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Vogel family collection

Call Number: RH MS 1446


The Vogel family lived primarily in Lawrence, Kansas throughout the 20th century. John served as a representative in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1963-1980; he and wife Irene and their children all attended University of Kansas for their higher education. This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs concerning the two generations from 1952-2012, as well as some items from John Vogel's brother Edgar during his service in World War II. A large part of the collection centers around the personal papers of John Vogel during his time in Congress. Many of the collection's items also focus on Jerry Vogel's adapting to life in a wheelchair after surviving polio as a child.


  • Creation: 1937-1938, 1940s, 1952-2015, undated


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.

History of the Vogel family

The Vogel family settled in Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas in the last quarter of the 19th century, emigrating from the Bavarian and Wurttemberg states of Germany. John Leonard Vogel married Elizabeth Scheller in Marysville, Kansas in 1871, and they had several children who continued to live in Stuttgart or elsewhere in Kansas. They were charter members of the Stuttgart Lutheran church. Their son John Henry Vogel was born in 1879 and married Margaret Maria Barbara Veeh, with whom he had several children, including John Henry, Junior (1916-2001) and Edgar Martin (1920-1961).

John Henry Vogel was born in 1916. He attended the University of Kansas, where he met his future wife Irene, and graduated in 1939 with a degree in Business. He served as a Republican Party Representative in the Kansas House of Representatives for several years, from 1963 until his retirement in 1980. During his time in the state legislature, he was chair of the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee. He remained in Lawrence until his death in 2001 at the age of 85 and was active in the community, including membership in the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and serving on the board of directors of Independence, Inc.

Irene Vogel (née Schaake) was also a Kansas native, born in 1915 and attending Lawrence High School, graduating in 1933. She obtained a degree from KU's School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1937. She and John Vogel had two children, Nancy and Gerald. Irene died in 1995 at the age of 79.

Nancy Vogel, eldest child of John and Irene, received her bachelors, masters, and doctorate from KU and served as teaching assistant at the University from 1968-1970. She then taught English at Fort Hays State College in Kansas from 1971 until her retirement in 2001. She still serves on the Board of Trustees at Fort Hays. Nancy was a President's Distinguished Scholar recipient in 1995.

Gerald "Jerry" Max Vogel, the Vogels' younger child, was born in 1943 and attended Lawrence High School and KU. He worked as a computer lab instructor at Independence Inc. and was also a member of the Lawrence Amateur Radio Club with the call sign WAØOWH. He was struck with polio as a child, which necessitated the use of a wheelchair from the age of 9 until the end of his life. He died in 2012 at the age of 69.

John Henry Vogel's younger brother Edgar was born in 1920. He served in the United States Army during World War II, in the 8th Air Service Group in an ordnance company. He spent over two years serving in New Guinea during this time. After being demobilized in 1946, Edgar went into partnership with his brother Howard until 1952, in the Phillipsburg Implement Company. Thereafter, Edgar farmed his family's land until his early death in 1961.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes + 1 oversize box, 1 audio cassette)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Most of the collection came to Spencer Research Library in binders. All items have been removed from those binders to aid housing and access, but order has been maintained as materials were found.

The collection has been divided into materials related to the Vogel family overall and into series for each Vogel family member: John, Irene, Nancy, and Jerry. John's series includes a subseries specifically related to his time in the Kansas House of Representatives. The bulk of the collection relates to Jerry Vogel.

Audiovisual materials have been physically separated from the rest of the collection and are located at KC AV 46.

Physical Location

RH MS 1446

Physical Location

RH MS R474

Physical Location

KC AV 46

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Nancy Vogel, 2015.

Guide to the Vogel Family Collection
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Preferred citation
Vogel family papers, RH MS 1446, 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