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Descriptive Summary

Title: Arthur G. Hansen Visual Materials
Identification: VAUA005
Date: 1967-1972
Size/Quantity: 0.125 linear feet (56 images)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology. Office of the President.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection consists of photographs of President Arthur G. Hansen during his time in office at Georgia Tech and slightly after, as president at Purdue University. It also contains photos of billboards for Georgia Tech's radio station, WGST, around Atlanta.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur Gene Hansen (known as "Art") was born on February 28, 1925 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. After his graduation as valedictorian from his high school in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves. As part of his training for the Marines, Hansen was sent to West Lafayette, Indiana to participate in the Navy V-12 program at Purdue University. After completing his training there, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1946. He also became a member of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta during his undergraduate years. Two years later, Hansen earned a Master of Science degree in Mathematics, also from Purdue.

In 1948, Hansen became a research scientist for the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory (now known as the NASA Glenn Research Center), in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked there for eleven years. During his time at the Lewis Lab, he also worked on his Ph.D., receiving his doctoral degree in Mathematics from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University), also in Cleveland. He then served as the head of the Nucleonics Research Division at the Cornell University Aeronautics Laboratory in Buffalo, New York.

Hansen was hired by the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he became a professor of Mechanical Engineering, and later, Chairman of that department. In 1965, he served as a visiting scholar at the Tuskegee Institute (now University) in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Hansen joined the Georgia Institute of Technology faculty in 1966, when he was hired as the Dean of the College of Engineering. As Dean, Hansen urged the faculty to implement a core curriculum common to all engineering majors, as well as a reduction of hours required to graduate and a more flexible curriculum, allowing students to have a more well-rounded education. According to Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech, 1885-1985, "the new core curriculum encouraged, but did not mandate, the study of technology as a historical-cultural subject and of the interaction between science and society."

In 1969, after the president of the Institute, Edwin Harrison, abruptly retired, Hansen was named as his replacement. During his time as president of Georgia Tech, "the affable, pipe-smoking Hansen was readily accessible to students (more so than to faculty, some complained) and shared with many of the student leaders a concern about contemporary social problems" ( Engineering the New South, p. 379). He was also instrumental in instituting many administrative changes, consolidating many offices of the Institute and abolishing others, as well as expanding campus, purchasing land to the north and west of its original location.

Hansen only served as president of Georgia Tech for two years, for in 1971, he was named president of his alma mater. Hansen became the first Purdue alumnus to serve as president, and he held that position until 1982, when he left to become chancellor of the nine-institution Texas A&M University System, headquartered in College Station, Texas. He was chancellor for four years before retiring in 1986.

Hansen briefly served as the Director of Research for the Hudson Institute, a conservative political think-tank in Washington, DC, but soon retired from academia altogether, moving with his wife, Nancy Tucker Hansen, to Zionsville, Indiana. After her death in 2003, he moved to Fort Myers, Florida, where he married Marilyn White Hansen.

Dr. Arthur G. Hansen died on July 5, 2010, at the age of 85, at the HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers. He was survived by his wife, five children (Geoffrey, James, Paul, Ruth, and Christine), two stepchildren (Polly and James), and five grandchildren.

The Arthur G. Hansen Life Science Research Building on the Purdue University campus is named in his honor.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs of President Arthur G. Hansen and his cabinet (the Vice Presidents of Georgia Tech) at numerous events, as well as WGST billboards around Atlanta. WGST was a commercial radio station affiliated with Tech from 1923-1973. Some of the photos are professional while some are snapshots. Most of the photographs are in black and white, some are in color; there are also some negatives.


Index Terms

Advertising, Outdoor--Georgia--Atlanta.
Billboards--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Administration.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Naval Reserve Officer's Training Corps.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Office of the President.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Presidential Inauguration Committee.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Presidents.
Hansen, Arthur G.
Streets--Georgia--Atlanta.
WGST (Radio station : Atlanta, Ga.).
Weber, Paul M., 1904-1983

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Mandi D. Johnson and Lindsay Resnick processed this collection in July 2013.


Restrictions

Restrictions: Access

None.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


Separated Material

This collection has been separated from the Office of the President: Arthur G. Hansen Papers (UA005).


Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


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11President's Office Photographs, 1969-1971
VAUA 005-01: Four Presidents of Georgia Tech, (l-r) Dr. Vernon Crawford, Dr. Edwin D. Harrison, Dr. Arthur G. Hansen, Dr. Paul Weber, June 1969
VAUA 005-02: Goodbye party for E.A. Trabant, leaving to become president of the University of Delaware, 1967
VAUA 005-03: Two unidentified men at an event, ca. 1969-1971
VAUA 005-04: Dr. Paul Weber and Dr. Vernon D. Crawford at an unidentified event, ca. 1969-1971
VAUA 005-05: Dr. Paul Weber (center) and two unidentified men at an event, ca. 1969-1971
VAUA 005-06: Mrs. Dorothy Crosland, Dr. Paul Weber, and an unidentified man at an event, ca. 1969-1971
VAUA 005-07: Dr. Paul Weber on the telephone, ca. 1969-1971
VAUA 005-08: Dr. Paul Weber (left) with five unidentified people at an unidentified event, ca. 1969-1971
VAUA 005-09: Dr. Paul Weber (second from left) and six unidentified people at an unidentified event, ca. 1969-1971
VAUA 005-10: Dr. Paul Weber (center) and two unidentified men at an unidentified event, ca. 1969-1971
VAUA 005-11: Dr. Arthur G. Hansen and wife being wheeled into an agriculture banquet at Purdue University, 1972
VAUA 005-12: Dr. Arthur G. Hansen smoking a corn cobb pipe at an agriculture banquet at Purdue University, 1972
VAUA 005-13: Dr. Arthur G. Hansen and wife being wheeled into an agriculture banquet at Purdue University, 1972
 
