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Personal Papers of Sallie C. Thayer

Call Number: PP 209


This collection consists of correspondence, including letters from noted artists and family, and biographical information about Thayer.


  • Creation: 1910 - 1984


Language of Materials

English; Spanish

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Sallie C. Thayer

Sallie Casey Thayer was born on February 14, 1856 in Covington, Kentucky. She was married to William Thayer in 1880 in Kansas, where he was involved with the dry goods industry. William Jr, their only son, was born in 1882. Mrs. Thayer had a great appreciation for art and built a large collection during her lifetime. It was due to her passion for art that she made efforts to establish a more prominent art scene in the Kansas City area. She made the decision to use her own home as a gallery after several unsuccessful attempts to display her collection at local museums, because of limited space available at the museums. Her collection consisted of items acquired from the United States and abroad, and was eventually given by deed to the University of Kansas in 1917. Her collection was not displayed to the public until 1924 when Watson Library replaced Spooner Library, which then became the Spooner Thayer Museum of Art. Mrs. Thayer passed away on September 10, 1925.


.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Physical Location

PP 209

Related Materials

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

Guide to the Sallie C. Thayer Collection
Personal Papers of Sallie C. Thayer
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005; revised by imf, 2013 Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Sallie C. Thayer Collection, University Archives, PP 209, 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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