Lloyd Hustvedt

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Lloyd Hustvedt (April 18, 1922 – February 2, 2004) was an American professor and scholar of Norwegian-American history.


Lloyd Hustvedt was born and raised in the Sogn Valley in Goodhue County, Minnesota. Hustvedt finished his B.A. degree at St. Olaf College with a major in Norwegian. Hustvedt received his M.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and earned his Ph.D. degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin.[1]


In 1954, Hustvedt became a professor at St. Olaf College where he was later chairman of the Norwegian Department and was named the first holder of the King Olav V Professorship in Norwegian Studies. In 1959, he became Executive Secretary of the Norwegian-American Historical Association, a position he would keep for four decades. He was a charter member of the Norwegian Researchers and Teachers Association of North America. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. In 1980 he was awarded the Order of St. Olav, Knight First Class by King Olav V. In 1985, he was the first American to be recognized by the America-Norway Heritage Fund for his contributions to Norwegian American understanding and for preserving the history of Norwegian immigrants in the United States.

Lloyd Hustvedt was the author of numerous essays and articles relating to his field of study. He is most frequently associated with his biography of Rasmus Björn Anderson for which he was awarded the McKnight Prize in Literature by the McKnight Family Literary Fund.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Rasmus Bjorn Anderson. Scandinavians in America (New York: Arno Press. 1979)
  • Guide to the Archives of the Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA. Northfield, Minnesota. 2001)
  • The Haugan Scholarship Fund (Telesoga Issue #88 Telelaget of America. April, 1996)
  • Norwegian Grammar Language Self Learning (St. Olaf College Press. Northfield, MN. 1977)


  1. ^ Lloyd Hustvedt, St. Olaf Norwegian scholar, dies (Star Tribune. Minneapolis, MN. February 6, 2004)
  2. ^ Lloyd Hustvedt Biography (News of Norway, February 4, 2004.Norway.Org)

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