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Personal papers of Ernest Bayles

Call Number: PP 220


Ernest Edward Bayles taught in the School of Education at the University of Kansas from 1928-1968. This collection contains clippings, publications, proofs, and manuscripts regarding his scholarly work, as well as personal correspondence with his family.


  • Creation: 1927 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Ernest Bayles

Ernest Edward Bayles was born in 1897 and raised in Kansas. He received his A.B. in 1919 and his A.M. in 1922, both from the University of Kansas. In 1932, Bayles received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. He married Lucene Spencer (1896-1986) and the couple had four sons: Spencer, Lewis, Hugh, and John.

In 1928, Bayles joined the faculty of KU in the School of Education, and reached full professor status in 1946. He retired in 1968 and passed away nine years later.


8.75 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection includes family correspondence with Lucene (nee Spencer) Bayles, Bayles' wife; all four of his sons; Edward O. Sisson, uncle; and Ward Bayles, Ernest's brother. Also notable in the collection is correspondence with Kenneth E. Anderson, dean of the School of Education at KU, as well as some publications by Anderson and other educational professionals. The collection also includes some administrative information about the School of Education at KU in the mid-20th century, as well as copies of and reviews about Bayles' own publications on educational practice and theory.

Physical Location

PP 220

Physical Location

PP 561

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Ernest E. Bayles Collection
Personal papers of Ernest Bayles
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by aam, 2015; rar, 2016; mwh, 2021.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Ernest E. Bayles, PP 220, 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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