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Ardis Kuhnen Godeman (1929-2017) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/170

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Scope and Contents

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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There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


1 Boxes (Half width box)

Language of Materials



Ardis Nadine Kuhnen graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in art) in 1951. Her papers contain art coursework, and information about student life in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The papers include some material related to her father, Arthur Nicholas Kuhnen.

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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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
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