Minnesota Artists Oral History Project: Interview with Carl H. Henrickson
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Born in 1899, Carl Henrikson grew up in the Lindstrom-Chisago Lakes area. He has since used his memory and talent to preserve a record of a way of life he came to know while growing up. Seeking to earn sufficient money to enroll in the University of Chicago in 1924, he spent time working as a clerk and logger in a logging camp near the Minnesota-Canadian border. Graduating with a Ph.D. in 1928, he embarked on his career in business and education, serving as assistant dean of the University Of Chicago School Of Business until 1937. In that year he took a sabbatical and returned to the Northern Minnesota woods and logging camps, documenting on film and with interviews that way of life. He produced a documentary film on lumber-camp life before returning to Chicago. Upon his retirement, Henrikson returned to Lindstrom, Minnesota, and painted a series of watercolors based on the logging photos taken earlier. In 1984 he was inducted into the Lumberjack Hall of Fame in Bemidji, Minnesota. Ruth Henrickson also has roots in the Chisago Lakes area, both attending school there as a child and returning as an adult as one of the teachers. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Mr. Henrikson explains the logging procedures depicted in several of his paintings. These include the breaking of log jams, log rolling, and the tools which were used. He explains the significance of the clothing loggers wore as well as the process of getting logs out of the woods. There are comments on the layout of camp, sleeping arrangements, diet and salaries. He speaks of his own interest in painting both as a child and later as a student at the University of Chicago. Mrs. Henrikson attributes some of his artistic development to a county artists' guild in which they both participated.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
14 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:46:38 running time
Creation Interviewee: Henrikson, Carl H. Jr.
Interviewer: O'Sullivan, Thomas
Interviewer: Sundberg, Ann
Made in Lindstrom, Chisago County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Lindstrom, Chisago County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 03/1987
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 1
Accession Number AV1991.155
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Artists Oral History Project'

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