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Thelma Clouse papers

Call Number: RH MS 527


The Thelma Clouse papers are those of a longtime Kansas resident whose husband, Reverend D. B. Clouse, was a Methodist minister.


  • 1840 - 1978


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 Thelma Clouse

Thelma Frazier was born in 1914. She married Rev. D. B. Clouse; the couple had one daughter, Jane. Due to changing church assignments, the family lived in a number of Kansas towns. Mrs. Clouse worked as an author and antique dealer. She died April 23, 1994 in Leopoldshafen, Germany, where her daughter worked as a teacher.


4 Linear Feet (7 boxes + 3 oversize boxes, 3 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

RH MS 527 The Thelma Clouse papers date from 1840 to 1978. Documents from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are ancestral documents collected by Thelma Clouse to document her family history. The majority of this series is miscellaneous items collected by the Thelma and D.B. Clouse including educational material, advertisements, song books, and newspaper clippings. The final portion of the collection consists of items collected to document D.B. Clouse's career as a Methodist minister in Kansas.

RH MS-P 527 The Thelma Clouse photographs date from 1840 to 1978, the same time frame as the Thelma Clouse papers. The photographs are mainly of Thelma Clouse's ancestors and are only tentatively defined by family name. Multiple of the older photographs remain unidentified. Included in this series are multiple photographs of congregation members and church happenings of the Florence Methodist Church in Florence, Kansas.

RH MS Q240 This collection contains two oversize boxes. The first box is the scrapbook of D.B. Clouse documenting his career as a Methodist minister at various congregations around Kansas. The second box contains newspaper clippings about Kansas history and culture primarily from the 1960s and 1970s.

RH MS R327 This collection contains one oversized box and one folder. The first box contains a variety of papers dating from 1909 to the 1970s. The subjects contained in this box include McPherson, cultural heritage in Kansas, historic sites in Kansas, and World War One and World War Two. The oversized folder contains two poster advertisements.

RH MS S35 Folder one contains the Pacific Union Train map of the Overland Park route in Rocky Mountain National Park in Denver, Colorado. Folder two contains a war bonds poster advertisement (World War II?). The bottom right portion of the poster is missing.

Physical Location

RH MS 527

Physical Location

RH MS-P 527

Physical Location

RH MS-P 527 (ff)

Physical Location

RH MS Q240

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS R327

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Thelma Clouse, 1988.

Guide to the Thelma Clouse Collection
Thelma Clouse papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007; revised by cl, 2010; revised by skt, 2010; el, 2012; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007; revised by skt, 2010; revised by el, 2012
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Thelma Clouse Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 527, 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