Sigurd Olson's Writings
This section first lists Olson's books, then his magazine and newspaper articles and book chapters. If you wish to jump to his articles and chapters, first read the opening description in the section [Articles and Book Chapters]. You also may jump right to the listing of articles and chapters for the [1920s], [1930s], [1940s], [1950s], and [1960s through 1982].
Olson's books are listed in chronological order. Posthumous collections of his writings are included.
The Singing Wilderness. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956.
Listening Point. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958.
The Lonely Land. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.
Runes of the North. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963.
Open Horizons. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969.
The Hidden Forest. New York: Viking Press, 1969.
Wilderness Days. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972.
Reflections From the North Country. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976.
Of Time and Place. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982.
Songs of the North. Howard Frank Mosher, ed. Penguin Nature Library. New York: Penguin Books, 1987.
The Collected Works of Sigurd F. Olson: The Early Writings, 1921-1934. Mike Link, ed. Introduction by Robert Keith Olson. Stillwater, Minn.: Voyageur Press, 1988.
The Collected Works of Sigurd F. Olson: The College Years, 1935-1944. Mike Link, ed. Introduction by Jim Klobuchar. Stillwater, Minn.: Voyageur Press, 1990.
The Meaning of Wilderness: Essential Articles and Speeches. Edited and with an Introduction by David Backes. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.
Spirit of the North: The Quotable Sigurd F. Olson. Edited and with an Introduction by David Backes. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.
This section lists Olson's magazine and newspaper articles and book chapters, arranged in chronological order. Speeches that were revised for publication are included in this section. The following are not included: book excerpts, published letters to the editor, or titles of Olson's "America Out of Doors" syndicated newspaper column, which was published in a few American newspapers between 1941 and 1944. Either scroll or use the following jumps:
"Describes Cruise Thru the Woods," Nashwauk (Minn.) Herald, July 22, 1921. This is Sigurd's first published piece, which was edited slightly and re-published nine days later by the Milwaukee Journal (see below).
"Canoe Tourist Finds Joys of the Great Outdoors Through the Vast Watered Wilderness of the North." Milwaukee Journal, July 31, 1921.
"Sere, Climax and Influent Animals With Special Reference to the Transcontinental Coniferous Forest of North America." (Co-authored with Victor E. Shelford.) Ecology, July 1935."Let's Go Exploring." Field and Stream, June 1937.
"Organization and Range of the Pack." Ecology, January 1938.
"A Study in Predatory Relationship With Particular Reference to the Wolf." Scientific Monthly, April 1938.
"Outlaw Country." True, February 1957. (Revised version published as "The Feel of Spring" in Runes of the North.)
"Winning a Wilderness." Outdoor America, June 1960.
"Some New Books in Review: Portage Into the Past." Minnesota History, March 1961.
"Explorers." Naturalist, Winter 1961.
"The Meaning of the National Parks." In Victor H. Cahalane, ed., National Parks: A World Need. New York: American Committee for International Wild Life Protection, Special Publication No. 14, 1962.
"The Wilderness Concept." The Ames Forester, 1962 annual.
"Six Decades of Progress." American Forests, October 1962.
"Sam Campbell, Philosopher of the Forest." American Forests, October 1962.
"Relics From the Rapids." National Geographic, September 1963.
"Wilderness Preservation." Naturalist, Winter 1964.
"Voyageur's Autumn." Boys' Life, November 1964.
"Minnesota's Proposed National Park." Naturalist, Spring 1965.
"Skindiving for Treasures of the Past." Ford Times, April 1965.
"Indiana Dunes Revisited." Outdoor America, January 1966.
"Natural Resource Readings: A Wilderness Bill of Rights." Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, March-April 1966.
"Wilderness Canoe Country: Minnesot'a Greatest Recreational Asset." Naturalist, Spring 1967.
"What is Wilderness?" Living Wilderness, Spring 1968.
"A Certain Kind of Man." The Beaver, Autumn 1968.
"A Tribute to F.L. Jaques." Naturalist, Spring 1970.
"Wilderness Challenge." Living Wilderness, Summer 1970.
"Wilderness Besieged: The Canoe Country of Minnesota." Audubon, July 1970.
"The Values of Voyageurs National Park." Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, May-June 1971.
"Alaska: Land of Scenic Grandeur." Living Wilderness, Winter 1971-1972.
"What of Beautiful Minnesota?" In Century 2: In Perspective. Minneapolis: Northwestern National Bank, 1972.
"A Longing for Wilderness." In Fishbein, Seymour L., ed., Wilderness U.S.A. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1973.
"A Giant Step North." The Rotarian, March 1974.
"Wild Islands of the Shield." Naturalist, Summer 1975.
"Caribou Creek." Audubon, March 1982.