George and Mary Jensen Papers
Scope and Contents
Primarily original correspondence between various members of the Jensen family (1942-1945); letter and deceased personnel file for the fiance of Ruth Jensen (1912-1993): Leon William Shapley (1905-1944); military records; newsletter and history of the 843rd Signal Service Battalion (n.d., 2000); manuscripts of short stories by George L. Jensen (1944, 1970s, n.d.); CD-ROM of family photos. Materials comprise the basis for the book: Forever and a day -- the World War II odyssey of an American family (2008) by Eric Jensen.
- Majority of material found in 1942-1945
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The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
George L. Jensen was born on January 6, 1907 in Berthoud, Colo. He was one of ten children born to the farmer and Colo. State Legislator, James Jensen and his wife, Katie. The Jensen's were of Danish extraction. During WWII, George Jensen served with the 843rd Signal Service Battalion and four of his brothers: Leroy Phillip (1899-1984); James (1910-1996); Robert Woodrow (1915-1989); and William Foche (1918-1984) also served with various branches of the military. Starting in 1935 and until his retirement in 1972, Jensen worked for the Denver Public School system as a teacher, and coordinator of instruction and counseling at North, East, and George Washington High Schools. He also operated Jensen's Sportsman Supply and the Hail Damage Adjustment Service. Jensen was married to Mary Lasko of Lead, S.D. (1902-1990). He died in Denver, Colo. on April 20, 1990.
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Eric Jensen, 2009.
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.
- Jensen, George L., 1907-1990 -- Archives.
- Jensen, James, 1910-1996 -- Archives.
- Jensen, Leroy Philip, 1899-1984 -- Archives.
- Jensen, Mary L., 1902-1990 -- Archives.
- Jensen, Robert Woodrow, 1915-1989 -- Archives.
- Jensen, Ruth Eleanor, 1912-1993 -- Archives.
- Jensen, William Foche, 1918-1984 -- Archives.
- Letters (correspondence) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Manuscripts (documents) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Military personnel Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Military records Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Shapley, Leon William, 1905-1944 -- Archives.
- Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army. Signal Service Battalion, 843rd.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- George and Mary Jensen Papers
- Keli Schmid
- December 21, 2022
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