Knute Jensen diaries
44 autograph diaries, unsigned, kept by Knute Jensen, 1925-1976. Jensen primarily records his meals and the weather, but also writes of odd jobs (ditch digging, unloading train cars, cutting timber, and fixing plumbing, for example) and his ongoing search for employment in Montana, California, and later, Oregon. Occasionally recorded are births, deaths, and marriages; world events; and train schedules. Food prices, regional eating habits, and Jensen's social security benefits between 1953 and 1974 are also noted. Accompanied by membership cards, postcards, newspaper clippings, railway tickets, and other ephemera tucked into diary pages.
- Jensen, Knute, 1888-1976 (Author)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Book Shop, LLC on the Winlock William Miller, Jr. Memorial Fund, 2017.
4.38 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Language of Materials
44 autograph diaries, unsigned, kept by Knute Jensen, 1925-1976. Jensen primarily records his meals and the weather, but also writes of odd jobs and his ongoing search for employment in Montana, California, and later, Oregon. Occasionally recorded are births, deaths, and marriages, and world events. Accompanied by membership cards, postcards, newspaper clippings, railway tickets, and other ephemera tucked into diary pages.
Knute Jensen (1888-1976) emigrated from Denmark to the United States circa 1904. He served in the United States Army Balloon Corps during World War I and later worked odd jobs in Glendive, Montana. In 1930 September, Jensen drove with his friend “Oscar” to Los Angeles, California, in search of employment--in 1931 March, the two drove to Ione, Washington, where they cut trees before returning to Glendive in May. Jensen moved into a housing cooperative in Glasgow, Montana, by 1934 and by 1938, moved to Toledo, Oregon, to begin his own cooperative. He also belonged to the Williamette Valley District Council, Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union circa 1950-1956. In 1958, he traveled to Denmark for several months prior to returning to Oregon, where he remained until his death.
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- California -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
- Danes -- California
- Danes -- Montana
- Danes -- Oregon
- Danes -- United States
- Diaries -- United States -- 20th Century
- Glasgow (Mont.)
- Glendive (Mont.)
- Immigrants -- United States
- Ione (Wash.)
- Lumbermen -- Labor unions -- Oregon
- Lumbermen -- Oregon -- 20th century
- Montana -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
- Oregon -- Economic conditions -- 20th century
- San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
- Toledo (Or.)
- Guide to the Knute Jensen Diaries
- Sarah Lerner
- May 2019
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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