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Guide to the Olin Templin Letters

Personal Papers of Olin Templin


Creator:Templin, Olin, 1861-1943
Title: Personal Papers of Olin Templin
Dates: 1888-1918
Quantity: 1 folder (7 letters)
Abstract:The collection of letters from Olin Templin to family members depicts Templin's travels, family, and day-to-day life in Germany and Washington, D.C. They also comment on current politics and update the family on Templin's living situation and job status.
Language: English

Call Number:

PP 501

Repository: University of Kansas
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
URL: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/
Finding aid prepared by cmh, 2011 Finding aid encoded by cmh, 2011
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-08-28 15:44:37 -0500.

BIOGRAPHY of Olin Templin

Olin Templin was born in 1861 to Mary Ann Lerner and William Templin. His known siblings were Lerner, Ida, Dana, and Alice. Olin and his wife Lena had a daughter, Olina, more commonly called Alice. His sister Alice was married to Jay Clark, with whom Olin corresponded. Olin also writes to his nephews Olin and Byron Diebert.

Templin attended the University of Kansas and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He received his degree in mathematics in 1886. From 1883 to 1943 he served as a professor of philosophy and established what are now the departments of philosophy, psychology, and sociology. As well as being the Dean of the college, Templin served as executive secretary of the KU Endowment Association, and chair of the Alumni Association. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of scholarship and residence halls on the University of Kansas campus. Templin was part of an effort to build a carillon tower to honor the settlers of Lawrence, Kansas for their endurance during the Civil War years. Though he died in 1943 before the bell tower was finished, the KU World War II Memorial Carillon was dedicated in his memory.


The collection includes letters written from Olin with notes included from Lena to his family members. The five letters from 1888 describe his daily life and work in Germany before his return to the United States. They include travel plans and details about politics in Germany as well as the United States. The letters written in 1917 and 1918 were written to his nephew Olin while Templin lived in Washington, D.C. The later letters detail his work and current politics, including dining with the Hoovers.


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olin Templin Letters, University Archives, PP 501, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Acquisition Information

Donation, Elizabeth D. Skinner