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J. Granville Jensen Papers, 1925-1991

Collection Overview

Title: J. Granville Jensen Papers, 1925-1991

ID: MSS Jensen

Primary Creator: Jensen, J. Granville (John Granville) (1911-2001)

Extent: 8.65 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The J. Granville Jensen Papers consist of materials pertaining to a retirement reception sponsored by the Department of Geography for Professor Jensen, materials relating to his research in geography, photographs taken by Jensen for presentations on geography, as well as copies of his master's and doctoral theses.

Scope and Content Notes

The collection includes a guestbook, awards/certificates, correspondence, conference papers, brochures, publications, speeches, biographical materials, and graduate school research papers. Included among the research subjects covered in these papers are: the Ejido agricultural system in Mexico, mineral development in the U.S., and the extraction of natural resources in Oregon. In addition to a copy of the letter of invitation of the retirement reception sent by the department, there are letters from former students and colleagues in the profession as well as Oregon Governor Bob Straub.

The photographs in this collection depict various cities, geological landscapes, cultural monuments, and settlements throughout the world, the photos primarily focus upon North and South America but also includes imagery of Japan and Europe. There are also images of wall maps, charts, and other instructional aides for the teaching of geography. The collection also includes a photograph of Jensen, O. H. Heitzelman, and Richard Highsmith at a retirement dinner held for Jensen in December of 1977.

Also included in the collection are Jensen's doctoral hood and several wall plaques and certificates awarded to Jensen by Western Washington University and the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Jensen's master's thesis ("Recent Changes in the Commercial Banana Industry of the Americas," 1942), and doctoral thesis ("Settlement Pattern of the Providence Region As an Adjustment to Its Geography") are included, as is a history of the OSU Geography Department written by Jensen in 1981.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1911, J. Granville Jensen joined the Geography Department in 1946 as Associate Professor. Jensen helped to establish the Department of Geography and served as the Chairman of the department from 1946 to 1964. Having received his Ph. D. in Geography from Clark University, Jensen studied and taught Latin American geography and natural resource development. In 1977, Jensen became Professor Emeritus.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: including photographs; 4 document boxes and 8 cubic foot boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: An oral history interview with Jensen is held in the History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings (OH 003).

Preferred Citation: J. Granville Jensen Papers (MSS Jensen), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.


Jensen, J. Granville (John Granville) (1911-2001)

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Jensen, J. Granville (John Granville), 1911-2001
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