These papers were generated and collected
by Henry Hansen, a paleobotanist, who served as Dean of the Graduate school at
Oregon State College until 1971. The collection includes research materials,
field notes and publications.
Funding for encoding this
finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for
Henry Paul Hansen was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Andrew and Emma
Petersen Hansen on 28 April 1907. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin
with a B.S. in 1930, and began graduate work there in 1931. He continued
graduate work in 1935 at the University of Washington, receiving a Ph.D. in
1937. He came to Oregon State College in 1939 as an Instructor in Botany. He
became Dean of the Graduate School in 1949, a position he held until his
retirement in 1971.
Hansen's accomplishments include two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships
(1943-44, 1947-48) and two Fulbright Fellowships. He authored over 65 documents
during his career; copies of most of them are included in this collection.
Hansen died in Corvallis, Oregon on 8 October 1989. A more extensive biography
is included in this collection.
The collection include publications of Hansen and his colleagues from
the United States and Norway; correspondence files; research files containing
field notes, manuscripts, and a set of pollen sample slides; information on
pollen analysis methods and pollen classifications; two NSF research proposals,
one regarding Peat Bogs in Eastern Norway and another on the Three Sisters
Wilderness Area; photos of Hansen and of wilderness landscapes; teaching
materials including handouts for palynology courses; 1906 map of Washington
floral regions, plus a 1941 map of Oregon, Washington and some of the Canadian
Provinces; papers and information files on palynology and geology; copies of
masters thesis of Hansen's son, David Henry Hansen.
Use of the Collection
Preferred Citation :
Henry Paul Hansen Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis,
The papers of Henry Paul Hansen are organized into nine series.
Related Materials :
Materials pertaining to Hansen's work as Dean of the Graduate School are
in the Graduate School Records (RG 16).
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I: Bibliographic
Biography of Henry Paul
Hansen (2 copies), reprint from Bulletin of the Torey Botanical Club 117 (2),
1990, pp. 176-177.
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