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Larry Scott papers, 1952-2010

COLLECTION SUMMARY

Collection Title:    
Larry Scott papers

Collection Number:    
MSS P:348

Dates:    
1952-2010 and undated (bulk 1965-1987)

Size:    
7 boxes (2 linear feet) plus items in oversized folder

Language:    
English, Swedish

Creators/Collector:    
Scott, Larry E. (Larry Emil), 1947-2013
Swanson, Alan
Blanck, Dag

Subject Headings:    
College teachers.
Universities and colleges--Faculty
Teaching--Aids and devices.
Art, Swedish.
Swedish Americans--Texas 
Swedish Americans--Illinois
Ethnic wit and humor - United States.
Scandinavian American wit and humor.

Repository:    
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. 

Abstract:    
Larry Scott was a professor of Scandinavian Studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois from 1981-2013. He earned his Ph.D. in Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Washington in 1973. Dr. Scott led the Augustana Summer School in Sweden (ASSIS) program as well as Augustana’s annual Sankta Lucia celebration. Most of these files relate to Dr. Scott’s teaching and extracurricular activities while associated with the Scandinavian Studies department at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. 

RIGHTS AND ACCESS

Conditions Governing Access:
Collection is open for research.

Physical Access:    
Film recording F-MSS348/1 Nattvardsbarnen unavailable until reformatted to new media. 

Technical Access:    
The Swenson Center does not own playback equipment required for use of the film recording in this collection.

Reproduction and Use:    
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the Swenson Center and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:    
[item identification], in MSS P:348 Larry Scott papers, 1952-2010, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. 

ACQUISITION AND RELATED MATERIALS

Provenance:    
Files from the office of Dr. Larry Scott, given to the Swenson Center in Spring 2013. Gift paperwork signed by Dr. Scott’s sister-in-law, Mary Scott, following his death in 2013.

Source of Acquisition:    
Gift of Mary Scott in 2013. 

Publication Note:    
Manuscript in this collection has been published as Pre-Raphaelitism and the Swedish 1890's by Larry Emil Scott, Ann Arbor, Mich.: Univ. Microfilms, 1984.

Related Materials:    
Book materials have been cataloged into the Swenson Center library “L. E. Scott collection.” AV materials have been cataloged into “Media,” and a periodical into “Periodicals.” 

Items cataloged into Media:
•    DVD-MSS348/1 Ingmar Bergman Collection
•    DVD-MSS348/2 Fanny & Alexander
•    DVD-MSS348/3 Pathfinder
•    F-MSS348/1 Nattvardsbarnen

Uncataloged, stored in Media: 
•    DVD-MSS348/4 Tre Systrar student project
•    DVD-MSS348/5 Klockan student project
•    DVD-MSS348/6 En Dag i Blivande Students Liv student project

Item cataloged into Periodicals:    
•    Vasastjärnan (The Vasa Star), June-July 1964 

Processed By:    
Finding aid written by Lisa Huntsha, 2017, following DACS description convention.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Administrative/Biographical History:
Larry “Lars” Emil Scott was a professor of Scandinavian Studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois from 1981-2013.
Larry Scott was born July 3, 1947 in Oak Park, Illinois to William W. and Hilda Melin Scott. He earned his Ph.D. in Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Washington in 1973, where he had completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees. He joined the faculty at Augustana College in 1981, and retired as professor of Scandinavian Studies in 2013. 

While at Augustana, Dr. Scott built up the college’s Scandinavian program, the oldest such program in North America. He led many international study programs, including the Augustana Summer School in Sweden (ASSIS) in partnership with the folkhögskola in Grebbestad, and Vienna term. He led Augustana’s annual Sankta Lucia celebration and advised the Scandinavian Club. He was a member of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, the Modern Language Association, the American Scandinavian Association, the Swedish-American Historical Society, and Phi Beta Kappa. He was a past president of the Augustana Historical Society. His 1990 book, The Swedish Texans, is considered the definitive study of Swedish immigrants in Texas. 

In 1996, Dr. Scott was made a Knight in the Order of the Polar Star (Riddare av Nordstjärneorden) by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. He had earlier been awarded the King Carl XVI Gustaf Royal Gold Medal while teaching at the University of Texas. Dr. Scott passed away on November 16, 2013. He is remembered for his humor, wit, and teaching prowess. 

