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R. G. Gustavson, Speeches, Chancellor Records

Title: R. G. Gustavson, Speeches, Chancellor Records

Creator: Gustavson, R. G. (Reuben G.), 1892-1974

Dates: 1946-1953

Quantity: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Collection Number: RG 05-13-04

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: R. G. Gustavson, Speeches, Chancellor Records (RG 05-13-04). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Reuben Gilbert Gustavson served as chancellor of the University of Nebraska from 1946 to 1953. He recieved his M.A. from the University of Denver in 1917 and taught there as well, until 1937. During that time, he recieved his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1925. He spent 1937 to 1942 at Denver as dean of the graduate school. From there, he served as vice president and dean of faculties at the University of Chicago. In 1959, he took a position at the Univeristy of Arizona, Tuscon.

During World War II, Gustavson worked on the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb. Beginning in 1953 until 1959, he served as the first president and executive director of Resources for the Future, Inc., an organization focused on natural resources and conservation. Gustavson was born on April 6, 1892 to parents Hildegard and James. He died on February 23, 1974.

For more information, please visit the Office of the Chancellor, Reuben Gustavson.

Scope and Content:

This series of records includes speeches given by Chancellor Gustavson while at the University of Nebraska or at other locations, noted where possible.


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Container List: Series 4: SpeechesBox 1. Folder 1. Speeches, articles, 1945Item 1. Speech, tribute to the late Franklin D. Roosevelt, Denver, Colorado, 1945, Apr. 18 Item 2. Story behind the atomic bomb, 1945, Sept. 7 Box 1. Folder 2. Speeches, articles, 1946, Aug.-Dec., undatedItem 1. KFOR radio talk, on arrival and first impressions of the University, 1946, Aug. 18 Item 2. State Legislature, 1946, Aug. 28 Item 3. Statement, special Conservation edition, Omaha World Herald, 1946, Aug. 28 Item 4. Article, "Greetings to Alumni," Nebraska Alumnus, 1946, Aug. Item 5. Remarks, public affairs luncheon, Omaha, Nebraska, 1946, Sept. 13 Item 6. Address, Nebraska Livestock Feeders Association, Fremont, Nebraska, 1946, Sept. 19 Item 7. "The Social Repercussions of Scientific Discoveries," Bankers Association, 1946, Oct. 12 Item 8. Abstract, "America's Responsibility for Basic Research," Mid-west Clinical Society, Omaha, Nebraska, 1946, Oct. 31 Item 9. Statement, seasons greetings, The Nebraskan, 1946, Dec. Item 10. "Science and World Order," University Honors Convocation, 1946 Item 11. Article, co-authored, "The effect of sex steroids on experimental goiter and iodine storage in the Thyroid," Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado, 1946 Box 1. Folder 3. Speeches, articles, 1947Item 1. Article, "Charge to the senior class," commencement program, 1947, Feb. 1 Item 2. Alumni report, The Nebraska Alumnus 1947, Feb. Item 3. Article, The Nebraskan, 1947, Mar. 12 Item 4. Statement, National Lutheran Secretary, student handbook, 1947, Mar. 31 Item 5. Address, "Civilizations Challenge to Your Generation," Washington University commencement, 1947, June 12 Item 6. Address, 1948 March of Dimes, mid-west region campaign, 1947, Nov. 20 Box 1. Folder 4. Speeches, articles, 1948Item 1. Speech summary, Nebraska State Journal, 1948, Jan. 1 Item 2. Address, "Is the war the only answer?" Conference of Nebraska Ministers, 1948, Apr. 19 Item 3. Statement, "The greatest things in 1948," The Lincoln Journal, 1948, Dec. 28 Box 1. Folder 5. Speeches, articles, 1949Item 1. Remarks, Association of American Colleges of the New York, 1949, Jan. 11 Item 2. Address, "Do we live in a world of Change?" President M.C. Cunningham inauguration, Fort Hays Kansas State College, 1949, Sept. 30 Item 3. Statement, Mayo Clinic cortisons development, State Journal, 1949, Dec. Item 4. Article, "Basic Science looks at agriculture," Nebraska Farmer Magazine, 1949 Box 1. Folder 6. Speeches, articles, 1950Item 1. Editorial, fifty year progress, The Voice, 1950, Oct. 2 Item 2. Remarks, Association of Governing Boards of the State Universities at Charleston, South Carolina, 1950, Nov. 2 Item 3. Talk, Nebraska Public Health Association luncheon, 1950, Nov. 20 Box 1. Folder 7. Speeches, articles, 1951Item 1. Editorial, The Lincoln Star, 1951, Feb. Item 2. Address, "A Man and an Institution," University of Denver, 1951, Sept. 1 Item 3. Address, "Here We Stand," All University Convocation, 1951, Oct. 10 Item 4. Radio review, "Here We Stand," All University Convocation, 1951, Oct. 14 Box 1. Folder 8. Speeches, articles, 1952Item 1. Address, National Commission on Accrediting, 1952, Mar. Item 2. Remarks, Convention of the Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities, 1952, Nov. 11

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