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Augusta Bjeldanes Papers

 Collection
Identifier: M/A 0080

Description of Contents

One box of materials including correspondence including v-mail, a copy of official document concerning the Army’s efforts to raise money for the relief effort, photos, and publicity materials on Ralph Magelssen.

Dates

  • 1942 - 1946

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.

Biography

Augusta Bjeldanes was the founding librarian of the Roosevelt High School library, which opened in 1922. Bjeldanes became good friends with many of her student assistants. Some she corresponded with after their graduations. Three of these students were Marjorie A. Cook, Philip Jones, and Ralph Magelssen. During World War II both Jones and Magelssen were transferred from their regular Army units to become members of the original cast of Irving Berlin’s musical production called "This is the Army." Former student Philip Jones wrote about being on the cast of the musical. The purpose of the musical was to publicize and raise funds for the Army Relief Effort. The musical was scheduled to open on Broadway on July 4th, 1942. It was released as a motion picture in 1943. All of the personnel including musicians were in the army. It was one of many fund raising events for the Army Relief Effort.

In the course of their time in the service, Marjorie Cook and Philip Jones were stationed in the United States, Egypt, New Guinea, and Italy. The collection does not include any correspondence from Ralph Magelssen who went on to be a famous baritone singer but it does include autographed photographs and other publicity material concerning him.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Donor Information

Donated by Dr. Judson Grenier, nephew of Augusta Bjeldanes, as accession 1998.49.
Title
Augusta Bjeldanes Papers
Status
Completed
Author
JoEllen Haugo
Date
March 2002
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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