The Papers of Jon Norstog, 1878-1954
[Back to Formatted Version]
Brief Description: Documentation consists of fiction books by Norstog; poems; correspondence; newpaper articles (by and on Norstog); account book, 1905; pamphlets (some about Norstog); magazine; marriage announcement.
Held at:
Luther College Archives
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: 563-387-1805
Email: archives [at]
Record Series Number: LCA/RG15/Norstog, J
Created by: Norstog, Jon (1877-1942)
Volume: 0.4 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1960.
Biographical Note for Norstog, Jon (1877-1942) :

Norstog was a Norwegian author and poet.  He was born in Haukelisæter, Norway on October 30, 1877.  He was son of Gudbjørg and Knut Norstog.  Gudbjørg was the cousin of the famous Norwegian poet Aasmund Vinje, and Norstog grew up to be inspired by him.  Norstog was a strong supporter of landsmål, the second written language in Norway, and wrote all his books in landsmål.  He immigrated to America in 1902 and settled in Joice, Iowa.  In 1910 he moved to Mc. Kenzie County in North Dakota, and lived alone on a farm until he married Inga M. Bredesen in 1919.  Norstog died in 1942.


Norstog var en betydelig norsk-amerikansk forfatter. Han ble født i Mo i Telemark, 30. oktober 1877, og var sønn av Gudbjørg og Knut Norstog. Gudbjørg var kusine til Aasmund Vinje, og Jon vokste opp til å bli inspirert av den kjente dikteren. Norstog var tilhenger av landsmålet, og skrev nesten alle bøkene sine på landsmål. Han utvandra til Amerika i 1902 og bosatte seg i Joice, Iowa. I 1910 flyttet han til Mc. Kenzie County i Nord Dakota, og bodde alene på en gård der til han giftet seg med Inga M. Bredesen i 1919. Norstog døde i 1942.

Rights/Use Restrictions: Though we may hold the property rights, Luther College Archives does not hold the copyrights for all materials. Individuals may use materials for non-commercial, private use, but commercial users must secure permissions from the copyright holders and/or Luther College Archives to reproduce, publish, or quote protected materials and photographs. For more information about the Luther College copyright and fair use policy, please visit
Acquisition Notes: Inga B. Norstog
PreferredCitation: Cite unpublished materials: Jon Norstog Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa
Finding Aid Revisions:

11/25/19: EC updated the preferred citation.

1/14/2021: HJ updated box lists to remove items transferred to the Preus Library Rare Books Collection.

2/12/2024: HJ updated finding aid to include donor, date of acquisition, note about books now in Rare Books Collection, and link to library catalog.