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University of Kansas Museum of Art records

 Record Group
Call Number: RG 34


Formally known as the Museum of Art, University of Kansas, the University's art collections had been stored and/or displayed in Spooner Hall, which had previously housed KU's library. The first item in the collection was a marble bust of Amos Adams Lawrence, donated by the subject in 1878. Sallie Casey Thayer provided the real impetus for the establishment of a full university art museum in 1928 through her donation of 7,500 items from her personal collection. The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art opened in its current building in 1978. This collection of records includes planning records, Museum of Art lists, correspondence, artificial records, news releases, and publications.


  • Creation: 1923


Conditions Governing Access

Some series in this record group will require permission from the office of origin before use. Personnel and student records are closed in accordance with applicable law. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


20.25 Linear Feet (27 boxes + 3 volumes)

Language of Materials


Series List

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Museum of Art

Physical Location

RG 34


University Archives continues to add material to this collection on a regular basis.

Collection description current as of October 20, 2010.

Related Materials

Photographs and Serials for this department may be found at the same record group (RG) number.

Guide to the Records of the University of Kansas
University of Kansas Museum of Art records
Finding aid prepared by jtf, 2006, updated by lmb, 2010; Finding aid encoded by jtf, 2006.
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Preferred citation
University of Kansas Museum of Art records, University Archives, RG 34, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States