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Carl Olson Jr. papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 21/7/112

Scope and Content

This collection (1900-1987) consists of class notebooks compiled during Olson’s undergraduate study at Iowa State College (University). The notebooks document his course studies as a student of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State. Also included are the compiled course notes of his father, Carl Olson, Sr., translations of L. Moule’s Veterinary Medicine writings, and veterinary certificates for both father and son.


  • 1900-1987, undated; bulk 1927-1931

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Carl Olson, Jr., was born September 15, 1910, in Sac City, Iowa. Olson earned a DVM (1931) degree from Iowa State College (University) and an M.S. (1934) and Ph.D. (1935) from the University of Minnesota. Olson held faculty appointments at a number of universities including New York State Veterinary College, University of Massachusetts, University of Nebraska, and the University of Wisconsin.

Olson was known for his work on avian leukosis and papillomaviruses. His work in this area led to a better understanding of the propagation of cancerous tumors. He received the Distinguished Achievement Citation (1983) from the ISU Alumni Association. Olson also translated several historic veterinary medical writings from French to English. Following his retirement in 1981, Olson moved to Pennsylvania.

Olson died on February 28, 2002.


1.68 Linear Feet (4 document boxes and 1 map case folder)


Carl Olson, Jr., was a veterinary pathologist and pioneer in cancer research. Olson taught at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln where he served as the Head of the Veterinary Pathology Department and also taught at the University of Wisconsin until his retirement in 1981. The collection (1900-1987) consists of class notebooks that document his course studies as a Veterinary Medicine student at Iowa State College (University).

Items in related collections

RS 14/6/11. R. A. (Raymond Allen) Packer papers, 1835-2000

Related collection materials

These items were separated from the R. Allen Packer papers, RS 14/6/11

RS 21/7/112. Carl Olson Jr. papers, 1900-1987, undated; bulk 1927-1931
July 23, 2020
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Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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