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.

Stouffer Place Apartments   McCollum Residence Hall
Briar Manor Hall   "Men of 1011"
Campus House   Monchonsia Hall
Carruth Scholarship Hall   Oread Hall
Corbin Residence Hall   Ricker Hall
Don Henry Co-op   Rochdale Co-op
Foster Hall   Rock Chalk Co-op
Harman House Co-op   Sleepy Hollow Hall
Henley House Co-op   Smith Hall
Hilden Gibson Co-op   Spooner-Thayer Hall
"The Hill" Co-op   Sterling/Oliver Scholarship Hall
Hodder Hall   Templin Scholarship Hall
Hopkins Hall   Tipperary Hall
Jayhawk Co-op   Twin Pines Co-op
John J. O. Moore Co-op   Varsity House
Jolliffe Scholarship Hall   Watkins & Miller Scholarship Halls
Locksley Hall   Westminster Hall
McCook Hall    

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.

To order your copy, contact:
Oread Books
1301 Jayhawk Boulevard
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(785) 864-4431
oreadbooks@ku.edu or www.kubookstore.com

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
drobertson@ku.edu


New Stouffer Place Apartments open 2018!
More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
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