The papers of William F. Danenbarger (1931-1981), founder of KNCK radio station in Concordia and member of the Kansas Board of Regents (1961-1965 1970-1974), were donated to Kansas State University by Danenbarger over a period of eight years, 1974-1982.
The papers, consisting of approximately 450 items, are housed in one document box. They are divided into three series: 1) correspondence, 1931-1981; 2) speeches, 1972-1974; and 3) printed material, 1931-1979. Photographs have been transferred to the photograph collection of the University Archives.
The collection's accession number is PC 68, (revised number, PC 1988.05). Processing of the papers was completed by Kerry Polston, student assistant, in December 1983.
1910 Born in Concordia, Kansas on April 7. 1928 Graduated from Concordia High School. 1933 Received A.B. from University of Kansas. 1933-1935 Editor of Concordia News and Press. 1934 Married Winifred Wright on March 30. 1935 Joined United Press in Denver, Colorado. 1938-1939 Manager of United Press in El Paso, Texas. 1939 William Wright, son born on April 24. 1939-1947 Business representative then business manager of United Press in Atlanta, Georgia (special assignment to Havana, Nov., 1940 - Feb., 1941) 1943 Second son, John K., born on August 17. 1947 Returned to Concordia on June 1. Sold stock for General Finance, Inc. 1947-1952 Managed Danenbarger's Hardware, a division of General Finance, Inc. 1949-1961 Served on Concordia library board. 1952 Sold hardware store. 1954 Originated radio station KNCK in Concordia. 1954-1972 President and manager of KNCK. 1960 Chairman of the Concordia Library Board. 1961-1965 Appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by Governor George Docking. Served on the Washburn University of Topeka Board of Regents. 1962-1975 Member and Trustee of the Kansas Council on Economic Education. 1970-1974 Reappointed to Kansas Board of Regents. 1971-1974 Chairman of the Kansas State Educational Television Authority. 1972-1974 Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States. Member of Kansas State University Research Foundation. 1973-1979 Member of Kansas Economic Development Commission. 1975 Became vice-president of Cook Foundation, Concordia, Kansas. 1976-1979 Member of Kansas Industrial Roundtable.
Who's Who in America, 33rd Edition, 1963.
The William F. Danenbarger Papers (1931-1981) contain personal and business correspondence, speeches and printed material. The papers, consisting of approximately 450 items, are housed in one document box.
The papers are divided into three series: 1) correspondence, 1931-1981; 2) speeches, 1972-1974; and 3) printed material, 1931-1979. The major portion of the collection consists of correspondence with parents, Kansas governors, members of the Kansas Board of Regents, university presidents, United Press employees and members of State boards and commissions. Prominent correspondents include Governors Robert Bennett, Robert Docking and John Carlin, and Kansas Senators Ross Doyen and Norman Garr. A letter from U.S. Senator Bob Dole is also included. Many letters are congratulatory in nature, however, some of them reveal information about political events and leaders in Kansas. There are numerous letters concerning Danenbarger's association with the University of Kansas, especially correspondence with Chancellor Archie Dykes. Correspondence with officials of Kansas State University is also included, Presidents James McCain and Duane Acker in particular. The series is contained in 16 folders.
The speeches Danenbarger gave at conferences, retreats and public ceremonies in the years 1972-1974 make up the second series. Scripts from a 1972 tele-lecture conference, Board of Regents and Kansas University Liberal Arts retreats, and Kansas State University and Emporia State University commencements are within this series.
The 25 folders of printed material include the years 1931-1979. Newspaper clippings contain articles written by Danenbarger, articles concerning events at various universities, and Kansas Board of Regents announcements. Programs from campus building dedications and articles and minutes of the Kansas State Board of Regents during Danenbarger's terms are also included in this series.
Four photographs have been removed from the papers and filed in the University Archives photograph collection under the heading of Danenbarger. The photographs include President and Mrs. Richard Nixon at Kansas State University (1970), James McCain (1972). and a scene from a 1937 United Press production of The Front Page in which Danenbarger acted.
Box Folder Correspondence 1 01 1939-1941 02 1944-1946 03 1947 04 1953-1956 05 1960 06 1961-1962, 1964 07 1965, 1968 08 1970, 1972 09 1973 10 January-June, 1974 11 July-December, 1974 12 1975 13 1976-1977 14 1978 15 1979 16 1980-1981 Speeches 17 1972-1974 Printed Material Newspaper and Magazine Articles 18 1938, 1955, 1960-1963, 1970-1973 Articles and Minutes-Kansas Board of Regents 19 1965, 1970, 1974 Programs-Kansas State University 20 1961-1963, 1970, 1972 Programs-Colleqes and Universities 21 1943, 1958, 1961-1962 22 Programs-The Front Pane, 1937 23 Newspaper Clippings (by Danenbarger), (1936-?) Newspaper Clippings 24 1931, 1934-1935, 1937, 1947 25 1954, 1956, 1958 26 1960 27 1961 28 1963-1965 29 1970 30 1971 31 1972 32 1973 33 1974, 1979