Ralph Dorn Hetzel papers, 1882-1947

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Collection Overview

Title:
Ralph Dorn Hetzel papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1882-1947 (bulk 1917-1947)
Dates (Bulk):
bulk
Creator:
Hetzel, Ralph Dorn, 1882-1947
Abstract:
In 1926, Ralph Dorn Hetzel, tenth President of Penn State College, graduated from the University of Wisconsin (A.B. 1906; L.LB. 1908. He joined the Oregon State College English faculty in 1908, was president of New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (1917-1926), and president of Penn State College (1927-1947). The collection of the papers of Penn State College President Ralph D. Hetzel includes correspondence, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, daily calendars, photographs, lectures and addresses, pamphlets, honors and certificates, and reprints.
Collection Number:
439
Size:
7 Linear Feet
Size:
16 items
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Ralph Dorn Hetzel was born on December 31, 1882 in the small farming community of Merrill, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin, a land grant university. He graduated in 1906 with an A.B. degree from the College of Letters and Science and received his L.LB. in 1908. In 1908 Hetzel joined the English faculty at Oregon State College, becoming full professor of English and political science in 1911. In 1913 he became the director of their extension program and served in that position until 1917. He became president of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1917 and after nine successful years, became president of Penn State College. Hetzel's education and early career would all help to strengthen his deep beliefs in the necessity and value of public colleges and universities. Throughout his career Hetzel held a firm belief in the value of land grant colleges and universities. Hetzel's strict, spartan fiscal policies gained the support of the state and strengthened state financial commitments as well. Hetzel believed that land grant colleges such as Penn State should meet the needs of all the state's citizens and he wanted the curriculum to bear that out. One of the more significant developments for Penn State during his tenure was the establishment of the extension center, forerunners of The Penn State Commonwealth Campus System. The first of these opened in 1933. Hetzel died from a stroke in October 1947.

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Collection Overview

The Ralph Dorn Hetzel papers (1882-1947) includes correspondence and clippings, daily calendars, photographs, pamphlets and other materials covering his administrative career at New Hampshire and Penn State (1917-1947).

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ralph Dorn Hetzel papers, PSUA 439, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Hetzel, Ralph Dorn, 1882-1947

Subject(s)

  • Universities and colleges United States

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