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Stefan Einarsson papers

Identifier: MS-0018

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of professional correspondence that spans the years 1942 to 1959. Of interest is the correspondence with Kemp Malone, a medievalist, etymologist, philologist, and specialist in Chaucer; and also the exchange of letters with Nikolas Ottenson regarding the latter's collection of Icelandic manuscripts and books.


  • Creation: 1942-1959


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Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Stefan Einarsson, Professor of Scandinavian Philology at The Johns Hopkins University, was born June 9, 1897 in Iceland. He studied at the College of Reykjavik, the University of Iceland (M.A. 1923), the University of Helsingfors, Finland and the University of Oslo, Norway. He obtained his doctorate from the latter institution in 1927. In that same year he came to the United States and to Johns Hopkins as a Research Fellow. He was named instructor in English Philology in 1928, Associate in 1932, Associate Professor in 1936 and Professor of Scandinavian Philology in 1945.

Einarsson was appointed Vice Consul of Iceland in Baltimore in 1942 and became Consul in 1952. He became a Knight of the Order of Icelandic Falcon in 1939. He was a member of the American Philosophical Society, Modern Language Association of America, Linguistic Society of America, Icelandic National League of Winnipeg, Icelandic Literary Society, Icelandic Society of Science, and the American Scandinavian Foundation.

He was a noted authority in the fields of Old and Middle English, and Icelandic and Germanic dialects. Among his numerous writings were A Specimen of Southern Icelandic Speech, History of Icelandic Prose Writers, and A History of Icelandic Literature. Einarsson was the author of a Linguaphone Icelandic Course, the co-editor of 20th Century Scandinavian Poetry, cooperating editor of the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, and editor-in-chief of the Old Icelandic Dictionary.

Stefan Einarsson was married to the former Ingibjorg Arnadottir. Stefan Einarsson died in Reykjavik on April 12, 1972, aged 75 years.


1.02 Cubic Feet (1 letter size document box, 1 legal size document box, 1 pamphlet box (7.25 x 4 x 10 inches))

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Stefan Einarsson (born 1897) was a professor of Scandinavian Philology at Johns Hopkins University. The collection consists of professional correspondence that spans the years 1942 to 1959.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the University by Stefan Einarsson in 1960.

Related Materials

See also MS.0100: Nikulas Ottenson manuscripts.

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