Personal papers of Charles Stansifer
Charles Stansifer was a long-time faculty member of the University of Kansas' History Department with a focus in Latin American Studies. This collection consists of Stansifer's professional records of his research, service, and teaching, as well as material regarding Stansifer's personal life and interests.
- Majority of material found within 1963 - 2012
- Stansifer, Charles L. (Person)
Language of Materials
Mostly English; some Spanish.
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 Charles Stansifer
Charles "Charley" Lee Stansifer was born December 13, 1930, in Garden City, Kansas. After earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in History from Wichita State University, he completed his doctorate at Tulane University in 1959, joining the University of Kansas faculty in 1963 as part of a large group of new History instructors.
Stansifer served as Director of the Center of Latin America Studies from 1975 to 1989 and as Chair of the History Department from 1993 to 1996. Specializing in Central America, especially Costa Rica, he also had a year's study in Chile, and was very active in the Kansas/Paraguay Partnership, an international volunteer organization devoted to people-to-people exchanges between Kansas and Paraguay.
As part of his work in Costa Rica, Stansifer devoted many years to the Grupo de Kansas Study Abroad program there. His efforts helped KU Libraries acquire one of the five best collections of Costa Rican material in the world. He also served on election monitoring commissions in Nicaragua.
Stansifer retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004. He passed away February 4, 2016 in Lawrence, KS.
28.25 Linear Feet (29 boxes + 4 oversize folders, 2 oversize boxes)
Scope and Contents
This collection has been arranged into five series: Research, Service, Teaching, Personal, and Oversize materials. Some materials, including correspondence, are in Spanish. Stansifer's papers have been minimally processed, but records related to indivdiually identifiable students have been removed whenever possible. Duplicative materials may remain in the collection, and materials related to a particular topic or correspondent may appear in more than one location in the collection.
Though focused on his years as a professor at the University of Kansas, as well as stints as visiting professor in China, Costa Rica, and Alabama, this collection also includes some materials related to Stanisfer's own education back to high school and college.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Charles Stansifer, 2013, 2015.
- Guide to the Charles Stansifer Collection
- Personal papers of Charles Stansifer
- Finding aid prepared by lmb. Finding aid encoded by lmb.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Personal papers of Charles Stansifer, PP 589, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas