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William Leland Jensen Collection M/A 1998.48.01-02

William Leland Jensen Collection M/A 1998.48.01-02

Creator:Jensen, William Leland, 1907-1998
Title: William Leland Jensen Collection
Quantity: 2.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


William Leland (Lee) Jensen was born on July 27, 1907 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Jensen grew up in Albert Lea, attending Albert Lea High School and later studying economics at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Jensen married Doris Verne Phelps, whom he met while at Carleton, in 1932. They had one daughter (Nancy Lee) born in 1934 and one son (William Phelps) in 1937.

During World War Two, Jensen served as a Regional Director for the War Production Board, overseeing operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana -- one of 12 regional offices across the country. The WPB was responsible for overseeing the production of war materiel, allocating scarce industrial resources, and rationing civilian use of gasoline, rubber, and other important materials. He continued to serve this role in the Civilian Production Administration (the postwar sucessor to the War Production Board) until 1947 when he resigned to return to private business.

Jensen remained in Minneapolis thereafter, participating in various civic and business organizations. Jensen died on April 29, 1998 after suffering a stroke and is buried next to his wife Doris at Lakewood Cemetery.

Collection Description

The collection consists of 2 boxes containing various items pertaining to the War Production Board (WPB) from the Minnesota, North and South Dakota region. Includes good documentation of the process of Mr. Jensen being hired on with the War Production Board, organizational charts, reports, publications, photographs, and clippings pertaining to the WPB during the years 1942-1947.

Related Material

Arsenal of Democracy, The Story of American War Production (1946) by Donald M. Nelson Available in the circulating collection and the Kittleson WWII Collection (338.0 N42)

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

United States. War Production Board.


World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- United States
World War, 1939-1945 -- Minnesota
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Minnesota -- Hennepin County.

Table of Contents

Biographical Sketch and Container List -- Box 1, Folder 1
Biographical -- Professional Documentation and Correspondence -- Box 1, Folder 2
Biographical -- Professional -- Humor -- Box 1, Folder 3
Civilian Production Administration -- Box 1, Folder 4
Clippings 1940s -- Box 1, Folder 5
Correspondence -- Personal -- Box 1, Folder 6
Minnesota Postwar Council Feb. 1947 -- Box 1, Folder 7
War Production Board -- Correspondence 1942 -- Box 1, Folder 8
War Production Board -- Correspondence 1943 -- Box 1, Folder 9
War Production Board -- Correspondence 1944-1945 -- Box 1, Folder 10
War Production Board -- Correspondence 1946-1947 -- Box 1, Folder 11
War Production Board -- Contact List -- Box 1, Folder 12
War Production Board -- Lumber Industry -- Box 1, Folder 13
War Production Board -- News Releases -- Box 1, Folder 14
War Production Board -- Newsletters, Meetings, Directory -- Box 1, Folder 15
War Production Board -- Misc. Publications -- Box 1, Folder 16
War Production Board -- Reports and Charts -- Box 1, Folder 17
Photos -- William Leland Jensen -- Box 1, Folder 18
Photos -- War Production Board, misc. -- Box 1, Folder 19
Scrapbook 1940s -- Box 2
Scope and Contents note
Scrapbook contains various clippings, correspondence, photographs and ephemera related to the War Production Board and Jensen.

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