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Ardis Kuhnen Godeman (1929-2017) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/170
Of principal interest in the Ardis Kuhnen Godeman papers is a binder of what appears to be art class drawing and design exercises along with rapidly-executed sketches, likely a form of record of Northwestern University’s art curriculum of the late-1940s and early-1950s.

Providing more detail on Godeman’s interests and activities are a 1947 issue of The Evanstonian, student newspaper of Evanston Township High School; programs from Sextant Naval Honorary Fraternity’s 1950 Navy Ball; dance cards from the 1950 winter formal sponsored by Delta Kappa Epsilon and Chi Psi fraternities; a circa 1950 map linking Northwestern’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Deke House) to popular student gathering and drinking establishments; a ticket to a 1947 Senior Hop held at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel; and drink coupons redeemable at the Spot-Lite Lounge, 3113 North Broadway, in Chicago.

Also found in the collection are some items associated with Arthur Nicholas Kuhnen, Ardis’s father, including a map, circa 1908, relating to Kabekona Camp in the northern Minnesota wilderness, along with printed invitations to a few University of Wisconsin parties, also circa 1908, sponsored by Mr. Kuhnen and a colleague, H.O. King.


  • 1947-1951, n.d.


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1 Boxes (Half width box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Northwestern University Archives by Brad Emalfarb, November 19, 2017 (Accession 17-275).

Separated Materials

An invitation to the 1950 Northwestern University commencement ceremony; the May, 1949 issues of Alpha Phi sorority’s The Beta Data; and a Chicago Daily Tribune clipping pertaining to the 1949 Rose Bowl have been added to the general reference and serial publications collections of Northwestern University Archives. Three issues of Purple Parrot, a 1950 Northwestern University commencement program, a 1950 Waa-Mu Show program, and five 1948 and 1950 issues of The Daily Northwestern duplicated existing holdings and were discarded.
Guide to the Ardis Kuhnen Godeman (1929-2017) Papers
Kevin B. Leonard
November 21, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US