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William E. Drenner family collection

Call Number: RH MS 973


This collection contains correspondence, photographs, slides, photographic albums, scrapbooks, published books, exhibit panels, and reference material of William Drenner and his family. It also contains business papers and reports from Drenner's banking career.


  • Creation: 1920s-2000s


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of William E. Drenner

William E. Drenner (1923-2002) grew up in Kansas and Tennessee. As one of the first National Honor Scholars, Drenner obtained a bachelor of arts degree in 1944 from Columbia University. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years during World War II. He was a successful banker for thirty years and enjoyed researching genealogy and photography. (Information found in the collection and from Find A Grave website.)


18.5 Linear Feet (19 boxes + 13 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs and correspondence regarding William Drenner, his family, and his family history. It also contains Drenner's business records and reports from his many years in banking and work in Topeka, Kansas. Many of the scrapbooks and photograph albums have been bound. Some of the bound albums commemorate a holiday or some important milestone in the life of the Drenner family. Drenner presented the volumes as gifts to his wife and two sons on such occasions. A photographic essay by Drenner recounts his reactions to visiting the Shenandoah Valley, the ancestral home of his family in the United States. Many published books and material are in the collection. Oversized exhibit panels containing Drenner family photographs and other items trace the migration of the Drenner family from Virginia to Kansas.

Physical Location

RH MS 973

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

William E. Drenner, 1976

Processing Information

Previously shelved at: RH MS 194, RH MS D182 and RH MS B62

Guide to the William E. Drenner Collection
William E. Drenner family collection
Finding aid prepared by pg, 1976; lgg, 1977; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
William E. Drenner family collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 973, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States