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Personal papers of Robert Taft

Call Number: PP 188


Taft taught Chemistry at the University of Kansas from 1922-1955, but he spent his leisure time writing histories of KU and publishing books on other subjects, including photography and American artists. This collection consists of materials related to the publishing of one of Taft's KU histories, Across the Years on Mt Oread and its later revision.


  • 1941 - 1955


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Robert Taft (1894-1955)

Taft received his A.B. from Grand Island College in 1916 and his Ph.D. in 1925 from the University of Kansas. He joined the faculty of KU in 1922 in the Department of Chemistry, reaching full Professor status in 1937. He died in 1955.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 188

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Separated Materials

Taft also compiled a scrapbook, which is stored with other oversize faculty scrapbooks at SB/4/Taft, Robert.

Guide to the Robert Taft Collection
Personal papers of Robert Taft
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Robert Taft, University Archives, PP 188, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States