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Personal papers of Elizabeth A. Schultz

Call Number: PP 606


This collection of Elizabeth A. Schultz's personal papers includes two series established by Schultz herself: Personal Documents and Albums. Her personal documents relate largely to professional projects and teaching at KU, as well as to post-retirement publications and philanthropic activities. The Albums series includes photograph albums and scrapbooks from Schultz's childhood through post-retirement travels around the world.


  • Creation: 1897-2018 (bulk 1944-2018)


Language of Materials

Primarily in English; some materials in Japanese and Mandarin.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Donor is retaining copyright.

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

Biography of Elizabeth A. Schultz

Elizabeth A. Schultz is a Professor Emerita of English at the University of Kansas, having taught there from 1967 until her retirement in 2001. She is known internationally for her scholarship on Herman Melville and, in particular, his novel Moby-Dick, having published monographs, essays, and poetry, curated exhibitions, and given talks all centered around the work. In the later years of her career, and particularly following her retirement, Schultz delved into writing and publishing poetry in journals, reviews, and her own collections. She continues to publish today.

Schultz was born in 1933 in Flint, Michigan where she lived until she entered Wellesley College, receiving her BA in European History in 1958. She went on to teach high school- and junior college-level English in Osaka, Japan for three years before returning to the United States to complete her MA and PhD in English and American Literature at the University of Michigan in 1962 and 1967.

While at KU, Schultz taught classes on women in literature, American women authors, British women authors, African American literature, Langston Hughes, and Moby-Dick, amongst many other topics. Schultz also taught at various international universities, including in Japan, Africa, Russia, and China. She was the recipient of numerous awards during her time at KU, including the KU Outstanding Woman Teacher Award, the Standard Oil Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the HOPE Award, all in 1971 alone, as well as the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award in 1984. She was named a Danforth Associate from 1973-1976 and was granted a Chancellor's Club Teaching Professorship from 1984-1994. In 2007, six years after her retirement, she taught courses on American women writers and ecocriticism at Beijing Foreign Studies University as a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer.

A lifelong lover of nature and the outdoors, Schultz established the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund in 2005. The Fund seeks to award grants to projects that contribute to the preservation and understanding of nature, as well as resource conservation, particularly in Douglas County, Kansas. Since its establishment, it has awarded tens of thousands of dollars to projects led by several organizations, including the KU Endowment, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Kansas Land Trust, and the Lawrence Public Library Foundation.


6 Linear Feet (10 boxes + 8 oversize boxes + 1 audio CD + 1 VHS tape)

Scope and Contents

The Personal Documents series includes files relating to Schultz's professional life, including publications, exhibitions, conferences, and correspondence, as well as more personal files of photographs, correspondence, and documents related to her parents, brother, and nieces. The Albums series includes scrapbooks and photograph albums compiled by both Schultz's grandmother and by Schultz herself. Schultz's scrapbooks document her childhood through her undergraduate days, and the photograph albums relate to international travels through her post-retirement life.


Collection was arranged by donor into four series: 1. Personal Documents; 2: Albums; 3: Publications; 4: Poetry Publications. Publications and Poetry Publications have been removed from the collection to be indivdiually cataloged; the Personal documents and Albums remain in the collection as Schultz arranged.

Physical Location

PP 606

Physical Location


Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Elizabeth A. Schultz, 2018, 2019.

Related Materials

Oral history present in Endacott Society oral history interviews.

Consult reference staff for availability of related materials such as biographical files, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Separated Materials

Publications have been removed from the collection to be cataloged separately.

Guide to the Elizabeth A. Schultz Collection
Personal papers of Elizabeth A. Schultz
Finding aid prepared by vej. Finding aid encoded by vej.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Elizabeth A. Schultz Collection, PP 606, 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