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Elizabeth J. Agnew Collection

Identifier: UA-FC-2018-001
The contents of this scrapbook date from 1910 through 1940. The scrapbook contains cards, pamphlets, programs and documents related to campus and social events Elizabeth J. Agnew was involved in during her time as Dean of Women at Fort Hays State University.


  • 1910-1940


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

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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.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 oversized box )


The Elizabeth J. Agnew Collection includes a scrapbook and papers related to her work as Dean of Women at Fort Hays State University.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth J. Agnew was born in 1871 in Princeton Kansas. She earned a bachelor of science in home economics from Kansas State University where she also taught until 1903. She then attended Columbia University where she earned a graduate degree in 1905. She taught home economics at Wichita High School for five years before being hired as head of the new home economics department at Fort Hays State College. During the First World War she volunteered as a dietitian at the Army Hospital at Camp Travis near San Antonio Texas. After she returned to Fort Hays State College in 1919 she was appointed the first Dean of Women and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1943. In 1955 the Kansas Board of Regents named the new women’s dormitory Agnew Hall in her honor making her the first woman to have a Fort Hays State College campus building named after them. She died in 1961.


Scrapbook pages arranged in their original order.

Related Materials

This collection is associated with a supplemental digital collection that details items, such as cards and pamphlets, which can no longer be opened due to the conservation steps taken to preserve the original item.

The University Archives holdsa faculty file on Elizabeth J. Agnew.
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