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Jane Wofford Malin collection

Call Number: RH MS 1444


Jane Wofford Malin grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, had a career teaching French in Texas, and then retired to her home town of Lawrence, Kansas. This collection documents her life and her connections to Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, and in France and abroad. The correspondence in this collection, as well as papers and photographs of Malin and each of her parents, represents two generations of Midwestern life.


  • Creation: approximately 1860s, 1890s-2016 (bulk 1926 - 2016)


Language of Materials

Most of the collection is in English, some of the correspondence is in French.

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Jane Wofford Malin

The life of Jane Wofford Malin:

January 30, 1926
Born in Lawrence, Kansas. She lived on Ohio Street and moved to 1541 University Drive when she was 9 years old. She attended Quincy Elementary, Cordley Elementary, Lawrence Junior High, and Oread Training School.
Graduated from Oread Training School when she was 15 years old.
Earned a bachelor of arts degree in Zoology at the University of Kansas.
Attended summer school at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Earned a master of arts degree in French at the University of Kansas. Her thesis was "Claude Tillier et Mon Oncle Benjamin."
Attended French Summer School at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Worked at the University of Oklahoma as an instructor of modern languages.
1949 - 1956
Employed as a teaching fellow in French at the University of Texas, Austin.
Traveled to Mexico.
Studied romance languages and literature at La Sorbonne, College de France, on a Fulbright Scholarship (renewed the second year).
Traveled to Algeria, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, while staying in Paris.
1956 - 1960
Employed as in Instructor in the Division of Foreign Languages at the University of Houston, Texas.
1960 - 1967
Employed as an Assistant Professor of French at the University of Houston, Texas.
Earned a PhD in Romance Languages at the University of Austin with the dissertation: "Surrealism in the French Theatre between the Wars."
Traveled to Barcelona, Spain.
Traveled to Paris, France.
1967 -1986
Employed as Associate Professor of French at the University of Houston, Texas, receiving tenure in 1970. She also taught courses in disciplines other than French: drama, grammar and composition, singing, and phonetics.
1974 - 1975
Took University Development Leave to research French drama in France.
Retired from the University of Houston and returned to Lawrence, Kansas.
Involved in the Lawrence Community Theatre, acting and volunteering.
August 4, 2016
Died in Lawrence, Kansas, at the age of 90.


15.75 Linear Feet (17 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 5 audiovisual items)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence between Jane Wofford Malin and her parents; correspondence from Malin's friends; papers of Malin's parents, history professor James C. Malin and Betty Malin; photographs and scrapbooks; and professional work of Malin from her teaching career in French at the University of Houston in Texas.

Also in the collection are materials from or related to the University of Kansas; Lawrence, Kansas; Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas; Universities of Houston and Texas-Austin; and the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

The collection is organized by series for correspondence, papers, photographs, and audio visual materials. Each series is for the most part organized chronologically. The correspondence series includes sub-series for letters each to and from Jane and her parents, as well as sub-series for letters from Malin's friends.

Papers are organized by family member and includes a series of materials not specifically attributable to any single Malin family member. Photographs follow a similar sub-series arrangement, additionally including photographs taken by Malin's friend Fannie Tapper.

Oversize manuscript and photographic materials have been physically separated and are located at RH MS R429 and RH MS-P 1444(f). Audio visual materials have also been physically separated and are located at KC AV 44.

Physical Location

RH MS 1444

Physical Location

RH MS R429

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1444

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1444(f)

Physical Location

KC AV 44

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Estate of Jane Wofford Malin, 2016, 2017.

Related Materials

Malin, Jane Wofford. "Claude Tillier et Mon Oncle Benjamin," University of Kansas MA thesis in Romance Language and Literature, 1947. Located at Thesis 1947 Malin at University of Kansas Libraries.

Personal papers of James C. Malin, PP 82, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

James Claude Malin papers, Manuscripts Collection 183, State Archives, Kansas Historical Society.

Separated Materials

Official guide and map for greater Kansas City, transferred to bound materials, RH B2749, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Diary of Lucius E. Sayre, 1869, transferred to his personal papers, PP 244, University Archives, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Jane Wofford Malin Collection
Jane Wofford Malin collection
Finding aid prepared by lmw, 2018. Finding aid encoded by lmw, 2018. Finding aid revised by cmp, 2022.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Jane Wofford Malin Collection, RH MS 1444, 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