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Elfrida J. Pedersen photograph collection, circa 1920s-1950s

Overview of the Collection

Title
Elfrida J. Pedersen photograph collection
Dates
circa 1920s-1950s (inclusive)
Quantity
36 photographic prints (1 box) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
PH0435
Summary
Photographs of Elfrida Pedersen, members of the Danish Young People's Society, the Danish Dramatic Club and other Danish organizations in Seattle
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English

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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Elfrida Pedersen was an actress, poet, and songwriter. She was born Elfrida Jensen in Horsens, Denmark, in 1886 and emigrated to Montana circa 1903 and then Seattle circa 1904. Pedersen became active in Seattle Danish organizations, especially the Seattle Danish Young People's Society, Dagmar, and Harmonien that was known for its Danish musical and theatrical performances. Elfrida had a large role in Harmonien as one of its charter members and secretaries and kept records of their meetings which included working on performances and discussing local issues such as raising money to support the Seattle Danish community. Elfrida and her husband, Hans Pedersen met in Harmonien and were engaged in 1915. Besides playing the lead roles in many Danish plays, "Frida" wrote and adapted scripts, and wrote songs and poems in Danish and English for the stage, parties, and special occasions. In 1952 Elfrida visited Denmark for the first time since immigrating to the United States. She died on December 10, 1973.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection of images of Elfrida Pedersen, members of the Danish Young People's Society or Dagmar , the Danish Dramatic Club, Harmonien , the Hans Christian Anderson Society and other lodges and societies affiliated with the Danish Brotherhood (not always identified). Most of the images are of theatrical productions or of group portraits of people spanning from the 1920s-1950s.

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Elfrida PedersenReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
Elfrida Pedersen in costume holding a cup of tea  
undated
1/1 2
Elfrida Pedersen in costume doing embroidery  
undated

Danish Young People's Society "Dagmar"Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/2 3
Dagmar Uhre and Elfrida Pedersen in costume  
Caption on verso: from Leif Erickson Festival.
1934
1/2 4
Members of Dagmar at their 7th and Pine St. location  
Printed on verso: Members ofDagmar,the Danish Young People's Society which preceded Harmonien, are shown at their 7th and Pine street Location.
undated

