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Spencer Chemical Company photographs

Call Number: RH PH 570


This collection contains 8x10" black and white photographs of the Spencer Chemical Company chemical plant, railcars, and workers. There is also an obituary for James McCrea Jordan, a former marketing manager for the company.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940s-1950s; 2012


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Spencer Chemical Company

The Spencer Chemical Company began as Jayhawk Ordnance Works in 1943 as a government contracted military chemical munitions plant. Kenneth Spencer, the president of Jayhawk Ordnance works, purchased the chemical plant in 1949 from the government and renamed it as the Spencer Chemical Company. Kenneth Spencer would serve as the president of this company until 1959, when he became chairman and chief executive officer of the company.

Following the death of Spencer in 1960, the Spencer Chemical Company was purchased by the Gulf Oil Corporation in 1963, where it was restructured as the Spencer Chemical Division. This would eventually become owned by the Chevron Corporation.

[Information pulled from the Kenneth Spencer Research Library's online exhibition "Meet the Spencers: A Marriage of Arts and Sciences."]


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH PH 570

Custodial History

Photographs were removed from deceased Gulf Oil Corporation employee James M. Jordan's home located in Houston, Texas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Ruth Stoerkel, 2021.

Related Materials

Papers of Kenneth Aldred Spencer, RH MS VLT 157, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

C. Y. Thomas collection, RH MS 539, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Spencer Chemical Company Collection
Spencer Chemical Company photographs
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Preferred citation
Spencer Chemical Company collection, RH PH 570, 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