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University Archives,  Elmer L. Andersen Library

David Ferdinand Swenson papers

Creator: Swenson, David F. (David Ferdinand), 1876-1940
Extent: 4 boxes Extent: (2.0 linear ft.)
Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives
Collection Number: 1071
Abstract: This collection consists of the papers of David F. Swenson, professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota.

Source: David Ferdinand Swenson papers, University of Minnesota Archives.
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Paul LeRoy Holmer

University of Minnesota Rare Books and Special Collections
Paul Holmer Collection

This collection of Kierkegaardiana was begun by Paul L. Holmer while attending the University of Minnesota in the 1930s. As a student of Professor David F. Swenson, the first translator and professional proponent of Kierkegaard’s work in America, Holmer determined to make an intellectual career addressing twentieth century issues and views in Kierkegaard’s distinctive mode.

Over the course of his career, Professor Holmer assembled an extensive collection of literary and philosophical works pertaining to the scholarly study and elucidation of Kierkegaard’s work. The collection of more than 700 items embraces a wide variety of materials. It includes first editions of Kirekegaard’s works in Danish, translations of these into English, German, Japanese and other languages, and works by Kierkegaard’s immediate contemporaries and subsequent critics and advocates...

Source: flyer produced in conjunction with the celebration in conjunction with the acquisition of Paul Holmer’s library of materials by and about Kierkegaard. The celebration took place on February 16, 1994. -- Timothy Johnson, Curator, Special Collections & Rare Books

Note: the Rare Books will be moving items currently housed in Wilson to the Elmer L. Andersen Library, sometime in 2018. Check our website for updates.

Wilson Library first floor lobby, 2016

University of Minnesota Libraries  

 Libraries Catalog

     There are over 800 entries for materials by or about Soeren Kierkegaard.


(Some resources are restricted to the University community; visitors to campus may access; see service desk in respective campus library):

Philosophy online resources

Digitized Texts & Other Online Resources
(Most resources listed require U of M login)

Digital Collections
Past Masters - Kierkegaard: Samlede Værker. Electronic edition.
(Collected Works. Language: Danish)
HathiTrust - selected digitized books in academic libraries

Article databases Search for journal articles and more in discipline-centered databases, including:
ATLA (articles on religious studies)
Historical Abstracts
Philosopher’s Index

Reference Sources for Background information
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Dictionary of Literary Biography


Free Web Sites
Internet Archive
Google Books
Google Scholar



Søren Kierkegaard's journals and papers (print copies) view link for holdings and location
Søren Kierkegaard 1813-1855.; Howard V Hong (Howard Vincent), 1912-2010,; Edna H Hong (Edna Hatlestad), 1913-2007,; Gregor Malantschuk
Bloomington : Indiana University Press 1967
(Danish version available online version via Past Masters)

Kierkegaard: Samlede Værker. Electronic Edition.
Kodeliste: Danske Udgaver