Polly Bales Collection
The Polly Bales collection includes the personal correspondence, organizational membership records, family histories, and memorabilia of native Kansan and prominent Logan, County resident Polly Roth (Mrs. Dane G.) Bales.
- Creation: 1930 - 1995
- Bales, Polly Roth (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright resides with the donor. Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of Polly Roth Bales
Polly Roth Bales (Pauline Elsie Roth) was born June 30, 1920 at Whitewater, Kansas to John P. and Anna Roth. In 1938, she entered the University of Kansas, where she studied the organ. On November 29, 1941, she married Logan, Kansas native Dane Gray Bales, also a graduate of the University of Kansas. Their son, Dane Gray Bales, Jr., was born in Logan, where Mrs. Bales has been a leader in numerous community organizations and in the United Methodist Church, serving for many years as church organist.
As an active member of Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas and the Republican Party, Mrs. Bales has also served in many leadership capacities. She was twice a delegate and once an alternate to national Republican Party conventions, was a member of the [Bob] Dole for President Exploratory Committee, and was Regional Co-Chair of Dole for President.
Polly Bales and her husband have been recognized for their outstanding support of Kansas higher education. The University of Kansas' Dane and Polly Bales Organ Recital Hall was named in their honor. They have each received the University of Kansas Alumni Association's Fred Ellsworth Medallion for unique and significant service to the University, and in 1985 received Fort Hays State University's Distinguished Service Award. In 1987, they were inducted into KU's Gallery of Outstanding Kansans.
Dane Bales, Jr. died in 1998. Dane Bales, Sr. died in 2001. Polly Roth Bales died June 28, 2013.
4.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes + 3 folders, 2 oversize boxes)
Scope and Contents
The Polly Bales Collection includes her personal correspondence, records of her organizational memberships, family histories, some photographs, and memorabilia, including four war ration books issued to Polly and Dane Bales during World War II.
The correspondence, which dates from 1941 to 1995, includes many of her signed letters to family and friends, including her 1945 letter to husband Dane Bales' Aunt Kate Hansen. Incoming letters include a 1945 letter from Dane Bales' Uncle Dane Hansen. Included also are letters from Bob Dole, U.S. Senator from Kansas.
The initials "PRB" denote Polly Bales in the collection description's correspondence files.
Organizational membership records in the papers include correspondence, programs, clippings, articles, and memorabilia, including 24 bumper stickers, many of which relate to the University of Kansas Jayhawks or to Republican Party campaigns.
At RH MS-P 875 are three photographs. Bumper stickers and oversize memorabilia, journal issues, and newspaper editions are at RH MS Q216 and RH MS R185.
RH MS 875
RH MS-P 875
RH MS Q216
RH MS R185
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Polly Roth Bales, 1995.
- Bales, Dane G. (Dane Gray) (Person)
- Dole, Robert J., 1923- (Person)
- Bales (Family : 1846- : Logan, KS) (Family)
- Roth family. (Family)
- Hansen (Family : 1846- : Logan, Kan.) (Family)
- Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum (Organization)
- United Methodist Church (Logan Kan.) (Organization)
- Republican Party (Kan.) (Organization)
- Guide to the Polly Bales Collection
- Polly Bales Collection
- Finding aid prepared by mh, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mh, 2007; revised by mrm, 2009; mwh, 2017.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Polly Bales Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 875, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas