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Dorothy Wheeler quilt scrapbook and photographs

Call Number: RH MS Q231


Dorothy Wheeler, an active member and past officer of the Kaw Valley Quilters Guild in Lawrence, Kansas, produced a scrapbook as a record of the quilts she worked on and treasured from the 1940s-2005. The collection also includes several loose photographic prints of Wheeler's quilts, a compact disc of .jpg images of many quilts she worked on or received (some of which duplicate what appear in the scrapbook), as well as reminiscences by Wheeler and copies of patterns for and an article about making a cat Christmas quilt.


  • Creation: 1940 - 2005


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 Dorothy Ruth Glenn Wheeler (1917-2002)

Dorothy Ruth Glenn was born April 12, 1917 in Perry, Jefferson County, Kansas to William Clyde and Belle Hatch Glenn. A few years later the family, now including her younger brother Dick, moved to Topeka, where she completed high school at Topeka High. In 1935 she began attending Washburn University, working part-time as an assistant kindergarten teacher for the Topeka public schools, and after graduation taught at a consolidated school in Preston, Pratt County, KS.

Dorothy Glenn married Donald Eugene (Don) Wheeler on June 3, 1941, and they moved to San Diego, California. Their son Richard (Dick) was born there. In 1944 the family moved to Kansas City, MO, and in 1946 their daughter Nancy was born.

By 1958 the family had moved to Lawrence, Kansas and were operating Lawrence Optical Company, which they continued until 1982. Wheeler was an avid quilter, a long-time member and former officer of the Kaw Valley Quilters and teaching quilting for 20 years.

Don Wheeler died September 15, 2002, and Dorothy Wheeler passed away July 14, 2008.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize box)

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Physical Location

RH MS Q231

Physical Location

RH PH 558

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Dorothy Wheeler and family members.

Guide to the Dorothy Wheeler Collection
Dorothy Wheeler quilt scrapbook and photographs
Finding aid prepared by mab, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mab, 2007. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2017.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Dorothy Wheeler Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS Q231, 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