Fonds PR4021 - Svend Jensen fonds

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Svend Jensen fonds

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    • 1931-1932 (Creation)

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    0.01 m of textual records. -- 6 photographs.

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    Svend Aage Jensen was a visual artist and craftsperson originally from Copenhagen, Denmark. Born on December 22, 1908, Jensen immigrated to western Canada in 1929, living and working in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. In the late 1930s or early 1940s, Jensen married Ella Katherine Jensen (nee Buchwald), and together they had four children: Ruth, Phillip, Phyllis, and Timothy. In the late 1940s, Jensen settled in Edmonton, Alberta.

    Throughout his life, Jensen worked in construction, as a grain buyer, as an insurance salesman, and as a real estate agent. At age 75, Jensen began carving wood and stone and, most notably, staining glass. In this capacity, Jensen created windows for churches across Canada and abroad, including England and Nepal, with the largest collection of his work installed at Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Edmonton, where Jensen was a member. Jensen was also an avid cyclist.

    Jensen died at the age of 97 on February 21, 2006 in Edmonton.

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    The fonds consist of four letters written to Neils Poulsen by Svend Jensen in 1931 and 1932, mailed to Poulsen in Denmark after Jensen settled in Alberta as a farmer. They document Jensen’s early experiences in the province and add context to Alberta’s oil and farming industry in the early 1930s. The photographs compliment the textual records by capturing Jensen as a farmer along with some of his equipment on the farm.

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    The records were donated to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2012 by Phyllis Marie Jensen, Svend Jensen’s daughter.


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        The material is in English.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes the following accession: PR2012.0639

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