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Collection of Stella Aten

Call Number: MS 296


The collection includes information and keepsakes from Stella Aten's travels abroad as well as personal materials.


  • Creation: 1898 - 1959


Language of Materials

English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Japanese.

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 Stella Aten

Stella Wolcott Aten was born in Hiawatha, Kansas on June 26, 1881 to Henry J. Aten and Marcia Burbidge. She had one sibling, Edna. Aten attended the University of Kansas from 1897-1901 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Latin. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity.

After graduating, Aten taught Latin at Horton High School and Hiawatha Academy in Kansas, as well as in Spearfish, South Dakota. She later got her master's degree in 1908 from the University of Kansas in Greek and Latin. Aten attended the University of Chicago from 1910-1912 with a fellowship in Latin studies. She was an active member of the Chicago College Club as well as the University of Kansas Endowment. Many of her personal items indicate she traveled extensively later in life.


2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Scope and Contents

The collection includes materials regarding travel and sightseeing on almost every continent of the world. Menus, travel itineraries, and passenger lists indicate Stella Aten traveled extensively. Other items include pamphlets and booklets on various states and countries, though they do not indicate she ever journeyed there. The collection also includes personal items, such as books, poems, and articles from newspapers and magazines.

Physical Location

MS 296

Physical Location

MS Q47

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Stella Aten.

Related Materials

Personal papers of Stella Aten, PP 28, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Aten, Stella. "Praesertim cum and praesertim qui clauses," Thesis 1908 Aten, located at University of Kansas Libraries Annex.

Guide to the Stella Aten Collection
Collection of Stella Aten
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Collection of Stella Aten, Department of Special Collections, MS 296, 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