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Kennedy - Ottinger family papers

Call Number: RH MS 1350


This collection includes an autobiographical account of life in Kansas City from the late 1920s through the late 1940s written by Audrey Maridale Kennedy and postcards, correspondence, personal papers, scrapbooks, and photographs from the Kennedy and Ottinger families from throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.


  • Creation: 1816 - 2008


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 Audrey Maridale Kennedy

Audrey Maridale Kennedy was born in Kansas City, Missouri on December 19, 1920. As a young woman, Kennedy attended what is now the University of Missouri-Kansas City (then the University of Kansas City) on a work scholarship before transferring to the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) where she took classes and participated in weekend enrichment camps for local children.

Kennedy left school for full time work in an aircraft factory during World War II. She married Ray Eldon (R.E.) Ottinger, Jr. on November 25, 1945. Ottinger, born in St. Joseph, Missouri, was a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and held a position as Associate Art professor at the University of Kansas from 1947-1953. He was later managing editor of Veterinary Medicine magazine for 23 years before retiring in 1986.

Kennedy and Ottinger had two daughters, Amy and Ann, and a son, Gregg. Ray E. Ottinger died November 10, 1993 in Kansas City, Kansas. Audrey Maridale Kennedy died on July 3, 1997 in Johnson County, Kansas.


3.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes + 5 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence and postcards between Kennedy and Ottinger family members, including notably Vmail and other letters from Ray or R.E. Ottinger during World War II. There are also several loose photographs and photograph albums from Kennedy and Ottinger family members and friends from throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the majority of which are identified. Identification is not always included in this finding aid, particularly for the photograph albums.

Family members kept materials grouped at least by family before sending the collection to Spencer Research Library; these groupings have typically been maintained by processing staff, although some groupings of photographs have been divided up when individuals were identified and no accompanying documentation was provided to indicate why the original grouping should remain. Oversize materials and photograph albums have been physically separated from the main collection; these items are available at RH MS Q473 and RH MS R471.

Physical Location

RH MS 1350

Physical Location

RH MS 1518

Physical Location

RH MS Q473

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Ann Ottinger, 2014.

Physical Description

RH MS R471

Guide to the Kennedy - Ottinger Collection
Kennedy - Ottinger family papers
Finding aid prepared by msb. Finding aid encoded by msb. Finding aid revised by bnd, 2020.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Kennedy-Ottinger family papers, RH MS 1350, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States