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Hansen, Helen F. (Helen Fredericka)


Helen Fredericka Hansen was a member of the University of Omaha's first graduating class in 1913, for which she served as class secretary. She graduated from Omaha High School in 1909. She authored numerous handbooks on nursing, taught in the Omaha area for many years, and then moved to California to pursue a career in medical administration, including service as director of the Sacramento Junior School of Nursing. She received an Achievement Award from the University of Omaha in 1959. She never married and had no children. She had two brothers, Emil and Elmer, both of whom predeceased her. Helen Hansen passed away in 1973, bequeathing to the university a set of 37 blue and white china plates, a collection of arrowheads, and a life insurance policy earmarked for the purchase of artwork and rare books. The china plates were displayed in the Milo Bail Student Center from 1974 until the 2015 building renovation. The University of Nebraska at Omaha presents two Outstanding Graduate Student Awards in Hansen's name annually, with scholarships attached.


"More China for UNO--This Time Donated." Gateway (Omaha, NE). July 12, 1974.

"Official Notices." Gateway (Omaha, NE). May 15, 1959.

"Alumna Publishes Second Book" Gateway (Omaha, NE). September 23, 1938.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Bing & Grondahl/Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Plate Collection

Identifier: UNO-0163
Content Description 39 7"” Bing & Grondahl/Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Plates; 40 Wooden Plate Holders
23 Porcelain Christmas Eve (Jule After) Plates: 1906; 1907; 1909; 1911; 1910; 1912; 1915; 1917; 1918; 1952; 1953; 1954; 1955; 1957; 1959; 1961; 1964; 1965; 1966; 1967; 1968; 1969; 1971
16 Porcelain Plates: 1960; 1962; 1963; 1964; 1966; 1968; 1969; 1970; 1971; 1972; 1973; 1974; 1975; 1976; 1977; 1978

Helen Hansen University of Omaha Scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UNO-0167
Scope and Contents The collection includes a pre-printed book-size volume called "My High School Days" that the creator pasted images most likely from a high school yearbook, news clippings, graduation announcement, and other items on the pages. The scrapbook documents student life at the University of Omaha and includes many photographs as well as some news clippings, invitations, party favors, dance cards, and other ephemera. Finally, the collection includes a small book of University of Omaha autographs of the...