Harry Fabbe papers, 1842-2003  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Fabbe, Harry, 1899-1973
Title
Harry Fabbe papers
Dates
1842-2003 (inclusive)
Quantity
6.31 cubic feet (11 boxes)
Collection Number
2252 (Accession No. 2252-001)
Summary
Correspondence, writings, clippings, financial records, ephemera, photographs, memorabilia of Fabbe writings, of early Swedes in Washington.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English, Swedish
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Harry Fabbe was born, 1899, Gustaf Harry Fabianson in Stockholm. He emigrated to the United States in 1915 on the advice of his father, who was in Pennsylvania at the time. While working at various jobs and during five years as a mining engineer at Kennicott mines in Alaska, Fabbe wrote articles and poems for publication in Swedish-American newspapers and magazines, such as "Svenska Socialisten," "Verdandi," and "Svenska Journalen." Being a valued contributor to "Svenska Journalen" ("Svenska Posten" after 1935) in Seattle, in 1927 Fabbe was offered the editorship. He accepted and maintained this position for 46 years, with only short interuptions. During the 1930s Fabbe participated in a film-making expedition with the brothers John and Sven Utterstrom. This gave him material for many articles which Fabbe sold to Swedish-American and Swedish publications. He also published a book in Sweden, "I slagbjornens spar." Although he returned to Sweden only twice in the 55 years spent in the United States, Fabbe maintained his Swedish through his writing activity and contact with Swedes in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. He died December 8, 1973.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, writings, clippings, financial records, ephemera, photographs, memorabilia of Fabbe writings, of early Swedes in Washington.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Scandinavian Archives (University of Washington Libraries).

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Series 1:  Ernst Skarstedt correspondence, 1849-1960Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
A. miscellaneous
1909-1927
1/2
Baner Johan G.R.
undated
1/3
Bonggren, Jakob
1915-1924
1/4
B. Miscellaneous
1906-1927
1/5
C. Miscellaneous
1908-1927
1/6
D. Miscellaneous
1916-1920
1/7
E. Miscellaneous
1910-1927
1/8
Fabbe, Harry
undated
1/9
F. Miscellaneous
1908-1922
1/10
Gillgren, Nils
1912-1920
1/11
G. Miscellaneous
1911-1927
1/12
Hellberg, Karl
1925-1928
1/13
Hellenius, John E
1920-1927
1/14
H. Miscellaneous
1909-1927
1/15
I. Miscellaneous
1910
1/16
Johansen, Charles K.
1906-1919
1/17
Johnson, Alex J.
1912-1916
1/18
J. Miscellaneous
1909-1915
1/19
K. Miscellaneous
1906-1915
1/20
Liljengren, J.A
1913-1925
1/21
Lindahl, Josua
1911-1912
1/22
Linder, O.A.
n.d.
1/23
Lindstrom, C.F.
1922-1926
1/24
Lonnquist, C.A
1911-1916
1/25
Lovering, William T.
1920
1/26
L. Miscellaneous
1906-1924
1/27
Malm, G.N.
1911-1927
1/28
Munson, A.
1920-1921
1/29
M. Miscellaneous
1914-1919
1/30
N. Miscellaneous
1907-1922
1/31
Olsson, Alex
1906-1927
1/32
O. Miscellaneous
1911-1914
1/33
Person, Johan
1910-1920
1/34
Peterson, Frithiof
1913-1914
1/35
P. Miscellaneous
1910-1925
1/36
Rundström, John
1911-1920
1/37
R. Miscellaneous
1911-1920
1/38
Sandegren, Thomas J.
1911-1927
1/39
Skarstedt, Esther, Vera and Marth (daughters)
1916-1919
1/40
Skarstedt, Marcus (son)
1914-1926
1/41
Stigner, P.
1926-1927
1/42
Sundell, Edward
1910-1917
1/43
S. Miscellaneous
1906-1927
1/44
Teigen, K.M.
1912-1914
1/45
T. Miscellaneous
1893-1914
1/46
U. Miscellaneous
1901-1925
1/47
V. Miscellaneous
1914
1/48
Wickman, Gunnar
1915-1916
1/49
W. Miscellaneous
1909-1917
1/50
Unidentified Incoming Letters
1906-1925
1/51
Incoming Letters of Others
1916-1930
1/52
Outgoing Letters
1893-1927
1/53
Writings
1848-1924
1/54
Writings of Others
1918
1/55
Notes
1901-1950
1/56
Clippings
1937-1960
1/57
Photographs and Sketches
1917
1/58
Ephemera
undated
1/59
Incoming Letters - Hill, S.M.
1987-1900
1/60
Incoming Letters - Lindgard, Axel
1897-1921
1/61
Lists - Lindgard, Axel
undated

