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Personal papers of Stanley Learned

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: PP 212


This collection consists of three books: Our Country, by Benson Lossing (3 volumes, 1878), German and English Testament (1859), and Webster's Common School Dictionary (1879).


  • Creation: 1859 - 1879


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 Stanley Learned (1902-1995)

Samuel Stanley Learned, Jr. was born in Lawrence (Douglas County), Kansas on November 5, 1902 to Samuel Stanley and Alice (Preisach) Learned. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1924 and a master's degree in 1936.

In 1924, Learned joined the staff of Phillips Petroleum Company (Bartlesville, Oklahoma). He was appointed chairman of the company's corporate operating committee in 1944, and was named a vice president of the company in 1949. Learned became president of Phillips Petroleum Company in 1962 and its chief executive officer in 1964. He retired from the company in 1967, but remained on its board of directors until 1970. In his forty-three years with Phillips Petroleum Company, Learned was instrumental in its becoming one of the nation's leading international oil companies.

In 1971, Learned was awarded the Gas Processors Association's prestigious Hanlon Award. For his extraordinary service to the University of Kansas, he earned additional honors, including the University Alumni Association's 1959 Distinguished Service Citation, and its 1975 Fred Ellsworth Medallion for outstanding service. The University's School of Engineering awarded him its Distinguished Service Award in 1980, and in 1988 awarded him its first life membership in the School. Learned Hall, home of the School of Engineering, was named in his honor in 1966. Learned died October 21, 1995. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary and was survived by their daughter Ann and her children and grandchildren.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 212

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 Stanley Learned Collection
Personal papers of Stanley Learned
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Stanley Learned, University Archives, PP 212, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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