Cage 736

Paul Philemon Kies

Papers, 1912-1971

Program cover from a concert series given by Kies, circa 1914-1915.

Acquisition And Processing Information

These materials were donated to the Washington State University Libraries with the papers of Ruth Slonim (MS 2007-10). They were processed in 2009 by Ph.D. candidate Katy Fry.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of Containers: 1

Linear Feet of Shelf Space: .25


Paul Philemon Kies was born at Highland, Illinois, in 1891. In 1915 he received a Master of Arts degree in German from the University of Nebraska and a degree in music from Lincoln Musical College. After teaching high school at Goodland, Kansas, Kies accepted a pastorate in Illinois for two years. He graduated from the Chicago Musical College in 1920, and taught English at Penn College in Iowa until 1924. He then accepted a teaching position at the State College of Washington in Pullman, Washington. In 1928 he received a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago. Kies worked at the State College of Washington until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1956. He died at Pullman in 1971. For more information about Paul Kies, see Roger B. O'Connor, "Paul P. Kies: Scholar" (typescript, Cage 4300, in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections).

Collection Description

This small collection consists of correspondence, printed items, and photographs related to Paul Kies which came into Ruth Slonim's possession after his death in 1971. The correspondence in folder 1 includes letters from former students, colleagues, and friends.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged in a single series.


Kies, Paul Philemon, 1891-1971 -- Archives
Washington State University -- Faculty --Archives


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Paul Philemon Kies papers, 1912-1971
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Related Materials

Paul Philemon Kies papers (Cage 364)

Paul Philemon Kies Autograph Collection (Cage 308):

Paul Philemon Kies Photographs (PC 28):

"Paul P. Kies: Scholar" by Roger B. O'Connor (Cage 4300)


Materials are in English.

Container List:

Box Folder Description
1 1 Correspondence (mostly incoming), 1912-1968
  2 Articles written by Kies, 1949 and 1951
  3 Photographs (6 color slides, mostly of Washington State University), 1951
  4 Miscellaneous printed items, 1915-1967
  5 Ruth Slonim correspondence (outgoing and incoming) regarding Kies' final illness and death; Slonim's eulogy (typescript); Kies memorial service program; 1971