Guide to the Hans Bendixen Papers 1919-1982
Cage 849

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Bendixen, Hans
Title
Hans Bendixen papers
ID
Cage 849
Date [inclusive]
1919-1982
General Physical Description note
8.0 linear feet of shelf space 13 containers and 1 oversize folder
Language
English
Abstract
The Hans Bendixen Papers consist of Bendixen's research materials, autobiographical notes, files on his civic engagement in Pullman, Washington, and his home movies from his travels to Germany in the 1930s and in the United States. Bendixen was a professor of Dairy Science at Washington State College from 1927-1959.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Hans Bendixen Papers, 1919-1982. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Historical Note

Hans Adolph Bendixen was born in 1894 in Hamburg, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1912, and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in 1919 and 1920, respectively, both from Iowa State College. Bendixen served as an Assistant and later Associate Professor of Dairy Husbandry at University of Idaho from 1920 to 1927. In 1923, Hans married Ruth Locke, a primary school teacher from South Dakota who taught in South Dakota, Idaho, and Minnesota. Bendixen then came to Washington State College where he developed the WSC Institute of Dairying and served as a Professor of Dairy Science from 1927 to 1959. From 1932 to 1933 Bendixen studied dairying at the University of Kiel, Germany, as a Oberlaender Trust fellow. He then received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Dairy Bacteriology at Iowa State College in 1937. He returned to Germany for further research during his career, including a 1959-1960 Fulbright scholarship. Bendixen served as the president of the American Dairy Science Association in 1952. According to an oral history collected by the Whitman County Historical Society, Bendixen won the contest for naming Cougar Gold cheese.

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Scope and Contents note

The Hans Bendixen Papers consists of materials generated from Bendixen’s research, his involvement in the Pullman community, and his attempt to draft his autobiography. The bulk of this collection concerns Bendixen’s research in dairy sciences. These files include Bendixen’s publications, many of which are on butter, materials from professional associations and conferences, notes on the history of dairy, and photographs from his work at Washington State College and various professional organizations supporting dairy research. The collection also contains documents about Bendixen’s involvement with the Pullman community, including documents from the Community Council on Aging, as well as yearbooks for the Exodus bridge club. In addition, the collection includes documents from a goodwill delegation to the Soviet Union of which Bendixen was a part. Finally, the collection contains dozens of film reels from his travels, notably, 16mm film from his travels to Germany in 1932 and 1937, the latter related to an International Dairy Federation Conference in Berlin.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged into four series: Autobiographical notes, Research and professional papers, Retirement and Kiwanis, and Moving images and audio tape.

Series 1: Autobiographical notes, 1919-circa 1965. This series consists of notes Bendixen wrote about his life and background.

Series 2: Research and professional papers, 1925-1972. This series consists of articles and lecture notes written by Bendixen, professional correspondence, and records of his professional travels and activities. This series also contains photographs from dairy conferences and the WSC dairy science program. Moving images about dairy science may be found in Series 4: Moving images and audio tape.

Series 3: Retirement and Kiwanis, 1957-1980. This series consists of records from Bendixen’s activities following his retirement. These files include documents from the City of Pullman’s committee on community beautification and the Community Council on aging, in addition to a file on a goodwill delegation to the Soviet Union on which Bendixen served in 1966.

Series 4: Moving images and audio recordings, 1932-1947 and undated. This series is almost entirely comprised of 16mm film. There is one reel-to-reel audio recording. The films are recordings of Bendixen’s travels. 4 reels of film were taken during Bendixen’s trip to Europe in 1937 for the International Dairy Congress in Berlin. In addition to recording his international travels, Bendixen recorded local trips to Grand Coulee Dam, as well as travels to Glacier National Park, Pike’s Peak, and other national destinations.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Hans Bendixen Papers were donated to Washington State University by Bendixen's daughter, Helen Maurer in 1991 (MS 1991-49).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Cody Leander, Megan Bridge, and Steven Bingo in 2016.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

There is an oral history by Hans Bendixen in Whitman County Historical Society Oral Histories at Washington State University Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (Cage 756). A summary is available online at http://cdm16866.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16866coll7/id/29

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Bendixen, Hans -- Archives.

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Dairy products industry -- History –- Sources.
  • Scientists--Washington (State) –- Archives.
  • Washington (State)
  • Washington State University -- Faculty –- Archives.

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Autobiographical notes 1919-circa 1965 

Box Folder

Autobiographical notes 1930-1939 

1 1

Autobiographical notes 1940-1944 

1 2

Autobiographical notes 1945-1949 

1 3

Autobiographical notes 1950-1954 

1 4-5

Autobiographical notes 1960-1964 

2 6

Autobiography notes on certain dairy events. circa 1965 

2 7

Autobiographical notes undated 

2 8

Autobiographical notes undated 

2 9

Biographical sketch circa 1955 

2 10

Speeches, poems, and clippings 1919-1930 

10 65-67

Ruth Bendixen travel diary from 1932 trip to Germany. 1932 

9 103

Ruth Bendixen travel diary from 1937 trip to Germany. 1937 

9 104

Travel diaries (Hans and Ruth Bendixen) from trips to Germany and other European destinations (3 volumes). 1959-1966  

