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Borghild Dahl Papers

Identifier: CLRC-301

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1923-1982


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Access and Use:

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.

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.


54 folders


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.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of: Dahl, Borghild
Borghild Dahl Papers
Jim Eyer and updated by John Barneson, 2004
August 12, 2003
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Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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