Fonds 048 - Anne Sotvedt fonds

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Anne Sotvedt fonds

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CA WVAN 048

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  • 1935-1964 (Creation)
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    Sotvedt, Anne

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3.5 cm of textual records
8 photographs : b&w prints and negatives ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller

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(1904-2004)

Biographical history

Anne Sotvedt (nee Adair) was born March 23, 1904 in Swan River, Manitoba. In 1919, she moved with her family to British Columbia, and in 1922 began her long time career as a teacher at Douglas Road School in Burnaby. In December 1934. Anne met Henry Sotvedt, a young ski jumper from the Norwegian silver mining town of Kongsberg, on Hollyburn Mountain in West Vancouver. They married in 1935, and after living in several places throughout BC they eventually settled in West Vancouver.
The Sotvedts loved skiing and were active members of the Vancouver Ski Club and the Cypress Ski Club. Henry ran a successful ski supply store in Vancouver with Gus Johnson called "Two Skiers" for many years, and was an active ski jumper and ski-jump instructor on both Grouse Mountain and Hollyburn from the 1930s to 1950s. He also competed at the elite level in both Nordic and Alpine events, winning a number of championships throughout North America. Anne temporarily interrupted her teaching career to raise their two sons, eventually retiring from teaching in 1969.

In later years, she and Henry travelled extensively throughout Canada and Europe and indulged their love for skiing, golf, contract bridge, and sharing time with family and friends. After his retirement from active competition, Henry became a technical consultant and spokesman with the Canadian Amateur Ski Association. He was also the first Canadian to be certified by the International Ski Federation as an international judge, coach, and manager of the Canadian team for the 1964 Olympics, as well as the first Canadian to judge in a European championship. Henry Sotvedt died April 21, 1982 at the age of 74. After Henry's passing, Anne continued to travel and was actively involved in the Eastern Star, and West Vancouver Seniors Centre. Anne Sotvedt died April 15, 2004 at the age of 100.

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The fonds consists of material relating to the personal life of Anne Sotvedt and her husband Henry, a professional ski jumper and ski store owner. They were both actively involved in skiing, ski clubs, and early ski competitions in West Vancouver. The material includes programs from competitions, newspapers clippings, ski club newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, sporting goods catalogues, and photographs.

The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Photographs
Series 2: Newsletters, programmes, and brochures

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  • English

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Final

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Created March 2010

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