Scope and Content:
Most of these files relate to Dr. Scott’s teaching and extracurricular activities while associated with the Scandinavian Studies department at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Some of these files Dr. Scott inherited when joining the Scandinavian Studies department in 1981. The bulk of the files are related to the Augustana Summer School in Sweden, Sankta Lucia program, Augustana Swedish Institute, slides of Swedish art, and two of Dr. Scott’s manuscripts. 

System of Arrangement:
The collection is arranged by category in three series:    
I. Activities at Augustana College
II. Manuscripts
III. Professional Development & Degrees

Collection Inventory:    
Box 1
I. Activities at Augustana College

  • Augustana Summer School in Sweden (ASSIS)
    • 1982 - Announcements, participants, correspondence from program
    • 1982 - Correspondence from participants
    • 1982 - Applications, financial records, notes
    •  Miscellaneous brochures and correspondence from 1963-1965, 1985, 1987, 2002
  • Sankta Lucia
    • Programs, 1981-2002
    • News, 1981-1986
    • News, 1987-1989
    • News, 1990-1997
    • Music, undated
    • Poems and performances, 1983, 1986 and undated
    • “Sankta Lucia: A Guide to Organizing Luciafest” by Carol Marie Noren, 1972
  • Scandinavian Club
    • Notes 1977 and undated
  • Royal visits
    • 1976 (Augustana Bulletin), and 1996
  • Augustana Swedish Institute
    • Constitution and meeting minutes (sporadic), 1965-1972 and undated
    • Yearbook 1964-1965 notes and drafts
    • Yearbook 1968-1969 notes, photographs and planning
    •  Yearbook 1968-1969 drafts
    • Lars Forssell - poet and playwright research 1965-1967, 1971 and undated
    • Correspondence, 1965-1967

Box 2

  • Augustana Swedish Institute (continued)
    • Language classes, 1966-1970
    • Augustana Bulletin - Augustana Swedish Institute No. 36 (1954), No. 39 (1956), No. 45 (1959)
    • Swedish Institute (Svenska Institutet) - summer courses in Sweden, 1964-1967
  • Augustana Historical Society
    • M. L. Hansen, 1952, 1986-1987
  • Teaching materials/Student Work
    •  Ingmar Bergman film class, undated
    • Student films (DVDs) Bergman class 2010 (see Media collection)
    • Lianne Fridriksson term project, 1981
    • Slide notes: art, Vikings, modern writers, 1975, 1979, 1981 and undated
    • Art slides, see boxes 4-7
    • Miscellaneous teaching materials - Sleipnir 1983, Vienna term 2004, Immigration Literature and History class, Joe Hill - Poet and Agitator 1990, Class list 1988

Box 3

II. Manuscripts

  • “Pre-Raphaelitism and the Swedish 1890s” by Larry Emil Scott, dissertation, University of Washington, 1973
  • “The Secret Garden: Art Nouveau Poetry in Sweden” by Larry Emil Scott, undated

III. Professional Development & Certificates

  • Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), 1997
  • Workshop for University Teachers of Swedish, 2001
  • Certificates
    • Certificate, University of Washington, Candidate in Philosophy, 1970
    • Certificate, University of Washington, Associated Women Students and Associate Men Students, High Scholarship Achievement in the Department of Scandinavian Languages and Literature, 1968
  • Hans Magnus Melin research, undated

Box 4

  • Slide collection: from binder labeled “Bronze age, Iron Age, Viking Age, Medieval (Profane), Medieval (Sacred), Uppsala, Gripsholm, Viking Ships, Some PRs” and slides from binder labeled “Sweden Art and Architecture”

Box 5

  • Slide collection: from binder labeled “Sweden Art and Architecture,” slides from binder labeled “Denmark Art and Architecture,” Vienna, Austria art and architecture slides, Munch slides,” “A Look at Sweden” (Swedish Institute) slides, Sweden and Stockholm slides, slides found in a slide carousel, “Mina Drömmar Stad” slides, “Swedes in Texas” slides

Box 6

  • Slide collection: from unlabeled binder 1 (Art), slides from unlabeled binder 2 (Art), Lucia celebration slides from 1982 or 1983 (from Augustana College?)

Box 7

  • Slide collection: miscellaneous slides (Art)

Oversized folder

  • Newspaper clippings kept by Dr. Scott, 1964, 1994-1996, 1999, 2005, 2010, and undated 

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