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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Berger Nielsen Collection
    Dates: 1917-1988
    Collection Number: Consult library
    Creator/Collector: Nielsen, Berger Chamber of Commerce (Ontario, Calif.)
    Extent: 4.5 linear feet
    Repository: Ontario City Library, Robert E. Ellingwood Model Colony History Room
    Abstract: This collection contains photos, correspondence, personal business papers, papers from Mr. Nielsen’s Army career, and scrapbooks, documents, photos, correspondence and miscellaneous items from his career as Executive Director of various Chambers of Commerce including those of Montclair and Ontario.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research during the operating hours of the Robert E. Ellingwood Model Colony History Room, or by appointment. Please contact the history room in advance for access.

    Publication Rights

    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Berger Nielsen Collection. Ontario City Library, Robert E. Ellingwood Model Colony History Room

    Acquisition Information

    Collection was donated by Mildred Nielsen in 2004.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Berger E. Nielsen was born on December 25, 1917 in Holbaek, Denmark. At the age of six he migrated with his parents to the United States, settling in Waukegan, Illinois. From 1936-1942 he worked in the public relations department for the Johns-Manville Corporation. A naturalized citizen, he served in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division-European Theater from 1942-1946. He continued his Army career in the reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. In 1948, he was offered a position as Assistant Manager for the Waukegan Area Chamber of Commerce. Thus began his career as Chamber director, serving the communities of Seaside, Oregon, San Gabriel, Huntington Park, Ontario and Montclair. He was active in the American Legion, Elks, Rotary, Kiwanis and Red Hill Country Clubs. He retired as Executive Director of the Ontario Chamber in 1980 but returned as a consultant/acting Director for the Montclair Chamber from 1982-1988. He died Feb. 12, 1988, leaving his wife Mildred. They were married 48 years.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains photos, correspondence, personal business papers, papers from Mr. Nielsen’s Army career, and scrapbooks, documents, photos, correspondence and miscellaneous items from his career as Executive Director of various Chambers of Commerce including those of Montclair and Ontario.

    Indexing Terms

    Nielsen, Berger
    Chamber of Commerce (Ontario, Calif.)
    Chamber of Commerce (Montclair, Calif.)
    Ontario (Calif.)
    Montclair (Calif.)

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