biography, writing, library service, Danish literature


The Chicago area has benefited from the careers of two Danes who had the same first name but completely different occupations: the one indoors and the other out. Both men were alike in having achieved national reputations in their chosen fields. Jens Nyholm served for 24 years as a university librarian; Jens Jensen devoted many years to working with nature in the designing of private and public landscapes in the Midwest. Northwestern University has enjoyed, and still enjoys, the fruits of the labors of both these men for it was at this institution that Nyholm devoted over two decades of his career as a librarian, and it was at Northwestern that Jensen designed the first Shakespeare Garden in the United States. The University Library is today nationally recognized, and the Garden - designed in the English style and with plants mentioned in Shakespeare's works - is visited annually by many residents of the area and by visitors from elsewhere in the country and the world.