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Personal papers of Kala Stroup

Call Number: PP 613


This collection contains notes, papers, speeches, photographs and books written by and having to do with Kala Stroup. Dr. Stroup was the last Dean of Women at the University of Kansas and has done work for many different higher educational institutions and nonprofit groups. She assisted in setting up the Honors program at KU and is on the board of the KU Alumni Association and the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center. The papers include information regarding the KU Honors program, the College within a College program of the late 1960s to help students avoid feeling alienated in a large university setting, early research into women in science and mathematics, and second wave feminist efforts on college campuses in the United States. The collection also includes a single audio cassette.


  • 1959 - 2018


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

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

Biography of Kala Stroup

Kala Stroup began working at the University of Kansas in 1959 as a Residence Hall Assistant Director for Corbin Hall, which at the time was dedicated to housing freshman women. As a student at KU and as a staff member in the 1950s and 1960s, she worked with other women students and staff to remove parental restrictions on female students, including curfews and restricted travel.

Stroup held various roles in the Dean of Women's office and in the residential halls system, eventually becoming the last Dean of Women at KU from 1975-1978. In 1979 she became the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Kansas Board of Regents system, working at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.

Stroup thereafter served as president of Murray State University in Kentucky, Southeast Missouri State University, and American Humanics (later renamed Nonprofit Leadership Alliance), among other leadership positions she held in higher education and nonprofit administration. Stroup retired in 2010 but now teaches Honors Classes at KU.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 1 audio cassette)

Physical Location

PP 613

Physical Location

UA AV 16

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Kala Stroup, 2019.

Related Materials

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

Separated Materials

Kala Stroup donated papers related to portions of her career not at KU to other institutions. These include

  1. Papers as President of Southeast Missouri State University (1990-1995) and Missouri Commisioner of Higher Education (1995-2002), located in the Archives at Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University.
  2. Papers as President of Murray State Univerity (1983-1990) and President of the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (2002-2010) are located at Waterfield Library at Murray State University.
  3. Papers as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs (1978-1983) in the Kansas Regents System are located at William Allen White Library at Emporia State University.



Guide to the Kala Stroup Personal Papers Collection
Personal papers of Kala Stroup
Finding aid prepared by gem, 2019. Finding aid encoded by gem, 2019. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Kala Stroup, PP 613, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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