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Personal papers of Anna Olinger

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: PP 113


This collection consists of scrapbooks and Christmas cards.


  • Creation: 1920 - 1939


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 Anna Olinger (1871-1974)

Anna Cooper Cook Olinger was born April 10, 1872 near Manhattan, Kansas, the daughter of Hugh F. (1822-1901) and Anna Barbara (Cook) (1837-1910) Cooper. She married Stanton Olinger, with whom she had three children: Barbara (1900-2000), Davida (1902-1991), and Dwight (1907-1984). In the early years of their marriage, the Olingers moved between Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska as Reverend Olinger took on differing ministerial appointments. From 1911-1917 the family lived in Lawrence, KS while Stanton served as student pastor at the University of Kansas.

The Olingers returned to Lawrence in 1921 after the death of Anna's husband Stanton. Anna Olinger served as house mother, associate director, and in other roles at Westminster Hall and for the Westminster Association. The Hall served as a Presbyterian meeting place for students at KU and also served as a female residential hall at a time when female students had few housing options.

Anna Olinger celebrated her 100th birthday in 1972 and died at the age of 102 on October 19, 1974.


1 linear foot (1 box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 113

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

The personal papers of Barbara and Davida Olinger, daughters of Anna Olinger, are located in the University Archives at PP 247.

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Anna Olinger Collection
Personal papers of Anna Olinger
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 Anna Olinger, University Archives, PP 113, 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