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Quentin James Eklund Studio negatives and photographs

Call Number: RH PH 530


Quentin James Eklund operated his photography studio beginning in 1940 in Ellsworth, Kansas. This collection consists of negatives and photographs of the local scenes and peoples of Ellsworth, as well as images of landscapes from greater Kansas.


  • Creation: 1946 - 1983


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 Quentin James Eklund

Quentin James Eklund was born April 28, 1920 in Ellsworth, Kansas. He took over a photographic equipment lease and studio in Ellsworth in 1940 from Lee Smith of Great Bend, KS. Eklund's photography career was interrupted in 1942 by Army service, serving in the European theater until his discharge in 1945.

When returning to Ellsworth, Eklund opened his own studio in his home, moving the studio downtown in 1948. His wife June V. (Haydon), whom he married in 1943, helped him with customers and with oil coloring portraits. The studio expanded as a family affair as their children Machelle, Lori, and Juli grew up and also helped with the studio.

In 1953 Eklund moved his studio one last time, buying a building that allowed more work space and better customer availability. Eklund produced a wide variety of photographs, including portraits, weddings, family groups, animals, architecture, and landscapes. He retired in 1985 and passed away on November 28, 1988. His wife June passed away in 2009.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases)

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of both photographic negatives and prints of people, buildings, events, and landscapes from Ellsworth, Kansas and the surrounding environs. The images have been grouped thematically by Churches; Events and incidents; People; Landscapes of Ellsworth and greater Kansas; Businesses and institutions; the building of the Ellsworth Armory building; the National Guard in Ellsworth; Eklund Studio; and other miscellaneous topics located at the end of the collection. Most of the collection consists of negatives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, June Eklund, 1998.

Guide to the Quentin James Eklund Studio Collection
Quentin James Eklund Studio negatives and photographs
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Quentin James Eklund Studio negatives and photographs, RH PH 530, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States