the tree, it was packed into a cardboard box for cold storage until shipment.
Halvorson Trees used Bombardier tractors In their woods' operations. Halvorson Equipment, Inc. was formed in September 1956, to function as the Bombardier tractor distributor in the north central United States. In the winter of 1959-1960, Halvorson Equipment introduced the first Ski-Doo snowmobiles in the area. The name changed to Bombardier Ski-Doo. At one time, Halvorson Equipment, Inc. was the largest distributor of snowmobiles in the world.
Halvair, located at the Duluth International Airport, was the aviation division of Halvorson Equipment. Established in 1970, it sold and serviced Cessna and Beechcraft airplanes, provided maintenance service for business and private aircraft, an aircraft radio service center, and classroom and flight instruction, as well as charter plane service.
5.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The collection contains Halvorson's business records including articles of incorporation and bylaws, stock information, promotional material, and photographs. Also included are family correspondence, photographs, and news clippings, and clippings, correspondence, and photographs related to the Ralph Plaisted Polar Expedition.
This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at email@example.com or 218-726-8526.
5 Boxes and 1 film
This collection is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, but is housed at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives.
- Aircraft Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Businesses Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Duluth (Minn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Snowmobiles Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Tree farms Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Winter sports Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Roy E. Halvorson papers
- Finding Aid Authors: Staff.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Collecting Area Details
Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area
Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001