Vernon Rosco Carstensen papers, 1943-1984  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Carstensen, Vernon Rosco, 1907-1992
Title
Vernon Rosco Carstensen papers
Dates
1943-1984 (inclusive)
Quantity
18.85 cubic feet
Collection Number
(Accession No. 2477)
Summary
Papers of Vernon Carstensen (1907-1992), who was a history professor at the University of Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Access to portions of the papers restricted. Contact Special Collections for more information.

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Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Vernon Carstensen was a professor of history at the University of Washington, and an influential historian with an intellectual interest in agricultural and Pacific Northwest histories. Carstensen was born in 1907 in Cherokee County, Iowa. In 1928, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Iowa State Teachers College, followed by a Ph.D. in 1936 from the University of Iowa. He served as U.S. Army Quartermaster from 1943-1944. Carstensen’s teaching career began at Central Washington University, followed by several years at the University of Wisconsin. It was during this time that he co-authored the two-volumeUniversity of Wisconsin: A History(1949).

Carstensen began teaching at the University of Washington in 1964. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses on history and chaired the committee that developed the African-American Studies program in 1969. He was heavily involved in the Faculty Senate at the University of Washington, serving as chair in 1971. He retired from the University of Washington in 1975.

He was actively involved in the professional community of historians. Carstensen served as president of the Agricultural History Association in 1958. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Western History Association in 1961 and served as the organization’s president in 1981. His skills were employed as editor of theAgricultural Historyand thePacific Northwest Quarterly, as well as on the Board of Editors of theJournal of American History. He was a frequent presenter at professional conferences.

Carstensen produced numerous articles, and was the author or coauthor of three books. The University of Wisconsin honors his legacy with the Alice Smith-Vernon Carstensen Fellowship. He died in 1992.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 2477-001: Vernon Rosco Carstensen papers, 1965-1970Return to Top

.42 cubic feet (1 box)

Scope and Content: This accession consists of correspondence, reports, and minutes from 1965-1966 and 1969-1970.

This accession consists of materials relating to two major areas: 1) student evaluation of teaching at the University of Washington, and 2) history of the Bar in the state of Washington and some of its counties.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Transferred from Vernon Carstensen, August 01, 1975

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1/1-4 2477-001
[University of Washington Committee on Evaluation of Teaching correspondence and forms]
1969
1/5 2477-001
[University of Washington Committee on Evaluation of Teaching correspondence and reports]
1969
1/6 2477-001
[Bar Association of Washington correspondence and reports]
1965-1966
1/7 2477-001
ephemera
General Notes:
  • Columbian Centinel newspaper, 1819
  • Utah Historic Preservation newsletter, 1970
1819, 1970

Accession No. 2477-002: Vernon Rosco Carstensen papers, 1954-1979Return to Top

2.17 cubic feet (3 boxes)

Scope and Content: This accession consists of correspondence and committee records from 1954-1979.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

Acquisition Info: Donor: Vernon Carstensen, 1981 January 06

Container(s) Description Dates
Correspondence
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 2477-002
Chance, David
1973
1/2 2477-002
U.S. National Archives
1963-1970
1/3 2477-002
University of Washington Press
1967-1968
Box/Folder Accession
1/4 2477-002
Placement for History Graduates
1967

Accession No. 2477-003: Vernon Rosco Carstensen papers, 1943-1944Return to Top

.21 cubic feet (1 box)

Scope and Content: This accession consists of reports written by Vernon Carstensen during his time as U.S. Army Quartermaster Depot in Seattle frin 1943-1944. Reports are numbered 1-6, 8 (7 missing).

Report no. 1 is a history of the depot from 1896 to 1940. No. 2 is a report on civilian personnel, 1939-1943. No. 3 is on Quartermaster procurement, 1941-1943 (manufacturing contracts). No. 4 is on procurement for Seattle Depot, 1941-1943 (buying fuel for Alaska and Ninth Service Command). No. 5 is on expansion and reorganization of Seattle Depot, 1940-1941. No. 6 is on supplying Alaska. No. 7 is missing but is on supplying petroleum to Alaska. No. 8 is on reclaiming 50-gallon oil drums.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

Acquisition Info: Donor: Vernon Carstensen. No date given.

