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Papers of Margaret Stockton

Call Number: RH MS 17


Margaret Stockton was involved in community involvement and social work in Lawrence, Kansas, especially the Council of Social Agencies and the Recreation Commission. This collection comprises Stockton's papers of her community work and also personal and family matters.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1966


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 Margaret Stansbury Stockton

Harriet Margaret Stansbury Stockton was born on September 10, 1894, at Williamsport, Indiana, the daughter of Eli and Ella Fisher Stansbury. She graduated from Williamsport High School in 1912 and obtained an A. B. from Indiana University in 1917. In 1924 she obtained an A. M. degree with a major in philosophy and a minor in sociology. The subject of her thesis was "The Influence of Religion and Ethics Upon economic Theory" of which there is a copy in the collection. Mrs. Stockton married Dr. Frank Tenney Stockton in 1917. Dr. Stockton was appointed Dean of the School of Business in 1924 and they moved to Lawrence, Kansas. Two sons were born, Robert Stansbury in 1925 and Phillip Jerome in 1927. In Lawrence, Mrs. Stockton was a pioneer in community involvement and social work. In 1948 she organized the Kansas Arts and Crafts Festival which was the first of its kind in Lawrence. She died on July 8, 1966 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Kansas.


5 linear foot (10 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The papers of Mrs. Margaret T. Stockton (1894-1966) were given to the Kansas Collection of the University of Kansas by her husband, Dr. Frank T. Stockton, founder and first Dean of the School of Business at the University of Kansas from 1924-1965. The collection comprises diverse material depicting the various fields in which Mrs. Stockton was involved. It covers a period of time from 1912 to 1966. The bulk of the collection, however, reflects the activities carried out by Mrs. Stockton in Lawrence, Kansas from 1924 to 1966.

Her activities provide a detailed account of two local community organizations in Lawrence: The Council of Social Agencies and the Recreation Commission. Among the numerous organizations that had representation on the Council of Social Agencies were: The American Red Cross, The Boy Scouts, PTA groups, Lawrence Health Department and the Salvation Army. The Lawrence Recreation Commission's largest concern was sponsoring and organizing summer recreation programs for schools and social and cultural events for the community in general. Information is also provided on such organizations as the Bert Nash Mental Clinic, the Lawrence Humane Society, and the Kansas League of Women; in all of these Mrs. Stockton was actively involved.

The collection contains a substantial amount of information on personal and family matters including photographic albums.

Physical Location

RH MS 17

Physical Location

RH MS E134

Physical Location

RH MS E135

Other Finding Aids

For a complete inventory of the materials located at RH MS 17, see ksrl.kc.stocktonmargaret.ead.pdf.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Frank T. Stockton, 1966.

Processing Information

The material in this collection had originally been organized into spiral bound notebooks by subject while attempting to keep as much as possible in chronological order within the subject scope. It has since been removed from and placed into document boxes.

Guide to the Margaret Stockton Collection
Papers of Margaret Stockton
Finding aid prepared by es, 1979. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
<p> Margaret Stockton Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 17, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas</p>

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States