Guide to the L. W. Hanson Papers 1905-1964
Cage 489

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Hanson, Leoni Waldamare
L. W. Hanson Papers
Cage 489
Date [inclusive]
48.0 items.
General Physical Description note
1.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, articles, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs and other papers relating to the improvement of the dairy industry through inspections and education.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 489, L. W. Hanson Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Leoni Waldamare Hanson (L. W.) was born to Carl and Anna Johnson Hanson in Rushford, Minnesota on August 4, 1880. The family moved to Seattle in 1889. Hanson's father owned and operated a small dairy farm where the young Hanson got his start in the industry.

From 1899 to 1901 Hanson attended Washington State University (then Washington Agricultural College), graduating from the dairy school in 1901. In June of 1905 Hanson was appointed State Dairy Instructor. His job was to travel throughout the state promoting new methods of processing, storing, and shipping milk and to improve herd health care. He then traveled to Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin Dairy School from 1906-1907, graduating with an advanced degree.

Upon his return to Washington, Hanson began a long and busy career in the dairy industry. From 1907-1914 he was State Dairy Inspector and was instrumental in developing and enforcing higher standards of sanitation for both dairy products and herds. In 1909, he was in charge of a model dairy farm at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in Seattle.

In 1914 Hanson resigned from his State position and, until 1919, worked in various positions within the dairy industry. He then returned to statework, again as a Dairy Inspector; a position he retained until his retirement in 1950. The State Dairy Commission awarded Hanson its Distinguished Service Award in 1955. For additional information, see the summary entitled, My Part in the Dairy Industry by L. W. Hanson, folder 4.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of L. W. Hanson are made up of: Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition materials, articles, papers, reports, presentations, clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, photos and scrapbooks. Most of the papers are professional in nature dealing with the dairy industry. Some personal letters are included in the correspondence files. Correspondence, articles, presentations, and scrapbooks make up the bulk of the material.

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Arrangement note

The papers are arranged in a single Alphabetical Subject File, 1905-1964.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1983
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The L. W. Hanson papers were donated to the Washington State University Libraries in 1980 (MS 80-20) by the Washington State Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Hanson, Leoni Waldamare, 1880- --Archives


  • Agriculture
  • Dairying -- Washington (State)--History--Sources
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition 1909   3.0 items.

1 1

Articles, Writings, and Presentations: 

Box Folder

Papers and Reports 1919-1949   20.0 items.

1 2

Presentations 1905-1950   39.0 items.

1 3-4

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Box Folder

Clippings 1908-1961   51 items.

1 5-6


Box Folder

 1905-1963   275.0 items.

1 7-9

Fred Olsen 1930 1955-1964   13.0 items.

1 10

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Box Folder

Pamphlets 1913   2.0 items.

1 11

Paper undated   1.0 item.

1 12

Photographs 1896-1911   8.0 items.

1 13

Scrapbooks 1900-1955 

2 14-16