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Inventory of the Hugh G. Hansen Papers, 1930-1971 (bulk 1946-1959)
MS 96/7  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Material Cataloged Separately

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Hugh G. Hansen Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1971 (bulk 1946-1959)
    Collection number: MS 96/7
    Creator: Hugh G. Hansen
    Extent: 3.5 linear ft. (5 manuscript boxes, 3 card file boxes)
    Repository: Water Resources Collections and Archives
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Shelf location: This collection is stored off-campus at NRLF. Please contact the Water Resources Collections and Archives staff for access to the materials.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Donated to the Water Resources Collections and Archives by Hugh G. Hansen in July 1996.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Water Resources Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Water Resources Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hugh G. Hansen Papers, MS 96/7, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Access Points

    Central Valley Project (Calif.)
    Water resources development--Government policy--California.
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
    Electric utilities--Rates--California.
    Electric utilities--California--Costs.
    Irrigation districts--California--History.
    Irrigation water--United States--Statistics.
    United States. Bureau of the Census.

    Biography

    Hugh Groves Hansen was born on August 25, 1917 in Chico, California. He earned an A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1938, a M.P.A. from University of Michigan in 1946, and a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside, in September 1955.
    From July 1951 to July 1952, Hansen was employed as an economist in the U.S. Office of Price Stabilization in San Francisco. The OPS was established in 1951 as part of a price control law intended to restrain inflation during the Korean War. While not empowered by law to regulate public utility rates, the OPS could appear as a "friend of the court" -- or in this case, the California Public Utilities Commission -- in the national interest, which the San Francisco office undertook to do in opposing a rate increase requested by Pacific Gas & Electric Company in November 1951. Hansen was intending to present his arguments before the PUC, but was unable to do so when the hearing was established on short notice and he was out of San Francisco on another assignment at the time. Another OPS staff member presented Hansen's findings to the Commission, which acknowledged, but rejected, his arguments in their final decision.
    In 1952, Hansen obtained a research fellowship grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation of Los Angeles to undertake a study of Central Valley water development. In the summer of 1953, he joined the staff of the Bureau of Public Administration at the University of California, Riverside, as a Public Administration Analyst. His initial assignment was to conduct a brief study of federal-state relations in the Central Valley. The study lasted over two years and resulted in a detailed report submitted to the California State Assembly Interim Committee on Conservation, Planning, and Public Works. The report, Central Valley Project: Federal or State?, also served as Hansen's dissertation.
    After receiving his Ph. D., Hansen served as Professor of Economics at the University of North Dakota and the State University of Iowa.
    From February 1958 to October 1959, Hansen worked as Chief of the U.S. Census of Irrigation, a division of the U.S. Census of Agriculture, under Ray Hurley. He was primarily responsible for the direction of reorientation of the 1960 Census and for the working out of new concepts for statistical data gathering and tabulation of irrigation water data. The direction of reorientation was toward an emphasis on quantities of water diverted, used for irrigation, and transferred between drainage basins, and a de-emphasis on the previous practice of measuring characteristics of irrigation organizations. The 1960 Census emphasized "acre feet of water flows" rather than the previous emphasis on "acres irrigated."
    Hansen died on June 25, 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming.

    Scope and Content

    This collection is composed primarily of research files compiled for Hansen's study of federal-state relations in the Central Valley, which resulted in his dissertation, The Central Valley Project: Federal or State? (also published by the California State Assembly Interim Committee on Conservation, Planning and Public Works as Volume 13, no. 6, of the Committee's reports). Includes extensive interview notes, correspondence, reports, and detailed annotations of sources consulted.
    Also includes materials on electric power rates (compiled by Hansen as an economist at the Office of Price Stabilization for submission to the California Public Utilities Commission in the "PG & E rate case" of 1951), the irrigation districts movement in California, and the 1960 Census of Irrigation.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    • Central Valley Project studies, 1942-1947. Reports integrated into pre-existing collection. Filed under call number WRCA MS 95/2.
    • United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Central Valley Federal Reclamation Project : letter from the acting Secretary of the Interior transmitting a report presented to Secretary Krug ... on the Central Valley Federal Reclamation Project in California, February 24, 1947 . Washington, D.C., 1947. House document / 80th Congress, 1st Session ; no. 146. WRCA G4316 G7-6
    • Hansen, Hugh G. Central Valley Project : federal or state? Sacramento, Calif. : Assembly of the State of California, May 1955. Assembly Interim Committee reports 1953-1955 ; v. 13, no. 6. WRCA G4316 H5-1
    • Baker, Clyde C., and Hugh G. Hansen. The Central Valley Project : federal or state? Berkeley : Bureau of Public Administration, University of California, June 1955. 1955 legislative problems ; no. 8. WRCA G4316 H5-3
    • United States. Bureau of Reclamation. Region 2. Advance power program 1954-1963 : program of power development, fiscal years 1954 through 1963. Sacramento, Calif., 1953. WRCA G266 G6-1 1954-63
    • United States. Bureau of Reclamation. A study of future power transmission for the West. Washington, D.C., 1952. WRCA 26.3 H2-1
    • United States. Bureau of Reclamation. United Western Investigation : interim report on reconnaissance. California section. Salt Lake City, Utah, 1951. Report ; UWI-2. WRCA G407 H1-2
    • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Public Works. Sacramento-San Joaquin Basin streams, California : letter from the Secretary of the Army ... on preliminary examinations and surveys of Sacramento-San Joaquin River Basin streams, California, for flood control and allied purposes .. . Washington : U.S. GPO, 1950. House document / 81st Congress, 1st Session ; no. 367. WRCA G430 H-1
    • United States. Bureau of the Census. United States census of agriculture, 1950. Volume 3, Irrigation of agricultural lands. Washington, D.C. : U.S. GPO, 1952. WRCA 77 Y 1950 v.3