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Nelson, Marion J.

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role Collector
dates 1924-2000
city Saint Paul
other citiesMinneapolis, MN; Decora, IA;
sex M
historical notes Marion John Nelson was an art historian and together with his wife, Lila, owned a collection of art pottery.

Nelson got his bachelor’s degree, master’s degrees and Ph.D from the University of Minnesota, where he later taught and served as the chair of the art history department for six years.

Nelson was an expert in Scandinavian art and crafts, plus the art of Scandinavian immigrants in the United States and art pottery. He wrote or edited Norwegian Folk Art: The Migration of a Tradition, Art Pottery of the Midwest, and Norwegian-American Wood Carving of the Upper Midwest, among others.

He was the director of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa from 1965-1991, and was made a knight of in the Royal Order of St. Olaf by by King Olav V of Norway.

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