Nebraska Authors

Robert E. Carlson

Born 1908-06-11 Newman Grove, NE (USA)

Died 1982-06-25
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Just out of college, Robert Eugene Carlson began working for the Depression-era WPA Federal Writers Project. The Nebraska Federal Writers' Project included Lowry Wimberly, Mari Sandoz, Rudolf Umland, Loren Eiseley, Jim Thompson and Weldon Kees. Carlson had a personal friendship with Fred Christensen and Rudolph Umland.
Robert and his wife, Martha, had a large collection of classical music records and on Saturday nights, members of the Nebraska Writers Project would come over to to listen to music and enjoy libations.
Robert Carlson was a frequent house-sitter for Professor Fred Fling, and he cataloged Fling's home library. The hand-drawn library map and library inventory are in Carlson's vertical file in the Heritage Room Archives. His letters to Rudolph Umland are included in the Heritage Room collection of Umland scrapbooks.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Journalism


Opinion; Editorials


University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Editorial writer for the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World Herald, 1974-1976

Places Worked

Nebraska Federal Writers Project
Western Electric
Air Force Base


Contributor to newspapers:
Lincoln Journal Star
Omaha World Herald

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