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George Kren Photographs

Call Number: RH PH 114


A collection of 16x20" color portrait photographs of predominantly Kansan and Kansas City-based artists and gallery directors, photographed by George Kren.


  • Creation: 1981 - 1984


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 George M. Kren

George M. Kren was born in Linz, Austria, escaping in 1939 with his sister to England as part of the Kindertransport, a British movement to help Jewish children escape the Nazi onslaught. Their parents also escaped, and a year later he and his sister were reunited with them in New York City.

Kren became an historian, an expert in studying the Holocaust and a pioneer in using psychoanalytical theory in historiography. He joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 1965 and retired in 2000.

A lifelong interest in photography led in 1973 to the start of a more specific project: Kren began photographing artists and other individuals with connections to the arts. He made connections with these individuals through his wife, Margo, professor of art at Kansas State University and former president and member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

George Kren passed away in 2000.


2 oversize boxes ; 39 x 49 cm

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH PH 114

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, George and Margo Kren, 1989.

Separated Materials

This collection, when donated to the University of Kansas, was divided between the Spencer Museum of Art and the Spencer Research Library. The nine photographs housed at the Spencer Museum of Art are of the following individuals: Philomene Bennett, Melby and Cat (David Melby), Raymond Eastwood, Lu and Nick Vaccaro, Grandma Layton (Elizabeth Layton), Roger Shimomura, Dan Younger, Michael Stack, and Jim Hunt.


Guide to the George Kren Collection
George Kren Photographs
Finding aid prepared in 2008; revised by mnm, 2016
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
George Kren Collection, RH PH 114, 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