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Personal papers of Margaret S. Gordon

Call Number: PP 421


Margaret Schutz joined the University of Kansas faculty in 1970, serving as a professor in the School of Social Welfare, as well as the director of the field practicum program. She retired as professor emerita in 1987. The collection includes papers presented at seminars and conferences, publications, and other related information, as well as a few photographs. Many publications by Mrs. Gordon can only be found under her maiden name, Margaret L. Schutz. Other papers are labled with her name as Margo.


  • Creation: 1947 - 2014


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These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

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Biography of Margaret S. Gordon

Margaret Louise Schutz was born January 11, 1921, in St. Louis, Missouri to Henry and Minnie (Jacoby) Schutz. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied psychology and sociology, graduating in 1943. She immediately thereafter entered the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington Unversity. After four semesters (two in the summer), she graduated with her Masters in 1944.

Schutz was hired onto the faculty of Washington University, where she was an instructor and thesis supervisor until 1948. After that she joined the staff of the Washington University Medical Center as a case worker, eventually rising to the rank of Assistant Director of the Social Services Department. In 1957 she rejoined the faculty of Washington University and became the Director of Field Instruction as well as a professor.

In 1970, Schutz joined the faculty of the University of Kansas, where she was a professor in the School of Social Welfare as well as the director of the field practicum program. She married William E. Gordon, her long-time associate and research partner from Washington University, in 1980. In 1983 she was elected to the University of Kansas Women's Hall of Fame.

Gordon retired as Professor Emerita in 1987. After her retirement she became active in numerous community groups, guest lectured at the School of Social Welfare, and was appointed to several government committees dealing with issues facing elderly populations, particularly housing, in Kansas.

Gordon's husband William died in 1990. Margaret Schutz Gordon died October 3, 2016 in Kirkwood, Missouri.


1.5 linear foot (2 boxes)

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Physical Location

PP 421

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Margaret Gordon, 2004.

Related Materials

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

Guide to the Margaret S. Gordon Collection
Personal papers of Margaret S. Gordon
Finding aid prepared by kn, 2005. Finding aid encoded by kn, 2005. Finding aid revised by lc, 2017; mwh, 2021.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Margaret S. Gordon, PP 421, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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