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A collection of sheet music, guides, books, and other materials related to W. Glen Ruff and his music shop.

Walter Glen Ruff (1904-1989) was born in Kansas and graduated from Fort Hays State Teachers College. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1940. Following this, he taught instrumental and vocal music on both the high school and college level. Ruff served with the American Red Cross in India and Ceylon during World War II. Afterwards, he was head of the music department at Western Carolina Teachers College. In 1950, he moved back to Kansas at opened Ruff’s Music Shop in Pittsburg. The store operated for 20 years. After Ruff sold it, he continued to repair musical instruments. Ruff was married twice, first to Bessie Adelaide Peterson (1903-1936) and to Nora Nadine Nolan (1908-2001). W. Glen Ruff passed away in 1989.

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Business and Industry, Education, Performing Arts, Social Life and Customs


Business | Music

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1 linear foot

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0336

Ruff, Walter Glen, Collection, 1883-1962



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