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Title: Nancy Hendrickson
Dates: ca. 1910s-1993

Collection Number: 00040

Quantity: 161 items

Abstract: Images taken by Nancy Hendrickson and her brother John Christiansen, some separated from Nancy Hendrickson Papers (MSS 10200).

Provenance: The collection was donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Nancy Hendrickson in November 1977.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.
Copyrights: Copyrights to materials in this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.
Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.       

Related Collections:       
MSS 10200 Nancy Hendrickson Papers (MSS 10200)
MSS 10157 North Dakota Oral History Collection. Tape #0612A & B, 90 minute interview with Nancy Hendrickson
00024-H Nancy Hendrickson
00702 Nancy Hendrickson
2008-P-010 Nancy Hendrickson Family
2009-P-018 George and Erma Frederick
2010-P-035 Helen Blaich
2011-P-002 Margaret Wilder-Welch
2012-P-020 Christenson Family


Nancy Christenson Hendrickson was born February 26, 1886. She was the sixth child of Swedish immigrants, Sone and Christina Christenson, and the first to be born on the family homestead along the Heart River near Mandan, North Dakota.

Her formal education involved a total of 11 months. Classes were held every other year at area farm homes during the winter months of December, January, and February. Few electives were offered along with the three basics. The Christenson family subscribed to numerous magazines and newspapers and Nancy's homestead shack eventually became a large library. At age nine she made her first trip to Mandan, 17 miles away. Later trips were made on horseback, motorcycle, and by car.

The responsibility of the family homestead fell to Nancy in the 1920's because of her mother's failing health. Nancy's mother died in 1926. Restricted to the homestead, Nancy looked to hobbies to help fill her time. She worked as a seamstress and because she loved animals, she engaged in animal photography. Her unusual photos featured animals dressed in doll clothes. The photographs brought her national prizes and were sold in newspapers, magazines, and postcards. She continued to sell photos until the end of World War II. Nancy's photographic work is on display in the State Historical Society museum.

In 1927 Nancy met and married Herman Apenes. Herman died in 1934 of cancer. Nancy married Carl Hendrickson in 1935 and they lived on the Christensen homestead. Nancy had many outside interests such as reporting statistics to the Weather Bureau.  Carl died in 1970 and Nancy remained alone on the family homestead until her death in 1978. She was 92.

Mandan News, November 26, 1978; p. 14.
Mandan Pioneer, October 2, 1935; p. 5.
Morton Prairie Roots, 1776-1976, by Marion Plath Peterson, Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas; 1973.
North Dakota Outdoors, November, 1977, pp. 20-25.


00040-00006       Nancy Hendrickson with motorcycle      
00040-00009       Nancy Hendrickson with motorcycle      
00040-00015       Nancy Hendrickson with cat and camera              
00040-00024       Nancy Hendrickson in doorway of her homestead shack              
00040-00053       Nancy Hendrickson seated with cat in house      
00040-00054       Nancy Hendrickson seated with cat in house      
00040-00081       Nancy Hendrickson on horse     
00040-00084       Nancy Hendrickson        
00040-00085       Nancy Hendrickson and man in her homestead shack    
00040-00111       Nancy Hendrickson        
00040-00130       Nancy Hendrickson with horse and buggy           
00040-00142       Nancy Hendrickson with kitten 
00040-00144       Nancy Hendrickson with motorcycle      
00040-00146       Nancy Hendrickson in coat with suitcase              
00040-00158       Nancy Hendrickson in riding outfit waving hat standing on tree stump   
00040-00159       Nancy Hendrickson with lariat   
00040-00161       Mandan (N.D.) ca. 1940
00040-00148       Nancy Hendrickson standing inside her home with decorations on wall behind her, ca. 1993
00040-00149       Nancy Hendrickson greeting visitors at entryway to home, ca. 1993
00040-00151       Interior of Nancy Hendrickson home     

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