Fonds SCA344-GA393 - Sommer family fonds.

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Sommer family fonds.

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SCA344-GA393

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  • 1918-2008 (Creation)
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    Sommer family

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1.1 metres of textual records
151 photographs : b&w, some col. ; 21 x 30 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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A compilation of personal correspondence consisting mostly of letters exchanged between members of the Sommer family, and occasionally their friends, in Canada or Germany. These letters are interspersed with details of family life and contain observations about the Sommer family’s immigration to Canada, educational pursuits, health and well-being, relationships, finances, businesses and careers, and more. Additionally, these letters contain commentary on contemporary social and political events including the aftermath of World War II, Quebec separatism, and German politics during the 1970s and 1980s. The fonds also incudes photographs, greeting cards, postcards, pamphlets and related ephemera likely exchanged alongside the letters between family members and friends.

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Donated in 2017.

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  • English
  • German

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Copyright University of Waterloo Library.

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Described by NM in 2018.

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  • English

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A selection of correspondence in the fonds was translated by Lori Heffner Strauss in 2018. A report detailing all of the translation work completed is available.

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