Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Project: Interview with Carleton C. Qualey

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Titles Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Project: Interview with Carleton C. Qualey
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Studied at St. Olaf College; graduate work at Columbia; involved in Norwegian American Historical Association; taught at Carleton College; published a book in 1938 on Norwegian settlement; appointed director of Minnesota Historical Society in 1940; returned to teaching at Carleton College; served as visiting professor at Cleveland State University in 1972-1973; in 1973 began editing Immigration History Newsletter. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Work with Theodore Blegen; charm and persuasive abilities of Blegen and what it was like working with him; Solon Buck; Blegen's great scholarship; the link with the University of Minnesota; Qualey's appointment as director of the MHS by Blegen in 1940; remembrances of other staff members: Bertha Heilbron, Mary Berthel, Grace Lee Nute, Willoughby Babcock, Esther Jerabek, Lois Fawcett; primary emphasis on scholarship at the MHS; elitism in the Society; relationships with the legislature; leaving to work full-time at Carleton College; the Ethnic History Project/Minnesota History project: funding, hiring graduate students; remembrances of students who worked on project; utilizing census data for ethnic history research; trying to organize the data; June Holmquist; uniqueness of census project within the United States; early ethnic experiences; ethnists: those who have a defensive approach about their ethnic group that can do no wrong; the rise of ethnic feeling in the late sixties and early seventies and its impact on historical study of immigration; the Folk Arts Foundation; the Immigration History Newsletter; the Kensington Runestone and Qualey's disinterest in it.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
32 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:13:01 running time
Creation Interviewee: Qualey, Carlton C. (Carlton Chester)
Interviewer: Gilman, Rhoda R.
Interviewer: Kane, Lucile M.
Dates Creation: 04/28/1987
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 82.4 (Library Call Number)
AV1990.157 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Project'


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