Margaret Keller Humphrey Papers

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Humphrey, Margaret Keller, 1907-2001.
Margaret Keller Humphrey Papers
1886-1979 (Bulk 1910-1932, 1975-1979)
0.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
95 folders in 2 boxes plus 3 oversize folders containing documents. Added August 2005: 21 folders in 1 box plus 1 box containing paperweights and a statue.
Collection contains information about the Keller family, who lived in Emporia, Kansas. Most of the documents are related to Margaret's high school and college activities and include some correspondence; there are also letters from the 1940s-1970s. Personal papers and correspondence from her parents and very few items from the Elmore and Cochran families are included.

Preferred Citation note

Recommended citation: The Margaret Keller Humphrey Papers, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains personal papers of the Keller family from 1886-1979. Personal correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, newspaper articles, and other items document the school activities and friendships of Margaret Keller Humphrey. Her high school diploma is included with the oversize documents. W. H. and Hattie Keller are represented through personal correspondence, including letters to and from Margaret, information about his education, work, and some campus activities while he was an instructor at Kansas State Teachers College. Hattie’s funeral book is included and contains some information on the Cochran family. There are a few receipts from the Elmore family; several certificates relating to Mary L. Cochran as well as some correspondence with other Cochran family members; and an essay by Lewis A. Keller.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized by family, with sub-series for W. H., Hattie, and Margaret Keller. Margaret’s papers are further divided into parts representing her unmarried and married lives. Also, undated items are placed before dated items, with one item of questionable ownership at the beginning of the collection.

After processing this collection in June 2005, the decision was made to add the items from a separate donation to this collection. These additional items were originally received by the Emporia State University Archives on October 23, 2000, and consist mainly of newspaper articles about Keller family members, organizations in which Margaret Keller Humphrey held memberships, and historical events in Emporia and at Emporia State University. These items have been added at the end of the original collection and consist of 1 box of 21 folders, 1 box containing four paperweights and one statue, and 2 oversize items which were added to oversize folder 3, 2005.1, in oversize drawer OS 1. The boxes are numbers 3 and 4 of the collection, with numbering of file folders continuing from the original collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions.

Custodial History note

Processed by Heather Wade and Shari Scribner, June 2005. Processed by Shari Scribner, August 2005.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The Sunflower provides information on the students, faculty, and organizations of Kansas State Teachers College. The  Bulletin contains an article on W. H. Keller (see: 30:18), articles on the Normal High School and Roosevelt High School including one on its history (see: 50:36), and information about Glee Club performances. The Normaliana index has many references to Roosevelt High School, including a photograph collection housed in the Ina Borman Collection. Obituaries of some individuals were published in the  Emporia Gazette.

Separated Materials note

3 oversized file folders are located in the basement oversize drawer OS 1.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Normal School -- Faculty.
  • Kansas State Normal School. Founder's Day.
  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia -- Student activities and organizations.

Personal Name(s)

  • Cochran family.
  • Elmore family.
  • Humphrey, Henry A., d. 1978.
  • Humphrey, Margaret Keller, 1907-2001 -- Correspondence.
  • Humphrey, Margaret Keller, 1907-2001.
  • Keller family.
  • Keller, Hattie Cochran, 1871-1974 -- Correspondence.
  • Keller, Hattie Cochran, 1871-1974.
  • Keller, W. H. (William Heber), 1872-1926 -- Correspondence.
  • Keller, W. H. (William Heber), 1872-1926.


  • College students -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Diplomas.
  • Students -- Kansas -- Emporia -- Societies, etc.

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