Henrik Joakim Stafseth papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains correspondence, diaries, and other papers of Henrik Joakim Stafseth. Several diaries describe Stafseth's 1925-1926 tour of veterinary and other colleges in seven European countries. At this time he was an Exchange Professor at the Royal Hungarian Veterinary College.
In 1945-1946 Stafseth served as Chief Veterinarian for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in China, where he was instrumental in establishing China's first modern veterinary college at Lanchow, Kansu Province. Letters, diaries, and speech notes describe his experiences; and many clippings from Chinese newspapers (in English) relate to the UNRA and Chinese political issues. Included are notes and a plan for postwar reconstruction in Mongolia by K. George Soderbom.
Among other papers are speech notes (1945-1954 and undated) on professional and social - political subjects, and papers (1956-1958) related to the review and appraisal of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Also included are a copy of a proposed East Lansing, Michigan, city charter; and minutes (1943-1944) of the charter commission.
The correspondence includes letters (1942-1945) from Stafseth's son, Henrik Ekroll, which were written during World War II while he was stationed with the Sixteenth Naval Construction Battalion in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and with the Navy Public Works Division in New York.
Three letters and a printed autobiography (volume 29) of Bessie Maxson (born 1874), a social and political reformer and friend of the Stafseths, give an anecdotal history of her activities in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Ojai, California.
The collection also contains photographs and slides which include images of Michigan State University, China, Mexico, people, animals as well as other topics.
- 1902 - 1967
- Stafseth, Henrik J. (Henrik Joakim), 1890- (Person)
- Coppin, John S., 1904-1986 (Portraitist) (Person)
- Soderbom, K. George (Person)
Language of Materials
Some of the materials are in Norwegian.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
Henrik Joakim Stafseth (1890-1968) was a professor and administrator in bacteriology, microbiology, and public health at Michigan State University. Born in Norway, he immigrated to the United States in 1911, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1918. He received his B.S. (1915) from North Dakota Agricultural College; and D.V.M. (1917), M.S. (1930), and Ph.D. (1935) from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University).
7 Cubic Feet (, 47 volumes in box, photographs)
Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.
The identifier for the collection was changed from 00076 to UA 17.66 to reflect Stafseth's connection to Michigan State University. September 2019, M. Badgley Malone
- American Veterinary Medical Association. National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
- China -- Description and travel
- Course materials
- East Lansing (Mich.)
- Education, Higher -- China
- Europe -- Description and travel
- Giefel, Marjorie
- Letters (correspondence)
- Michigan State University. College of Veterinary Medicine
- Michigan State University. Faculty
- Minutes (administrative records)
- Phi Kappa Phi. Michigan State University Chapter
- Stafseth, Henrik Ekroll
- Stafseth, Henrik J. (Henrik Joakim), 1890-
- United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
- Veterinary medicine
- World War, 1939-1945
- Henrik Joakim Stafseth Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- J. VanderWal and J. Baronowksi
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.