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Helen Kelso Carney (1916-1997) was born in Cherokee, Kansas to Claire Payne Kelso and Nigh Kelso. She received her B.A. from Kansas State Teacher’s College (now Pittsburg State University) and her M.A. from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She did doctoral studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, Tulsa University in Oklahoma, and Mills College in California. She was the Supervisor of Foreign Languages in the Tulsa, Oklahoma public schools, and taught at Edison High School for 12 years. She published in several language magazines and was the first American to write a beginning French textbook for Americans for situations in America, not France. The French government awarded her with the “Chevalier des Palmes Academiques,” the highest award given for service to the French language. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and was accorded “Distinguished Alumni” by Pittsburg State University. She passed away in 1997.

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Education, Languages and Literature

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.4 linear foot

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SpC MS 0172

Carney, Helen Kelso Collection



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