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Rolf Herbert Erickson, American Librarian, historian. Grantee unites states department State, 1984, American Scandinavian Foundation, 1986; recipient St. Olav medal Her Majesty King Olav V of Norway, 1985, Norway American Heritage Fund award, 1989; Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholar, 1991.


Erickson, Rolf Herbert was born on November 18, 1940 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Herbert Stanley and Ethel Helena (Ramseth) Erickson.


Bachelor, St. Olaf College, 1962; Master of Arts in Library Science, University of Wisconsin, 1966.


Teacher, library, Lutheran Mission, Lae, Terrace of Papua., New Guinea, 1962-1964; library, Random Lake (Wisconsin) High School, 1964-1965; assistant reference library, Northwestern University Library., Evanston, Illinois, 1966-1967; administrative assistant, Northwestern University Library., Evanston, 1967-1970; head circulation services department, Northwestern University Library., Evanston, 1970-1992.


Chairman Chicago History Committee, from 1981. Trustee, member executive committee Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, Iowa, from 1977. Member executive committee Religion and Ethics Institute, Evanston, from 1984.

Board directors Center for Scandinavian Studies, North Park College, Chicago, from 1987. Member Norwegian-American History Association (executive committee from 1981, vice president from 1984), Swedish American History Society (board directors archives from 1983, executive committee from 1987), Nordmanns Forbundet (president Chicago chapter 1984-1986), Chicago Caxton Club (editorial committee from 1983, centennial committee from 1989, vice president from 1991), Chicago Academy Circulation Libraries, Society Advancement Scandinavian Studies, Midwest Archives Conference, Northwestern University Library. Council, Sons of Norway, Valdres Samband, Sigdalslag.


Herbert Stanley Erickson

Ethel Helena (Ramseth) Erickson