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Paul H. Jensen Oral Histories, 1979-1993

Paul H. Jensen and an Alaskan Eskimo child. Image extracted from Jensen's publication "Hunters of the Arctic Rim," circa 1960s.

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The Paul H. Jensen Oral Histories document Jensen's life and work as an important figure in the study and evolution of Alaskan Eskimo culture in the latter decades of the twentieth century. Under contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Jensen spent twenty-seven years establishing educational and cultural exchange programs with Alaska's Eskimo communities. Along the way he collected some 4,000 art pieces and artifacts which, in 1985, formed the nucleus of the Jensen Arctic Museum, currently housed on the campus of Western Oregon University, where Jensen served as professor of Education.

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Content Description


0.4 cubic feet, including 17 audiocassettes; 2 boxes


The collection is arranged into three series: I. Audiocassettes; II. Transcripts; and III. Project Files. Each series is arranged chronologically or by material type, as appropriate.

Related Papers

This collection is a component of the Oregon Multicultural Archives, which documents the lives and activities of the African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American communities of Oregon. Researchers interested in the history and culture of Alaska may wish to consult the William L. Finley Papers and the Gerald W. Williams Collection.

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