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George C. Christensen papers

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 3/1/12

Scope and Content

This collection (1957-1991, undated) includes biographical information, administrative correspondence, appointment books, and meeting materials. Files in the collection document Christensen's involvement with a number of international organizations, both internal and external to Iowa State University. Some of the these affiliations include International Development Programs, International Educational Services, Mid-America State Universities records, World Food Institute, Iowa Peace Institute, National Advisory Research Resources Council, Iowa Sister State programs, the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), and others.


  • 1968-1989, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


George C. Christensen was born on February 21, 1924 in New York City. He went to Cornell University, where he received his D.V.M. (1949), his M.S. (1950) in science, and his Ph.D. (1953) in veterinary anatomy.

At Iowa State University, Christensen was hired as Associate Professor (1953-1958) of veterinary anatomy. He then went to Purdue University, where he served as Professor and Head (1958-1963) of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy. He returned to ISU as Dean (1963-1965) of the College of Veterinary Medicine before serving for over two decades as the Vice President for Academic Affairs (1965-1987). Christensen was appointed Executive Director (1988-1989) for International Affairs. He was also named a Distinguished Professor (1987).

Christensen's chief professional interests include international education and programs, veterinary medical education, academic programs in higher education, and affirmative action in higher education. He is the author of numerous publications on the cardiovascular system, genito-urinary system, and the history of veterinary medical education. He was co-author of the 1964 text Anatomy of the Dog (call number QL737.C2 M616a).

Christensen was heavily involved in international affairs throughout his tenure at Iowa State. As an administrator, he was instrumental in the establishment of the World Food Institute and involved in many international organizations such as the Iowa Peace Institute and the Iowa Sister State program. He oversaw interactions between Iowa State University and the People's Republic of China. In 1982 he was named a Diplomat-Scholar of the U.S. State Department and served as a consultant for several countries including Egypt, Costa Rica, Taiwan, and China. Christensen was responsible for establishing faculty and student exchanges around the world and was involved in the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the National Advisory Research Resources Council.

Christensen married Janeth M. Reid of Ft. Edward, New York, and they had four children.


12.7 Linear Feet (9 records center cartons, 1 oversized box)


George C. Christensen, Iowa State University administrator and professor of veterinary anatomy, was born on February 21, 1924 in New York City. He attended Cornell University, where he received his DVM (1949), M.S. (1950), and Ph.D. (1953). Christensen began his career at Iowa State University as Associate Professor of veterinary anatomy. He later served as Vice President of Academic Affairs for over two decades. This collection includes biographical information, correspondence, and materials related to ISU’s interactions with the international community. Other files reveal Christensen’s work with professional and service organizations, many of which had an interest in international affairs.


This collection is alphabetically organized in three series:

Series 1: Personal materials, 1957-1989 (alphabetical)

Series 2: Iowa State career, 1968-1991, undated (alphabetical)

Series 3: Professional affiliations, 1973-1989, undated (alphabetical)

Items in related collections

RS 3/1. Iowa State University. Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost records, 1930-2015 RS 3/4/4. Iowa State University. World Food Institute records, 1959-1993, undated

RS 3/1/12. George C. Christensen papers, 1968-1989, undated
May 9, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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