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MS Am 1085

Hansen, Marcus Lee, 1892-1938. Marcus Lee Hansen lecture notes and research notes on immigration, 1928-1938: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b [shelved temporarily in Pusey at end of bMS Am awaiting end-processing]
Call No.: MS Am 1085
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hansen, Marcus Lee, 1892-1938.
Title: Marcus Lee Hansen lecture notes and research notes on immigration,
Date(s): 1928-1938 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English with a few in German.
Abstract: Research notes and lecture notes of American immigration historian Marcus Lee Hansen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Miss Lydia Hansen; received: 1940 April 12. Recataloged from MS Am 9023.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Marcus Lee Hansen Lecture Notes and Research Notes on Immigration, 1928-1938 (MS Am 1085). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Additional material can be found at: Marcus L. Hansen Papers. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Archives.

Biographical / Historical

Marcus Lee Hansen (1892-1938) was an historian and a pioneer student of immigration. Hansen was born to Danish immigrant parents, in Neenah, Wisconsin and received a BA and MA from the University of Iowa, and a PhD from Harvard University (1924). He studied with historian Frederick Jackson Turner while at Harvard, and after completing his PhD, spent a few years in Europe combing libraries and archives for data on emigration. He was a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1928-1938). Hansen died in 1938 at the age of 45 in Redlands, California, of chronic nephritis. In 1941, his Atlantic migration, 1607-1860 was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for history. Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr. edited this finished manuscript into the 1940 published book, though Hansen had planned it to be the first of a trilogy on the subject of immigration. Schlesinger also edited nine of Hansen's essays and published them under the title of The immigrant in American history. Hansen is often known for "Hansen's Law", his premise concerning children of immigrants that speculates "What the son wished to forget, the grandson wishes to remember."


Organized into the following series: Papers have been kept in order as received in repository.

Scope and Contents

Includes autograph manuscript and typescript lecture notes for Hansen's lectures given at the University of Illinois, 1928-1938. Also includes autograph manuscript research notes (all undated) taken by Hansen concerning the topic of immigration.

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