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Karen Blixen Archive

    Karen Blixen (1885–1962), née Dinesen, was a Danish author most famous for her memoir Out of Africa (1937), which describes her seventeen years as a European colonist in Kenya (then British East Africa), where she had moved in 1913 to marry her second cousin. She and her husband, Bror von Blixen-Finecke, owned a coffee plantation, but their marriage and farm business eventually failed, and she moved back to Denmark in 1931. Blixen wrote under several pseudonyms, including Isak Dinesen and Tania Blixen. The Karen Blixen Archive contains 181 boxes of material, including a wide range of primary sources: manuscripts, personal correspondence, travel diaries, guestbooks, account books relating to the management of her farm in Kenya and her finances.

    Original source name : Karen Blixens arkiv
    English translation : Karen Blixen Archive
    Creator : personal fonds
    Document- type 1 : correspondence
    Document- type 2 : personal
    Reference number : Karen Blixen-arkivet
    Language(s) : Danish, Dutch, English
    Geographical coverage : Denmark, Kenya, France, Italy
    Time range : 19th-20th c.
    Year(s) : 1893–1962
    Theme 1 : experience of migration
    Link to the item in the catalogue :
    Archive name : Det Kongelige Bibliotek - Den Sorte Diamant
    Archive name (English) : Royal Danish Library - Black Diamond
    Archive address : Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1221 København K
    City : Copenhagen
    Country : Denmark
    Official website and institutional resources :
    Finding aid(s) :
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