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Catalog Number M-0196
Object Name Manuscript
Collection Pehr Christianson Papers
Title Pehr Christianson Papers
Scope & Content Collection contains Pehr Christianson's handwritten manuscript for "Ett litet hart gryn" ("A little hard grain"), a story about the lives of Swedish farm families. Two rough translations by Christianson's daughter Emmelyn are included: one handwritten in a spiral-bound notebook, and one typed in a three-ring binder. The binder also contains biographical information on Christianson and his family.
Biographical Information Pehr Christianson was born in Malmö, Skåne in 1855. He and his wife Maria emigrated to the United States in 1880. After several years in New Jersey, they moved to Spruce Hill Township in Minnesota and settled down, raising eight children and establishing themselves as farmers.

Christianson enjoyed woodcarving - he made furniture, elaborate toy ships for his children, and two pulpits for local churches (Spruce Hill Lutheran and Bethel Lutheran). He also wrote stories (in addition to "Ett litet hart gryn," he wrote a book called "Stories of Life"), and tinkered with inventions - he attempted to get a patent for a corn shucking machine, though he ultimately did not succeed.
People Christianson, Pehr, 1855-1928.
Christianson, Emmelyn, 1920-.
Copyrights Copyright for this item 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.