Guide to the "Letters From Norway" Article, 1975

Overview of the Collection

Lillian Ross
Guide to the "Letters From Norway" Article
1975 (inclusive)
1 File (1 folder)
Collection Number
The collection consists of an article published in The New Yorker, written by Lillian Ross, and entitled, Letter From Oslo.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 2535357586
Fax: 2535357315
Access Restrictions

The collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lillian Ross is an American journalist and author, who was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1945 until she retired. She was born Lillian Rosovsky in 1918 or 1919 in Syracuse, New York and raised in Brooklyn, the youngest of the three children of Louis and Edna (née Rosenson) Rosovsky. When Lillian was around 17 years old she began working at The New Yorker. She and her editor, William Shawn, eventually began a lifelong affair, which lasted until his death in 1992. Lillian wrote a couple of memoirs, including The Talk of the Town, about her long friendship with J. D. Salinger. It included photographs of Salinger and his family with her family, including her son, Erik, whom she adopted in Norway in 1965.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of an article from The New Yorker magazine dated 6 October 1975 written by Lillian Ross entitled "Letter from Oslo." It discusses Norway in the 1970s: its economy, unemployment, retirement, employment, geography, migrants, education, industrialism, etc. There is information about the Sesquicentennial Norwegian Utvandrigen Til Amerika (Immigration to America) and the activities and speeches for the commemoration in 1975. There is also information about the changing attitudes in Norway toward America. The article also includes information about King Olav V and his activities such as his visits to the United States for the Sesquicentennial. Additionally, there is discussion about the debate in Norway about joining the Common Market and about the changes industrialism and the oil industry brought to Norway.

Article citation: Lillian Ross, “Letter From Oslo,” New Yorker, October 6, 1975, 102-128.

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

The "Letters From Norway" Article, SIEmss_77, 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

  • Economy & environment
  • Education
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Norwegian Americans
  • Petroleum
  • Scandinavian Americans

Personal Names

  • Olav V, King of Norway, 1903-1991
  • Ross, Lillian

Corporate Names

  • New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925)

Geographical Names

  • Norway

Form or Genre Terms

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)