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Family letters: 1954-1958.
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- Variations in title: The dates provided in the title proper are incorrect. The material is this file was created between 1950 and 1959.
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- Sommer family
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- 7 photographs : b&w ; 8 x 11 cm or smaller
- 1 cross-stitch : embroidery (visual work) on waste canvas ; 15 x 15 cm
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Gisela Sommer and Ulrich Sommer, both from Germany, married and had two children; Cornelius and Angelika. In pursuit of a better quality of life, Gisela and Ulrich immigrated to Canada with their two children in 1954 and settled in Georgetown, Ontario.
The Sommer family fared well in Georgetown. Gisela worked as a dietary assistant in a local hospital. Ulrich worked in an enamel factory and eventually opened his own art gallery in 1962 called Gallery House Sol. Cornelius studied to become a lawyer and worked in Toronto, Ontario. Angelika moved to Germany.
Over the course of many years, the Sommer family wrote numerous letters to each other, their friends and their family back home in Germany.
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Correspondence primarily between members of the Sommer family. Includes letters interspersed with details about family life such as Ulrich Sommer and his wife Gisela Sommer’s immigration to Canada with their two children Cornelius Sommer and Angelika Sommer in 1954. Also contains letters confirming Ulrich and Gisela Sommer passed an exam designed for new Canadians that was established by the Government of Ontario’s Department of Education Information Branch. Records include letters, greeting cards, postcards, children’s drawings, pamphlets, hand-drawn floor plans, wallpaper samples, a cross-stitch sampler, and photographs of family members.
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Donated in 2017.
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Described by NM in 2018.
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A small selection of correspondence in this file was translated by Lori Heffner Straus in 2018.