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Personal papers of Tom Skrtic

Call Number: PP 651


Tom Skrtic taught Special Education at the University of Kansas from 1976-2021. This collection contains his notes, course preparation materials, writings, and other professional writings.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2020


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 Tom Skrtic (1946 - 2021)

Thomas "Tom" Michael Skrtic was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on August 1, 1946, to Paul and Caroline Skrtic. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the California University of Pennsylvania in California, Pennsylvania in 1969. He earned his Master of Science in Educational Psychology from California State University - Long Beach in 1972 and his doctorate in Special Education from the University of Iowa in 1976. He joined the Special Education faculty of the University of Kansas (KU) in 1976 with a joint appointment in the Department of Special Education and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

A distinguished scholar, Skrtic wrote about the institions, laws, and policies that influenced the field of special education and children with disabilities. His research interests included racial bias in special education and policy design and implementation, and his teaching interests included qualitative inquiry, special education policy and leadership, and civic professionalism. He was named the Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Teaching Professor in Special Education for the 2005-2006 academic year and was later appointed the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education in 2015.

Thomas Skrtic died November 19, 2021.

[Information taken from collection materials and Thomas Skrtic's obituary.]


16.5 Linear Feet (17 boxes + 1 oversize box, 19 audiovisual items)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection has been intellectually organized into several series, reflecting the work that Tom Skrtic accomplished at the University of Kansas and elsewhere. Folders remain physically as found when processing the collection, so series do not appear consecutively across boxes. These series include Annotated articles and materials; Notes; Articles and writings; Course planning; Professional papers; Personal papers; KU related papers; Conferences and presentations; Organization materials; Overheads; Audiovisual materials; and Born digital materials.

The Annotated articles and materials contain articles and books heavily annotated by Skrtic, and the Notes series covers materials either marked as notes or were created as notes for research or presentation purposes. Articles and writings included articles authored or co-authored by Skrtic and drafts or writings created by Skrtic.

The Course planning series contains materials related to various classes Skrtic taught or was part of, and the Professional papers series covers writings and materials that pertain to Skrtic’s professional life in a more general manner. The Personal papers series contains materials related to Skrtic’s personal life, including correspondence and planners.

KU-related papers include awards, KU-related correspondence, and materials related to colleagues. Conference and presentations materials include presentations, conference materials, and travel materials, and the Organization materials cover materials relating to various organizations with which Skrtic had working relationships.

Overheads includes transparencies Skrtic created. Audiovisual materials and Born digital materials series concern those materials which have been physically separated from the rest of the collection due to their special needs.

Terms and language used in the collection are representative of when the texts were created and have been replicated in this finding aid only when directly quoting from original captions and folder titles. Folder titles containing information in [brackets] contain additional information provided by Spencer staff beyond the folder titles provided by Skrtic. Skrtic frequently used acronyms and otherwise shortened terms in folder titles that he used on a regular basis in his career, such as "SPED" for "Special Education" or "RASE" for "Remedial and Special Education," and these acronyms appear throughout this finding aid. Additionally, Skrtic often used "Thomas" when publishing and "Tom" when working with his colleagues or students, so his name appears interchangeably throughout this finding aid and the collection.

Physical Location

PP 651

Physical Location

UA AV 26

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Skrtic family, 2022.

Separated Materials

Skrtic, Thomas, Karen Harris, and James G. Shriner, eds. Special Education Policy and Practice: Accountability, Instruction, and Social Challenge. Denver: Love Publishing Company, 2005 was separated to be individually cataloged and can be found using the KU Libraries online catalog.

Guide to the Thomas Skrtic Collection
Personal papers of Tom Skrtic
Finding aid prepared by mmj. Finding aid encoded by mmj. Finding aid revised by arh.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Tom Skrtic, PP 651, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Revision Statements

  • 2023-05-26: Added 1 folder to box 17, mmj.
  • 2023-08-04: Re-added AV materials, arh and mwh

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States