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Personal papers of Kent Spreckelmeyer

Call Number: PP 617


This collection contains the professional and personal papers of architect, professor, and former chair of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design, Kent Spreckelmeyer. The collection includes records related to his teaching, research, and professional service, as well as to his graduate studies and Air Force career.


  • Creation: 1964 - 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 Kent Fitzgerald Spreckelmeyer

Kent Spreckelmeyer was born in 1950 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was raised in and graduated from the farming community of Oregon, MO. Graduating from high school in 1968, he began the bachelor of architecture five-year program at the University of Kansas that same year. His instructors included Curtis Besinger, William Max Lucas, Charlie Kahn, and Rich Solomon, among others.

Spreckelmeyer attended KU on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. After he graduated he was commissioned a second lieutenant and, after a year-long stint at University College London in London, England, he served as base architect at George Air Force Base in Victorville, California.

After Spreckelmeyer's discharge as a captain in 1978, he went to the University of Michigan to complete his doctorate in architecture. Upon completing his dissertation in 1981, Spreckelmeyer was hired by the School of Architecture at KU.

Spreckelmeyer taught a variety of courses at KU at the graduate and undergraduate level. He led the School in its development of masters and doctoral programs in architecture, serving in various leadership and chair roles for graduate studies and planning committees. In 1995 he was appointed Chair of Architecture, which position he held until 1997; during his tenure, he struggled with a variety of teaching personnel staffing issues but was also able to form what would eventually become Studio 804. Spreckelmeyer also held a visiting professorship at the University of Edinburgh in the 1980s.

Kent Spreckelmeyer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 2000 and a member of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). He has won research awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and AIA and was a 2009 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence winner, as well as the 2010 Kansas City AIA Educator of the Year. He is licensed to practice architecture in Missouri and California.


13 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection provides a thorough understanding of Kent Spreckelmeyer's professional career as a teacher, researcher, and member of the architecture profession. The collection includes some materials related to Spreckelmeyer's early and personal life, but the bulk of the collection focuses on his teaching, research and presentations, and other professional concerns, including his own studies particularly at the doctoral level.

The collection has been arranged into four series: General professional and personal papers; Publications, presentations, and major awards; Research; and Teaching. Materials have typically been organized by Spreckelmeyer in reverse chronological order within each topic or sub-topic.

Physical Location

PP 617

Physical Location

UA AV 21

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Kent Spreckelmeyer, 2017, 2018.

Related Materials

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

Separated Materials

Copies of Kent Spreckelmeyer's monographs and other major publications have been separated to be cataloged separately. Consult the KU Libraries catalog for information regarding these publications.

Processing Information

Dr. Spreckelmeyer organized the collection before giving it to the Spencer Research Library; this organization has been maintained with some reordering of boxes. Most materials remain in their original folders; materials that were in envelopes or binders have been placed in new folders, with existing titles retained. Spreckelmeyer provided contents lists with each box; these lists remain in the boxes.

Guide to the Kent Spreckelmeyer Collection
Personal papers of Kent Spreckelmeyer
Finding aid prepared by mwh. Finding aid encoded by mwh.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Kent Spreckelmeyer, PP 617, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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