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Catalog Number M-0019
Object Name Manuscript
Collection Hilma Berglund Papers
Title Hilma Berglund Papers
Year Range from 1892
Year Range to 1972
Scope & Content This collection is comprised of photographs, correspondence, diaries, travel ephemera, books and other papers created and kept by Hilma Berglund. Some materials were created by family members, including wills, biographies, and diaries. The collection includes her personal and travel diaries and writings, interest in weaving, materials and notes from her classes, books of personal significance, handicraft books, travel ephemera, and pictures of Berglund, family members, and her weavings. Box 1/5 also contains a folder with metadata about the collection, its donation, and documents about past organization.
Biographical Information Hilma Berglund was a first-generation Swedish-American from Stillwater, Minnesota, (near Minneapolis). She was admitted as a special student to Handarbetets Vänner (HV) in Stockholm in 1922 learning to copy patterns of traditional Swedish weaving. She was teaching craft classes, but wanted better foundation in weaving. With this basis in traditional Swedish weaving she moved on to teaching weaving and designing her own patterns. She studied at the University of Minnesota and completed her master’s degree there. For a time she taught occupational therapy students required to take handweaving. Looms were in short supply, so Berglund designed and built the portable Minnesota Loom, a 20” four-harness portable jack-type loom, for students and hobbyists. Berglund made a lasting impression on Swedish-American weaving, and on the weaving community in the Twin Cities. She was one of the founding members of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota, located in St. Paul, and she partnered extensively with the American Swedish Institute to give demonstrations and talks on Swedish weaving. She experimented with natural dyeing in addition to her work with weaving. In her personal life, she traveled extensively in Europe and spent much time at her cabin, Nichingwak, near Pine City, Minnesota. She was also close friends with Margaret Cargill later in her life.
People Berglund, Tilda.
Larson, Emma M.
Cargill, Margaret.
Berglund, Hilma, 1886-1972.
Series in Collection Collection is arranged in 11 series; folder names listed in parenthesis.

1. Education (Abstracts of Readings; Art Notes; Color Theory Notes; Educational Psychology Notes; Educational Sociology Notes; Hygeine Notes; Masters Thesis: Experimental Measurements of Colors and Texture (1939); Notes on the American High School; Notes on Concepts of Junior High School; Notes on Flower Arranging; Notes on High School Instruction Techniques; Notes on History of Education; Notes on Outline of Chinese Art; Social Studies Notes; Sociology Notes; Student work from course taught at University of Minnesota, 1930s; Drawings and paintings from courses taken at St. Paul Institute of Art, 1910s)

2. Personal Diaries and Writings ("Arcadia Borealis" Materials; Diary September 19, 1922-December 31, 1923; Diary January-December 1962; Memorial Poem; "The Immigrant's Daughter" Autobiography Manuscript)

3. Travel Diaries and Ephemera (American Travel Ephemera; Ephemera from Asian Trip; Ephemera from European Trip; Impressions, Western Trip 1939; Travel Diaries: 1902, 1909; Travel Diaries: 1914; Travel Diary: 1932; Travel Diary: California, 1936; Travel Diary: Japan, China, 1937; Travel Diary: Sweden, 1922)

4. Weaving ("An Exhibition of Weaving" Pamphlet; Clippings; "Dyeing with Natural Dyes" Booklet; Minnesota Loom Clippings and Articles; Minnesota Loom Pamphlets and Stickers; Minnesota Loom Specifications and materials; Weavers Guild of Minnesota; Weavers Guild of Minnesota program booklets, 1943-1970; Weaving Notes; Minnesota Loom Plans and Drawings)

5. Berglund Family (Clippings; Johan Magnusson's Will; Keepsake of Hilma Berglund's Brother; Life History of Swen Berglund; Tilda Berglund Diaries: January 1909-May 1910; Tilda Berglund Diaries: May 1910-January 31, 1911; Tilda Berglund Diaries: February 1916-November 1918; Tilda Berglund Diaries: January 1920-January 1923; Tilda Berglund Diaries: January 1923-January 1927; Tilda Berglund Diaries: January 1927-November 1929; Tilda Berglund Diaries: November 1929-July 1932; Tilda Berglund Diaries: August 1932-April 1934; Tilda Berglund Diaries: 1927-1929; Tilda Berglund Diaries: 1930-1931; Tilda Berglund Financial Notebooks: 1928, 1934)

6. Emma M. Larson (Correspondence regarding Emma M. Larson; "My Aunt Em" Narrative; Poetry; Published Poetry; Published Prose)

7. Correspondence (Christmas Cards; Correspondence to Hilma Berglund; Hilma's Travel Letters from Stockholm; Luther College Correspondence)

8. Photographs (Berglund Family; Berglund Family Homes; Butterfly Experiment; Hilma Berglund; Hilma Berglund Negatives; Hilma Berglund Photographs by Margaret Cargill; Nichingwak Cabin Near Pine City, Minnesota; Photograph Album; Photograph Album: Europe 1914; Photograph Album: Europe 1925; Photograph Album: "Gift to Emil, Christmas 1914"; Photograph Album: Hilma Berglund and Margaret Cargill; Photograph Album: Sweden 1914; Photograph Album: "Swedish Photos and Other"; Photograph Album: 1920-1962; Photograph Record of Travels; Picture Postcards: Swedish Royalty; Picture Postcards: Travel Souvenirs; Reproductions of Photographs; Snapshots of Sweden 1922; Snapshots of Sweden 1934-1935; Weavings by Hilma Berglund; Scrapbook: Trip to Japan, 1937; Framed photographs: Roadside memorial for Ray R. W. Berglund)

9. Personal Library (Confirmation Bible; Hemlandssånger)

10. Handicraft Library (Cotton Bibliography; Cotton Parcel; Handicraft: Simplified Procedure and Projects; Handweaver and Craftsman; Where to Get What directory, 1950)

11. Citizenship Documents (Passport; Certificate of Registration of American Citizen, 1914; Certificate of US Citizenship)
Physical Dimensions 7.0 cubic feet (4 archives boxes, 2 oversize flat storage boxes, and 3 drawers in oversize flat storage cabinet)
Copyrights Copyright for this collection is held by the American Swedish Institute. Staff will provide photocopies of collection materials for personal use at researcher's expense. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials must be secured in writing from the American Swedish Institute.