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Barbara Hays Duke papers

Call Number: RH MS 1495


This collection includes materials from throughout Barbara Hays Duke's life, a long-time resident of Lawrence, Kansas. Comprises memorabilia, photographs, and other items from her high school and college years, as well as later correspondence, research, and other items regarding family genealogy.


  • Creation: 1909-2006, 2016


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 Barbara (Hays) Duke

Barbara Hays, daughter of Russell Randolph and Adele Hays, was born in San Diego, California in 1930. She moved to the family farm in Black Jack, Kansas in 1935 when her grandfather died, and again to Lawrence, KS with her family in 1939, where she attended high school at Liberty Memorial High School (present-day Lawrence High School) and college at the University of Kansas. She was a member of the Xi Chapter of the Sigma Kappa sorority in 1947-1951 while attending KU and earned her bachelors of science in economics in 1951.

After graduating from KU, Hays moved around and married, eventually earning her masters in library science from the University of North Texas in 1971. She had been working already at the Forth Worth Public Library in community relations from 1965-1971; she was also briefly a reference librarian there before serving as a field consultant and manager of the Statewide Interlibrary Loan Network for the Texas State Library from 1973-1982. She was briefly on a cataloging project at Howard University in the early 1980s and retired as head of the Education ad Psychology Library from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1992.

After retiring, Barbara Duke returned to Lawrence, Kansas, where she is currently living.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection includes memorabilia of Liberty Memorial High School (now Lawrence High School) from between 1945-1947 when Barbara Hays was in attendance, including yearbooks, event reminders, and photographs, as well as issues 2-16 of the school newspaper The Budget. One folder contains various playbills, souvenir programs, and event fliers from 1945-1947, as well as one piece dating from 2016.

Also in the collection is University of Kansas memorabilia, such as a K-book, comic books, and event programs. Barbara Hays Duke was a member of a KU sorority beginning in 1947, thus there are several photographs of her and her sorority peers taken from different events and activities.

Duke's post-college papers include research she conducted about her father, Russell Hays, and his connection with L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology; correspondence with friends and family; papers from her library career; geneaology with letters from ancestors; and the work she did with the Peggy Bowman Second Chance Fund, a nonprofit organization for supporting women in financial crisis and in need of an abortion, between 2000 and 2006.

Physical Location

RH MS 1495

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1495(f)

Physical Location

RH MS Q462

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Barbara Duke, 2016.

Separated Materials

Barbara Duke previously donated to the Spencer Research Library a group of photographs that do not appear to have anything to do with her personally. These are located at RH PH P2827.

Guide to the Barbara Hays Duke Collection
Barbara Hays Duke papers
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Barbara Duke papers, RH MS 1495, 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