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Raymond L. Welty Papers

Identifier: FC 019
The collection contains correspondence and notes about books Dr. Welty wrote, course outlines for his classes at Fort Hays, State College, examples of student papers, and a map of the United States Army Frontier. Also contains notes from the Graham County Newspaper dating from 1870 to 1880.


  • 1920-1963


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Items cannot be removed from the University Archives. Please ask for the assistance of the Archivist when handling these items.

Additionally Box 1 -Folder 3 contains materials related to students' grades and identities. This material must be redacted by archival staff before use. If you wish to view Folder 3 please contact the University Archives to make arrangements.

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 Linear Feet


Ramond L. Welty was employed at Fort Hays State College in 1936 where he taught in the history department. His papers are made up of academic materials from 1920 to 1963 and include correspondence, research notes, course outlines, student papers and a map.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Raymond L. Welty was born in Hill City, Kansas in 1894. He received his Ph.D. in History from Iowa University. Dr. Welty was employed at Fort Hays State College in 1936, and while here he taught U.S. History, American Diplomatic History, and English History. He specialized in Western U.S. History and Military History and was referred to by some as the “Keeper of the Archives of Old Fort Hays” because he kept a running and authentic account of everything that happened one hundred years ago at the Fort. Dr. Welty was known to give his military stories a human touch. Historians recognized him as being an authority on the life at Old Fort Hays, and he was highly regarded by his students and neighbors. Dr. Welty died May 23, 1968.


Materials have been arranged to preserve their original order.
Revised by David Obermayer
2016; 2018
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Hays State University Archives Repository

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