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Nissen family fonds


Physical Description:
25 cm of textual records. -- 63 photographs

Helge Christian Konig "Ole" Nissen, 1903-1979, was born in Paarup, Denmark. He came to Canada in 1923 and settled on a farm near Hussar, Alberta. In 1939 he began work with the Alberta Wheat Pool and lived at various locations throughout Alberta. He married Emily Petersen, 1908-1956, and they had two children, Norman and Joan (Walter). He later married Audrey Jones in 1958, and they had two children Eric and Fay (Overbo).

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of letters (1913-1937), and diaries (1913-1938) of Ole Nissen; other family papers (1942-1989); diaries of Emily Nissen (1930-1943); translations and typewritten copies of all letters and diaries; and photographs of Nissen family.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Joan Walter, 2001.

The material is in English and Danish.

Originals and Reproductions:
Originals of the Ole Nissen diaries are held by Fay Overbo of Kinsella, Alberta.
Portions of the letters and diaries of Ole Nissen have been published in A Paradise for the Poor : Hussar, Standard & Caroline, Alberta : Letters of Ole Nissen, 1923-1937 / edited by Joan Walter. -- Calgary : Alberta Records Publication Board, 2001.

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Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8809, NA-5623

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