Name and location of repository
Level of description
Lou Herndon papers
- 1925-2013 (Creation)
5 boxes, 17.5 linear feet.
Name of creator
Mary Louise (Lou) Wilkins Herndon Was born February 26, 1924, to Loren and Ruth Wilkins in Liberal, Kansas. Her father was a jeweler, a watchmaker and later an optometrist. Her mother was a concert pianist. They moved to Wichita Kansas when Lou was in about sixth grade. Herndon attended Allison Junior High in Wichita and then graduated from Wichita High School North in 1941. On June 27, 1943, she married Billy Bob Herndon who was originally from Anson, Texas. They were married at West Side United Presbyterian Church, Wichita, Kansas. They had one daughter and three sons, all of whom have made their homes in Sedgwick County.
Herndon was very active in the Wichita and Goddard communities. She was a 4-H project leader and a community leader of the Rolling Hills 4-H Club for many years. She was a lifetime member of the Prairie Gem Home Extension Unit from the time the unit was started until it was disbanded (for lack of members). Herndon also served on the county extension council for several years and was a treasurer for Attica Township. At the same time, she was the caretaker of the Pleasant Ridge cemetery in Goddard, Kansas.
In about 1963, Herndon began china painting and was a member of the Sunflower China Painters in Sedgwick county. She was the state president of the Federated China Painters Association of Kansas for two years. Herndon was passionate about encouraging all the painters in Kansas to exhibit their work at the Kansas State Fair.
More than anything else, Herndon enjoyed her 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She passed away November 11, 2018, and a Memorial headstone is in Pleasant Ridge Cemetary, Goddard, Kansas.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
Records relating to the history of Cooperative Extension work in Sedgwick County Kansas and focusing particularly on the Prairie Gem unit of which Lou Herndon and her mother, Ruth Wilkins, were charter/lifetime members.
System of arrangement
This collection is arranged in five boxes. Box one consists of documents and boxes two through five are made up of scrapbooks.
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
All materials are open for research.
Original materials are available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with the Internet.
Conditions governing reproduction
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
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Acquisition and appraisal elements
The collection was donated to Kansas State University by Lou Herndon and her daughter, Sherry Elder in November 2017. It was housed in the Department of Special Collections until it was processed. It received the accession number 2019-20.005.
Immediate source of acquisition
Lou Herndon and her daughter, Sherry Elder, donated these materials in November 2017.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
These documents represent the life of a member of the Prairie Gem Homemakers Extension Unit in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
Kansas Association for Family and Community Education accrual.
- Citation: [Item title], [item date], Lou Herndon papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.
Description control element
Rules or conventions
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Cynthia A. Harris, Library Assistant III/Manuscripts/Collections Processor processed and described materials and curator David B. Allen reviewed the finding aid in October 2019.