12WGST Photographs (Billboards), 1967
VAUA 005-14: WGST Billboard at the Northside Drive Bypass, August 24, 1967
VAUA 005-15: WGST Billboard at intersection of Peachtree Road and Colonial Drive, headed towards town, August 24, 1967
VAUA 005-16: WGST Billboard on Northside Drive, headed north, August 24, 1967
VAUA 005-17: WGST Billboard on Peachtree Road near Darlington, August 24, 1967
VAUA 005-18: WGST Billboard at intersection of Piedmont and Cheshire Bridge Road, 1967
VAUA 005-19: WGST Billboard over Nalley Chevrolet dealer, 1967
VAUA 005-20: WGST Billboard at intersection of Peachtree Road and Colonial Drive, 1967
VAUA 005-21: WGST Billboard at intersection of Hill & Memorial Drives, near ballpark (Atlanta Stadium), 1967
VAUA 005-22: Long shot of WGST billboard in Hapeville/College Park, 1967
VAUA 005-23: Closeup of WGST billboard in Hapeville/College Park, 1967
VAUA 005-24: WGST Billboard on Ponce de Leon Ave at Sears (corner of Ponce de Leon and Glen Iris Drive), 1967
VAUA 005-25: WGST Billboard on corner of Glenn and Whitehall Streets, 1967
VAUA 005-26: WGST Billboard at Glenn and Whitehall Streets (Lee & Gordon), 1967
VAUA 005-27: WGST Billboard at Glenn & Whitehall Streets from Glenn Street, 1967
VAUA 005-28: WGST Billboard - Northside, 1967
VAUA 005-29: WGST Billboard on Northside Drive, 1967
 
13Resources Development Photograph, 1967
VAUA 005-30: The 100th "Thousand Club." President Edwin D. Harrison (second from right) and three unidentified men, ca. May 1, 1967
 
14Navy ROTC Photographs, 1970
VAUA 005-30: President Arthur G. Hansen (center) talking with two Navy ROTC instructors, 1970
VAUA 005-31: President Arthur G. Hansen talking with an unidentified Naval ROTC officer and an unidentified woman, 1970
VAUA 005-32: President Arthur G. Hansen (center) talking with unidentified Naval ROTC officers/instructors, 1970
VAUA 005-33: President Arthur G. Hansen speaking to a crowd at a Naval ROTC ceremony, Alexander Memorial Coliseum, 1970
VAUA 005-34: President Arthur G. Hansen listening to a speech by an unidentified Naval ROTC instructor/officer, Alexander Memorial Coliseum, 1970
VAUA 005-35: President Arthur G. Hansen giving a speech, ca. 1970
 
15Electrical Engineering Photographs, 1970
VAUA 005-36: The Georgia Tech Clean Air Car, the "Elect-Reck," for the MIT/Caltech Clean Air Car Race, August 1970
VAUA 005-37: The Georgia Tech Clean Air Car, the "Elect-Reck," for the MIT/Caltech Clean Air Car Race, August 1970
VAUA 005-38: The Georgia Tech Clean Air Car, the "Elect-Reck," for the MIT/Caltech Clean Air Car Race, August 1970
 
16President's Office Cabinet Photographs and Negatives, 1969-1971
VAUA 005-39: VDC's [Vernon D. Crawford, acting President] office, 1969
VAUA 005-40: WCB's [or WLB, possibly Walter L. Bloom, acting Vice President for Academic Affairs] office remodeling, 1969
VAUA 005-41: WCB's [or WLB, possibly Walter L. Bloom, acting Vice President for Academic Affairs] Secretary's office, 1969
VAUA 005-42: Picture of President's office and staff, including E.A. Trabant (fifth from left) and President Edwin D. Harrison (third from left), 1969
VAUA 005-43: Unidentified woman, probably with initials J.G., in office labeled "J.G.'s Office" [Janice Gosdin, Executive Secretary], 1969
VAUA 005-44: VDC's [Vernon D. Crawford, acting President] Secretary's office, 1969
VAUA 005-45: Reception area of President's Office, with unidentified woman, probably a secretary, in center, 1969
VAUA 005-46: Dr. Vernon D. Crawford celebrating his promotion to Vice President of Academic Affairs, 1969
VAUA 005-47: Dr. Vernon D. Crawford and his wife, Helen D. Crawford, celebrating his promotion to Vice President of Academic Affairs, 1969
VAUA 005-48: President's Office, 1969
VAUA 005-49: Celebration for Dr. Vernon D. Crawford upon his promotion to VP of Academic Affairs, 1969
VAUA 005-50: Acting President James E. Boyd and family decorating their Christmas tree, 1971
VAUA 005-51: Acting President Dr. Paul Weber talking on telephone, 1969
VAUA 005-52: Celebration for Dr. Paul Weber's promotion to Acting President of Georgia Tech. Weber is on far left, Dr. Vernon D. Crawford is on far right, all others unidentified, 1969
 
President's Office Cabinet Negatives, 1969-1971
VAUA 005-53: Celebration for Dr. Paul Weber's promotion to Acting President of Georgia Tech, 1969
VAUA 005-54: Celebration for Dr. Paul Weber's promotion to Acting President of Georgia Tech, 1969
VAUA 005-55: Celebration for Dr. Paul Weber's promotion to Acting President of Georgia Tech, 1969
VAUA 005-56: Celebration for Dr. Paul Weber's promotion to Acting President of Georgia Tech, 1969