Series 2:  Harry Fabbe Letters, Notes, Writings, Memorabilia, Legal Documents, 1842-1974Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Biographical Materials
1969-1974
8/14
Biographical Information
2003
2/2
Incoming Letters to H. Fabbe from Gus Backman (Svenska Journalen)
1925
2/3
Incoming Letters to H. Fabbe re: his B.C. Trip, Utterström film and book
1931-1933
2/4
Incoming Letters to H. Fabbe from his father Gustaf Fabianson and his brother Folke
1922-1950
2/5
Incoming Letters to H. Fabbe A-N
1923-1971
8/1
Incoming Letters to H. Fabbe A-N (Photocopies)
1951-1969
2/6
Incoming Letters to H. Fabbe O-Z and unidentified
1889-1972
8/5
Misc. Incoming Correspondence
1925-1986
8/6
Misc. Outgoing Correspondence
1924
2/7
Outgoing Letters re: H. Fabbe's B.C. Trip; Utterström Film
1932-1934
2/8
Writings - Bokstugan
1923-1926
2/9
Writings - Bokstugan and The Chronicle
1926-1955
2/10
Writings - Plays, drafts by H. Fabbe including Revy
1926
2/11
Writings - Manuscripts for articls by H. Fabbe
1926
2/12
Writings - articles by H. Fabbe for Svenska Posten from his Sweden Trip. Includes Reseglimptar and Travel Glimpses
1948
2/13
Writings - Poems
1921-1925
2/14
Writings - Poems, Plays
undated
2/15
Writings - Plays, Drafts
1926
2/16
Writings - Manuscripts, articles, poems on H. Fabbe's Alaska years and trip to Kenai Peninsula
1932
3/1
Writings - Articles by H. Fabbe on Alaska, especially Pribilof Islands
1935
3/2
Writings - Articles by H. Fabbe on Alaska, especially Pribilof Islands with photographs (2)
1935
3/3
Writings - Articles on Utterström film, H. Fabbe's book, correspondence
1931-1963
3/4
Writings - Articles by H. Fabbe from his book
1935
3/5
Writings - Articles by H. Fabbe (interview with Eugene O'Niell)
1935-1937
3/6
Writings - Scrapbook collection: Fabbe's articles on Utterström film expidition and Fabbe's book
1931-1934
8/2
Writings - Gustaf E. Haglund (including description of a plant named after Fabbe)
1948
8/4
Misc. Writings by Fabbe
1908
8/11
Writings - Karl A. Von Lehnsburg
1924
3/7
List of scenes - Fabbe's 16mm film of Pribillof Islands, Alaska (Swedish and English)
1938
3/8
Lists - Addresses
1930-1965
3/9
Notes and Diaries
1926-1948
3/10
Notes and Diaries
1920
8/7
Guest Book (photocopy)
1948-1962
8/12
Financial Records - Kennecott Copper Corporation
1921-1924
3/11
Legal Documents - identification papers, school reports
1915-1951
8/13
Legal Documents - identification papers (some photocopies)
1927-1972
3/12
Graphic Material - pencil sketch (Mrs. H. Fabbe?)
undated
8/3
Graphic Material - Drawings (possibly) by Albert Viksten
n.d.
3/13
Ephemera - theatre programs
1924-1973
3/14
Memorabilia of H. Fabbe Sweden Trip
1948
3/15
Memorabilia of H. Fabbe Sweden Trip (including documents)
1948
4/1
Correspondence to Mrs. Bertha K. Nyberg
1948
4/2
Correspondence to Carl Palm
undated
4/3
Writings by Alfred Aronson, Article for Svenska Journalen "Swedish Theater in Seattle"
1953
4/4
Writings - Biography by Otto E. Johnson Swedish Pioneer to Granite Falls, Washington Colony
1910, 1963
4/5
Speeches and writings by Johan Egardh
1919
4/6
Writings - articles by editor of Nya Svenska Pressen, M.M Lindfors "Swedes in British Columbia"
1937
4/7
Biography of Carl Hanson by Georg Dahlquist
1887-1920
4/8
Writings - Poems by Georg Nordstedt
undated
4/9
Writings by Herman Weiland (pseudonym: snapphanen)
1919-1915
4/10
Writings by others (poems by Tuveson and Ernst Skarstedt)
1935; undated
4/11
Speeches by H.B. Heiden
1962
4/12
List of books in Swedish Congregations Library (handwritten)
1868
4/13
Legal document - probated estate in Sweden
1842
4/14
Legal document - emigration contract, Cunard Line
1900
4/15
Map of Christinehamn, Sweden
1860
4/16
Notes and poems unidentified
undated
4/17
Memorabilia - Jolly Bachelors
1907-1913
4/18
Ephemera- programs, menus, political information
1927-1958
8/9
Misc. Ephemera and Memorabilia (including from Seattle World's Fair)
1962
8/10
Publication - "Occupational Classification"
n.d.
4/19
Stephan Tideman's scrapbook: ephemera of Swedish America
1893-1914
Box
9
Scrapbook (programs, newspaper articles, and memorablia)
1916-1938

