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Arthur F. McClure papers

Call Number: RH MS 1131


The Arthur F. McClure papers consist primarily of collected publications and photographs. The older portion of the collection (papers dating from 1872-1934 and photographs) belonged to the father, who was a printer. The newer portion of the collection (Arthur McClure II papers) belonged to the son, who taught history at Central Missouri State University and shares the same name. The Arthur McClure II papers include correspondence and historical information mainly regarding University of Kansas-University of Missouri football history and KU basketball history.


  • Creation: 1872 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Arthur F. McClure and Arthur F. McClure Ii

Arthur F. McClure the elder was born about 1909. For a short time after college, he published the Leavenworth Independent, a small newspaper. McClure later ran a small print shop, Art Press; he also gave art lessons out of his home. He married Dorothy Davis, who died in the 1940s; he later married Helen Louise (1921-2003). McClure had four children: Arthur F. II, James D., Kathleen, and Kirk. Arthur F. McClure died July 31, 2000.

Arthur F. McClure II was born January 24, 1936 in Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1958 he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Kansas; he then earned a Master of Arts in History in 1960 from the University of Colorado. Five years later, he earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas; that year he also began teaching history at Central Missouri State University (CMSU) in Warrensburg, MO (now called the University of Central Missouri).

McClure became Chair of the CMSU History Department in 1971 and, in 1981, became Chair of that school's History and Anthropology Department; he held that position until his death. He also served as University Archivist beginning in 1985.

A well published scholar, McClure was also highly active in the community. He served on the Board of Directors for the Warrensburg Meals on Wheels, the Warrensburg Youth Services, and the Bank of Warrensburg. He was also on the Community Advisory Board for KMOS-TV, the local public television station, and an active member of Christ Episcopal Church. McClure earned a number of awards and honors for his academic and community work, including the 1997 University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award.

McClure and wife Judith had four children: Allison, Kyl, Amy, and Steven (Sam). Arthur F. McClure II died January 20, 1998.


1 linear foot (4 document cases)

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Scope and Contents

The Arthur F. McClure papers date from 1872 to 1991 and consist of books, booklets, pamphlets, photographs, and research material. The published items located at RH MS 1131 are arranged alphabetically by title. It is unclear whether these materials belonged to father or son, both of whom share the name Arthur F. McClure; however, all material predates the son's birth.

Materials located at RH MS 1418 relate to McClure II's research interests, particularly to his research into Phog Allen and the history of basketball at the University of Kansas.

Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 1131. Some photographs and a large number of the papers at RH MS 1131 are fragile and should be handled with care.

Physical Location

RH MS 1131

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1131

Physical Location

RH MS 1418

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Arthur F. McClure, 1987. Gift, 2016.

Separated Materials

Western University (Kansas City, Kan.). Annual Catalogue with Announcements. Topeka, Ks: unknown. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH C672.

Kansas. Legislature. Report of the Senate Committee Making a STudy and Survey of Conditions at the Industrial Department of Western University, Kansas City, Kansas and the Kansas Vocational School at Topeka, Kansas. Topeka, Ks: Kansas State Printing Plant, 1935. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH C3838.

Processing Information

Portions of the collection were previously shelved at RH MS 488.

Guide to the Arthur F. McClure Collection
Arthur F. McClure papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2008. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2008. Finding aid revised by cl, 2010; lc, 2017; mwh, 2023.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of portions of this collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Arthur F. McClure Collection, RH MS 1131, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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