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William Porter Ames papers

Call Number: RH MS 13


This collection contains a chronological record of William P. Ames' career (including church bulletins, documents and correspondence), drafts of sermons, prayers and speeches, poems (primarily unpublished), a vacation scrapbook and diary, and a historical sketch of Native American education at Haskell Institute (later Haskell Indian Nations University) of Lawrence, Kansas.


  • Creation: 1905 - 1964


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Biography of William Porter Ames (1879-1964)

William P. Ames was born in Grant, Montana, in 1879 and at the age of twenty-six completed his theological studies at Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, Maine in 1905. On June 23, 1909, William Ames graduated from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, and abegan his ministerial career as a Congregational pastor.

Prior to settling in Lawrence, Kansas in 1932, Ames held several pastorates, including assignments at Hamilton, Missouri, Beverly, Kansas, Grand Marais, Minnesota, as well as many others. From 1932 to 1952, William Ames was employed by the State Geological Survey and the University of Kansas.

Upon retirement, Ames remained in Lawrence, Kansas, and served as Douglas County Assessor for nearly a decade. In 1962, he was appointed as a minister of visitation to the Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence, Kansas.

In addition to his ministerial duties, Ames was well-known locally as a writer of both prose and poetry and was active in the Lawrence Writers Workshop. William Ames died on July 2, 1964. An obituary notice in the Lawrence Journal-World indicates William Ames was born in Marshfield, Minnesota and was a graduate of Yale University.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case + 5 volumes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 13

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS D120

Physical Location

RH MS C27-C29

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William P. Ames, 1937,1965

Guide to the William Porter Ames Collection
William Porter Ames papers
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 1973. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006. Finding aid revised by mrm, 2009.
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William Porter Ames papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 13, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States