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Russell Cartwright family papers

Call Number: RH MS 1523


The Russell Cartwright family papers are those of a native Kansas family; both Russell and Elizabeth Cartwright worked in the public schools, he as a teacher and principal and she as a substitute teacher.


  • Creation: 1942 - 1989


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 Russell and Elizabeth Cartwright

Russell W. Cartwright was born in 1909 in Coffeyville, Kansas. He attended school there and graduated from Field Kindley Memorial High School and the Coffeyville Junior College. Cartwright earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the Kansas State Teachers College and, in 1941, received a Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Kansas. In 1935 Cartwright began teaching at Coffeyville's Cleveland School and, in 1942, became principal there. He remained in that position until his retirement 32 years later, in 1974. That year he was appointed to the Coffeyville City Commission; he had served on both the Urban Renewal Board of Directors and the Planning and Zoning Commission, both for four years.

Elizabeth Cartwright was born in Yale, Kansas. She married Russell W. Cartwright in 1929. She worked as a substitute teacher and was highly active in various organizations, including the Coffeyville branch of the United Church Women, the Girl Scouts, and the Patrons of Delta Sigma Theta.

Russell W. and Elizabeth Cartwright had four children, Teresa, Cora, LaDonna, and a son.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Russell Cartwright family papers date from 1942 to 1989 and consist of clippings, programs, and a minutes notebook. With the exception of the minutes notebook, all manuscript items are photocopies. Copy negatives are available for all photographs.

Physical Location

RH MS 1523

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Russell and Eliza Cartwright, 1987-1989.

Related Materials

Cartwright, Russell Wilde The relation of certain home factors to pupil status in school / by Russell Wilde Cartwright. Thesis (M.S.Ed.)--University of Kansas, Education, 1941at Thesis 1941 Cartwright, Anschutz Library and at Thesis 1941 Cartwright, Watson/Annex

Processing Information

Formerly located at RH MS P577 and RH MS-P P577.

Guide to the Russell Cartwright Family Collection
Russell Cartwright Family Papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2008. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2008. Finding aid revised by eear, 2013; mwh, 2020.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Russell Cartwright family collection, RH MS 1523, 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