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RG3925.AM:  Niels Mikkelsen, 1876-1955

Papers:  ca. 1897-1955

Kenesaw, Adams County, Nebraska:  Pharmacist

Size:  1.0 cu.ft.; 2 boxes


Niels Mikkelsen, born in Denmark on January 20, 1876, came to the United States with his parents in 1881.  He attended public school at St. Paul, Nebraska, and received his pharmacy degree from Northwestern University in 1896.  In 1907 he opened a drug store at Kenesaw in Adams County, Nebraska.  He married Elvera Petersen and they had three children.  Mikkelsen served as president of the Nebraska Pharmacy Board and the State Pharmaceutical Association, and had extensive civic interests.  Niels Mikkelsen died on September 13, 1955 and is buried in the Kenesaw Cemetery at Kenesaw, Nebraska.


This collection consists of two boxes of papers relating to the life and career of Niels Mikkelsen.  The material in this collection relates mainly to business correspondence with suppliers, and includes material related to his capacities as a justice of the peace and as a member of the Pharmacy Board.  Also included are diaries, speeches and address by Mikkelsen, school notes and miscellany.  A folder of biographical sketches includes an interesting biography of Pehr G. Creutz containing historical notes on Rushville and Wausa, Nebraska.

Correspondents include:  H.H. Antles; Edward R. Burke, 1935-1939; Charles A. Binderip, 1935-1937; Hugh A. Butler, 1944-1954; Carl T. Curtis, 1949-1954; Dwight Griswold, 1944; D.W. Kingsley, 1934; Rufus A. Lyman, 1919-1944; Samuel R. McKelvie, 1921, 1947 and undated; George W. Norris, 1933-1942; Val Peterson, 1950-1951; Fred Seaton, 1944, 1945 and 1952; A.C. Shallenberger, 1934; Robert G. Simmons, 1938; and Kenneth S. Wherry, 1943, 1945 and 1949.


Box 1


  1. Correspondence, 1916-1921

  2. Correspondence, 1922, Jan.-Apr.

  3. Correspondence, 1922, May-July

  4. Correspondence, 1922, Aug.-Dec.

  5. Correspondence, 1923-1939

  6. Correspondence, 1940-1955, n.d.

Box 2


  1. Diaries, 1906-1909

  2. Speeches and addresses, 1918-1938, n.d.

  3. Nebraska State Board of Pharmacy

  4. Pharmacy, misc.

  5. Certificates, 1919-1950

  6. Clippings

  7. Biographical sketches

  8. School notes – Northwestern

  9. School notes – International Correspondence Schools

  10. Miscellaneous


Subject headings:

Adams County (Nebraska) — History

Creutz, Pehr G., 1859-1927

Danes in Nebraska

Kenesaw (Nebraska) — Businesses

Mikkelsen, Niels, 1876-1955

Nebraska State Board of Pharmacy

Pharmacists — Nebraska

Rushville (Nebraska) — History

Scandinavians in Nebraska

Summers, John E., 1858-1935

Wausa (Nebraska) — History


HEK/js                    07-26-1965

Revised TMM        01-23-2019