Papers of Camilla Cave
Kansas native, Camilla Cave, was born in 1912, was a University of Kansas graduate, and longtime resident of Dodge City, Kansas. Throughout her life she was active in non-profit and civic organizations within Dodge City and the state of Kansas, including the Kansas Humanities Council and other groups promoting arts and education. This collection includes her papers, spanning throughout her life, consisting chiefly of personal correspondence and memorabilia, as well as records of various organizations in which Cave participated. This collection also includes material relating to her husband, Ellis Cave, which represent primarily his business and professional life, and an extensive amount of snapshot photographs which document the last 20 years of Cave's life, through 1998.
- Creation: 1902 - 1998
- Cave, Camilla, 1912-1998 (Person)
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No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of Camilla Luther Cave
Kansas native, Camilla Luther Cave, was born in 1912 to Lester "Dick" Luther and Mae Belle Cook, married in 1911. She attended school in Cimarron, Kansas and attended college at Lindenwood College and the University of Kansas, graduating in 1934. She married Ellis Cave in 1936. The couple had four children.
Throughout her life she was active in non-profit and civic organizations within Dodge City and the state of Kansas, including the Kansas Arts Commission, Dodge City Community Concert Association, the Kansas Committee for the Humanities, and other groups promoting arts and education.
In May 1980, Cave was presented with a Distinguished Service Award at the University of Kansas for her involvement in the humanities.
Cave died in 1998.
63 Linear Feet (66 boxes, 10 oversize boxes)
Language of Materials
Scope and Contents
The Camilla Cave Collection dates from the 19th Century to 1998. The collection contains correspondence, family papers, organization papers, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Correspondence ranges from personal to professional with organization letters, greeting cards, and notes from friends. The family papers include family correspondence, including letters from Cave's father, Lester "Dick" Luther, to Mae Belle Cook prior to their wedding in 1911. There are also numerous letters to Cave's brother from the family while stationed overseas in the 1940s and 1950s. Organization papers reflect Cave's extensive involvement in organizations that include the Kansas Arts Commission, Dodge City Community Concert Association, and the Kansas Committee for the Humanities. The newspaper clippings follow Cave's interest in the activities of family and friends. The extensive photographs chronicle Cave's early life, but focus largely on the last 30 years of Cave's life through 1998.
Photographs for the collection are located at RH MS-P 1228 and RH MS-P 1228f. Oversized materials are at RH MS Q114, RH MS Q335, RH MS R226, and RH MS R299. Cassette tapes can be found at RH Cassette Tape 53. A vinyl record is located at RH MS Phono 20.
RH MS 598
RH MS 928
RH MS 1228
RH MS Q114
RH MS R226
RH MS Q335
RH MS R299
RH MS-P 1228
RH MS-P 1228f
RH Cassette Tape 53
RH Phono 20
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Camilla Cave, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997; Camilla Cave (estate), 1998
RH MS 598 previously shelved at RH MS 369.
- Guide to the Camilla Cave Collection
- Papers of Camilla Cave
- Finding aid prepared by ha/mab, 2005; revised by cl, 2010; revised by skt, 2010
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Camilla Cave Collection, RH MS 598, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.