The Papers of Arthur Ole Davidson, 1956-1974 | Luther College Archives

Collection Overview

Title: The Papers of Arthur Ole Davidson, 1956-1974Add to your cart.

ID: LCA/RG15/Davidson, A

Primary Creator: Davidson, Arthur Ole (1910-1979)

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet. More info below.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Documentation consists of correspondence, a short autobiography, and a book manuscript of "A Norwegian Heritage" by Daphne (1974).

Biographical Note

Davidson earned his Bachelor’s from Luther College in 1931.  In the 1930s he was a principal in Minnesota.  In 1941, he returned to Luther, this time as a faculty member.  From 1942 to 46 he served in World War II, then returned to Luther for two more years.  In 1948, Davidson left Luther to accept a position at Dartmouth College.  In 1954, he came back to Luther as the Vice President of Development.  In this position he headed an initiative to fund and build both Valders Hall of Science and the Centennial Union.  In 1961, Davidson left Luther to become President of Wagner College in New York.


Davidson tok bachelograden ved Luther College i 1931. I 1930-årene var han rektor i Minnesota. I 1941 kom han tilbake til Luther, denne gang som ansatt. Fra 1942 til 1946 tjenestegjorde han i andre verdenskrig, og kom så igjen tilbake til Luther. I 1948 forlot Davidson Luther og tok en stilling ved Dartmouth College. I 1954 kom han tilbake til Luther som Vice President of Development. Mens han satt i denne stillingen tok han initiativet til å finansiere og reise både Valders-bygget og Centennial Union. I 1961 forlot Davidson Luther for å bli president ved Wagner College i New York.

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 box

Preferred Citation: Cite unpublished materials: Arthur Ole Davidson Papers RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa

Finding Aid Revision History: 11/15/19: EC updated the preferred citation.

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[Box 1: Davidson, Arthur Ole, 1956-1974],

Box 1: Davidson, Arthur Ole, 1956-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence and Travelogues, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "A Norwegian Heritage: My Family Within a Broader Perspective", May 1974Add to your cart.