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Alberta Pitcher papers

Call Number: RH MS 736


The Papers of Alberta Pitcher are those of a long time Lawrence, Kansas resident who worked in the houses of several University of Kansas fraternities.


  • Creation: 1923 - 1998


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 Alberta Pitcher

Sina Alberta Falls was born in 1903(?) to Jacob B. and Rosetta (Moore) Falls. In 1930, Mrs. Pitcher began work as cook at the University of Kansas' Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity house. She remained in the position until her retirement in 1962, when the house (and medical school) moved to Kansas City. She also worked as housemother at the University's Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house. Outside of her duties at these houses, Mrs. Pitcher was an active member of the Self Culture Club. On 25 April 1923, Falls married Leon Frye; the couple had a daughter, Charlotte Maxine. Charlotte Maxine Frye married Elmer Richard Brown in 1945, and gave birth to Vincent Brown in 1950. In 1957, Alberta married Arthur Pitcher. Alberta's daughter Charlotte Maxine died in 1991. Alberta Pitcher died 19 October 1997.


2.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 2 oversize folders, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Papers of Alberta Pitcher date from 1923 to 1998. They include correspondence, clippings, club yearbooks, funeral documents, programs, scrapbooks and genealogical information. Photographs from the Alberta Pitcher Collection are located at RH MS-P 736 and RH MS-P 1339. Oversize items are located at RH MS R159, RH MS R363 and RH MS Q392.

Physical Location

RH MS 736

Physical Location

RH MS-P 736

Physical Location

RH MS R159

Physical Location

RH MS 1339

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1339

Physical Location

RH MS Q392

Physical Location

RH MS R363

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Alberta Pitcher, 1990.

Gift, Vincent Brown, 1992,

Gift, Vincent Brown, 2013.

Guide to the Alberta Pitcher Collection
Alberta Pitcher papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by cl, 2010; skt, 2010; hc, 2014
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
Alberta Pitcher Collection, RH MS 736, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States