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Louise Wheaton Papers

Call Number: RH MS 1110


The Louise Wheaton papers are those of a native Kansan, which focus on the Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church of Lawrence, Kansas.


  • Creation: 1948 - 1987


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 Louise Wheaton

Louise M. Ratcliffe was born Aug 6,1900 in Oswego, Kansas to Thomas George and Bess Ann (Harris) Ratcliffe. She grew up in Cherryvale, Kansas and, then lived in Chanute and Independence, Kansas. After moving to Omaha, Nebraska, Ratcliffe married Dana Wheaton in 1942, and the family moved to Lawrence, Kansas. She worked as a cook in the University of Kansas' residence halls and fraternities and sororities from 1942 to 1978. Upon arriving in Lawrence, Mrs. Wheaton became an active member of the Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church.

Wheaton had four children, Tommie Isain, Susie, Charlie, and Betty, and one stepdaughter, Florida Marie. Louise Wheaton died March 23, 1997.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Louise Wheaton Papers date from 1948 to 1987 and chiefly consist of programs, which are arranged in a single series. Folder arrangement within the series is alphabetical.

Physical Location

RH MS 1110

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Louise Wheaton, 1989

Separated Materials

The Kansas missionary. Topeka, Kan. : Missionary Baptist State Convention, 1957-, at RH Ser D1986, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection).

Guide to the Louise Wheaton Collection
Louise Wheaton Papers
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Louise Wheaton Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1110, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States