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Papers of Margaret Broeker Sanders

Call Number: RH MS 1195


Lawrence, Kansas native Margaret Broeker Sanders lived and worked in Lawrence throughout her life. This collection contains hundreds of slides, carefully arranged and labeled by Sanders, who was an avid photographer, as well as some of her personal papers. The slides reveal her interests in travel, local history, architectural features, and wildflowers. The collection also includes various personal and family papers documenting family history, educational and career pursuits, and personal endeavors.


  • Creation: 1830-2017 (bulk 1923-1997)


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 Margaret Broeker Sanders (1915-2017)

Margaret Emma Broeker Sanders was born on September 22, 1915 in Lawrence, Kansas to John Fred Carl Broeker and Margaretha Christina Bayer Broeker. Her youngest sibling, Fred Ernest Broeker, was active in local law enforcement, including a term as Sheriff of Douglas County.

Sanders graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence and attended the University of Kansas. She graduated from KU in 1936 with a bachelor's degree and a certificate to teach English, German and Mathematics. Sanders attended Lawrence Business College to study shorthand and accounting.

In January 1937, Sanders took the position of bookkeeper with Dodge-Plymouth, Bullene-Skinner Motor Co. in Lawrence. She continued with Ransdell-Skinner Motor Co. and Ransdell Motor Service until the company was sold. Sanders took a position as a clerk/typist with the United States Geological Survey, Water Resources Kansas Division in 1957. She continued to work with the Geological Survey until her retirement in 1980, by which time she had become an Administrative Officer.

Early in the 1960s, Sanders joined the Lawrence Color Camera Club. She traveled to numerous states including California, New Mexico, and Texas; and she took a two week trip to Europe, with her sister, Marianne C. Broeker Hadl, to attend the 350th anniversary performance of The Passion Play at Oberammergau, Germany, all the while documenting her journeys through photographs.

In 1985, Sanders married Raymond W. "Tag" Sanders, a long-time friend and former coworker at Ransdell Motor Service. Tag died in 1989, and Sanders continued living at the Broeker family home in North Lawrence where she had lived since 1916. Margaret Broeker Sanders passed away November 16, 2017.


2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 2 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The majority of the Margaret Broeker Sanders collection contains materials dated from 1923 to 1997. The collection is comprised primarily of slides, reflecting Sanders' interest in photography, travel, architecture, and wildflowers. The slides have been carefully labeled by Sanders. She also included box lists with each box of slides.

The collection also contains a number of papers, including the original 1936 program to Sanders' graduation Baccalaureate Service from the University of Kansas, original programs from the Lawrence Flower Club, family history records, and copies of Focus, a publication of the Lawrence Color Camera Club (1965-1973, 1978, 1984).

Physical Location

RH MS 1195

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1195

Physical Location

RH MS Q322

Physical Location

RH MS R285

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Margaret Broeker Sanders, 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Bill Grome, 2018.

Separated Materials

Schaller, Stephen. Passionspiele Oberammergau, 1634-1984. Oberammergau?, West Germany: im Eigenverlag, c1984. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH CK417.

Guide to the Margaret Broeker Sanders Collection
Papers of Margaret Broeker Sanders
Finding aid prepared by skt, 2013. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2013. Finding aid revised by mhr, 2015; mwh, 2017; cmp, 2022.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Margaret Broeker Sanders papers, RH MS 1195, 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