HarmonienReturn to Top

Harmoninen was the Danish Dramatic Club of Seattle that produced and performed musical and theatrical performances. Harmonien was established on September 8, 1911 to preserve the Danish language in the Seattle area as well as to establish a theatrical counterpart to the Danish Brotherhood of Seattle. The theatrical productions of Harmonien often were used as benefits to assist those in the Danish community and in 1921 the name of the club was changed to Harmoninen: Danish Social and Dramatic Club. During the 1920s and 30s Harmonien reached its peak in attendance with audiences as large as 500-800 people crowding their venue, Washington Hall which was bulit by the Danish Brotherhood in 1908.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/3 5
A scene fromDet Grønne Haab  
Johnson, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Printed on verso: Performed by the Danish Dramatic Club, Harmonien, in Nov. 1925, in the Danish Brotherhood Hall, at 14th and Fir St. in Seattle, WA. (Left to right) Julius Bernth, Einar Rasmussen, Tage Frederiksen, Frida Pedersen, Sigrid Nielsen, Viggo Christensen, Charles Pedersen, Christ Hansen, William Petersen.
November, 1925
1/3 6
Tropical scene fromDet Grønne Haab  
Johnson, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Written on verso: (Left to Right) Unknown, Bill, Unknown, Marie L., Anna F., Trea Torp, Hannah, Martha, Tage. On floor: Viggo, Charlie.
November, 1925
1/3 7-8
The cast forFamiliens Skraek  
Johnson, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Printed on verso: Performed by the Danish Dramatic Club, Harmonien in March 1926, in the Danish Brotherhood Hall, Washington Hall, at 14th and East Fir in Seattle, WA. Left to right: William Petersen, Sigrid Nielsen, Charles Pedersen, Charlotte Andersen, John Petersen, Martha Lauridsen, Viggo Christensen, Anna Petersen, Augusta Pedersen.
March, 1926
1/3 9
Cast from production ofGenboerneby C. Hostrup  
Written on verso: Arne (Petersen), Thyge (Hansen), Poulsen (Tage P.), Aefhild (Hansen), Martin (Hansen), Ruth (Christensen), Robert (Jensen), Love (Petersen), Kisley (Paul), Preben (Christensen).
1951
1/3 10
Three women from production ofGenboerne  
Written on verso: Love (Petersen), Aefhild (Hansen), and (Ruth Christensen).
1951
1/3 11
A scene fromGeneral Direktøren  
Johnson, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Printed on verso: Performed by the Danish Dramatik Club, Harmonien in the Danish Brotherhood Hall, Washington Hall, at 14th and East Fir, Seattle, WA. From left to right: Christ Hansen, Viggo Christensen, Martinus Christensen, Svend Hansen (sitting), Frida Pedersen (sitting), Sam Olsen, John Petersen, "Vater" Jensen, Tage Frederiksen, Laura Hansen, Niels Sadrup, Marta Lauraitsen, Martha Lauritsen, Sigrid Nielsen, Tomine Christensen, Charles Petersen.
November, 1924
1/3 12
A scene fromGeneral Direktøren  
Johnson, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Scene background says: MED LOV SKAL MAN LAND BYGGE which translates to "with the law, one should build the country"Printed on verso: Svend, Frida, Martha, Chris, Sam, John, Viggo, Martinus, Tage, Tomine, Laura, Sigrid, Chas, Sadrup.
November, 1924
1/3 13
The cast forNøddebo Præstegaard  
Printed on verso: Perfromed by the Danish Dramatic Club, Harmonien in Dec. 1926, in the Danish Brotherhood Hall, Washington Hall, at 14th and East Fir in Seattle, WA. Back row: (left to right) Chris Hansen, Charlotte Andersen, Sigrid Neilsen, Charles Pedersen, John Pedersen, Tage Frederiksen, Emmy Jensen, Carl Torp, Tomine Christensen, Olga Petersen, Hans Pederesen, Trea Torp. Sitting: Martinus Christensen, William Petersen, Laura Hansen, Frida Pedersen. Children sitting: Else Andersen, Ellen Hansen, August Petersen, Julius Bernth, Bert Nielsen, Earl Nielsen, Alice Pedersen.
December, 1926
1/3 14
A scene fromThordenskjold I Dynekilden  
Roy M Peak Photography, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Printed on verso: Performed by the Danish Dramatic Club, Harmonien in March 1929, in the Danish Brotherhood Hall, Washington Hall, at 14th and East Fir in Seattle, WA. Left to Right: Chris Hansen, Sigrid Nielsen, Frida Pedersen, Olaf Thygesen, Alfred Nielsen, Fred Begant, Karl Larsen, Martinus Christensen, Thomas (J.T.) Svarre, Julius Bernth, Tage Frederiksen, Hans Pedersen, William Pedersen, Karl Torp, John Petersen.
March, 1929
1/3 15
Harmonien Folkedansere (folk dancers)  
Johnson, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Written on verso: Dancing together: Frida P. and Albert, Martinus and Lonnine, H.P. and Laura, Trea and Torp, Martha and Sidney, Gusta and Chas, Sigrid and Ejnar R., Hannah and Bert, Stinna and Chris Hansen.
circa 1926-1927
1/3 16
Vaudeville akt Hollandsk (Dutch Vaudeville Act) to benefit the O.P. House  
Written on verso: Standing: Greta, Hannah, Trine, Edith Fredrikson. Sitting: Sigrid, Stinna, Olga B., Gusta.
1927

