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Personal papers of Robert Harold Denton

Call Number: PP 508


The Robert Harold Denton collection consists of a bound scrapbook of materials from his time at KU and newspaper clippings related to his work as an alumni. The scrapbook includes newspaper articles, photographs of the Summerfield scholarship recipients, a letter from his mother, telegrams, pamphlets, a map, and professional resume. The last pages of the scrapbook are blank. The other item in the collection is a leather bound booklet describing the originations and requirements of the Summerfield scholarship. The back of the booklet has pages of signatures.


  • Creation: 1929 - 1990


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Biography of Robert Harold Denton

Robert Harold Denton was born in Jewell, Kansas in 1910. Denton lived with his widowed mother and sister Grace Elizabeth. He suffered from infantile paralysis, causing him to be disabled for life. He was granted the Summerfield Scholarship to attend KU in 1929, the first year the scholarship was established. The scholarship was awarded based on academic ability and moral character. During his time at KU, Denton was on honor roll, the first non-fraternity President of the Men's Student Council, a member of the Owl Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and many other honor societies. He was nominated to be a Rhodes Scholar and in 1933 was presented KU's highest accolade, the Honor Man award. Denton majored in political science and economics and continued his education at Yale Law School. He took a leave of absence from Yale to work at the Tennessee Valley Authority and never returned. Denton married Mary Laura, who also worked at the Tennessee Valley Authority. Denton went on to work for the Department of Labor, the Temporary National Economic Committee, Department of Commerce, and Central Housing Committee. He did private sector work from 1947-1960 including consulting and retired in 1979 in Arlington, Virginia.


.25 linear foot (1 box)

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PP 508

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Guide to the Robert Harold Denton Collection
Personal papers of Robert Harold Denton
Finding aid prepared by cmh, 2011; Finding aid encoded by cmh, 2011
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Robert Harold Denton Collection, University Archives, PP 508, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

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