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Robert E. Jenks architectural drawings

Call Number: RH AD 3


Robert E. Jenks was a University of Kansas graduate and successful Kansas City area architect. This collection contains architectural designs for both private and public facilities, mostly in the Kansas City area on both the Kansas and Missouri sides, dating from 1932-1977.


  • Creation: 1932 - 1977


Conditions Governing Access

Drawings for bulidings associated with the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical Center are access restricted per K.S.A. 45-221(a)(12). Individuals interested in reviewing these materials should contact Spencer Research Library staff at or 785-864-4334 (9-5 M-F CST) for assistance in gaining permission to access.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Robert E. Jenks

Robert Ellsworth Jenks was born in 1904, graduating from the University of Kansas in 1926 and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with an architecture degree. Thereafter he worked independently and with various architecture firms, including the Kansas City, Missouri-based firm Tanner & Linscott & Associates.

Jenks designed numerous private residences, businesses, and public buildings. He was closely associated with the Kenneth A. and Helen F. Spencer Foundation during much of its existence (1960s-1970s) and designed such buildings as the Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art on the University of Kansas' campus, as well as several other large-scale projects with which the Spencer Foundation was involved in the Kansas City area. Robert E. Jenks died in 1981.


32 oversize folders ; Largest drawings are 61 x 91 cm

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Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Ellen Shoemaker, 2004.

Guide to the Robert E. Jenks Collection
Robert E. Jenks architectural drawings
Finding aid prepared by ha/mab, 2005; revised by skt, 2010; mwh, 2019. Finding aid encoded by ha/mab, 2005; revised by skt, 2010.
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Robert E. Jenks architectural drawings, Kansas Collection, RH AD 3, 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