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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Gaarenstroom, Christian Fredrick, 1887 - 1971 Papers, 1912 - 1967

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Gaarenstroom, Christian Fredrick, 1887 - 1971. Collection, 1912 - 1977.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1246

Gaarenstroom, Christian Fredrick, 1887 - 1971. Collection, 1912 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1246. 2 folders, 1 audiocassette, and a CD duplicate of the audiocassette.


The Christian Fredrick Gaarenstroom collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history conducted between Dr. Bruce L. Larson and Gaarenstroom's son, Conrad F. Gaarenstroom, in the summer of 1977. The interview deals with Conrad Gaarenstroom reminiscing about his father's political activities and a small section on his own public career in Fairmont, Minnesota. In addition, the collection contains items that belonged to Christian Frederick Gaarenstroom. These items consist of photographs, campaign literature from his 1932 run for Congress, check stubs, and a letter from John F. Kennedy dated 11 January 1961.

Biographical Note:

Christian Frederick Von Gaarenstroom was born in 1887 in the Netherlands. After coming to Canada to work, he settled in the United States. He was a lawyer by trade, and eventually practiced in Fairmont, Minnesota. While in Minnesota, he became active in the Farmer-Labor movement, and became a close friend of Floyd B. Olson. Gaarenstroom (he dropped the Von in the United States) was elected Martin County Attorney in 1926 and 1930, and was selected by Governor Olson to serve as special prosecutor for the Rural Credit Bureau. Gaarenstroom unsuccessfully ran for Congress on the Farmer-Labor ticket in 1932 and 1938. He died on 20 December 1971.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Gaarenstroom, Christian Fredrick, 1887 - 1971. Papers, 1912 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1246, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Conrad F. Gaarenstroom donated this collection in August 1977.

Processed By:

Karin Thiem processed this collection in January 1978.
Finding aid revised by Robert Russell November 2000.
Jeff A. Jenson updated the finding aid in February 2002.
Kieu Cao updated finding aid in February 2017.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Gaarenstroom, Christian Frederick, 1887 - 1971.
Gaarenstroom, Conrad F.
Olson, Floyd Bjorsterne, 1891-1936.
Minnesota--Politics and government--1858-1950.
Farmer-Labor Party (Minn.).
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, 1917 - 1963.
Fairmont (Minn.)-Lawyers.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1246



Oral History Interview, Audio CD I, 1977



Oral History Interview, Audio CD II, 1977



Oral History Interview, Audiocassette, 1977



Oral History Interview, Transcript, 1977



Photographs and Papers, Miscellaneous, 1912 – 1967