N. John Hansen earned a BS in agricultural economics from Oregon State College in 1941. He began his work for the Extension Service in 1943 as a Linn County Extension Agent with responsiblity for the county's 4-H program. From 1949 until 1972, he was Staff Chair in Polk County. Hansen served as an area water resource specialist in Salem for 18 months prior to his retirement at the end of 1973.
Hansen was active in the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and served as both vice-president and president of the organization. Hansen advocated for 4-H in Oregon, specifically development of the Oregon 4-H Center and establishment of an endowment for the Polk County 4-H Leaders Association.
The N. John Hansen Scrapbook, which was assembled by Hansen, documents Hansen's involvement in the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) and the activities of other Oregon Extension Service staff. The scrapbook consists predominantly of photographs; it also includes newspaper clippings, ephemera, and an essay on the history of the Bull Association of the Oregon County Agents Association.
The photographs are primarily souvenir group photographs of Oregon attendees at the NACAA annual meeting; some of these images also include spouses and children. Individuals are identified for many of the photographs; Extension agents O.E. Mikesell, Ken Minnick, and Ben Newell are included in several of the group photographs. Of special note are photographs of the annual meeting when it was held in Corvallis in 1970. The scrapbook also includes individual and group photographs of Oregon State Extension Service staff conducting their work; several images of Frank Ballard are part of the scrapbook. Images of tours of local farms and the Oregon Garden that Hansen organized in the 1990s are also included in the scrapbook. The photographs are primarily b/w; some color prints are included.
The scrapbook also includes information about Extension agents Mel Hagood and Roger Fletcher.
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.Preferred Citation :
N. John Hansen Scrapbook, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Information :
The scrapbook was transferred from the Crop and Soil Science Department in 2010.Related Materials :
An oral history interview of N. John Hansen is part of the Oregon State University Extension Service Faculty and Staff Oral History Collection (OH 14). Additional information about Extension Service workers is available in the Extension Service Records (RG 111) and photographs are part of the Extension Service Photographs (P 062), Extension Bulletin Illustrations Photograph Collection (P 020), and 4-H Photograph Collection (P 146). The Archives' holdings include the papers and records of many Extension Service workers and organizations.