In May 1989, administrators at Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) approached the Horner Museum with the idea that an oral history project be conducted with Paul Jensen. From 1989-1991, this project was carried out by the Horner Museum, with oral historian Jennifer Lee serving as interviewer and project manager. The resulting Paul H. Jensen Oral Histories collection is comprised of seventeen audiocassettes documenting the seven interviews that Lee completed with Jensen. The interviews trace the arc of Jensen's biography, from his youth growing up on a farm in Denmark to his educational pursuits in Norway, Canada and the United States. His later work for the U.S. government in Mexico and Alaska are also discussed in depth, as are his memories of interactions with Alaskan Eskimo communities and his opinions on Eskimo culture.
The collection also includes preliminary and final draft transcripts of each interview, though finalized transcripts free of annotations do not remain extant. Project files including correspondence, notes, research materials and permissions forms round out the collection.
- Series 1: Audiocassettes, 1989-1990 Add to Shelf
- Horner Museum accession numbers are included with each set of audiocassettes. All interviews were conducted by Jennifer Lee.
- Extent: 17 items
- Box-Folder 1.1-1.4: Jensen, Paul H., November 20, 1989 Add to Shelf
- Horner accession numbers 989-1-9a-b and 893-4-3347-8. The latter two cassettes are duplicate copies. Interview topics include: Jensen's youth in Denmark; family background and dynamics; the family farm; education within the family; early travels; World War I; Jensen's siblings.
- Box-Folder 1.5-1.7: Jensen, Paul H., January 27, 1990 Add to Shelf
- Horner accession numbers 989-1-9c-e. Interview topics include: family background and dynamics; interest in travel as a boy; move to Norway for school; move to and settlement in Canada; working in Canada; decision to move to the U.S.
- Box-Folder 1.8-1.9: Jensen, Paul H., March 10, 1990 Add to Shelf
- Horner accession numbers 989-1-9f-g. Interview topics include: personal health habits and philosophical approach to life; immigration to the U.S.; traveling and working in the U.S.; talent as a singer; enrollment at Spokane College and Pacific Lutheran University; enrollment and education at Midland College; enrollment and education at University of North Dakota; move to Seattle during World War II; becoming a citizen of the U.S.; travels in Turkey and North Africa; Jensen's children; move to Mexico; decision to move to Oregon.
- Box-Folder 1.10-1.11: Jensen, Paul H., April 11, 1990 Add to Shelf
- Horner accession numbers 989-1-9h-i. Interview topics include: settling and working in Corvallis; first exposure to Alaska; employment at the Oregon College of Education; birth of Alaska student exchange program; exposure to Eskimo language and culture.
- Box-Folder 1.12-1.13: Jensen, Paul H., May 2, 1990 Add to Shelf
- Horner accession numbers 989-1-9j-k. Interview topics include: living in the Arctic; nomination to the Native Council of Elders; an Eskimo wedding; trips to Punic Island; Eskimo diet; research colleagues; collecting Eskimo artifacts; Jensen's Eskimo name.
- Box-Folder 1.14-1.15: Jensen, Paul H., May 16, 1990 Add to Shelf
- Horner accession numbers 989-1-9l, 989-1-9n. Interview topics include: artifacts at the Jensen Arctic Museum; documenting and publishing the Yupik language; survival techniques in the Arctic; the Bureau of Indian Affairs Eskimo education program; dangers of Arctic travel.
- Box-Folder 1.16-1.17: Jensen, Paul H., May 23, 1990 Add to Shelf
- Horner accession numbers 989-1-9m, 989-1-9o. Interview topics include: willing by an Eskimo woman of her son to Jensen; Alaska student exchange program; Eskimo diet; Eskimo shamen; meeting Arlene Munkres; raising children; reflections on Alaska and on Eskimo culture.
- Series 2: Transcripts, 1991 Add to Shelf
- This series is comprised of annotated preliminary draft transcripts (4 parts) and final draft transcripts (2 parts). The collection does not include finalized transcripts free of annotations. Most or all of the transcripts were typed by Bonnie Humphreys.
- Extent: 6 folders
- Box-Folder 2.1: Preliminary Draft Transcript: Jensen, Paul H., 1991 Add to Shelf
- Pages 1-96.
- Box-Folder 2.2: Preliminary Draft Transcript: Jensen, Paul H., 1991 Add to Shelf
- Pages 97-160.
- Box-Folder 2.3: Preliminary Draft Transcript: Jensen, Paul H., 1991 Add to Shelf
- Pages 161-210.
- Box-Folder 2.4: Preliminary Draft Transcript: Jensen, Paul H., 1991 Add to Shelf
- Pages 211-271.
- Box-Folder 2.5: Final Draft Transcript: Jensen, Paul H., 1991 Add to Shelf
- Pages 1-115.
- Box-Folder 2.6: Final Draft Transcript: Jensen, Paul H., 1991 Add to Shelf
- Pages 116-194.
- Series 3: Project Files, 1979-1993 Add to Shelf
- This series consists of materials gathered or generated as a function of the administrative and research components of conducting the Jensen oral history project.
- Extent: 4 folders
- Box-Folder 2.7: Correspondence, 1989-1991 Add to Shelf
- Box-Folder 2.8: Interview and Project Notes, 1989-1993 Add to Shelf
- Box-Folder 2.9: Paul H. Jensen Historical File, 1979-1991 Add to Shelf
- Folder includes newspaper and magazine clippings, programs and brochures used in researching Jensen's background as well as that of the Jensen Arctic Museum. Of particular note is an undated pamphlet authored by Jensen, "Hunters of the Arctic Rim."
- Box-Folder 2.10: Permissions Forms, 1990 Add to Shelf
Eskimos--Social life and customs.
Holm-Jensen, Paul Henry, 1907-1994.
Jensen Arctic Museum
Lee, Jennifer A.
Oregon Multicultural Archives
United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs
Western Oregon University
Yupik Eskimos--Cultural assimilation--Alaska--History.