The papers contain speeches and writings, correspondence, memoranda, reports, studies, and printed matter related to the economic
development of developing countries, technology transfer to developing countries, and American trade with and investment in
developing countries. Some materials relate to American foreign trade and foreign aid policy during the presidential administrations
of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
An American economist, Kenneth R. Hansen was assistant director of the Bureau of the Budget and a consultant for development
projects in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Hansen was born in St. Anthony, Idaho, on June 1, 1923. He began his government
work in the Military Intelligence Service at the start of World War II and served as an executive officer of that group from
1946 to 1949. From 1948 to 1949, Hansen was the chief of economic intelligence for the United States Allied Commission for
Austria (USACA). Hansen was a special assistant for the Economic Cooperation Authority mission as chief to Austria under the
Marshall Plan, where he dealt with problems of trade and payments, including East-West trade and currency reforms. From 1952
to 1954, he worked in the Mutual Security Agency negotiating efforts to control East-West trade and forming economic policy
for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In 1958, Hansen led a group of international sociologists and economists
preparing a seven-year development plan for Iran. He returned to the U.S. in 1961, when he became assistant director of the
Bureau of the Budget. He left that position in 1964.
57 manuscript boxes
(23.8 linear feet)
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