Fonds F2543 - Nissen family fonds

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Nissen family fonds


  • 1913-1989 (Creation)

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25 cm of textual records.
63 photographs

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Biographical history

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).

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Gift of Joan Walter, 2001.

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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.

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  • Danish

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    The material is in English and Danish.

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    Existence and location of originals

    Originals of the Ole Nissen diaries are held by Fay Overbo of Kinsella, Alberta.

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    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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