About This Site

As Sigurd Olson's biographer, I gathered a lot of information and photos that could not be used in the book I wrote about his life, A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997). I thought that a website would be an ideal way to use some of this material, and that led to the creation of this site in May 1997. Some of the topics covered on this site will interest primarily Olson fans, but I also hope this site will help anyone who wants to learn more about him.

Nearly all of the photos of Sigurd were provided by the Olson family. I have tried to acknowledge the photographer when the picture was taken by someone other than a family member, but have not always had the information. If you can verify that you are the photographer for any picture on this site, I would be happy to give you credit or, if need be, remove it from the site. Likewise, if you have any photos appropriate for this site that you would like to share, please contact me.

While you're at it, check out the home page of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies, where I am a professor.

David Backes
May 1997