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Henry Agnew Bubb papers

Call Number: RH MS 159


Henry Bubb, a financial executive, was an alumnus of the University of Kansas and a member of the Kansas Board of Regents. This collection includes material related to Bubb's business and personal activities from 1936-1983, as well as scrapbooks, dating from 1932-1974, which document Bubb's various business, political, philanthropic and social activities.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1983


Conditions Governing Access

All materials in this collection except those stored at RH MS H6 are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library staff (785-864-4334, 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 can not be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Henry Agnew Bubb (1907-1989)

Henry Bubb, a financial executive, was a chairman of the board of Capitol Federal Savings and Loan Association, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents (1961-1977), and an alumnus of the University of Kansas (class of 1928). He was born in 1907 in Williamsport, Pennyslvania and moved with his family to Kansas at an early age, attending public schools in Topeka, Kansas before going to KU.

Bubb started at Capitol Federal in 1926 as a clerk. By 1941 he was elected president, and in 1950 he was elected chairman of the board, positions which he held until his death in 1989. Under his leadership the business grew to be one of the largest financial institutions in Kansas. He served in various capacities on several advisory committees to the U.S. Senate due to his work with Capitol Federal, as well as on the U.S. Department of Treasury's advisory committee for the savings and loan industry. Bubb's son-in-law, John C. Dicus, was named president of Capitol Federal Savings in 1989.

Long active in Republican Party politics, Bubb was president of the Young Republican Federation, the National Organization of Young Republican Clubs, and a delegate to the Republican National Convention of 1940, at which he supported Wendell Wilkie for the presidental nomination. Later he was chairman of the National Citizens for Reagan Committee.

Bubb was named Distinguished Kansan of the Year in 1972 by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, and in 1993 he was inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame.

Bubb served as a trustee of the Kansas University Endowment Association. His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1986. Their daughter, Betty Bubb Dicus (1933-2011), was married to John C. Dicus and had a daughter, Debbie Dicus Kennedy, and a son, John Dicus.


93 Linear Feet (187 boxes + 6 volumes, 3 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 159

Physical Location

RH MS 762

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS Q186

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Henry A. Bubb, 1974, 1988, 1990, 1991.

Guide to the Henry Agnew Bubb Collection
Henry Agnew Bubb papers
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 1978, 1979. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006. Finding aid revised by mrm, 2010; lmw, 2021.
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Henry Agnew Bubb papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 159, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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