For the history buffs
Rich Traditions and a Proud Future
The links listed below will take you to short histories developed by the staff of the KU History Galleries and Student Housing. We know you’ll enjoy reading the results this collaborative project, documenting the history and rich traditions of student housing here at KU.
Response to these short histories was positive, so attention was given to research and adding information about the following residences affiliated with, or operated by the University of Kansas. The results track the frequently humorous development of KU houses, halls, and co-ops as seen through the eyes of more than 900 contributing alumni.
|Carruth-O’Leary Residence Hall||Lakota Co-op|
|Graduate Girls & Couples Co-op||Sunflower Ordnance Housing|
|Hillcrest House||Sunnyside Apartments|
|Joseph R. Pearson Residence Hall||Wankanta Co-op|
|Kanza Hall||Wita Wenton Co-op|
|Kaw Koettes Hall|
Making Do & Getting Through: KU Co-ops, Halls, and Houses 1919-1966 is a rich tapestry (and 400-page book) woven from memories, photos, and letters. Fred McElhenie, long-time member of the Student Housing staff, has gathered details from archives, yearbooks, and personal remembrances.
Now that historical work on these residences is complete, research on current facilities (residence halls, scholarship halls, and apartments) has begun. Comments about this project and these web sites are welcome and should be directed to:
Dr. Diana Robertson, Director
KU Student Housing