Grace L. Metz Papers

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Grace L. Metz.
Grace L. Metz Papers
2.0 Linear feet
Scrapbook of pictures, newspaper articles, and Kansas State Teachers College memorabilia collected by Grace L. Metz, and 3 Sunflower yearbooks.

Preferred Citation note

The Grace L. Metz Papers at the Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Grace L. Metz attended Kansas State Teachers College from 1919-1920 and from 1924-1925. In 1920 she received a life certificate and primary and kindergarten proficiency. She taught 1½ years at Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and two years in her hometown of Ottawa, Kansas, before returning to Kansas State Teachers College. In 1925 she received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, majoring in biological sciences with a minor in physiology and hygiene. While in school Grace was a member of the Alice Freeman Palmer Society, a woman’s group organized on campus in 1912 to encourage the high ideals of womanhood and the interests of women, including scholarship, leadership, and Christian fellowship. The organization was named after a former president of Wellesley College.

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Scope and Contents note

The scrapbook contains many pictures, mainly of people and some of buildings at Kansas State Teachers College and homes in Emporia, Kansas. Some pictures are labeled. Captions on some pages explain the content: “The Sports 1917,” “On Neosho July 4, 1918,” “Mother and Family,” “Nature Study Trip to Reading 1918,” “Campus of C of E,” and “Us and Our Room 1112 Commercial” are a few examples. Newspaper articles are about campus buildings, sports, and cultural programs. Included are two Thanksgiving Day addresses by Kansas State Teachers College President Thomas W. Butcher and a copy of The Yellow Buzzard (v. 2, no. 1), a scandal sheet produced by the  Bulletin staff. (  The Yellow Buzzard was issued annually only a few times and may have been intended as an April Fools Day edition of the campus newspaper.)

Many pages contain Kansas State Teachers College memorabilia. This includes a metal pin with black and gold ribbons, tickets to various events, party invitations and favors, paper napkins, flowers, and a flag. There is also a telegram dated January 29, 1924, several name cards, and a handwritten poem titled “The Beloved Quartet” which references people from some photographs.

The scrapbook contains four Kansas State Teachers College enrollment cards from 1924-1925, signed by adviser L. C. Wooster. One of the loose newspapers, the Bulletin issued May 26, 1925, has a graduation picture of Grace Metz and a small article detailing her history with Kansas State Teachers College. There is also a receipt from the University of Colorado dated July 25, 1922, and a registration form for the summer quarter dated July 25, 1922. Several photographs of people and places in Colorado are included.

Several pages at the back of the book are no longer bound. Two newspapers and one metal pin are unattached. This collection also includes 3 Sunflower yearbooks, issued for 1919, 1924, and 1925.

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Arrangement note


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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives July 2005

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

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The Sunflower contains pictures of Grace Metz in the 1919, 1920, 1924, and 1925 editions. A short note about the Alice Freeman Palmer Society can be found in the September 19, 1930, issue of the  Bulletin. The  Bulletin also has the few issued editions of  The Yellow Buzzard and an article about the scandal sheet (June 19, 1934).

Separated Materials note


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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia.


  • College students -- Kansas -- Emporia.

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Collection Inventory


Scrapbook, circa 1917-1925. 


Yearbooks 1919, 1924, 1925.