Oral Histories

Interview of Waldemar Westergaard

UCLA professor of history.
Memoirs of an Historian
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Biographical Note:
UCLA professor of history.
Nunis, Doyce B. Jr
Westergaard, Waldemar
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewee Retained Copyright
Youth and early education in Danish farm community in North Dakota; teaching in country school; graduation from North Dakota state normal school; attendance at University of North Dakota, 1904-6; summer trip to San Francisco to see result of earthquake and fire, 1906; summer session lectures by Frederick Jackson Turner at University of California, Berkeley; graduate work at Berkeley; Henry Morse Stephens and purchase of Hubert Howe Bancroft collection for Berkeley library; William A. Morris and Herbert Bolton on Berkeley faculty; doctoral degree awarded, 1925; head of history department, Pomona College, 1916-25; Phoebe Estelle Spalding; James A. Blaisdell; American-Scandinavian Fellowship to Sweden, 1922; appointment to University of California, Southern Branch, faculty, 1925; Vermont Avenue and Westwood campuses; setting up graduate program at UCLA; Ernest Carroll Moore; Robert Gordon Sproul; Edward A. Dickson; academic freedom at UCLA; Moore's fears about campus communists; development of history department; Frank J. Klingberg; John C. Parish; Joseph Lockey; David Bjork; Louis Knott Koontz; research on Scandinavian history at UCLA and in Europe; relationships with American and European historians.