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Otto and Edna Frederikson papers

Call Number: RH MS 674


Kansas native Otto Frovin Frederikson was a professor of history and social sciences at Madison College (Harrisonburg, Virginia) from 1931-1957. His wife, Enda Tutt Frederikson, was an English professor at the same university. A published author, in 1928 she won first prize in the Herbert Carruth Memorial Poetry Contest at the University of Kansas for her poem, "Epitaph," written in memory of Mary White, daughter of William Allen White. This collection contains diaries and journals kept by both Otto and Edna, as well as professional papers pertaining to Otto's academic specialties.


  • Creation: 1864 - 1998


Language of Materials

English; Danish; German

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Edna Tutt Frederikson

Edna Tutt was born January 23, 1904 in Everton, Arkansas to David Walker and Britia Marita (McNair) Tutt. She graduated from high school in Arkansas City, Kansas. She received her bachelors from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa in 1925, majoring in sociology, and her docorate from the University of Kansas in 1931, as well as taking summer courses at the Universities of Iowa and Nebraska in the 1920s. Her academic interests lay in American history, comparative literature, and ancient and medieval European history. In 1923 she married Otto Frovin Frederikson.

Edna Frederikson briefly taught history at Kansas State College before she and her husband moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she taught English at Madison College, later James Madison University, from 1932-1941.

After Otto Frederikson retired from his own academic career in 1957, teaching history and social sciences at James Madison University, the couple traveled extensively around the world, visiting almost every country. Otto Frederikson died in 1973.

Edna published a novel, Three Parts Earth, in 1972 and authored the biography John P. St. John, the Father of Constitutional Prohibition based on her doctoral dissertation. Throughout her life she wrote poetry, including the award-winning poem "Epitaph," regarding the death of Mary White, the daughter of William Allen White, and in 1988 published a collection of poetry, Never Tomorrow.

Edna Tutt Frederikson died on February 7, 1998.


4.25 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Edna T. Frederikson, 1991. Gift, Donald Hudson, 2000.

Related Materials

Frederikson, Edna. Never Tomorrow. Kansas City, Mo: Harrow Books, 1988. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH C8111.

Frederikson, Edna. Three Parts Earth. Susanville, Ca: Threshold Books, 1972. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH C8123.

Frederikson, Edna. John P. St. John, the Father of Constitutional Prohibition. Ph.D. diss, University of Kansas. Department of History, 1931. Available at Anschutz Library, University of Kansas, Diss 1931 Frederikson, Edna.

Edna Frederikson papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Guide to the Edna Frederikson Collection
Otto and Edna Frederikson papers
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Otto and Edna Frederikson papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 674, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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