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Personal papers of James W. Woelfel

Call Number: PP 486


James W. Woelfel was appointed Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion in 1966 and has served as Director of the Western Civilization Program at KU since 1985. This collection contains a wide array of documentation regarding his research and administrative duties, including publishing information, seminar brochures, class and lecture notes, city management meeting notes, and correspondence.


  • Creation: 1970 - 2002


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 James W. Woelfel

Born on August 16, 1937 in Galveston, Texas, James Woelfel earned degrees from the University of Oklahoma (B.A. in Letters), Cambridge and Yale (M.A.), and the University of St. Andrews (Ph.D.) Appointed as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion in 1966, he became Director of the Western Civilization Program at KU in 1985. His honors, awards, and grants are numerous and range from national fellowships for research excellence to University of Kansas teaching awards and invitations to speak at various seminars and university lectures.

Throughout his career, Professor Woelfel has maintained membership with several professional organizations including the American Academy of Religion and Society for Values in Higher Education. His list of publications is extensive and includes various articles in academic journals, entries in the Encyclopedia of World Biography, text books for use in Humanities and Western Civilization programs at the college/university level, and book reviews for publishers.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Physical Location

PP 486

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by James Woelfel, 2009

Related Materials

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

Guide to the James W. Woelfel Collection
Personal papers of James W. Woelfel
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Personal papers of James W. Woelfel, PP 486, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States