Hjalmar Petersen papers, 1907-1968.


Petersen, Hjalmar, 1890-1968. Hjalmar Petersen papers, 1907-1968.

Hjalmar Petersen papers, 1907-1968.

Correspondence, campaign literature, reports, printed items, clippings, and scrapbooks documenting Petersen's career as city clerk (1918-1924) and mayor (1928) of Askov, Pine County (Minnesota); editor of the Askov American (1914-1968); Minnesota state legislator (1931, 1933), lieutenant governor (1935-1936), and governor (1936); and state railroad and warehouse commissioner (1937-1942, 1954-1967). Included are materials from his legislative, unsuccessful gubernatorial (1938, 1940, 1942, 1946), and U.S. senatorial (1958) campaigns on Farmer-Labor and Democratic-Farmer-Labor party tickets. There is information on the state income tax law (1933), taxation in general, regulation of public utilities, Petersen's relations with the Farmer-Labor Association and the Farmer-Labor party (1920s-1930s) and with Governor Floyd B. Olson's administration (1935-1936), his espousal of a national third-party movement (1935-1938), his opposition to U.S. involvement in World War II, the merger of the Democratic and Farmer-Labor parties (1939-1944), and Estes Kefauver's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination (1956). Among his correspondents are Elmer A. Benson, Alfred M. Bingham, Theodore Christianson, H. G. Creel, Abe I. Harris, Mike Holm, Charles L. Horn, Hubert H. Humphrey, Magnus Johnson, Harold Knutson, Philip F. La Follette, Ernest Lundeen, Eugene J. McCarthy, Floyd B. Olson, Mabeth Hurd Paige (Mrs. James), Henrik Shipstead, Henry G. Teigan, and Howard Y. Williams. Some letters and reports for 1951-1954 reflect his wife Medora's teaching career in Morris, Minnesota, and her involvement in local and national parent-teacher associations. Medora Petersen's papers include material about the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Minnesota branch, and photographs of her and her husband.

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