Guide to the Simon Johnson Stories, 1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Rodney Nelson
Guide to the Simon Johnson Stories
1980 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
Collection comprised of journal articles about novelist, Simon Johnson, and containing his short stories.
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
Access Restrictions

The collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Simon Johnson emigrated with his family from Norway to the United States in the 1880s. They had a farm in Hillsboro, North Dakota. The only son amongst many daughters, Johnson was a prolific writer as a young man. In 1020 he became the editor of the Normanden paper in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He married in middle age and became the editor of the Decorah-Posten in Iowa. He became very well known for his work in the Scandinavian-American community. Johnson's success in American did not go unnoticed in Norway. In 1954 he was made a Knight of the Royal Order of St. Olav. As Norwegian readership declined in the U.S., Johnson faded out of the spotlight. He passed away in 1970.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains a photocopied issue of Free Passage, a quarterly journal from Spring 1980, containing novelist, Simon Johnson's, short stories, as well as dedications to Norman Voldal and Harold "Bobby" Johnson, and I Skogen (In the Woods) a poem by Johnson set to music by Norwegian composer, Sigvart A. Hofland. Also included is another article from Dakota Arts Quarterly (Spring 1980) written as a forward by Rodney Nelson, one of the translators of the short stories.

The short stories included in the journal are: Inga from the Grove, Jim's Last Day, From Diggings, Louis Alfred & John Otto, The Quarantine.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Simon Johnson Stories, SIEmss_72, 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 :
  • Authors
  • Norwegian Americans
  • Scandinavian Americans
  • Personal Names :
  • Harold Johnson
  • Hofland, Sigvart A., 1889-1956
  • John Skonnord
  • Johnson, Simon, 1874-1970
  • Nelson, Rodney
  • Norman Voldal
  • Corporate Names :
  • Dakota Arts Quarterly Inc.
  • Free Passage
  • Geographical Names :
  • Grand Forks (N.D.)
  • Hillsboro (N.D.)
  • North Dakota
  • Norway
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Newspapers
  • Short stories
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • From Diggings
  • I Skogen
  • Inga from the Grove
  • Jim's Last Day
  • Louis Alfred & John Otto
  • Near the Mountain
  • The Quarantine