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Personal papers of Philip L. Henderson

Call Number: PP 512


The collection consists of the artwork, photography, and teaching materials of Philip Henderson. Also included is correspondence and various materials of Philip's parents, Dwight and Edith, as well as journals of Philip and Edith Henderson.


  • Creation: 1897 - 2004


Language of Materials

English, Spanish, French

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 Philip L. Henderson

Philip (Phil) Long Henderson was born on April 6, 1911 in Youngstown, Ohio to Dwight and Edith (Edie) Henderson. Henderson received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Fine Arts from the Chicago Art Institute in 1938 and 1941, respectively. He taught art at Cornell College in Iowa and the Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Artes in San Miguel, Mexico. Henderson also worked as a commercial artist in Detroit, Michigan.

Henderson came to the University of Kansas in 1953. In 1956 he became an assistant professor and finally associate professor in 1963, teaching courses in fashion illustration, advertising, and editorial art and design. He retired in 1980.

Henderson's concentrations of study were photography, painting in watercolor and oils, as well as sketching in charcoal, pencil, and ink. Henderson's subject matter included landscapes, nudes, and portraits. One painting, "The Blackhawks Attacking the Goal," was invited to be shown at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.

Henderson married Lois Taylor in 1936 and they divorced in 1953. He married Kathryn (Kate) Arnold in 1963 and adopted her daughter, Stephanie. He divorced her in 1965. He married Virginia Benson and they divorced some time later. He was a president and trustee of the Kansas Federation of Art and was a member of the College Art Association of America. Henderson died in Lawrence, Kansas on July 12, 1998.


4.75 Linear Feet (6 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the artwork and photography of Philip Henderson, as well as his materials relating to teaching college courses and summer art camp at the University of Kansas. It also contains correspondence to his parents and other recipients. The collection also includes materials belonging to Philip Henderson's parents, Dwight and Edith (Edie), such as their correspondence, personal notes, journals and notebooks.

Physical Location

PP 512

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Dietre L. Colgan, 2010.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related materials such as biographical files, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Philip L. Henderson Collection
Personal papers of Philip L. Henderson
Finding aid prepared by cmh, 2011; revised by skt, 2012. Finding aid encoded by cmh, 2011; revised by skt, 2012.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Philip L. Henderson, University Archives, PP 512, 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