Ueland, Brenda

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Brenda Ueland was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 24, 1891), the daughter of Andreas Ueland (1853-1933), a prominent lawyer who served as judge of probate and general counsel for both Midland National and the Federal Reserve banks of Minneapolis, and Clara Hampson Ueland (1860-1927), an activist in the women's suffrage movement who served as the first president of the Minnesota League of Women Voters (1919-1920) and as chair of the League's legislative council (1920-1927).

Brenda's siblings include Anne (1886-1960), Elsa (1888-1980), Sigurd (1893-1975), Arnulf (1895-1978), Rolf (1899-1973), and Torvald (1902-1978). Another sister, Dorothy, was born between Elsa and Brenda but died as an infant.

Brenda attended Wells and Barnard colleges, receiving her baccalaureate degree from Barnard in 1913. After a brief newspaper career as the first woman reporter on the Minneapolis Tribune and a stint on the St. Paul Daily News, Ueland moved to New York City. She worked for the Crowell Publishing Company (1915-1917) and lived in Greenwich Village, where she associated with journalist-socialists such as John Reed, Louise Bryant, and Emma Goldman. She married William Benedict (1916), had a daughter, Gabrielle (1921), and was divorced (1926). She supported herself and Gabrielle as a staff writer for Liberty Magazine (1922-1925) and as a free-lance writer for publications such as the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal.

In 1930 Ueland returned to Minneapolis, where she continued to write. She published two books: If You Want to Write (1938) and an autobiography entitled Me (1939). From 1941-1948 she wrote a column for the Minneapolis Times and was awarded the Knights of St. Olaf medal by the Norwegian government while on assignment covering the Quisling trial (1946). She later wrote columns for the Askov American and the Minneapolis Posten .

Ueland was married and divorced two more times. Her second husband was Manus McFadden, editor of the Minneapolis Times, and the third, Norwegian artist Sverre Hanssen. Brenda Ueland died on March 5, 1985.

Biographical data was taken from the collection.

From the guide to the Brenda Ueland and family papers., 1857-1993., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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referencedIn Ueland, Margaret, 1904-2002. Interview with Margaret Ueland, 1996 Dec. 9 / interviewed by Greg LaLonde. Minneapolis Public Library
creatorOf Brenda Ueland and family papers., 1857-1993. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Brenda Ueland photograph collection [graphic], ca. 1862-1980. Minnesota Historical Society
creatorOf Ueland, Brenda. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Ueland, Brenda. Brenda Ueland and family papers, 1857-1993. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Rusche, Marjorie M., 1949-. Brenda : a woman's song cycle : for mezzo, viola, and piano / Majorie M. Rusche, composer ; texts arranged by composer of writings of Brenda Ueland. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn O'Leary, Abigail. Abigail O'Leary papers, 1924-1945. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Graywolf Press Archives, 1978-2010 University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collection, Manuscripts Division. [mss]
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associatedWith Garibaldi, Giuseppe, 1807-1882. person
associatedWith Gogarty, Oliver St. John, 1878-1957. person
associatedWith Graywolf Press corporateBody
associatedWith Hampl, Patricia, 1946- person
associatedWith Hanssen, Sverre. person
associatedWith Hanssen, Sverre. person
associatedWith Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951. person
associatedWith Lofstrom, Edward V. person
associatedWith Lofstrom, Edward V. person
associatedWith McFadden, Manus. person
associatedWith McFadden, Manus. person
associatedWith McIver, Gabrielle, 1921-2007. person
associatedWith Minneapolis Posten. corporateBody
associatedWith Minneapolis Posten. corporateBody
associatedWith Moffett, Anne E., 1900-1989. person
associatedWith Nansen, Fridtjof, 1861-1930. person
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Oberholtzer, Ernest C. (Ernest Carl), 1884-1977. person
associatedWith O'Leary, Abigail. person
associatedWith Pet Haven, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Pet Haven, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Riddle, Theodate Pope, 1867-1946. person
associatedWith Rusche, Marjorie M., 1949- person
associatedWith Rusten, Laurits. person
associatedWith Rusten, Laurits. person
associatedWith Ueland, Andreas, 1853-1933. person
associatedWith Ueland, Anne, 1886-1960. person
associatedWith Ueland, Arnulf, 1895-1978. person
associatedWith Ueland, Clara, 1860-1927. person
associatedWith Ueland, Elsa. person
associatedWith Ueland, Elsa. person
associatedWith Ueland family. family
associatedWith Ueland family. family
associatedWith Ueland, Margaret, 1904-2002. person
associatedWith Ueland, Ole Gabriel, 1799-1870. person
associatedWith Ueland, Rolf, 1899-1973. person
associatedWith Ueland, Sigurd, 1893-1975. person
associatedWith Ueland, Torvold, 1902-1978. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Minneapolis (Minn.)
Minneapolis (Minn.)
Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc
Norwegian Americans--Minnesota--Minneapolis
Radio programs--Minnesota--Minneapolis
Physical education and training
Animal welfare--Minnesota--Minneapolis
Sex--History--20th century
Radio programs
Women and religion
Norwegian Americans
Health attitudes
Animal welfare
Authors, American--20th century
Women authors, American--20th century
Authors, American
Women authors, American


Birth 1891-10-24

Death 1985-03-05




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