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Hazel D. Hansen papers
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This collection consists of biographical information, press clippings, correspondence, reports, lectures, research notes, and a handwritten manuscript on Greece.
Dr. Hazel D. Hansen (1899-1962) was a native of San Mateo, studied at Stanford, received her Bachelor's degree in 1920 and her Master's degree in 1921. Her Master's thesis was a "Study of the Persians of Aeschylus." From 1922 to 1925 she continued her graduate studies at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece. After her return to Stanford she earned her Ph.D. degree in 1926 with a thesis "Early Civilization in Thessaly." A book with the same title was published in 1933. A. T. Murray, known for his translation of Homer, was her inspiring teacher; and in later years she worked with him as a collaborator. The year 1927-28 was spent again in Greece; that year she held the Alice Freeman Palmer Fellowship of the American Association of University Women. After her return to Stanford in 1928, she became an Instructor in the Department of Classics, in 1931 she became Assistant Professor and in 1935 Associate Professor. Her promotion to full professor in 1940 was based on her recognized standing among the classical archaeologists, especially in the field of Aegean prehistory. At that time Dr. Hansen was already deeply involved in a project which remained unfinished when she died: "The Early Civilization in Skyros." Skyros is a small island in the Aegean Sea, where she spent many summers cataloguing the excavated material (vases, bones, etc.). The Greek government recognized her efforts, made her an honorary Greek citizen, and gave her permission to publish her findings. Later the Archaeological Service of the Greek Ministry requested that she write a guidebook for the Skyros Museum. The American School of Classical Studies in Athens appreciated the work of the former student; she was invited to teach there in her sabbatical year 1956-57. She became a member of the managing committee of the School and served on its executive committee for several years.
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