October 29, 2022

John Nelson [RG3542.AM]


RG3542.AM:  John Nelson, 1864-1942

Papers: 1890-1900

Ericson, Wheeler County, Nebraska:  Photographer

Size:  1 folder


John Nelson was born in Harestad, Sweden, in 1864.  He came to Wheeler County with his parents at the age of seventeen. From there he traveled to the gold fields of Colorado, where he became acquainted with photography. He returned to Nebraska and established a studio in Ericson. His photographs tell the story of small town life in Nebraska during the first decades of the Twentieth Century. His subjects included his local businesses, community activities, and early automobiles.  John Nelson died on December 17, 1942.  He is buried in Pibel Cemetery in Wheeler County, Nebraska.


The manuscript portion of this collection consists of one page of reminiscences relating to John Nelson by family and friends, along with photocopies of five letters [with transcripts], written by members of the Nelson Family, ca. 1890‑1900.

See the History Nebraska Blog article about John Nelson for examples of this photos or search History Nebraska’s Online Collections Database.


Folder – Reminiscences and copies of letters regarding John Nelson, ca. 1890-1900


Subject headings:

Ericson (Nebraska) — Businesses

Nelson, John, 1864-1942

Photographers — Nebraska

Wheeler County (Nebraska) — Businesses

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