Julius Bomholt's collection

When Julius Bomholt died in 1969, he left the whole of his private book collection and archive in the care of the town council of Esbjerg with the provision that, in the case of there being established a university at Esbjerg at a later date, then both the book collection and the archive should be placed there.

Julius Bomholt was born in 1896 in a working-class home in Balle Sogn near Silkeborg, and he died in 1969 in Esbjerg and was buried at Sønderho cemetery on Fanø. Even though he was already educated as a cand.theol. he decided in 1921 to explore the area of folk high schools in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. He was extremely interested in the pioneer working-class high school movement, and after teaching for a year from 1921-22 at Askov High School,which he thought was overinfluenced by Grundtvigianism, he was employed by Esbjerg Workers' High School.  From 1924-29 he was a very young principal of the school and was very much involved in the social democratic movement as a journalist and editor for respectively Vestjyllands Socialdemokrat and DSU's newspaper Rød Ungdom (Red Youth).

He was elected to the Danish Parliament in 1929 for the Social Democratic Party, where he was, at the end of the af 40's and in the middle of the 60's, the Parliament's Speaker. He was the Minister of Education in 1950 and from 1953-57,  the Minister of Social affairs from 1957-61 and Denmark's first Minister of Cultural Affairs from 1961-1964.  In 1968 he retired from Parliament on account of age. He was also a diligent writer - including the publication of some biographical and fictional works.

Julius Bomholt's collection consists of about 11.600 bibliographical units or about 17.000 volumes and is now located at The University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg. The collection includes fictional works, some of which are dedicated first editions of, among other authors, Johannes V. Jensen and Jørgen Nielsen together with Bomholt's own fictional publications, all sorts of publications on the history of the workers' movement, socialistic writings from the 30's, writings about the folk high school movement and much more.

The collection was catalogued in card form in the beginning of the 1970's by the County Library in Esbjerg.

The books can be used according to the University of Southern Denmark's normal library rules for the use of older material - see library rules.

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