Series 3:  Svenska Journalen ("Svenska Posten" after 1935) , 1926-1973Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/1
News Releases of Swedish Information Service to Svenska Journalen
1929-1930
5/2
Incoming Letters to Svenska Journalen
1926-1929
5/3
Incoming Letters to Svenska Journalen/Posten
1930-1973
5/4
Outgoing letters from Svenska Journalen/Posten
1929-1972
5/5
Correspondence re: 1936 Swedish American Campaign for Roosevelt and conflict among Seattle Swedes
1936
5/6
Financial Records - Svenska Posten account book
1940
5/7
Financial Records - Svenska Posten account book
1942
5/8
Financial Records - Svenska Posten account book
1943
5/9
Legal documents - tax returns
1941-1944
5/10
Legal documents - 1940 lease agreement for Svenska Posten and Order of Vasa
1940-1948
5/11
List of subscribers to Svenska Posten
1941
5/12
Svenska Posten
1938-1963
5/13
Svenska Posten
1964-1966
5/14
Svenska Posten
1966-1972

Series 4:  Newspapers and Magazines, 1867-1972Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/1
The Adelphia View
1909-1914
6/2
Alaska Newspapers
1934-1962
6/3
The Alaska Sportsman
1951
6/4
American Scandinavian
1951
6/5
American Swedish Monthly
1937-1967
6/6
California Veckoblad
1947
6/7
Coin Magazines
1961-1966
6/8
Dagens Nyheters Söndagsbilaga
1938
6/9
EOS
1933
6/10
Fairbanks Daily News -Miner (Issue dedicated to the men and women who build the North)
1958
6/11
Fryväpplingen
1925-1931
6/12
Industria - The Year in Sweden
1963-1964
6/13
Lektyr weekly newspaper
1954
6/14
Lidköpings-Bygden (article by Harry Fabbe p. 15)
1951
6/15
Lidköpings-Revyn "Kupletter"
1918-1923
6/16
Metallarbetaren
1961
6/17
Morgon-Tidningen
1958
6/18
Natural History - "The Adventures of Steller"
1956
6/19
Nordstjernan-Svea
1967
6/20
Pacific Coast Viking
1936
6/21
Seattle Post Intelligencer (column by Harry Fabbe)
1958
6/22
Seattle Daily Times (articles marked on Erickson)
1903
6/23
Seattle Times
1954
6/24
Stridsropet
1956-1958
6/25
Svenska Kuriren
1929
6/26
Svenska Pressen
1936
6/27
Sverige runt med FIB
undated
6/28
University of Washington Daily
1911
6/29
Vasastjärnan
1937-1956
6/30
Vestkusten
1906-1968
6/31
Western Viking newspaper
1962-1964
6/32
Miscellaneous short publications
1917-1957
6/33
Anniversary Issues of Swedish-American Press
1927-1970
6/34
Clippings (sometimes about Harry Fabbe)
1867-1972
6/35
Articles concerning Swedish emigrants
1959-1962
6/36
Clippings re: H. Fabbe's retirement
1973
6/37
Clippings - articles by Harry Fabbe
1959
6/38
Ephemera - Swedish publications of Seattle
1909-1971
8/8
Swedish Club News (newsletter)
1973
8/15
Article on Harry Fabbe
1974
Box
9
"Stokholmskan" publication
1909
box:oversize
10
Miscellaneous Swedish Newspapers
1864-1964
11
Miscellaneous Swedish Newspapers
1909-1964

