Stephen L. and Enid Stover papers

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US US kmk U2014.14

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Stephen L. and Enid Stover papers


  • 1956–2013 (Creation)


13.00 Linear Feet, 16.00 Boxes

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Scope and content

This collection includes research and personal materials of Stephen L. and Enid Stover from 1956 to 2013. The bulk of the papers is from Stephen's time as a geography professor at Kansas State University, with his slides, diaries, and manuscripts dealing with global geography, Kansas agriculture, and the scholarship and instruction of his academic department. Major topical areas include Kansas, New Zealand, Australia, Stover genealogical materials, and extensive information on geographic subjects from around the world. Additional materials are from Enid, Stephen's wife, and include personal documents, works of poetry, and teaching materials. Included are Enid's diaries from 1981 to 2004 (some missing years), some identification cards, drafts of her poetry, and drafts of Sue Stover's 2012 biography of Enid and of a 2014 publication of Enid's poetry.

System of arrangement

The Stephen L. and Enid Stover papers are arranged in four series: 1) Slides; 2) Documents—Stephen Stover; 3) Documents—Enid Stover; and 4) Photographs.

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Conditions governing access

No access restriction:  All materials are open for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Additional conditions exist for this donation:

  1. No photographic image of any living relative of Stephen L. Stover will be published or exhibited in any form without prior written consent in electronic or paper form of said family member. This condition expires in 2050.
  2. Photographic images used in any form must include acknowledgement to "Stephen L. and Enid Stover papers."

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

Materials have come directly from the creators and owners of the collection.

Immediate source of acquisition

Stephen L. Stover donated the initial gift on April 24, 2014. His heirs have continued donating accruals since then.

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This collection aligns with the repository's faculty materials collecting guidelines.


Accruals have continued since the initial donation, including November 2016 (one linear foot), September 2018, and April 2019.

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General note

The donor provided funding to help describe, digitize, and process the collection.

Specialized notes

  • Citation: [Item title], [item date], Stephen L. and Enid Stover papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries. For slides, please use the following: [Item title], [item date], Stephen L. and Enid Stover papers, Box [number], Slide [number], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Archivist's note

Between 2013 and 2017, three graduate students worked with the donor to inventory and describe the materials, and digitized the slides while processing the donation. These student assistants were Ian Howard (October 2013 to February 2014), Rob Briwa (March 2014 to August 2015), and James Tindle (July 2015 to December 2017).

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