9 105-107

Address books (2 volumes). undated 

9 108

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 Series 2 Research and professional papers 1925-1972 

Box Folder

Biographies 1944 

2 11

Biographies 1944 

2 11

Butter talks 1940-circa 1955 

2 12

Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation 1930-1939 

2 13

Cheese 1959-1960 

2 14

Constitution 1950-1954 

3 15

Course notes 1959 

3 16

Cows: Milk and personnel talks circa 1955-circa 1965 

3 17

Cultured buttermilk circa 1950 

3 18

Dairy education in Europe circa 1960 

4 19

Dairy necktie undated 

12

Dairy photographs 1939 

4 20

Education 1926-1936 

4 21

Enzymes undated 

4 22

Ephemera 1930-1958 

4 23

Foreign correspondence 1925-1972 

4 24

Fulbright correspondence 1959-1963 

4 25

History of cheese circa 1925-circa 1935 

5 26

History of dairy circa 1920-circa 1950 

5 27

History of ice cream 1978 

5 28

Ice cream talks undated 

5 29

International agricultural education correspondence 1932-1935 

5 30

International dairy circa 1965 

5 31

International Dairy Federation 1951-1952 

5 32

Jokes: Serious more or less circa 1955 

5 33

Letters of congratulations, speeches, notes 1939-1979 

5 34

Loose materials circa 1955-circa 1975 

5 35

Miscellaneous correspondence circa 1965 

5 36

Dick Nowadnick D.H. 2 lab reports 1955-1959 

6 37

On-the-job training circa 1955 

6 38

Photographs circa 1927 

6 39

Photographs circa 1929 

6 40

Photographs undated 

6 41

Portrait of H.E. Schuknecht undated 

oversize

Presidential address 1952 

6 42

Publications 1920-1929 

6 43

Reaching for Tomorrow and International Dairy Federation circa 1955 

6 44

Spain file circa 1965 

6 45

A Study of The Streptococci 1920 

6 46

Washington state dairy department 1938-1939 

6 47

World's Dairy Congress: Berlin 1937 

6 48

World's Dairy Congress: Berlin photographs 1937 

6 49

Washington State University paper hats undated 

12

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 Series 3 Retirement and Kiwanis 1957-1980 

Box Folder

Alaska file circa 1965 

7 50

Animal Science newsletters, Kiwanis, Council on Aging circa 1975 

7 51

Animal Science newsletters, Kiwanis, Council on Aging circa 1980 

7 52

Community Beautification 1966 

7 53

Community Council on Aging 1980 

7 54

Council on Aging 1975 

7 55

Event notes 1970-1980 

7 56

Exodus bridge club 1960-1978 

8 59

Goodwill delegation 1965-1966 

7 57

Loose correspondence 1966 

7 58

Meetings and events 1975-1979 

9 60

Photograph of Art Nelson and Hans Bendixen 1982 

9 61

Student addresses 1957-1977 

9 62

Whitman County Notice of Election 1968 

9 63

Yard of the Month 1975-1979 

9 64

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 Series 4 Moving images and audio recordings 1932-1947 

Box Folder

1st European Trip: Tape #1 1932-1933 

11 68

1st European Trip: Tape #2 1932-1933 

11 69

1st European Trip: Tape #3 1932-1933 

11 70

1st European Trip: Tape #4 1932-1933 

11 71

1st European Trip: Tape #5 1932-1933 

11 72

2nd European Trip: Tape #1 1937 

12 73

2nd European Trip: Tape #2 1937 

12 74

2nd European Trip: Tape #3 1937 

12 75

2nd European Trip: Tape #4 1937 

12 76

Berlin undated 

13 77

Boulder/Rocky Mountain National Park undated 

13 78

Coulee Dam-Helen 11 Years Old 1938 

13 79

Dinosaurs-Durs and Other Boys on Spring Trip undated 

13 80

First Coulee Dam Spring Trip undated 

13 81

Fred and Mrs. Olsen-The Boards-Coulee Dam-Ron and Ede in Color undated 

13 82

Glacier National Park 1940 

13 83

Helen's Birthday undated 

13 84

Hells Canyon-Victoria Footage undated 

13 85

Luella, Ron, and Ede at Coulee Dam undated 

13 86

Magnetophonband BASF undated 

13 87

Mt. Rainier undated 

13 88

Moscow people undated 

13 89

Notebook Journal: Trip to Europe 1937 

13 90

Olympia/Rainier/Tacoma/Shelton undated 

13 91

Orofino/Wonagin 1939 

13 92

Priest Lake undated 

13 93

Rainier undated 

13 94

Shirley-Grandmother 1947 

13 95

Smokies-Lake Overholser-Dale undated 

13 96

South Dakota undated 

13 97

Spring Trip to the Coast undated 

13 98

Steamboat Rock-Banks Lake undated 

13 99

Twin Lake, Georgia undated 

13 100

White Salmon and Coulee Dam undated 

13 101

Will Rogers-Pikes Peak-Garden of Gods undated 

13 102

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