Chet Peters papers

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US US kmk U2014.23

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Chet Peters papers


  • 1957–1994 (Creation)


7.00 Linear Feet, 7.00 Boxes

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Scope and content

This collection is composed of four series, which include photographs and records that document Chet Peters’s employment at Kansas State University (K-State), contributions to professional organizations, personal life, and athletic and recreational pursuits.
K-State Series: These materials document his employment as the Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs at K-State and include correspondence, workshop transcripts and speeches, retirement papers, and photographs from 1957–1985. Materials relating to his involvement as an advisor to Blue Key and Student Government are also included. There are personal clippings from the K-State Collegian on various topics during his time at K-State, as well as information and photographs showing the construction of the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex in 1980. These materials can be found in Box 1.
Professional Series: This series includes materials relating to Peters’s involvement with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) between 1972 and 1975. These include notes and programs from annual business meetings, correspondence, regional awards/certificates, and speeches. Materials from his time on the NASPA Coordinating Committee and a speech that was given during his time as the NASPA President in 1972 are included, as well as various NASPA newsletters (The Forum) from the 1980s and 1990s. These materials can be found in Box 2.
Personal Series: The series includes various materials from Peters’s personal life including items from high school, college, and later endeavors such as his sculpting business and church activities. High school yearbooks and college diplomas are included, along with military information and other memorabilia such as patches, certificates, and digital images of plaques. Hundreds of photos of his wooden sculptures displayed in galleries, art shows, and in his home are included, along with sketches and inspirations for his sculptures. There are also a few materials from his work with religious organizations and church camps. Other miscellaneous materials include personal income records, correspondence, cards, awards, newspaper clippings, a box of notecards with inspirational quotes, and a K-State pennant. The dipolmas are in Box 1, photos in Box 5, quote notecards in Box 6, other materials in Boxes 2 and 3, and digital images available upon request.
Recreational Series: This series includes materials involving Peters’s recreational pursuits, specifically running at various races and events between 1975 and 1993. These include photographs, clippings, race maps, bibs, programs, certificates, digital images or medals and ribbons, and records from events with various organizations including the World Veterans Games/Championships, USA and World Masters Track Championships, and the Senior Olympics. These races took place in cities across the United States, as well as in other countries such as Canada, Germany, Finland, Italy, and Australia. This series also includes various materials from Peters’ involvement with the Kansas State Cornhusking Association and includes clippings, cornhusking contest details, and results from 1988 to 1994. These materials are found in Box 4, a few photographs are in Box 5, and digital images available upon request.

System of arrangement

This collection is arranged into 4 series by subjects of material: 1) K-State, 2) Professional, 3) Personal, 4) Recreational.

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Conditions governing access

No access restriction: All materials are open for research.

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

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Finding aids

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Custodial history

It received accession number U2014.23, and Karen Hartner (now Suther) held the materials until giving them to the archives. She first gave the sculpting business records and photographs in 2011 and they remained in the department until she coordinated the retrieval of the remaining records from Chet Peters's house on the accession date.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Karen (Peters) Suther and Steven Peters
Acqusition Method: Donation.
Acqusition Date: 20140604

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Chet Peters was connected to the university almost continuously from the 1940s until the 1980s in numerous capacities. These papers document his personal life and professional activities, including his sculpture business, athletic pursuits, employment, and contributions to professional organizations.


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Separated Materials: One pennant was placed in a separate location because of the size of the material.

Specialized notes

  • Citation: [Item title], [item date], Chet Peters papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], 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

Finding Aid Author: Grace A. Heidebrecht
Processing Info: Student assistant Grace Heidebrecht processed and described materials and university archivist Cliff Hight reviewed the collection in 2016.
Publication Date: 2016-05-09

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Physical storage

  • Cubic Foot Box: Box 1, A83412013219
  • Cubic Foot Box: Box 2, A83412014401
  • Cubic Foot Box: Box 3, A83412012629
  • Cubic Foot Box: Box 4, A83412013332
  • Box: Box 5, A83412013227
  • Box: Box 6,
  • Box: Box 7,
  • 24x30: Artifact Collection Box 37, A83412078219
  • Cubic Foot Box: Box 1A, A83412044286