John W. Hanson Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Hanson, John Wagner
John W. Hanson papers
Date [inclusive]
0.4 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

John W. Hanson was a professor of Secondary Education and Curriculum at Michigan State University, from 1954 through 1980. He became a professor in the African Studies Center in 1966. He worked on the University of Nigeria Project from 1960-1962. Hanson researched education in Africa during 1965 and 1966 as part of a consortium with the University of Pittsburgh for the Agency for International Development. He researched institution building in Nigeria in 1968-1969 and was assigned to study teacher supply and demand in Africa. Hanson was affiliated with the Institute for International Studies in Education, a department of the MSU College of Education, from 1968-1980. In 1981-1982 he became part of the Administration and Curriculum Department. He retired July 1, 1982.

Hanson was born July 28, 1920. He received his B.A. in 1942 and his A.M. and Ph.D. in 1947 from the University of Illinois. He received the Distinguished Teacher award in 1960.

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Scope and Contents note

The John W. Hanson papers pertains to Hanson’s affiliation with the University of Nigeria’s School of Education. It contains meeting minutes, notes from advisory committees, faculty meetings, and information on the curriculum established for the School of Education at the University of Nigeria, and requirements for teachers. There is one folder that contains notes on the teachers union in Nigeria. Also included in this collection are newspaper comments ranging from 1961-1965.

Also contained in the collection are some published materials, including copies of The Record, a student newspaper published by the School of Journalism at the University of Nigeria. The published materials also include published copies of the Queen’s act establishing the University. A 1961 copy of Africa Report that contains an article about Nigeria establishing a “land-grant” university is included. This article discusses MSU’s assistance with this effort. There is also a copy of "An Overview of the University of Nigeria" from 1967.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections June 2007

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University--University of Nigeria Program.


  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Newspapers

Personal Name(s)

  • Hanson, John Wagner -- Form subdivision--Archives.;


  • Education -- Nigeria

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Advisory Committee Notes 1961-1965 

2164H 1

Carnegie Seminar February 1-4, 1961 

2164H 2

College of Education Material 1961-1965 

2164H 3

Facility Meeting Minutes 1961-1965 


Newspaper Comments 1961-196 

2164H 5

N.U.T. Vacation Courses 1962-1964 

2164H 6

Teaching Miscellaneous 

2164H 7

Teacher's Union 

2164H 8

The Queen's Establishment of the University of Nigeria 1955, 1958 

2164H 9

An Overview of the University of Nigeria 1967 

2164H 10

Africa Report August 1961 

2164H 11

The Record 1963-1964 

2164H 12

The Record 1965 

2164H 13