Arnold Munkel collection

Summary Information

Title: Arnold Munkel collection
Inclusive Dates: 1935-1998

  • Munkel, Arnold
Unique Identifier: mml009

Quantity: Collection includes: folders; audiotape reels; audiocassettes; 1 black and white photograph; audiotape recorders; cassette recorders
  • 4.5 Linear Feet
  • 5 document boxes, 2 audiotape reel boxes, 2 audiocassette boxes, 1 flat archival box


Arnold Munkel (1918-2003) was a mechanic and welder from Spring Grove, Minnesota. He was a dedicated documentarian of Norwegian-American folk music from southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa. His recordings are a mix of home, private event, public and festival performances. The collection also includes local festival programs, Munkel's personal records of the performers and instruments represented on the tapes, song books, and other materials. Several of the recordings include announcements or introductions by Munkel, such as audiotape reel 23 (Box 4), on which Munkel relates an anecdote of his visit to Stonehenge during World War II. Munkel's personal recordings and thorough documentation of these performances represent a unique collection of Norwegian American folk music in the Upper Midwest.

Language: English .

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