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John Fouts Gardenhire papers

Call Number: RH MS 766


The John Fouts Gardenhire papers are those of a Topeka, Kansas native who was an English professor in California for much of his life, as well as an active University of Kansas alumnus.


  • Creation: 1865 - 2009


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 John Fouts Gardenhire

John Fouts Gardenhire was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1933 to Shirley Richard and Carrie Bell (Fouts) Gardenhire. After graduating from Topeka High School in 1951, John F. Gardenhire served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He received a bachelor's degree in Common Learnings from the University of Kansas in 1958.

After graduating from college, Gardenhire moved to California to continue pursuing his education. He received an M.A. at San Francisco State University in 1966 and a PhD at the University of Southern California in 1974.

Gardenhire taught in the Renton, Washington Unified School District from 1958 to 1962 and San Jose Junior High in the Novato Unified School District in California from 1962 to 1969. In 1969, Gardenhire became an English professor at Laney Community College, Oakland, Calif; by his 1999 retirement, he had become the department's chair. After retirement, Gardenhire relocated to Maplewood, New Jersey.

Gardenhire's family is a large one. His parents were both Kansas natives. His mother, Carrie [1890-1949], was one of several children; her Fouts siblings included Francis Jay, Bessie, Ann, Smith, and Maude. Gardenhire married Carmen Smith and they had one daughter, Alissa [Gardenhire] Crooks [born 1970]. After separating from Smith, he married Lucy Kinchen [born 1935] in 1996.

John Fouts Gardenhire succumbed to cancer and passed away in 2010 in Maplewood, New Jersey.


6.75 Linear Feet (14 boxes + 1 volume, 9 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder, 3 compact discs, 5 audio cassettes, 13 video cassettes)

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Scope and Contents

The family papers of John Fouts Gardenhire have been arranged in 5 series: Career-related papers, personal papers (the bulk of the collection), photographs, oversize materials, and audio-visual materials. These series have been further organized by call number (the collection receiving a new call number for each addition when processed). Typically within each sub-series folders are organized alphabetically. Oversize material has also been physically separated from the main textual materials and from the main photographic materials and described separately in the finding aid.


The papers of John Fouts Gardenhire are organized by format and topic into 5 series: Career-related materials; Personal papers; Oversize material; Audio-visual material; and Photographs. Due to receiving additions to the collection over time, these series frequently appear at multiple call numbers.

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RH MS 766

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RH MS 1283

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RH MS 1401

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RH MS Q188

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RH MS Q418

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RH MS R189

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RH MS R332

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RH MS-P 766

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RH MS-P 766(f)

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RH MS-P 1283

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RH MS-P 1283(f)

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RH MS-P 1401

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RH Cassette Tape 60

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RH CD 33

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RH Video 42

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RH MS D285

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, John Fouts Gardenhire, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2016

Related Materials

Gardenhire, John Fouts. The Gardenhires’ Christmas cookbook : recipes for festive use throughout the whole year [Oakland, Ca. : J.F. Gardenhire], 1991. Located at Kenneth Spencer Research Library at at RH D6826.

Royal purple (Manhattan, Kan.) [Manhattan, Kan.] Kansas State Agricultural College, 1915. Located at Kenneth Spencer Research Library at RH Ser D1844.

Separated Materials

Gardenhire, John Fouts. Life Lessons from My Father: Things Dad Used to Say. [Xlibris Corp], 2006. Located at Kenneth Spencer Research Library at RH C11147.

Processing Information

Some photographs previously shelved at RH PH 57.

Guide to the John Fouts Gardenhire Collection
John Fouts Gardenhire papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006, 2007; revised by skt, 2010. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2006; revised by mrk, 2009; revised by skt, 2010; revised by ce, 2016; revised by bas, 2019.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in<language encodinganalog="language">English</language>
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
John Fouts Gardenhire papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 766, 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