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Jean Stouffer Collection

Identifier: FC 014
The collection includes photographic slides both of personal events in Dean Stouffer’s life and of her travels across the United States and abroad. The collection also includes several folders of personal photographs, memorabilia related to her relationship with The University of Kansas during the 1930 and 1940s, several folders of photographs and research notes related to her genealogical research, several reel to reel audio recordingss related to her research into various cultures and their traditional beliefs and a envelope of photographs from her time at Fort Hays State University.


  • 1910-1968


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Written permission must be obtained from the Fort Hays State University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.


5.4 Linear Feet (8 legal sized archival boxes, 1 oversized box, 2 slide boxes )


The Jean Stouffer Collection includes photographs from her international travels, personal photographs, memorabilia, and items related to various types of research.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Stouffer was born on October 10th 1919 in Lawrence Kansas. She earned a A.B. in history from the University of Kansas in 1941. She earned a B.S. in business also from University of Kansas in 1946. In 1950 she was awarded a M.A. in social studies from Syracuse University. Also in 1950 she was hired as Dean of Women at Fort Hays State College. In 1961 she became an Associate Professor of Education along with still serving as Dean of Women. In 1964 she became Associate Dean of Students, a position she held until her death in 1976 after a sudden illness. Stouffer was the first woman to win the M.C. Cunningham Award for outstanding service to education. After her death Stouffer’s estate went to Fort Hays State College for renovation, and construction funds and faculty research grants. In 1982 the Stouffer Lounge in the Memorial Union was named in her honor.


The collection has been arranged in such a way as to preserve the items original order to the best of the archival staff’s ability.

Related Materials

The University Archives holds a faculty file for Jean Stouffer.
David Obermayer
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Hays State University Archives Repository

University Archives
Forsyth Library
502 South Campus Drive
Hays KS 67601 United States