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 Language: Danish
Andrew Jensen's Naturalization Papers
Certificate of naturalization provided to Andrew Jensen after he became a citizen of the United States. Some biographical information is provided as well as additional standard signatures and bureaucratic fine print. There are two stamps on the back of the certificate, both of which appear to be written in Danish. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223825/
[Baptismal Certificate]
Certificate from Sigrid Larsen Wind's baptism at Danevang Church written in Danish. There is an illustration at the top of the document of a female angel holding a basin. She is inside a circular motif with a line of bold text going around the top. Additionally, two paper scrolls unroll from leafy branches that decorate the top third of the document. In these scrolls, there are biblical passages from the gospels of John and Mark. Translated from Danish, the passages from John and Mark read: "Unless one is born of water and spirit, he can not be received into God's kingdom" - John 3. 5. "Whosoever believes and is baptized shall be saved, but whoever does not believe shall be damned" - Mark 16. 16. Two more detailed illustrations flank the right and left hand-written parts of the document. The one on the left is of a tall tree in the middle of a deserted, sloping terrain. The image opposite it is of a sailing ship bearing the Danish flag in a large body of water. Four more paragraphs of text are on the bottom flanking an embossed seal. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223835/
[Confirmation Certificate]
Certificate from a confirmation ceremony in 1891 written in Danish. An illustrated image of Jesus Christ holding the Eucharist is at the very top of the document. Below this is both printed and written text listing Martin Skjoldborg Kristiansen's name, who was presumably the person in the confirmation. Pastor S. H. Madsen's signature is at the bottom of the document. Flanking the portion of the text on the right and left sides are illustrated images of two angels inside circular motifs that are emerging from foliage. The very bottom of the document has one final illustration: an open book accompanied by a cross and chalice, also inside a circular motif, and flanked on either side by foliage. Accompanying information indicates that Martin was a "brother to Anne Marie Christiansen who is Doyle Schaer's grandmother - married to Peter Blasuis Nielsen." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223846/
[Danish Ladies Aid 50th Anniversary]
Photograph of a group of senior women during the Danish Ladies Aid 50th year anniversary. They are posing for the camera outside in a long line, although it appears that two pictures were taken at the same time because they are all tentatively staring to the right. Two women at center-left hold up a sign that denotes the day's event. It appears to be written in Danish. They are dressed conservatively; the majority wear long coats and dresses, as well as glasses and pinned-back hairstyles. A young girl is in the very front looking directly at the camera. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223916/
[Danish Newspaper Article]
Danish newspaper article written about Andrew Jensen's visit to Svendborg, Denmark. According to accompanying information, Jensen has lived in Texas for forty-seven years, and he explains his thoughts on that period in the article. There is a photograph of Jensen with the article. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223829/
[Duus Family Portrait]
Studio portrait photograph of the Duus family in front of a blank backdrop. The three individuals in the back are standing and embracing each other, all of whom are the children of Gerda and Pastor Vagn Duus. The two boys have not been properly identified, only the names Verner and Erling have been provided, but the girl in between them is Sibyl Duus. Her hand appears to be around the shoulder of her mother, Gerda, who wears horn-rimmed glasses, a blazer, and matching skirt. She is seated on the arm rest of a wooden chair, which is occupied by Pastor Vagn Duus. The words "Merry Christmas" have been printed on the top margin of the photograph. There is hand-written text on the back, but with the exception of the heading, which reads, "To Danish Ladies Aid member", the rest appears to be written in Danish or a similar Germanic language. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223810/
[Elder Women at Danish Ladies Aid Anniversary]
Photograph of elder women posing for a photograph during the 50 year anniversary celebration of the Danish Ladies Club organization. They are dressed conservatively in long coats and dresses, and the majority wear glasses. They stand before a building with an open doorway and three visible windows. A second, adjacent building is seen off to the right of the photograph. Two of the women center-left are holding a sign up that denotes the particular event, and it appears to be written in Danish. Hand-written text in black ink on the back of the photograph reads, "Winter 1952 archives". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222932/