Series 5:  Viking Athletic Club, 1928-1931Return to Top

The Viking Athletic Club was a predominately Swedish-American Athletic organization based in Seattle in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Soccer was the biggest sport although there were also grand summer gatherings featuring all kinds of sports and activities. The Club was only one of many activities Fabbe became involved in while in Seattle. Although the main activities of the Club are included, such as results of soccer games and future schedules, types of sports equipment and the like, one story of more consequence embedded within the correspondence stands out: On January 18, 1931, during a soccer game, Nels Haglund, a Viking Sports Club player, was apparently hit very hard by the goal keeper on the opposing team. While in this groggy state, he exchanged some harsh words with a referee who never saw the punch and was thrown out of the game. This small incident escalated until the whole team was suspended and fined. Fabbe sent off numerous letters to various officials asking for the case to be reviewed, and defending Haglund's and the Club's position. In fact, the case remained unresolved as of the date of the last item in the accession (1931).

The accession was donated by Fabbe's daughter, Ingrid Fabianson of Friday Harbor, in 1989.

Processing was completed in 1993.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/1
Incoming Letters - Armstrong, James United States Football Association
1931
7/2
Incoming Letters - Jones, J.P Washington State Football Association
1931
7/3
Incoming Letters - Simpson, Fred H. Washington State Football Association
1929-1931
7/4
Incoming Letters - Miscellaneous
1929-1931
7/5
Outgoing Letters
1929-1931
7/6
Minutes
1928-1929
7/7
Reports (special)
1928-1930
7/8
Writings
1931
7/9
Sports Schedules
1930-1931
7/10
Financial Records
1928-1931
7/11
Forms (sports equipment, contractors)
1930-1931
7/12
Rules (various teams/leagues)
1930-1931
7/13
Registration
1930-1931
7/14
News Releases
undated
7/15
Equipment Inventory
1929-1931
7/16
Clippings
1929

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Athletic clubs--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Soccer teams--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Swedish American literature
  • Swedish American newspapers
  • Swedish Americans--Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Fabbe, Harry, 1899-1973--Archives
  • Skarstedt, Ernst, 1857-1929--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Viking Athletic Club--Archives
  • Washington State Football Association
  • Geographical Names :
  • Sweden
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Scandinavian Archives (University of Washington) (creator)