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Hayden family papers

Call Number: RH MS 1159


Willard Hayden served with the United States Army Medical Corps in France during World War I. This collection contains Mr. Hayden's correspondence to his family and photographs taken in Europe during his service. The collection also contains documents and extensive photographs relating to his daughter Pauline Nunemaker's ancestors, genealogy, and family history.


  • Creation: 1833 - 2002


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 Willard Hayden

Willard Hayden, the son of Adrian Kepler Hayden and Mary Amelia Broat, was born on September 5, 1893, in Kearney Nebraska. His family later moved to Kansas and farmed land in Douglas County, portions of which are now part of the University of Kansas campus.

On July 29, 1918, Willard Hayden reported for basic training in the United States Army at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he was assigned to the Medical Corps. He arrived in France in October of 1918 as part of the American Expeditionary Force. For the duration of hostilities, Private Hayden served in U.S. Military Hospital No. 2 in Tamans, France, caring for wounded and sick Allied troops as well as prisoners of war.

After the Armistice, Hayden was assigned to a convalescent hospital in Hyers, France. Most of his patients were victims of gas or influenza (Spanish Flu). He participated in occupation duty before returning to the United States on June 14, 1919. He received an honorable discharge on June 28, 1919 at Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas.

On October 15, 1919, Willard Hayden married Mary R. Hanna, daughter of Franklin P.D. Hanna and Rosanna M. Bateman. The couple had five children, including Pauline Nunemaker, who donated this collection of family papers and photographs. Willard Hayden died on December 29, 1987 at the age of 94. He is interned at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.


3.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes + 3 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence and photographs from Willard Hayden's service during World War I. It also contains documents relating to the histories of the Hayden, Hanna, Broat, and McFarland/Bateman families. These genealogical documents are supplemented with a large number of photographs. All photographs are black and white unless otherwise stated, and identification is provided whenever possible. Oversize materials, both manuscript items and photographs, have been physically separated and are located at RH MS R259. These items have also been described separately in the finding aid.


The Hayden Family Collection is divided into 10 series, arranged according to family name and item type. Manuscript material and photographs follow a similar arrangement to each other. Families represented in the collection include Hayden, Hanna, Broat, and McFarland/Bateman; there are also series for souvenir advertising cards, photograph albums, and for unidentified photographs.

Physical Location

RH MS 1159

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1159

Physical Location

RH MS R259

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Pauline Nunemaker, 2007.



Guide to the Hayden Family Collection
Hayden family papers
Finding aid prepared by mt, 2009. Finding aid encoded by mt, 2009. Finding aid revised by eear, 2015; mwh, 2017.
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Preferred citation
Hayden Family Papers Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1159, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States