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State Street Elementary School photograph

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH PH P16


This collection contains one photograph of a 5th grade classroom at the State Street Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas. The print shows teacher Louise Becker helping her class with a penmanship lesson; student Ruth Lassiter-Snell stands in front of the teacher.


  • Creation: approximately 1944

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Kansas State Historical Society required for reproduction. Contact staff at or (785) 864-4334 for assistance.

History of State Street Elementary School

State Street Elementary School opened in 1940 at 500 Northeast Sumner Street in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. Additions were made in 2008 and 2012, doubling the original square footage. Prior to the 1954 Supreme Court decision for Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, State Street admitted only white students.

[Information obtained from local news station WIBW.]

Biography of Louise Tena Becker (1905-1994)

Louise Tena Becker was born on November 19, 1905 at Washington, Kansas and moved to Topeka in 1936. She taught grade school in Ellsworth County, Lorraine, Solomon, and Topeka and at Emporia State University for 10 summers. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women's group, Mary E. Shannon group, the Group XI of the Business Professional Women, Alpha Deta Kappa honorary teachers sorority, Kansas State Teachers Assocation, National Retired Teachers Assocation, State Retired Teachers Assocation, and Topeka Retired Teachers Assocation. She died on August 21, 1994 at a Topeka nursing center.

[Information obtained from The Salina Journal obituaries.]


1 folder (1 item)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Kansas State Historical Society, 1982.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original print is located at the Kansas State Historical Society.

Guide to the State Street Elementary Collection
State Street Elementary School photograph
Finding aid prepared by lt, June 1982. Finding aid encoded by geb, 2020.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Preferred citation
State Street Elementary photograph, RH PH P16, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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