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Daniel W. Lewis papers

Call Number: RH MS 427


The Daniel W. Lewis Papers are those of a longtime Kansas City, Kansas resident. A teacher and principal in that city, Lewis later become Supervisor of Elementary Schools for the Kansas City schools.


  • Creation: 1874 - 1986


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Daniel W. Lewis

Daniel Webster Lewis, Jr. was born 18 July 18 1897 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma to Daniel W. and Mary Nancy (Capers) Lewis. After completing his elementary and high school education in Kingfisher, Lewis earned a teacher's certificate at Emporia's Kansas State Normal School. Lewis later returned to school, earning a Bachelor's of Science in Education at Kansas State Teachers College in 1926 and a Master's of Science in Education from the University of Kansas in 1938. He also did advanced study at the University of Washington in Seattle and Columbia University in New York City.

Lewis began teaching at Lincoln School in Kingfisher from 1922-1924, after which he became principal of Phillips School in Armourdale (Kansas City, Kansas) and began his 40 year teaching career in the Kansas City, Kansas schools. After one year he became principal of Lincoln School in Argentine (Kansas City, Kansas), where he remained until 1930. From 1930 to 1948 Lewis was the principal of Grant School and from 1948-1951 principal of Douglass School, both in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1951 Lewis replaced Solomon H. Thompson as Supervisor of Elementary Schools in Kansas City, Kansas. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1964.

In addition to his professional career, Lewis was active in the First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kansas and in several fraternal organizations. He has held positions of responsibility in both Alpha Phi Alpha (Beta Lambda chapter) and Sigma Pi Phi.

Lewis married Jennie Elizabeth Riley on 1 June 1926 in Kansas City, Kansas. Daniel W. Lewis, Jr. died 25 December 1989.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 4 volumes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Daniel W. Lewis collection dates from 1874 to 1986, with the bulk dating from 1924 to 1986. The papers are arranged alphabetically by subject. They consist of such items as correspondence, clippings, biographical, educational, and organization-related information, publications, and writings by Lewis.

Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 427; scrapbooks are located at RH MS E178 and RH MS G76.

Physical Location

RH MS 427

Physical Location

RH MS-P 427

Physical Location

RH MS E178

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Daniel W. Lewis, 1986.

Related Materials

Lewis, Daniel W. "Comparative Achievement of Negro Pupils of Normal Age-Grade Status." Master's thesis, University of Kansas Department of Education, 1938. Available through the University of Kansas Libraries at Thesis 1938 Lewis.

Guide to the Daniel W. Lewis Collection
Daniel W. Lewis papers
Finding aid prepared by kdo, 1988; revised by mbw, 2010; revised by skt, 2010. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004; mbw, 2010; skt, 2010; revised by mwh, 2018.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Daniel W. Lewis Collection, RH MS 427, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Revision Statements

  • 2018: Consolidated EADs into 1

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States