Throwback Thursday: Women’s Tennis Edition
Each week we’ll be posting a photograph from University Archives that shows a scene from KU’s past. We’ve also scanned more than 34,800 images from KU’s University Archives and made them available online; be sure to check them out!
Wimbledon is underway this week, so today’s photograph features some of KU’s early tennis players.
The KU women’s tennis club, 1892. University Archives Photos.
Call Number: RG 66/20/18 1892 Prints: Athletic Department: Women’s Tennis (Photos).
Click image to enlarge (redirect to Spencer’s digital collections).
Information on the back side of the photograph indicates that it was taken at Christmas in 1892. From left to right, standing, are Jeannette Wheeler, Grace Colwell, Genevieve Howland Chalkley, Edith Snow, May Gardner, Hattie Ayres, and Jo Bassett. Seated from left to right are Grace Poff, Louise Towne, Anna Drake, and Madge Bullene.
Note that the left side of the image is stamped “DaLee’s Art Gallery, South Tennessee St., Lawrence, Kas.” Lawrence city directories place the gallery at 1537 Tennessee, which is the current address of KU’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapter. Amon G. DaLee was an early photographer in Lawrence, arriving by 1860. DaLee passed away in 1879, and the 1880 census lists his widow Martha working as a photographer, apparently maintaining her husband’s business. By 1890-1891, photographer Elmer E. Willis was the manager of DaLee’s Studio.
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Genevieve Howland Chalkley is my great great grandmother! I believe that it’s her in the picture, it looks like the same person who is in the photograph I have of her on a votes for women float. My name is Genevieve Howland Baldwin (after her). Seeing this photo was so nice!
October 5th, 2018 at 9:37 am
Thank you for your post, Genevieve. I’m glad you enjoyed the image. Keep in mind that you can use the link to the digital collection if you want to “export” the image and download it to your own computer.
October 11th, 2018 at 4:01 pm