Accession No. 2477-004: Vernon Rosco Carstensen papers, 1969-1975Return to Top

.42 cubic feet (1 box)

Scope and Content: This accession consists of Carstensen's commentary onThe Plow that Broke the Plains : A Film Legacy of the Great Depressionand related correspondence from 1969-1975.

Dr. Carstensen undertook this project as part of the American Historical Association's Feature Films Project. Funding was unobtainable.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

Acquisition Info: Donor: Vernon Carstensen, November 19, 1984

Container(s) Description Dates
Commentary onThe Plow that Broke the Plains
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 2477-004
"Ecology and the Plow" OAH - Washington, D.C.
1972
1/2 2477-004
[The Plow that Broke the Plains correspondence and commentary]
1969-1970
1/3 2477-004
[Press house correspondences on The Plow unpublished manuscript]
1972-1975
1/4 2477-004
["The Plow that Broke the Plains: A Film Legacy on the Great Depression" unpublished manuscript]
1972

Accession No. 2477-005: Vernon Rosco Carstensen papers, 1943-1984Return to Top

15.42 cubic feet (16 boxes)

Scope and Content: This accession consists of correspondence, writings, publications containing writings of Carstensen, diary, court papers and treaty related to treatment of Native Americans, award, slides, portrait of Vernon Carstensen and clippings, ranging from 1943-1984.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access contact repository.

CLOSED until processed. May contain personnel, student or case file information

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Dauril Alden for Vernon Carstensen's sons, December 23, 1993

Accession No. 2980-001: Vernon Rosco Carstensen papers, 1854-1883Return to Top

1 microfilm reel

Scope and Content: This accession consists of Washington territorial period letters from 1854-1883 (microfilm and xerox copies).

It also consists of copies from Carstensen's microfilm of letters from the Washington Territory Government and Clarence Bagley collection of "miscellaneous pioneer letters," which he selected and had copied by the UW Libraries in 1950.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries

Acquisition Info: Vernon Carstensen, April 01, 1979

Accession No. 2980-002: Vernon Rosco Carstensen papers, circa 1904, 1936Return to Top

.14 cubic feet

Scope and Content: This accession consists of the "Diary of Joseph Warren Wood, 1847-1853" and "The Heroes of Battle Rock..." edited by Orvil Dodge.

These 2 typescript copies of manuscripts were given to Carstensen for future editing for publication. He does not recall the sources of the originals nor whether any publication resulted at the hands of someone else. For the Wood diary (about 300 pages) of his travel to California and the gold rush experience, see the enclosed letter from A. B. Wood to Muriel [Wood], 28 Mar 1936. The Dodge account (13 pages) is of an Indian attack at Port Orford, 1851, 13 pages, typescript.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights retained. Contact repository for details.

Acquisition Info: Transferred from Prof. Carstensen's papers in University Archives Acc. No. 2477-2-81-1, January 06, 1981

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 2980-002
[Wood letter and diary]
1849, 1936
1/2 2980-002
[Wood diary]
1849-1851
1/3 2980-002
[Wood diary and poem]
1851-1853
1/4 2980-002
["The Heroes of Battle Rock"]
1904

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Bergsma, William, 1921-1994
  • Carstensen, Vernon Rosco,1907---Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
  • U.S. Army Quartermaster Depot, Seattle
  • Washington (State). Governor
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Plow that Broke the Plains
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Barnard, William E (creator)
    • Kizer, Benjamin H. (Benjamin Hamilton), 1878-1978 (creator)
    • McMullin, Fayette, 1805-1880 (creator)
    • Tunks, Lehan Kent, 1915-1987 (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • American Historical Association. Historical Film Committee (creator)
    • University of Washington. Committee on Student Evaluation of Teaching (creator)
    • University of Washington. University Archives

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • University Archives/Faculty Papers (University of Washington)