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Call Number: Mss 94, Pc 91

Title: Julius Degen fonds.

Dates: 1895-1943.

Extent: 0.24 m of textual records. -- 33 photographs. -- 4 negatives.

Biographical sketch: Julius Degen was born in 1876 in Worms, Germany. At the age of nineteen he emigrated with his two half brothers to the United States, eventually settling at Sibley, Iowa. He soon moved to Manitoba to work for H.L. Emmert as a farm manager of La Salle Farm, one of the three Emmert farms. The H.L. Emmert Land Company was established by the wealthy banker, H.L. Emmert. He bought vast holdings in the Red River and Assiniboine River valleys in hopes of selling to American farmers. Emmert's three experimental farms were visited by faculty from the Manitoba Agricultural College, E. Cora Hind, American farmers on educational tours, and by local and district farmers. Through these experimental farms, Manitoba farmers gained a richer knowledge of their trade, and benefited from new crops and from new procedures, such as summerfallowing.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Julius Degen's daughter, Emma Degen, in February and July of 1993.

Scope and content: The fonds consists of ledgers, daybooks, correspondence, receipts, newspaper clippings, certificates, bank books, pocket diaries, and farm records. The negatives and photographs are separated and held as PC 91.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Accruals: No further accurals to this fonds are expected.

Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 94, PC 91.