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Whayne family papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 905

Overview

The Whayne Family Papers are those of long time Missouri residents Thaddeus A. (Jr.) and Alyce Whayne and their family, especially documenting Thaddeus A. Whayne Jr.'s service during World War II and his family life afterward.

Dates

  • 1905 - 2008

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Whayne Family

Thaddeus Alonzo Whayne, Jr. was born February 19, 1916 in Bentonville, Arkansas to Thaddeus Alonzo (1892-1977) and Mary Louise (Queen) Whayne (1894-1959). He earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri (1938) and both a Master's degree (Education, 1953) and Ph.D. (Education, 1953) from Washington University in St. Louis. During World War II, from August 1942 to November 1945, Whayne served in the U.S. Army HQ Squad 96 Service Group in the Italian campaign; he also was in the Tuskegee Airmen support group. He received four bronze stars. After the war, Whayne taught and was a high school guidance counselor in Kirkwood, Missouri. Whayne was an active community member. He was a Boy Scout troop leader, a fourth-degree member of the Kirkwood Council Knights of Columbus, a member of the Kirkwood Housing Commission, and the University of Missouri Extension Council.

On February 22, 1942, Thaddeus Whayne married Alyce Hunley.

Alyce Louise Hunley was born February 7, 1916 in Sedalia, Missouri to Louis and Mattie (Burris) Hunley. After attending schools in Sedalia and Jefferson City, Missouri, she attended Lincoln University. Mrs. Whayne was an active member of the Kirkwood community. She served as volunteer site coordinator of the St. Louis County Health Department's well-baby clinic, was a member of St. Peter's Human Justice Council, the City of Kirkwood Human Rights Commission, and the League of Women Voters, and, with her husband, was an active member of Kirkwood's St. Peter's Catholic Church. In 2002, the Whaynes moved to Lawrence, Kansas. Thaddeus Whayne died on April 23, 2004; Alyce Whayne died December 2, 2006.

The couple had one daughter: Sandra Eileen Whayne was born in 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor's degree (Elementary and Special Education, 1965), a Master's degree (Special Education, 1966), and a Ph.D. (Special Education, 1977) all from the University of Missouri. She went on to teach at both the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas, as well as hold administrative positions at both schools. Sandra Whayne married Prentice Gautt (1938-2005) on 5 June 1971.Thaddeus Alonzo Whayne, Jr. was born February 19, 1916 in Bentonville, Arkansas to Thaddeus Alonzo (1892-1977) and Mary Louise (Queen) Whayne (1894-1959). He earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri (1938) and both a Master's degree (Education, 1953) and Ph.D. (Education, 1953) from Washington University in St. Louis. During World War II, from August 1942 to November 1945, Whayne served in the U.S. Army HQ Squad 96 Service Group in the Italian campaign; he also was in the Tuskegee Airmen support group. He received four bronze stars. After the war, Whayne taught and was a high school guidance counselor in Kirkwood, Missouri. Whayne was an active community member. He was a Boy Scout troop leader, a fourth-degree member of the Kirkwood Council Knights of Columbus, a member of the Kirkwood Housing Commission, and the University of Missouri Extension Council.

On February 22, 1942, Thaddeus Whayne married Alyce Hunley.

Alyce Louise Hunley was born February 7, 1916 in Sedalia, Missouri to Louis and Mattie (Burris) Hunley. After attending schools in Sedalia and Jefferson City, Missouri, she attended Lincoln University. Mrs. Whayne was an active member of the Kirkwood community. She served as volunteer site coordinator of the St. Louis County Health Department's well-baby clinic, was a member of St. Peter's Human Justice Council, the City of Kirkwood Human Rights Commission, and the League of Women Voters, and, with her husband, was an active member of Kirkwood's St. Peter's Catholic Church. In 2002, the Whaynes moved to Lawrence, Kansas. Thaddeus Whayne died on April 23, 2004; Alyce Whayne died December 2, 2006.

The couple had one daughter: Sandra Eileen Whayne was born in 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor's degree (Elementary and Special Education, 1965), a Master's degree (Special Education, 1966), and a Ph.D. (Special Education, 1977) all from the University of Missouri. She went on to teach at both the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas, as well as hold administrative positions at both schools. Sandra Whayne married Prentice Gautt (1938-2005) on 5 June 1971.

Extent

12.75 Linear Feet (21 boxes + 4 oversize boxes, 5 oversize folders)

Scope and Contents

The Whayne Family papers date from 1905 to 2008. These papers consist mainly of postcards and travel information from Italy; there are also some family papers and books. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic. Photographs within folders with general headings are identified within the folder. Except where noted, the collection's contact strips and negatives do not have corresponding prints.

Materials from a later addition are listed at the end of the Collection Description; arrangement for this later addition is by family member and alphabetical within each section.

Photographs are generally organized under five broad topics: Events, People, Nonhuman Subjects, Albums, and Negatives. Miscellaneous Snapshot Sets were grouped by members of the Whayne Family and these groupings were retained. Arrangement is chiefly alphabetical by name or, if name is unavailable, by subject; where arrangement is by names, the last name is used where possible. Where a subject appears in photographs across multiple categories, an effort has been made to provide cross-reference information; this information is included as "See also" notes within the collection description.

Photograph size given is in inches. Unless noted with a "b/w" (to indicate black and white), images are in color. The term "image" has been used to indicate photographs with differing subjects (e.g. 2 images include a photo of subject A and one of subject B). Where possible, photographers are indicated in the collection description. In photo identification both Mattie and Mattye have been used for Mattie (Burris) Hunley because both spellings were utilized by the original identifier.

Physical Location

RH MS 905

Physical Location

RH MS 1265

Physical Location

RH MS 1481

Physical Location

RH MS-P 905

Physical Location

RH MS-P 905(f)

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1265

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1265(f)

Physical Location

RH MS Q358

Physical Location

RH MS R322

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Sandra Gautt, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2015.

Title
Guide to the Whayne Family Collection
Subtitle
Whayne family papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007; revised by cl, 2010; skt, 2010; mbw, 2012; het, 2016; bas, 2019.
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English
Sponsor
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/0955631414
Preferred citation
Whayne family papers, RH MS 905, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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