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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Erickson, Christian Louis, 1897 - 1983. Papers, 1951 - 1964
MSU Archives Collection 1286



Erickson, Christian Louis, 1897 - 1983. Papers, 1951 - 1964. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1286. 1 records center carton.

Abstract:

This collection consists of items pertaining to Christian Louis Erickson, of Fairmont, Minnesota. Erickson was a lawyer, justice of the peace, county attorney for Martin County, and a Minnesota State Senator. Included in the collection are his correspondence, newspaper clippings, campaign material, and a scrapbook. Also included in the collection is the transcript of an oral history interview conducted with Erickson in 1987. In the interview, he discusses his family background, Minnesota politics, and issues that were important during his time in the Senate, including reapportionment, lobbying, and taxes.

Biographical Note:

Christian Louis Erickson was born on December 28, 1897 in Barnesville, Minnesota. Erickson attended school in Cormorant and Lake Park, Minnesota. He attended the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, North Dakota, and the Austin Commercial College in Austin, Minnesota. Erickson moved to Minneapolis to attend the Minnesota College of Law, which he graduated from in 1928.

Erickson joined the C. F. Garrenstrom law firm in Fairmont, Minnesota, where he worked for about a year and a half. He was then elected justice of the peace. In 1934, Erickson was elected county attorney for Martin County, where he served from 1935 until 1947. In 1950 he was elected to the Minnesota State Senate, where he served from 1951 until 1962. Erickson continued to practice law in Fairmont after he left the Senate.

Erickson married Venus M. Walters, who had moved to Fairmont from Powell, Wyoming. They had one son together. Christian Erickson passed away in March of 1983.

Biographical information obtained from Erickson, and from the collection.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of items that once belonged to Christian Louis Erickson, of Fairmont, Minnesota. The bulk of the collection pertains to Erickson's time in the Minnesota Senate. The papers include newspaper clippings by and about Erickson, campaign materials, and a scrapbook. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, printed programs, campaign material and memorabilia.

Also included in the collection is the transcript of an oral history interview conducted with Erickson in 1977. Dr. Bruce Larson served as moderator, and the discussion covered Erickson's family history, Minnesota politics, and issues that were important during his time in the Senate, including reapportionment, lobbying, and taxes.

Restrictions:

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:

Erickson, Christian Louis, 1897 - 1983. Papers, 1951 - 1964. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1286, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Christian Louis Erickson donated this collection in November 1977.

Processed By:

Karin Thiem processed this collection in January 1978 and in May 1979. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell December 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Christian Louis Erickson available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Erickson, Christian Louis, 1897 - 1983.
Fairmont (Minn.)
Minnesota. Legislature. Senate.
Apportionment (Election law)

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1286

Box

Folder

Campaign material, one photograph, 1951 – 1963

1

10

Correspondence, 1951 – 1958

1

1

Correspondence, 1959 – 1964

1

2

Newspaper clippings, 1957

1

3

Newspaper clippings, 1958

1

4

Newspaper clippings, 1959

1

5

Newspaper clippings, 1960

1

6

Newspaper clippings, 1961

1

7

Newspaper clippings, 1962

1

8

Newspaper clippings, 1964

1

9

Scrapbook, 1951 – 1959

1

11

Transcript of oral history interview, 1977

1

12