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Personal papers of Margaret Penny

Call Number: PP 444


This collection primarily consists of Margaret Penny's research papers and essays on multiple subjects, several of which are related to World War II, as well as a dance card, commencement booklet, and two student identification cards from her time as a student at the Univeristy of Kansas.


  • approximately 1930-1949


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 Margaret Penny (1921-2019)

Margaret Penny was born in Ponca City, OK on December 31, 1921 to parents, Myrl Nuzum Penny and Addie Underwood Penny. She and her five siblings grew up in Lawrence, KS, where she attended Pinckney Elementary School and graduated from KU with a degree in Accounting in 1943.

She married Dale W. Bruce on June 2, 1943 and had four children: Eric Dale Bruce, Addie Lou Bruce, April Margaret Bruce and Penny Blythe Bruce.

Prior to having children, Margaret worked in various accounting positions including the Wichita Council of Churches. After her children were born, she continued her accounting including ten years with KG and E in Wichita. She died on March 11, 2019.


.25 linear foot (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Margaret Penny collection primarily contains her essays and research papers, written during her time as a student at the University of Kansas (KU), 1930s-1940s. The majority of the papers are dated 1939-1941, and subjects include Nazi propaganda, fashion, football, pacifism, religious ethics, gardening, and camping in Tonganoxie, Kansas. The collection also includes a dance card from a 1940s Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity and Phi Chi Theta sorority event, a commencement program from 1943, two student identification cards from 1939-1941, and a letter from Harold G. Barr.

Physical Location

PP 444

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, April Margaret Bruce-Stewart, 2006.

Related Materials

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

Guide to the Margaret Penny Collection
Personal papers of Margaret Penny
Finding aid prepared by kmc, 2007. Finding aid encoded by kmc, 2007. 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 Margaret Penny, University Archives, PP 444, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States