Fonds CMBS Personal Papers, Audio cassette NA-03-20, photo collection NP153 - Heinrich D. Friesen (1880-1964) fonds

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Heinrich D. Friesen (1880-1964) fonds

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CA CMBS CMBS Personal Papers, Audio cassette NA-03-20, photo collection NP153

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  • 1913-1964 (Creation)

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18 cm of textual records
1 tape
1 photograph

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Henry D. Friesen, the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Friesen, was born in Orloff, Sagradovka Colony, South Russia on February 19, 1880. He married Katharina Kornelsen in 1906 who was born in 1882 in Fürstenwerder, Molotschna. In 1912, the family of four immigrated to Canada where they lived in Manitoba and by the spring of 1914 were living near Cadillac, Saskatchewan. In 1936 they moved to Coaldale, Alberta. Friesen was well known for his German poetry and was known for his mastery of the German language. Friesen's wife died in 1944. He spent his last years at the Baptist Haven of Rest, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Henry D. Friesen died on January 12, 1964.

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The Henry D. Friesen fonds consists of the poetry he created. Some of the poetry is of a devotional nature. All is written in the German language with a small amount in Low German. The handwritten materials are written in gothic German script. A tape of Friesen's poetry, recorded in 1954, is located in the CMBS tape collection. Also included in the fonds are papers of an autobiographical nature that have been translated, and a photograph.

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The Henry D. Friesen papers were donated by Daniel Rempel in 1985. At that time, no publication was to be done without Daniel Rempel's authorization. A second donation came in 2001 from Ed Friesen.

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No publication to be done without the authorization of Daniel Remple.

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The accession numbers are 1985-6 and 2001-039.

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Mainly in German, some in Low German.

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  • English

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