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Abby Lindsey Marlatt papers


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Abby Lindsey Marlatt papers, 1874–1966 | Morse Department of Special Collections

By James Smith

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Title: Abby Lindsey Marlatt papers, 1874–1966Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1930–1956

Primary Creator: Marlatt, Abby Lindsey (1916-2010)

Extent: 11.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into four series: 1) Academic; 2) Personal; 3) Correspondence; 4) Publications and Art.

Date Acquired: 05/25/2012

Subjects: Kansas life and culture, Kansas State University history

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Abby Lindsey Marlatt papers include records from her academic career and personal life. They are divided into series covering her academic work, personal life, correspondence, and publications and art.

The academic series covers her undergraduate coursework at Kansas State College (KSC), graduate work at the University of California-Berkeley, and employment as associate professor at KSC. Types of material included are assigned work, study materials, notes, quizzes, and exams. Also, this series contains items from her academic year teaching at the Beirut College for Women in Lebanon.

The materials in the personal series include documentation of her life outside academia, including information about her church, travel documents, newspaper clippings, and programs, as well as a few personal effects such as a driver's license, budget book, and guest register.

The correspondence series represents much of Abby’s adult life, although the bulk is from the late 1930s though the late 1950s. Exchanges with her parents and friends include letters, telegrams, and postcards covering topics that include her personal and professional activities, as well as social issues such as pacifism, race relations, rationing, and religion.

The publications and art series contains books and artwork from Abby's collection usually focused on Kansas and KSC.

Biographical Note

Abby Lindsey Marlatt, daughter of Frederick and Annie Marlatt, was born on 5 December 1916 in Manhattan, Kansas. She was the granddaughter of Manhattan settler Washington Marlatt and the niece of Abby Lillian Marlatt.  Abby Lindsey Marlatt graduated from Kansas State College (KSC) in 1938 with a degree in home economics and dietetics. In 1941, she earned a certificate in hospital dietetics from the University of California at Berkeley and continued her education there, eventually earning her Ph.D. in nutrition and food science in 1947.

In 1943, Abby Lindsey Marlatt donated a cookbook collection of 600 volumes to KSC that included titles owned by Abby Lillian Marlatt. This collection was the start of the Kansas State University Libraries' extensive cookery collection.

By 1945 Marlatt had accepted a position as associate professor in the Department of Food Economics and Nutrition at KSC. Her research focused on nutrition and dietary habits of school children. She was a visiting professor during the 1953–1954 academic year at the Beirut College for Women in Lebanon. In 1956, she became head of the Home Economics department at the University of Kentucky.

Abby was personally involved in civil rights issues. She helped form the Lexington chapter of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and was involved in other organizations that included the Lexington Committee on Religion and Human Rights, Community Action Council, and Unitarian Universalist Church. Her activism influenced her demotion from the department head position in the 1960s. She retired from the University of Kentucky in 1985, the same year she received the Sullivan Medallion and the Brotherhood Award in recognition of her devotion to civil rights and social justice.

Marlatt was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in July 2001. She died on 3 March 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Subject/Index Terms

Kansas life and culture
Kansas State University history

Administrative Information

Repository: Morse Department of Special Collections

Access Restrictions: No Access restrictions: All materials are open for research.

Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Physical Access Note: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet access.

Acquisition Source: Abby Lindsey Marlatt Estate

Acquisition Method: Donation.

Appraisal Information: These documents represent the life of a member of a prominent Manhattan family as well as a Kansas State College graduate and faculty member.

Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Abby Lindsey Marlatt papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Processing Information: Project archivist James Smith processed and described materials and university archivist Cliff Hight reviewed the finding aid in late 2013.

Finding Aid Revision History: Basic editing and formatting revisions made in June 2015.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Academic],
[Series 2: Personal],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Publications and Art],

Series 4: Publications and ArtAdd to your cart.
This series contains published items and art work.  These items include a book, World-Famous Paintings, that Abby mentions purchasing in one of her letters.  The three volumes of Trireme which were the annuals for the Beirut college where Abby taught.  Other items include books about the nervous system and the College Symposium volume from Kansas State Agricultural College.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Item 1: World-Famous Paintings, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 2: Regional Diagnosis in Lesions of the Brain and Spinal Cord, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 3: The Anatomy of the Nervous System, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 4: Trireme, 1955Add to your cart.
Trireme was the annual for the Beirut College for Women.
Item 5: Trireme, 1954Add to your cart.
Trireme was the annual for the Beirut College for Women.
Item 6: Trireme, 1953Add to your cart.
Trireme was the annual for the Beirut College for Women.
Item 7: College Symposium, 1891Add to your cart.
Item 8: Map, 1950Add to your cart.
Item 9: Classic books set, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: OversizedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Hillside Pond, undatedAdd to your cart.
Ink drawing by Birger Sandzén.
Item 2: Anderson Hall, undatedAdd to your cart.
Charles M. Copps
Item 3: Afterglow, 1955Add to your cart.
Print by John F. Helm Jr.  The print is from the Friends of Art at K.S.C.
Folder 2: OversizedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Anderson Hall painting, undatedAdd to your cart.

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[Series 2: Personal],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
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