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Personal Papers of James E. Seaver

Call Number: PP 534


This collection contains correspondence, class handouts and exams, gradebooks, student papers, and publications from James Seaver's academic career as a student and as professor at the University of Kansas in the History Department; it also contains a breadth of material regarding the radio show "Opera is My Hobby" that he hosted for several years.


  • Creation: 1931 - 2010


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 E. Seaver

Jim Seaver received his B.A. from Stanford in 1940 and his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1946. He joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in 1947, reaching full Professor status in 1961. Late Roman history was Seaver's specialty, and he spent more than 20 years as head of Western Civilization program at KU. Seaver retired in 1989 but continued to host his radio show "Opera is My Hobby" for Kansas Public Radio.

Seaver and his wife Virginia volunteered with Douglas County Senior Services, delivering hot meals to seniors who could not leave their homes. Seaver also shared travel experiences through the center's Armchair Travel for the Leisure and Learning Program; he led actual tours to sites of ancient civilizations in Greece, Turkey, Rome, and Egypt. In 2007 the Douglas County Senior Services created the Jim and Virginia Seaver Volunteer Award.

Jim and Virginia Seaver had three children, Richard, William, and Robert. James E. Seaver passed away at the age of 92 in March 2011.


12.5 Linear Feet (14 boxes + 6 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 534

Related Materials

Consult reference staff for availability of related materials such as biographical files, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Processing Information

Formerly housed at PP 350.

Guide to the James E. Seaver Collection
Personal Papers of James E. Seaver
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by hc, 2013; revised by imf, 2015; revised by mwh, 2016.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of James E. Seaver, PP 534, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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