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Personal Papers of Edward L. Ruhe

Call Number: PP 510


The collection includes course-related materials, correspondence, newsletters, and research from Edward L. Ruhe, a faculty member at the University of Kansas who taught English literature at KU from 1958-1989.


  • 1951 - 1989


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 Edward L. Ruhe

Edward Lehman Ruhe was born in 1923 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Percy B. and Amy (Sieger) Ruhe. He attended the local high school from 1938 to 1941 before going onto Swathmore College in Swathmore, Pennsylvania from 1941 to 1943 and 1946 to 1948, receiving his bachelors degree in 1948. Between college stints, Ruhe served as dean and supervisor of the NATSPac academy of the Naval Air Transport service in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1944-1945.

Ruhe attended Columbia University and received his Masters degree in 1951 and compleated his PhD in 1959 after lecturing at London University, 1951-1952, and teaching at various colleges and universities on the East coast.

In 1958, Ruhe was hired by the University of Kansas to teach 18th century English literature. During his time at KU he was also the principal investigator on the Edmund Curll Collection at the Spencer Library.

Ruhe was an avid collector of Aboriginal Australian art. He amassed the largest collection of eucalyptus bark paintings outside of Australia. This collection was collected in the 1965 school year while Ruhe was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Edward L. Ruhe died in 1989 in Lawrence, Kansas, at the age of 66.


12 Linear Feet (12 boxes + 2 oversize boxes)

Physical Location

PP 510

Related Materials

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

Curll Project Collection, Department of Special Collections, MS 218, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Processing Information

Part of the collection was formerly housed at PP 366.

Guide to the Edward L. Ruhe Collection
Personal papers of Edward L. Ruhe
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Personal papers of Edward L. Ruhe, PP 510, 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