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William C. Hoad writings

Call Number: RH MS 1443


This collection consists of various writings composed by William C. Hoad, many regarding historical topics about Kansas or the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. Some of the writings were published, some were given as talks at social clubs or elsewhere.


  • Creation: 1906 - 1953


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 W.C. Hoad

William Christian Hoad was born January 11, 1874 in Lecompton, Kansas. He completed his bachelors in science at Lane University, also in Lecompton, in 1896 before graduating from the University of Kansas with a civil engineering degree in 1898.

Hoad spent some time working for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, returning to KU in 1900 as an instructor. From 1906-1907 he was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, researching sanitary engineering. In 1906 Hoad was promoted to associate professor at KU, and in 1911 he became a full professor. Also during this time he served as Engineer to the Kansas State Board of Health.

In 1913, Hoad left KU to become the chair of the newly-created Sanitary Engineering program at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, serving during World War I as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army's Sanitary Corp. Hoad retired from UM-Ann Arbor in 1944.

Hoad married Louise Green in August 1901. They had three children.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1443

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

Personal papers of William C. Hoad, PP 154, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

William C. Hoad correspondence, RH MS P71, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Hoad, William C. Map of the Vicinity of Lawrence. Lawrence, Ks: University of Kansas Country Club, [1898]. Available at Spencer Research Library at C753 and RH Map Q97.

Processing Information

Portion of collection formerly located at RH MS P194.

Guide to the William Christian Hoad Collection
William C. Hoad writings
Finding aid prepared by kpz, 19 April 1973. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018.
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William C. Hoad writings, RH MS 1443, 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