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Personal papers of Wallace E. and Iris C. Pratt

Call Number: PP 86


Wallace Pratt graduated from the University of Kansas in 1907 with a degree in Geology. This collection contains clippings, articles, biographical information, and other group involvement.


  • Creation: 1943 - 1971


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 Wallace E. Pratt (1885-1991)

Wallace E. Pratt was born March 15, 1885, in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Pratt received four degrees from the University of Kansas (1908 [2], 1909, 1914) and was named a distinguished Service Citizen in 1945. The Erasmus Haworth Distinguished Alumni Award was given to him in 1950.

Pratt, the first geologist ever employed by Humble Oil, was considered by many to be one of the world's foremost exploration geologists. Pratt acquired considerable land in far west Texas that he later gave to the National Park Service along with his house, which he desired to be used as a ranger station.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Physical Location

PP 86

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

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

Guide to the Wallace E. and Iris C. Pratt Collection
Personal papers of Wallace E. and Iris C. Pratt
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 Wallace E. and Iris C. Pratt, University Archives, PP 86, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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