Hans Christian Anderson SocietyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/4 17
A scene fromHyrdinden og Skorstensfejeren(The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep) by H.C. Andersen  
Roy M Peak Photography, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Written on verso: Karen Frolund, Elinar Holmboe, John Petersen, Dad Svarre.
1929
1/4 18
A scene fromKejserens nye Klæder(The Emperor's New Clothes)  
Roy M Peak Photography, Seattle, WA (photographer)
From accompanying material found on duplicate: 125th Jubelle for H.C. Andersen, March 30, 1930.Written on verso: Melvin Johnson, Marguerite H., Ernest F., Fred Olsen, Oscar Sorensen, Earl and Bert, Ed Olsen, Carl Andersen, Helen Olsen, Sarensen, Ruth Ottesen, Helen Hansen (Sorensen).
1930
1/4 19
A scene fromPrinsessen Paa Aerten(The Princess and the Pea)  
Roy M Peak Photography, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Printed on verso: Performed by the Danish Dramatic Club, Harmonien in March 1930, for the 125th Year Birthday celebration in the Danish Brotherhood Hall, Washington Hall, at 14th and East Fir in Seattle, WA. Left to right: Gerda Thygesen, Hannah Olsen, Marie Larsen, Chris Hansen, Laura Hansen, Olga (Nielsen) Bischoff, Charles Pederesen, Sigrid Nielsen, Jenny (Christensen) Bülow, Augusta Pedersen.
1930
1/4 20
A scene from an unidentified play  
Johnson, Seattle, WA (photographer)
Written on verso: Children and Ellen, Frida P., Ellen Fries, Thelma Beola, Bill P., Sigrid, Greta, Martha, Viggo, Mildred, Jennie Miller, Anna Heltborg.
undated

Danish Brotherhood Officer and Lodge photosReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/5 21
Group photo of the Brodersamfund (Brotherhood) at the Danish Brotherhood Hall  
circa 1930s
1/5 22
Group of men sitting in front of the American and Canadian flag possibly from the 50th anniversary celebration of the Spokane Lodge Danish Bortherhood Society held at the Desert Hotel  
Forde Photographers,Spokane, WA (photographer)
circa 1921-1957
1/5 23-24
Group of men posed for officer Lodge 29 portrait  
Roger Dudley,Seattle, WA (photographer)
Written on verso: Ed Olsen, Bill Peter Jr., Bob Petersen, Olaf Haygesen, Martin Rasmusen, Albert Odgaard.The Seattle Danish Brotherhood Lodge 29 was established on April, 8, 1888 and was the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.
undated
1/5 25-26
Group portrait of the convention committee  
Roger Dudley,Seattle, WA (photographer)
List of names written on verso: Charlie Olsen, John A. Hansen, John Petersen, Carl [ill.].This could possibly be the convention committee for the 22nd National Convention of the Danish Brotherhood in America which was in 1947 and was held in Seattle.
undated
1/5 27
Female officers of the D.S.S., Lodge 40  
Roger Dudley,Seattle, WA (photographer)
undated
1/5 28
Group portrait of women with American and Danish flag  
Roger Dudley,Seattle, WA (photographer)
undated
1/5 29
Group portrait of men with American and Danish flag  
Roger Dudley,Seattle, WA (photographer)
undated
1/5 30
Group photo of men and women outside a sign that says, "Fredensborg"  
Fredensborg is a town in Denmark, however the presence of the American flags in the photo indicates it might not actually have been taken in Denmark.
undated

Publicity Photographs and PortraitsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/6 31
Kathy Hatuan  
Written on verso: Queen Candidate.
undated
1/6 32
Autographed portrait of Ellen Malbug  
Inscribed below: Til Harmonien i Seattle med [ill.] hilsen [ill.] tak fra [ill.]. Translate: To Harmonien in Seattle with [ill.] regards [ill.] thank you from Ellen Malbug.
1939
1/6 33
Aksel Schiøtz  
Aksel Schiøtz was a Danish operartic tenor and baritone who later taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Colorado.
Inscribed on photo: Til Harmonien Seattle. Tusind tak for al venlighed. Juli 1939. Translated: To Harmonien Seattle. Thank you for all the kindness July 1939.
July, 1939
1/6 34
Photograph and inscription of a man, Poul  
Johansson, Marlan, IA (photographer)
Inscribed below: Sangforening Harmonien, Seattle, Wash. med tak for hjælpen og erindring om eders sangerbroder. Translated: Choral Society Harmonien Seattle, Wash. With thanks for the help and rememberance of your singer brother. Poul [ill.].
March 25, 1922
1/6 35
Man in top hat and tuxedo  
Photo has an inscription and signature in Danish.
circa 1937
1/6 36
Man dressed in a pinstripe suit leaning on an old movie film camera  
Gaston Longet for RKO Radio Pictures (photographer)
Inscribed on photo: [ill.] Hilsner til Harmonien [ill.] Tak fer sidst. Translated: [ill.] Greetings to Harmonien [ill.] Thanks for the last.
1939