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A collection of biographical information, correspondence, Pittsburg State University materials, art topics, financial, legal, photographs, newspaper clippings, media, artifacts, and miscellaneous materials of former university art professor, Bert O. Keeney. Bert Orville Keeney was born November 20, 1909, in Chadron, Nebraska and died August 14, 2002, in Pittsburg, Kansas. He graduated from Rushville High School, in Rushville, Nebraska. He received undergraduate degrees from Chadron State College in English and Industrial Arts. He received a master’s degree from Kansas State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University) in Industrial Education. He later attended the University of Minnesota and received a second master’s degree in Education. In 1936, Mr. Keeney began working as a faculty member of the Winfield [Kansas] Public Schools. In 1939 he married Lily Coleman, and the couple had two children. Mr. Keeney served in World War II in the Naval Reserve. He began his college teaching career at Kansas State Teacher’s College in 1946. During his time at KSTC he was able to establish the metalsmithing, ceramics, and sculpture programs. He remained at Pittsburg until he retired in 1977. During his career, one of his pieces “sterling silver coffee services” was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York City. After his retirement, Mr. Keeney focused on developing a studio for sculpture and ceramics at his residence.

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Education, Fine Arts

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3.5 linear feet

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0195

Keeney, Bert O., Collection, 1932-2002



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