The papers of Arthur W. Hershberger (1908-1975) were donated to Kansas State University by Hershberger in 1975. Hershberger was a prominent Wichita attorney and member of the Kansas Board of Regents from 1951-1957.
The collection, containing approximately 300 items, is arranged in 15 folders and housed in one box. It is divided into seven series: 1) correspondence, 1928-1975; 2) legal documents, 1928-1965; 3) financial documents, 1909-1957; 4) speeches, minutes and reports, 1955-1971; 5) awards and certificates, 1908-1968; 6) literary productions, 1941; and 7) printed material, 1918-1972. A file of wills is restricted for privacy reasons and a group of photographs have been transferred to the photograph collection.
Items are arranged chronologically within each folder and they deal primarily with Hershberger's work as a Regent and as an attorney. The collection contains personal correspondence with other Regents and attorneys.
Related collections in the University Archives are the papers of William F Danenbarger and Harold R. Fatzer.
The collection was processed by Natalie Hazelton in 1984. It is designated as PC 73 in the University Archives, (revised number, PC 1988.09). It has been cataloged under MS 3.
1897 Born in Greensburg, Kansas on October 9 1914 Graduated from Kiowa High School 1918 LL.B. from the University of Kansas 1918 Admitted to the Kansas Bar 1919 Married Nadyne Myers 1919-1924 Kiowa County Attorney 1924-1937 Practiced law in Wichita with Slick, Pryor and Lockhart 1937 Formed partnership with J.B. Patterson and Enos E. Hook 1951 Member of the Kansas Board Of Regents 1954 Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents 1957 Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents 1976 Died
Arthur W. Hershberger was a prominent Wichita attorney and member of the Kansas Board of Regents from 1951-1957. The Hershberger papers (1909-1975) pertain to his legal activities and his work as a Regent. The papers are organized in 15 folders and housed in one box. The papers were donated to Kansas State University by Hershberger in 1975.
The collection is arranged in seven series according to form of material. These series are correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, speeches, minutes and reports, awards and certificates, literary productions, and printed material. The material is arranged chronologically within each series. A file of wills is restricted for privacy reasons and a group of photographs have been transferred to the photograph collection.
Most of the correspondence deals with personal and business matters among the Board of Regents. The correspondence for the years 1951-1957 provides information about a number of issues including academic freedom, freedom of speech and press for university newspapers, and expansion of university facilities.
Notable correspondents in the series include Governor George Docking, publicist Oscar Stauffer, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Harold R. Fatzer, Kansas Attorney General William Ferguson and U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
The legal series contains drafts of oil and gas leases and contracts, while the financial series contains an early bank book and income tax return. The speeches, minutes and reports series contains mostly commencement, reunion and bar association speeches. Awards and certificates given to Hershberger for admission to the Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Board of Regents, 50 years of participation in the Kansas Bar Association, and 50 years of participation in the Kappa Sigma fraternity are included in the awards and certificates series. The literary production series contains poetry and quotations. The authors are not included but it appears that some of the material may have been written by Hershberger.
The printed material series contains newspaper clippings of judgeship nominations, legal partnership notices, university and Regent business, and hospital donations. An ephemera folder is included in the printed material series.
Box Folder Correspondence 1 01 1928, 1934, 1942, 1949, 1952 02 1954-1955 03 1956-1957 04 1958-1959 05 1960-1965 06 1966-1970 07 1971-1972, 1974-1975 Legal Documents 08 1928, 1930, 1946, 1962, 1965 Financial Documents 09 1909, 1929, 1954-1956 Speeches, Minutes and Reports 10 1953, 1955, 1957-1958, 1961, 1965, 1971 Awards and Certificates 11 1908, 1912, 1918, 1942, 1953, 1968 Literary Productions 12 1941 Printed Material Magazine Articles 13 1932, 1942, 1952, 1958, 1966 Newspaper Clippings 14 1924, 1937, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1964, 1970 Programs 15 1918, 1926, 1941-1943, 1951, 1963, 1972 Ephemera 16 no date