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Libraries and Museums

Logan’s Run

January 31, 1945

Dr. Logan Clendening, a leading medical historian, a newspaper columnist appearing in 383 newspapers, and author of one of the best selling medical books of the 20th Century (The Human Body), dies in Kansas City.

Fringe Benefits

November 4, 2005

The Kenneth Spencer Research Library marks the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, which takes as its mission the preservation of materials from America's radical political fringe.

All That Jazz

November 23, 1999

Richard “Dick” Wright, a music professor at KU, KANU radio personality and one of the two founders of KU’s Archive of Recorded Sound, passes away.

Spooner Or Later

October 29, 1994

Spooner Hall, the oldest continuously used academic building on the campus of the University of Kansas, marks its one-hundredth anniversary.

Carrie Watson

Madam Librarian

March 29, 1972

KU celebrates Carrie Watson Day, honoring the University’s first and longest-serving professional librarian.

Irish Sweepstakes

March 26, 1959

The University of Kansas gains one of the world’s most impressive Irish political and literary collections when 11 tons of books, pamphlets, periodicals, and other items representing the bulk of Patrick Sarsfield O’Hegarty’s library arrive on Mount Oread.

“An Advanced Case of Bibliomania”

October 8, 1949

KU comes into uncontested control of one of the world’s foremost ornithological libraries—its first major acquisition of rare books—when the Kansas Supreme Court rules that an agreement signed more than four years earlier by Ralph Ellis, Jr. is valid as a will.

Finger In The Dyche

November 30, 1932

After the state architect declares Dyche Hall structurally unsound, the Board of Regents closes KU’s Natural History Museum for a period that will end up lasting nine years.

“Nothing Like It In The World”

May 1, 1893

The Panorama of North American Mammals, a version of which is now located in the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in Dyche Hall, debuts as the centerpiece of the Kansas pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.