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Personal papers of Tommy Constant

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: PP 266


John Constant was a University of Kansas graduate and Lawrence, Kansas community leader, including servig as a member of the KU Endowment and the KU Athletic Board. This collection consists of photographs, news clipings and correspondence.


  • Creation: 1921 - 1973


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 John L. Constant (1899-1973)

John L. "Tommy" Constant was born in Lawrence, Kansas and served in the Army during World War I before graduating from the University of Kansas with a civil engineering degree in the early 1920s. He inherited his father J.T. Constant's construction business, and Constant Construction built several significant buildings in Lawrence, including the Lawrence High School, Lawrence National Bank, Hallmark Cards, the Campanile on KU's campus, and several residential halls on campus. His company also built several private residences

Constant was also a civic and philanthropic leader in the community. He served on the City Commission and with the Chamber of Commerce, and he was involved with the Lawrence Industrial Development Company, which brought several companies to Lawrence, including Hallmark, FMC, and the Santa Fe Industrial Park. He served as a member of the University of Kansas Endowment Association (KUEA) and on the University of Kansas Athletics Board.

After his death in 1973, Constant's estate established the J.L. Constant Scholarship for Engineering School students and the J.L. Constant Distinguished Professorship fund. Other bequests from his estate established Constant Park in Lawrence.

[Information retrieved from Audio-Reader, "History - About the House,", Lawrence Modern, "Builders,", and City of Lawrence, "Constant Park,"]


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 266

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

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

Guide to the John Lawrence (Tommy) Constant Collection
Personal papers of Tommy Constant
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Tommy Constant, University Archives, PP 266, 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