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Personal papers of William Max Lucas

Call Number: PP 396


This collection contains assorted papers of architect and Kansas University professor William Max Lucas. It includes personal and Kansas University correspondence; architecture class outlines, notes, syllabi, tests and their keys, hand typed/written by Lucas; and project proposals, research done for said projects, and related papers.


  • Creation: 1962 - 1997


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 William Max Lucas

William Max Lucas was born in Lamar, Missouri in 1934, the son of William Max, Sr. and Margaret (Jones) Lucas. He attended the University of Kansas and received his bachelor's degree in architectural engineering in 1957, and his master's in the same field in 1962. In between he was on active duty in the United States Navy, joining the Reserves in 1960 and retiring as a captain in 1985. Lucas received his doctorate in engineering from Oklahoma State University - Stillwater in the early 1970s, and proceeded to become a professor at the Univerity of Kansas soon thereafter.

Lucas was heavily involved in administration at KU, serving as an assistant to chancellor Archie Dykes from 1974 to 1976, director of KU's Facilities and Planning Department from 1976 to 1978, and dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Design from 1981 to 1994. He was also active in the KU Alumni Association, serving at one time as president of the Endacott Society.

William Max Lucas passed away in his home on September 4th, 2015, at 81 years of age.


1 linear foot (1 box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 396

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William Lucas.

Guide to the William Lucas Collection
Personal papers of William Max Lucas
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Description rules
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of William Lucas, PP 396, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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