Guide to the Hildur Larson Autobiography, 1987  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hildur and Edgar Larson
Guide to the Hildur Larson Autobiography
1987 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
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Hildur Larson was born in Sweden in 1896. She travelled to the United States in 1927, married, and never returned to Scandinavia. The collection consists of a book written by Edgar Larson about his mother's early years, based on her oral history.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
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This collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Hildur Anna Maria Johansson was born in Edsdalen, Sweden on 12 February 1896. Hildur was one of five children born to Johan August Magnusson and Matilda Bryntesdotter. Hildur's father was a farmer, and her mother stayed home and wove. Both her parents died when she was young. Hildur worked in a hospital in Stockholm for two years and thought about training to become a nurse; however, she was too young to start training. Around 1922, Hildur met her future husband in Norway while she was working with her aunt. After he had attended business school and had not found a job, he left for America. Hildur decided to follow him and left for the United States by herself on 13 September 1927. She departed reluctantly, but the two were happily married within 24 hours of her arrival. They lived in Hoquiam, Washington, while Hildur's husband worked at the sawmill. In 1930, they had their first child named Judith. When a bad flood hit Hoquiam in 1933, the family moved to Tacoma. Hildur's husband became an American citizen around 1941, but Hildur never wanted to become a citizen. Part of her wanted to return to Scandinavia, but when her children began school, she realized she needed to stay in America. For a long time Hildur delayed learning English; Hildur and her husband mostly spoke Norwegian in their home. The two of them became editors of the Western Viking in which Hildur published poems in both Swedish and English. She and her husband belonged to the Sons of Norway, and Hildur was a member of the Ladies Aid at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Hildur never returned to Sweden, but her son Edgar did. At the time this book was written, Hildur still decorated and cooked for Christmas in the Swedish tradition. She enjoyed writing poetry and passed that love on to her family members.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of a book written by Edgar Larson about his mother's early years, based on her oral history. In it, she discusses her family history, church, jobs, school days, her first love, meeting her husband-to-be, her sisters, immigration, her children, and her first Christmas in America.

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Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from (the collection) must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Hildur Larson Autobiography, SIEmss_131, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Citizenship--United States
  • Lutherans
  • Norway--Emigration and immigration
  • Scandinavian Americans
  • Sweden--Emigration and immigration
  • Personal Names :
  • Bryntesdotter, Matilda
  • Fjorstad, Ole Elias Larson
  • Jaren, Hans Olsvald Tideman
  • Larson, Edgar
  • Larson, Judith
  • Lauritzson, Maria Magnusson
  • Magnusson, Anna
  • Magnusson, Johan August
  • Corporate Names :
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Hoquiam Mill Company (Hoquiam, Wash.)
  • Sons of Norway (U.S.)
  • Western Viking
  • Family Names :
  • Larson family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Hoquiam (Wash.)
  • Oslo (Norway)
  • Sweden
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Autobiographies
  • Essays
  • Family histories
  • Occupations :
  • Housewives
  • Periodical editors
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Mama Remembers: The Earlier Years