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Personal papers of Helen R. Hoopes

Call Number: PP 26


Hoopes taught rhetoric and English at the University of Kansas from 1914-1947. This collection contains scrapbooks, poetry, clippings, correspondence and a copy of her graduate thesis.


  • 1829 - 1973


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 Helen R. Hoopes (1878-1973)

Helen Rhoda Hoopes received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas (KU) in 1913. While an undergraduate student, Hoopes became the first woman to edit the University Daily Kansan, though her name never appeared as editor.

Hoopes went on to receive a master's degree in English from KU in 1914. Later that year, she became a faculty member at KU and taught Rhetoric and, starting in 1925, English until her retirement in 1947. During her time at KU, Hoopes helped establish the Gamma Phi Beta sorority chapter; KU Quill Club; Pi Lambda Theta; and Theta Sigma Phi, a women's journalism society.

Hoopes edited Contemporary Kansas Poetry in 1927 and her work has been featured in Kansas Magazine, The Harp, Jayhawk, The Troubadour, American Poetry Magazine, Bozart, Lyric West, Contemporary Verse, Youth’s Companion, The Wichita Eagle, Christian Century, University Review, and in the Kansas City Star.


9.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Physical Location

PP 26

Physical Location

PP 517

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Marla J. Hefty for David Paul Howard, 2012.

Related Materials

Personal papers of Gladys Baker, PP 199, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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

Helen R. Hoopes poem, MS P409, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Separated Materials

Gold locket removed to Archives Artifacts 41/ Helen R. Hoopes.

Guide to the Helen R. Hoopes Collection
Personal papers of Helen R. Hoopes
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by sda, 2012; mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Helen R. Hoopes, University Archives, PP 26, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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