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R. G. Gustavson, Oral History

Title: R. G. Gustavson, Oral History

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

Creator: McSweeney, John P.

Dates: 1970-1971

Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Collection Number: RG 05-13-06

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: R. G. Gustavson, Oral History (RG 05-13-06). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Formats: Biography:

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 University 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 collection includes two reel-to-reel audio tapes of a conversation between John P. McSweeney and R. G. Gustavson, along with the dissertation on Gustavson by McSweeney. This interview may have taken place while Gustavson worked at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


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Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. John McSweeney, R. Gustavson, conversation, tape 1, 1970 Box 1. Folder 2. John McSweeney, R. Gustavson, conversation, tape 2, 1970 Box 1. Folder 3. Dissertation, by McSweeney, "The Chancellorship of Reuben G. Gustavson at the University of Nebraska, 1946-1953," 1971, Aug.

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