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Polly Bales Collection

Call Number: RH MS 875


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


Language of Materials

English; Danish

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.

Physical Location

RH MS 875

Physical Location

RH MS-P 875

Physical Location

RH MS Q216

Physical Location

RH MS R185

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Polly Roth Bales, 1995.

Related Materials

Personal papers of Kate I. Hansen, University Archives, PP 19, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Hansen and Bales Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 183, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Bales, Dane G, Polly Roth Bales, and Calvin E. Harbin. Kate Hansen: The Grandest Mission on Earth from Kansas to Japan, 1907-1951. Lawrence, Ks: University of Kansas. Continuing Education, 2000. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH C11353.

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.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Polly Bales Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 875, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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