[Gym Class in the Danevang School Yard]
Black and white photograph of a group of students standing outside of a building, identified as both the Danevang School and the Danevang Community Hall. They are forming a long line that leads from the door of the schoolhouse down a dirt path that has been forged in the school yard. According to a handwritten note on the back of the photograph, the students are part of a gym class in Danish school. The building has two stories and five windows that are visible on its front facade. A small tree and part of a tall, post-like object are visible in the field behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223417/
Hans & Anna Andersen Family Reunion
Photograph of a group of men and women at the Danevang Community Hall in Danevang, Texas. The women are seated on what appears to be the stage of a small auditorium that has been closed-shut by a red curtain. Two men stand on each side. From left to right, the group has been identified as Kenneth Mads Andersen, Doris Andersen Gray, Loraine A. McCarty, Virginia A. Hall, and Roger L. Andersen. Large, block lettering on a banner in the back indicates that the photograph was taken at the Andersen Family Reunion. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223911/
Hans & Anna Andersen Family Reunion
Photograph of a group of adult men and women standing before an auditorium with closed curtains. From left to right, they have been identified as Kenneth Mads Andersen, Karyl Andersen, Loraine A. McCarty, John McCarty, Doris A. Gray, Harry Hall, Virginia A. Hall, Betty Andersen, and Roger Andersen. Accompanying information, as well as the large block lettering behind them on the banner, indicates that the photograph was taken during the Hans and Anna Andersen Family Reunion. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223913/
[Hans Larsen Family Portrait]
Black and white photograph of the Hans Larsen family, posing for a professional portrait. Hans, who is wearing a suit jacket, is standing behind his family and has one hand on the shoulder of his son, who is wearing a collared shirt that has a four-button placket and a bowtie. Hans' daughter stands directly in front of him, wearing a dark, laced-collared dress that comes to her knees. Birte Marie is seated to the right and is wearing a long, dark dress. The background behind them has painted palm leaves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223432/
Manifest from Ocean Liner in Danish
Manifest document from an ocean liner written in Danish. There is an illustration on the top left corner of a flag. Centered on this flag is a letter "S" which has been placed inside an equilateral triangle. The manifest then goes on to list some information. At the bottom, the date is included in the bottom left corner. Opposite it are two lines of text which read, "M. S. ,, Rio Bravo ,," and "Kapt. F. Christiansen"; presumably, the name of the ship and captain. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223836/
Mother with Child
Studio photograph of a mother and her child in a well-lit space, in front of a blank backdrop. They have not been identified, but a notation in accompanying information provides a last name, "Ingvardsen". The woman wears a dark, long-sleeve dress with a striped turtleneck. Her baby wears a voluminous dark gown with a bow attached to the shoulder. There is both printed and hand-written text on the back of the photograph, but only the printed text can be made out. It is in Danish, and seems to list information about the photography studio that printed it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223296/
Pastor Frost
Copy of a newspaper article about Pastor Arthur E. Frost titled "Danish Lutheran to Install New Minister Sunday." The article states that Pastor Frost will be installed at St. Ansgar Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church on Palm Sunday, and it gives some background on his career. The pastor has a wife, Emma, and two children, Evelyn and Herluf. The article about Pastor Frost is in English, but there is another article on the page that is in Danish. The article is glued to a black sheet of paper. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223808/
Pastor Hald
Two photographs of Pastor Niels Peterson Hald and family and a copy of a newspaper article in Danish on black paper. Pictured in the top photograph are Pastor and Mrs. Hald and eight other people, including three children. The group is standing in front of an unidentified building. The pastor and his wife are in the center. In the photograph at the bottom are Pastor and Mrs. Hald and their son in front of what appears to be the church doors. The picture at the bottom is a copy print of the original. According to accompanying information, Pastor Hald was born on September 29, 1885 and died in 1947, and his wife was named Marie Hansen. He served as pastor of the Danevang Lutheran Church from September 1928 through April 1934. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223806/
