Joseph E. Spencer (1907-1984) was a professor of geography at UCLA. His fields of expertise were East and Southeast Asia and
cultural geography. The collection consists of manuscripts, course notes, syllabi, correspondence, publications, research
files, and printed materials related to Spencer's life and career.
Spencer was born near Bolivar, Missouri, on September 11, 1907; grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California, and graduated
from Burbank High School; BA, geography, UCLA, 1929; Ph.D, geography, University of California at Berkeley, 1936; worked for
the Salt Revenue Administration Ministry of Finance, China, 1932-40; instructor in Geography, UCLA, 1940-42; served in World
War II and afterwards returned to UCLA as an assistant professor; became professor of Geography (1953-75) and professor emeritus
(1975-84); his fields of expertise were East and Southeast Asia and cultural geography; recipient of UCLA Teaching Award,
1966; received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association of American Geographers in 1968; retired in 1975; died
on May 23, 1984.
19 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)
6 oversize boxes
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