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Personal papers of Ann Hyde

Call Number: PP 610


This collection contains the personal papers of Ann Hyde, who worked at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library on the University of Kansas' campus for many years. Hyde played a key role in the translation of Anglo-Saxon documents discovered in the Spencer during her time as an undergraduate student. Documents relating to this discovery are included within this collection, as are correspondence, records related to her education, and other personal materials.


  • Creation: 1934 - 2008


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 Ann Hyde

Ann Hyde was born Aug. 31, 1930, in New York City, the daughter of John B. and Helen Stranska Hyde. She grew up and went to school in Great Neck, NY. In her senior year, she received the Pepsi-Cola Scholarship after receiving the highest female and 4th overall highest score on that year's exam.

Hyde went on to study at Mount Holyoke from 1947-1948, where she first met her lifelong friend Alexandra "Sandy" Mason. She then attended several institutions, including Wheaton College and the University of Chicago, before entering the University of Kansas in 1958. She completed her undergraduate degree in English at KU in 1960.

During her undergraduate career at KU, Hyde, along with a visiting professor, Bertram Colgrave, and the special collections cataloguer of the Spencer Library, Sandy Mason, discovered and deciphered leaves from two different 11th century Anglo-Saxon manuscripts that were used as padding in a 17th century book’s binding. Hyde and Colgrave published an article on their discovery in the journal Speculum in 1962, which became one of the earliest of Ann’s many contributions to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Working at Spencer during this time, Hyde went on to receive a Diploma of Manuscript Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 1962, and in 1966 she earned a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Minnesota. She then returned to Spencer and spent the rest of her career working at the library as manuscripts librarian, retiring in 2000. Ann Hyde passed away in June 2014.


3.25 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection has been organized into three series: personal documents; records related to Ann Hyde's writing and reading; and correspondence.

Contents of this collection include the grades and writings of Hyde during high school and college, as well as correspondence to and from Hyde with these academic institutions. Additionally, the collection also contains a large amount of correspondence from between the years of 1947-1950. Finally, Hyde's documents relating to the Spencer Library, the field of library science, and her attempts to publish her writing are also included.

Where possible, the documents from the original collection were kept in the order originally found when the collection came to Spencer. In the 2022 collection addition transfer from the personal papers of Sandy Mason, Spencer Research Library staff rearranged unorganized similar materials to make the records easier to access. Oversize items, including Hyde's diploma and photographs of her, have been physically separated from the rest of the collection and are described at the end of the series of personal documents.

Physical Location

PP 610

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Barbara J. Braa, 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer, University Archives, 2022.



Guide to the Ann Hyde Collection
Personal papers of Ann Hyde
Finding aid prepared by haz, 2019. Finding aid encoded by haz, 2019. Finding aid revised by cmp, 2022.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Ann Hyde, PP 610, 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