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Personal Papers of Marguerite Baumgartel

Call Number: PP 483


Marguerite Myers Kerfoot Baumgartel earned degrees from the University of Kansas and served as a professor of Visual Art Education there until her retirement in 1981. With her husband, Howard J. Baumgartel, she lived in India on six different occasions, and while there did research on sculpture of animals, especially elephants and makaras.


  • Creation: 1943 - 2003


Language of Materials

English; German; French

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 Marguerite Baumgartel

Marguerite Myers Kerfoot Baumgartel was born July 23, 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Alex and Ruth Hall Myers. She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Kansas in 1940. Her first marriage [Kerfoot] produced three sons: William B., W. Charles, and John R. Kerfoot, who are infrequently mentioned in her papers. As a single mother, she gave up work as a commercial illustrator to return to K.U., earning degrees in Art Education (a bachelors in 1958, masters in 1960, and doctorate in 1965) and a place on that department's faculty.

In 1964 Baumgartel married Howard J. Baumgartel, a K.U. professor of Industrial Organizational Psychology, while in Calcutta, India. From this marriage she acquired three step-children: John, Tom, and Mona Baumgartel. Fulbright Fellowships, both in her own right and by her husband, took the couple to India for six different residential periods.

Although Baumgartel's personal sculptural style was abstract and modernist, she spent considerable time and effort in researching ancient sculptural, architectural, and ornamental forms in India, particularly those relating to animals, both real and mythical. At K.U., she also taught a course on the history of art education in America, and many of her papers reflect her research in that field.

Marguerite Baumgartel joined the K.U. faculty in 1958 and retired May 15, 1981. She remained professionally active after her retirement and died October 1, 2009. She was buried in the University's Pioneer Cemetery.


16 Linear Feet (16 boxes + 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Contents

The Marguerite Baumgartel collection contains material related to three areas: her career, both as an artist and as a professor of Visual Art Education; travels to and life in India, including its animal sculptures; and the history of the teaching of art education. Collection items include slides, photos, articles, bibliographic cards, biographical information, student work, teaching and research materials, as well as images of India, elephants, sculpture, animals, and the history of art education.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Judy Kische, 2009

Guide to the Marguerite Baumgartel Collection
Finding aid prepared by lmb, 2009. Finding aid encoded by lmb, 2009.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Marguerite Baumgartel, University Archives, PP 483, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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