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Personal papers of Mary A. Grant

Call Number: PP 238


Mary Grant was an associate professor of Latin and Greek at the University of Kansas. She joined the KU faculty in 1921 and retired in 1960, and inducted into the KU Women's Hall of Fame. Mary Grant's personal papers include poems, both published and unpublished, written by Grant herself, along with a few miscellaneous items. Also included is a cassette tape of the Service of Commemoration for Mary A. Grant.


  • 1925 - 1987


Language of Materials

English; Italian

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 Mary A. Grant

Mary A. Grant, a Galesburg, Illinois native, received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Kansas in 1913, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. A year later she earned a masters degree from KU and in 1919 a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. In 1921 Grant joined the KU teaching staff as an instructor in Latin, becoming a faculty member as an associate professor in 1927.

Grant taught courses in Greek and Latin languages and literatures, as well as Greek and Roman mythology, architecture and sculpture. Grant served the classical language department in many capacities: she was acting chairman one year, and from 1943 until her retirement in 1960 she was curator of the Wilcox Museum, a collection of antiquities used for teaching.

Grant published a number of works, including "The Ancient Rhetorical Theories of the Laughable: The Greek Rhetoricians and Cicero," "Cicero's 'De Oratore' and Horace's 'Ars Poetica,'" "Folktale and Hero-Tale Motifs in the Odes of Pindar," and "The Myths of Hyginus." She also had poetry published in Atlantic Monthly and Spirit magazines. She traveled extensively in the Near East, Greece, and Italy. In 1975, Grant was named to the KU Women's Hall of Fame.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Physical Location

PP 238

Related Materials

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A collection of family letters, diaries, legal documents, photographs and books, some dating to 1700, were donated to the Kansas Collection by Grant. The collection provides a significant contribution to understanding more of the Grant and Bradbury families' histories, labor/career histories of the late 19th century and early 20th century, the pre-Civil War emigrant adjustment to the U.S. prairie, post-Civil War life in Illinois and Kansas and experiences and views of people and places including England, Illinois, New Mexico, Kansas, Wisconsin, Ohio, Italy and Greece. The materials date from 1716 until 1931; its location is cited below.

Grant, Mary A., Grant-Bradbury Family Papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 299

Guide to the Mary A. Grant Collection
Personal papers of Mary A. Grant
Finding aid prepared by sk, 2005; Finding aid encoded by sk, 2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Mary A. Grant Collection , University Archives, PP 238, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States