Hansen, Ralph W.
- Existence: 1927-
Ralph W. Hansen (born 1927) was a librarian at Brigham Young University, Stanford University, and Boise State University.
Ralph W. Hansen was born in 1927. He holds bachelor and master degrees in history from Brigham Young University and a master in library science from UC Berkeley. He was first appointed Curator of the Stanford Collection in 1962. He donated World War II memorabilia to a new museum in Italy, where Hansen was stationed in 1946. Ralph Hansen came to Boise State University in 1979 to be the associate university librarian. During his time at the library at Boise State, Hansen oversaw both technical and public services — jointly and separately at given times. In addition to serving in these roles, he also directed the momentous processing project of the Senator Frank Church Papers. Hansen's fondness and enthusiasm for his work extended beyond collaboration with colleagues and patrons to a family effort including his wife, Lillian, who graciously volunteered her time in support of library projects. Following Hansen's retirement in 1989, he continued working for the library as a volunteer, combing through publishers' catalogs and academic journals to recommend books to purchase for the McCain Collection for Western Life. He also has supported the library with his gifts. Through his generous and loyal contributions of library resources and his genuine passion for learning and sharing knowledge, Hansen's support of the library benefits students and staff alike.
Citation:Boise State University. Library. Special Collections Dept. The Frank Church papers, 1988: t.p. (Ralph W. Hansen)
UPB files, May 9, 2014 (librarian at Brigham Young University, Stanford University, and Boise State University; b. 1927)
Archives West, website viewed September 11, 2017 (Ralph W. Hansen Papers; archivist and librarian at Brigham Young University (1953-1962), Stanford University (1962-1979), and Boise State University (1979-1989); born 1927; native of New York City; bachelor and masters, history, Brigham Young University, 1951 and 1954; author)
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Contains correspondence to Brigham Young University manuscript librarian Ralph Hansen about recollections of teachers, classes, housing, and life as a Brigham Young Academy student.
Contains materials pertaining to the life and career of Ralph W. Hansen. Materials consist of an interview transcript, a booklet, and photographs which document his career as a student, librarian, and archivist at several universities. His autobiography, Musings on the Life of Ralph W. Hansen, documents his personal and professional journey. Dated 1947-2014.
Collection includes slides taken by Ralph W. Hansen, which show the archives in these early years. Also enclosed is a piece of the goal post of BYU's first football game win against University of Utah, when at the conclusion of the game, the goal posts were torn down by BYU students.
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