Arnold Alanen
Finnish North American Literature Association
Biographical Information

Arnold Alanen is a renowned scholar and researcher at the University of Wisconsin at
Madison where he holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

His web page is located here:

A full list of his publications is located here:

Selected Publications

Scholarly Books

Alanen, Arnold R. and Robert Z. Melnick, eds. 2000. Preserving Cultural Landscapes in
America . Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 250 pp.

Alanen, Arnold R. and Joseph A. Eden. 1987. Main Street Ready Made: The New Deal
Community of Greendale , Wisconsin . Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin , 157

Textbooks and Field Guides

Ingwersen, Faith, Arnold R. Alanen, et al. 2002. Nordic Immigration to North America .
Madison, WI: Nordic Cultural Curriculum Project, 69 pp.

Alanen, Arnold R. 2000. Pines, Lakes, & Mines: A Fieldguide to the Cultural Landscapes
and Architecture of Northeastern Minnesota . Madison: Vernacular Architecture Forum,

Alanen, Arnold R., with Berit C. Kaae and Salvor Jonsdottir. 1995. Nordic Environment:
Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Madison: Nordic Cultural Curriculum Project, 48

Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Alanen, Arnold R. and Carolyn Torma. 2004. “Finnish Architecture.” In Encyclopedia of the
Great Plains . David Wishert, ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, p. 79.

Alanen, Arnold R. and Holly Smith. 2002. “Of Time and a River: Documenting and
Managing a Cultural Landscape at Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska.” In Proceedings
of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Washington, D.C: ASLA.

Alanen, Arnold R. 2001. "Peets, Elbert." In Chicago Botanic Garden Encyclopedia of
Gardens: History and Design, Vol. 3 C. Shoemaker, ed. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn
Publishers, pp. 1016-18.

Alanen, Arnold R. and Lynn Bjorkman, 2001. "Manning, Warren H." In Chicago Botanic
Garden Encyclopedia of Gardens History and Design, Vol. 2. C. Shoemaker, ed. Chicago:
Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, pp. 847-48.

Bjorkman, Lynn and Arnold R. Alanen. 2001. "Bullard, Helen Elise." In Chicago Botanic
Garden Encyclopedia of Garden History and Design, Vol. 1. C. Shoemaker, ed. Chicago:
Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, pp. 208-09.

Alanen, Arnold R. 2000. "Midwestern Colonists in the Matanuska Valley : Settling Rural
Alaska During the Great Depression." In People, Power, Places: Perspectives in Vernacular
Architecture, VIII. S. McMurry and A. Adams, eds. Knoxville: University of Tennessee
Press, pp. 53-80.

Alanen, Arnold R. 2000. "Peets, Elbert." In Pioneers of American Landscape Design. C.A.
Birnbaum and R. Karson, eds. New York: McGraw-Hill, 293-96.

Alanen, Arnold R. & Robert Z. Melnick. 2000. "Why Cultural Landscape Preservation?" In
Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America . Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp.

Alanen, Arnold R. 2000. "Considering the Ordinary: Vernacular Landscapes in Rural and
Remote Areas." In Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America . A. R. Alanen and R. Z.
Melnick, eds. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 112-42.

Alanen, Arnold R. 2000. "Elbert Peets: History as Precedent in Midwestern Landscape
Architecture." In Midwestern Landscape Architecture. William Tishler, ed. Urbana:
University of Illinois Press, pp. 193-214.

Alanen, Arnold R. and Lynn Bjorkman. 1999. "Early Twentieth-Century National Planning in
the United States : The Vision of Warren H. Manning." In Proceedings of the 1999 ASLA
Annual Meeting. D.L. Scheu, compiler. Washington , D.C. : American Society of Landscape
Architects, pp. 44-45.

Alanen, Arnold R. & Holly Smith-Middleton. 1999. "Tlingits, Russians, and Finns in
Nineteenth Century Alaska : Documenting and Managing a Cultural Landscape at Sitka
National Historical Park." In Shaping the Land: Proceedings of the Permanent European
Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape, Vol. I. Trondheim, Norway: University of
Trondheim , pp. 88-103.

Alanen, Arnold R. and Lynn Bjorkman. 1998. " Plats, Parks, Playgrounds, and Plants:
Warren H. Manning's Landscape Designs for the Mining Districts of Michigan's Upper
Peninsula." IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology 24, No. 1: 41-60.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1998. " A Place on the Ishthmus: The Planning of Madison and Its
Capitol Park During the Nineteenth Century." Historic Madison : A Journal of the Four
Lakes Region 15: 16-27.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1997. "'Finnish Architecture' and 'Sauna and Lato' in Michigan ,
Minnesota , and Wisconsin ." In Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Vol.
3, Paul Oliver, ed. Cambridge , England: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1859-60.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1997. "Homes on the Range: Settling the Penokee-Gogebic Iron Ore
District of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan ." In Wisconsin Land and Life. R. Ostergren
and T. Vale, eds. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Alanen, Arnold R. and W. H. Tishler. 1996. "Farming the Lake Superior Shore : Agricultural
and Horticultural Activities On the Apostle Islands , 1840-1940." Wisconsin Magazine of
History 79, Spring 1996: 162-203.

Haswell, Susan O. and Arnold R. Alanen. 1995. "Colonizing the Cutover: Wisconsin 's
Progressive-Era Experiments in Rural Planning." Landscape Journal 14, Fall: 171-87.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1995. "Back to the Land: Immigrants and Image Makers in the Lake
Superior Region, 1865-1930." In Landscape in America . George F. Thompson, ed. Austin:
University of Texas Press, pp. 150-80.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1994. "Gwinn: A Model Town 'Without Equal'." Michigan History 78,
November/December: 33-35.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1992. "Kakadu and Uluru: Aboriginal National Parks in Australia 's
Northern Territory ." Landscape 31, No. 2: 28-38.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1991. "Companies as Caretakers: Paternalism, Welfare Capitalism, and
Immigrants in the Lake Superior Mining Region." In A Century of European Migrations,
1830-1930: Macroperspectives and Microanalyses. R. Vecoli and S. Sinke , eds. Urbana :
University of Illinois Press, pp. 364-91.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1991. "From Tower to Soudan: Townsites and Locations on the
Vermilion Iron Range." In Immigrants and Entrepreneurs: Life on the Industrial Frontier of
Northeastern Minnesota . M. Karni, ed. Chisholm , MN : Iron Range Research Center , pp.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1990. " Immigrant Gardens On a Mining Frontier." In The Meaning of
Gardens: Idea, Place, and Action. M. Francis and R. T. Hester, Jr, eds. Cambridge , MA:
MIT Press, pp. 160-65.

Alanen, Arnold R. 1988. "Architecture and Landscapes in Columbia: The Viability of the
Vernacular." Journal of Popular Culture 21, Spring: 99-120; also in Spanish as "La
arquitectura y los paisajes de Colombia: La viabilidad de lo vernaculo,” pp. 263-75.

Goto, Junko and Arnold R. Alanen. 1987. "The Conservation of Historic and Cultural
Resources in Rural Japan." Landscape Journal 6, Spring: 42-61.