[Peter and Stephanie Harton's Golden Wedding Anniversary]
Black and white photograph of a small group of people at the golden wedding anniversary celebration of Peter Harton and Stephanie Reif Harton, pictured at the center. Stephanie is wearing glasses and is standing behind a white cake. To her right is Peter, wearing a suit and bow tie. In front of him is a Kransekage cake, a traditional Danish wedding cake made of almond-based pastry rings. A table that has been set with teacups, saucers, and plates is just before the group. A thick, velvet curtain with a fringed valance is hanging behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222982/
[Portrait of a Married Danish Couple]
Black and white photograph of a husband and a wife, Ole Nielsen and Sidst Marie Nielsdatter. They are posed for a professional photograph and are wearing formal attire. Ole is sitting in an embellished chair; his arm is resting on the arm of the chair. Sidst is standing to his right, with her arm behind him. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223431/
[Portrait of a Mother and Her Two Children]
Black and white portrait of Hansigne Larsen Wind and her two children, Ebbe and Abelone. Hansigne is seated in a wooden chair and is dressed in a long, dark gown. The children are standing on either side of Hansigne, with their arms placed in her lap. The back of the mat has a handwritten note which says, "Leaving Iowa to visit mother's family taken in 1895. Mother Ebbe. Daddy left for Tex in 1894, Oct. We 3 joined him here in June 1895." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223467/
[Portrait of Confirmation Class]
Copy print of a portrait of confirmation class in front of a church in Danevang, Texas. There are fourteen confirmands and their pastor, A. H. Kojl. Names are listed by row on the back of the photograph. The six young ladies in front are wearing white dresses, and four are wearing necklaces. The boys are wearing suits and ties. Some are wearing bow ties. There is a sign in a foreign language, most likely Danish, above the door of the church. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222830/
[Portrait of Lars Jorgensen]
Black and white photograph of a man, Lars Jorgensen, posed for a portrait. He is bald except for some tufts of hair that extend past his ears; he also has a beard. He is wearing a dark pea coat under which one hand is visible. Behind him to the left is part of a piece of furniture. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223468/
Portrait of Sophie Jensen Olson
Black and white photograph of a woman, Sophie Jensen Olson, who is the wife of J.P. Olson. She is wearing dark clothing that features a ruffled top and a high collar. Her hair is pulled back tight. The portrait is vignetted so that only her bust and above are visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223433/
Revaluation Policy of Property
Insurance policy document written in Danish. It was sent by Carl Harton in order to apply for membership to cover household goods against fire or lightning damages. When folded, the document acts as a pamphlet on the back, where much of its bylaws and fine print policies appear to be stated. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223795/
[Three Girls at the 1950 Mayfest Celebration]
Photograph of three young girls in front of rose bushes during the 1950 Mayfest Celebration held at Danevang Community Hall. They girls are wearing long dresses, pearl necklaces, and formal hairstyles. They have been identified, from left to right as: Ramona Harton, Jane Andersen, Darla Harton. Hand-written text on the back of the photograph reads, "May Fete 1950." It goes on to list their names. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222823/
[Two Girls on Their Confirmation Day at Danevang Lutheran Church]
Black and white photograph of two young women, Inger Nielsen and Alma Harton, standing on concrete steps in front of the Danevang Lutheran Church. They are both wearing white dresses and have their arms around each others' waists. The young woman on the left has her other arm on her hips. Behind them, the doors of the church are closed. The arched window above the door has an inscription that says "ANSGAR KIRKE," meaning each other's waist. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223426/
[Two Men in front of Velkommen Sign]
Photograph of two men on the front steps of a building with sign that reads, "Velkommen". The man on the left wears a powder blue blazer, striped tie and light blue shirt, and black pants. He holds a folder on his left hand. The man on the right wears a three-piece suit over a light blue shirt and striped tie. They stand on a green carpet that covers the front steps leading to a set of double doors behind them. They seem to be in the process of speaking, as two women in the foreground are facing away from the camera and looking at them. Above them to the left, there are two flags hanging from the top trim of a window; one of them is decidedly an American flag. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223214/