Chester Hjörtur Thordarson Papers, 1880-1945

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Title: Chester Hjörtur Thordarson Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1880-1945

  • Thordarson, Chester Hjörtur, 1867-1945
Call Number: Mss 453; PH Mss 453; PH 304; PH 3374; PH 6067; M89-209; M97-130; M2011-060

Quantity: 2.6 cubic feet (7 archives boxes); plus additions of 5.5 cubic feet, 1932 photographs, 234 negatives, and 171 drawings

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers, 1880-1945, of Chester Hjörtur Thordarson, a Chicago inventor and manufacturer of electrical apparatus, collector of what later became the nucleus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's rare book collection, and builder on Rock Island, Door County, Wisconsin, of Icelandic-style stone buildings; containing fragmentary documentation of the above activities, some personal papers, correspondence with J. Paul Goode and (in Icelandic) poet Stephan G. Stephansson, and articles by J. Christian Bay. Also included are photographs of the Rock Island buildings, images of Thordarson Electric Manufacturing Company products, and images of Thordarson and his family.

Language: English, Icelandic

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