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Hinton family papers

Call Number: RH MS 1558


This collection contains the records created and compiled by Patricia (Head) Hinton and Warren S. Hinton documenting their personal and professional lives. Records in this collection include scrapbooks and family histories; photographs; professional art and writings; correspondence with family and friends; yearbooks and other miscellaneous educational records; records about professional and volunteer endeavors; and records about significant life events including weddings, funerals, moves, and vacations.


  • Creation: 1921 - 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 Patricia Head Hinton (1926-2016)

Patricia (Pat) Head was born to Irvin and Lela Head in Wichita, Kansas, and she graduated from Wichita East High in 1944. Pat then attended and graduated from Christian College in Columbia, Missouri and Friends University in Wichita, Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in 1948. After graduation, Pat worked for a brief time as a guest editor for the Mademoiselle magazine.

In 1954, Pat Head married Warren S. Hinton, and the two moved to St. Joseph, Missouri. While living in St. Joseph, Pat volunteered at the Eugene Field School and was an active member of the Flower Society. She also served on the board of the YWCA.

In 1981, the Hintons moved to Amity, Missouri in DeKalb County. While living in Amity, Pat became active in the Amity United Methodist Church and served on the Boards of Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging and the DeKalb County Senior Center. As part of her work with the Amity United Methodist Church, she published a book of illustrations composed from church bulletins that she had designed to help collect donations to renovate the church's 100-year old building.

Throughout her life, Pat Hinton culivated many artistic hobbies, including magazine design, illustration, china painting, decorative tile work, and creating landscape art of the Great Plains area. Pat and Warren Hinton had two children: Heidi (Hinton) Hornaday and Walter Hinton. Patricia (Head) Hinton passed away in 2016.

Biography of Warren S. Hinton (1921-2010)

Warren S. Hinton was born to Joseph Robert Hinton and Callie V. (Stickley) Hinton in Wichita, Kansas. He served in World War II as a surgical technician in the 56th Medical Battalion from November 1942 to October 1945. After being honorably discharged, Warren Hinton pursued an education in the medical field and in hospital administration at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas (1945-1948); the University of Kansas (1946-1949); and Denver University in Denver, Colorado (1949-1950). In 1952, Warren Hinton graduated with a master's degree in hospital administration from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri with a completed residency at the Menorah Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Upon graduation, Warren Hinton worked as an assistant administrator at the Methodist Medical Center (MMC) in St. Joseph, Missouri and married Pat Hinton in 1954. In 1961, he was promoted to Administrator, and in 1970, he was again promoted to Executive Director at MMC. From 1980 to 1981, Warren Hinton served as president at MMC. After his retirement in 1981, Warren Hinton worked as a health care consultant.

Throughout his career, Warren Hinton served in a number of professional organizations, including American College of Hospital Executives, American College of Health Care Administrators, American Hospital Association, American Protestant Hospital Association, Board of Health for the state of Missouri, and the Midwest Hospital Association and Missouri Hospital Association. Hinton also worked as a clinical instructor and an assistant professor at the University of Missouri and an instructor in the health facilities management program at Missouri Western State College.

Warren S. Hinton wrote the following professional publications: "Guide to an Administrative Manual - Department of Radiology" in Hospital Progress, vol. 33, no. 12 (December 1952); "New Approach to an Older Hospital" in Hospitals, JAHA, vol. 33 (December 1965); and "Bringing the Insurance Company into Third Party Payment" in Hopsitals, JAHA, vol. 34, (August 1960).

Warren S. Hinton passed away in 2010.


6 Linear Feet (7 boxes + 1 oversize box + 1 oversize folder + 2 AV items)

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal and professional papers created and compiled by Patricia “Pat” Head Hinton and Warren S. Hinton. Included in the collection are records about significant Hinton family events; personal hobbies and professional activities; volunteer work; and educational pursuits at Friends University, Christian College, the University of Wichita, University of Kansas, and St. Louis University. Additionally, this collection includes records about Warren S. Hinton's military service in the 56th Medical Battalion during World War II. The collection also contains personal correspondence with family and friends, diaries, and family histories for various branches connected to the Hinton family.

Collection materials were arranged into series based on the general grouping of the materials when received at the Spencer Research Library. Oversize materials, located at RH MS Q489, were pulled from the original grouping of the collection in order to house them more appropriately and given their own series. Audiovisual materials, located at KC AV 120, were also given their own series.


The collection is organized into 5 series:

  1. Patricia (Head) Hinton papers
  2. Warren S. Hinton papers
  3. Family history binders
  4. Oversize materials
  5. Audiovisual materials

Physical Location

RH MS 1558

Physical Location

RH MS Q489

Physical Location


Physical Location

KC AV 120

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Heidi (Hinton) Hornaday, 2021.



Guide to the Hinton Family Collection
Hinton family papers
Finding aid prepared by cmp, 2022. Finding aid encoded by cmp, 2022.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Hinton family papers, RH MS 1558, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States