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The collection consists of photographs, music books, and personal documents relating to the life and career of PSU alum Nada Pauline Vanlandingham.

Nada Pauline Vanlandingham (1916-2002) was born in Olathe, Kansas. She graduated from Ottawa High School in Ottawa, Kansas. After Attending Ottawa University for two years, Vanlandingham transferred to Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg (today’s Pittsburg State University), where she graduated with her Bachelor of Music degree in 1938. Her principal instrument was the double bass. She went on to earn her Master of Music degree from University of Kansas. Vanlandingham began her public school teaching career in Latham, Kansas. After two years, she taught in the Johnson County School District 110, which later consolidated with Shawnee Mission School District. She taught elementary music for 41 years at Overland Park Elementary, retiring in 1978. During her time in Overland Park, Vanlandingham participated in several musical and educational organizations including Mr. DeRubertis’ Orchestra, the Overland Park Orchestra, Alpha Delta Kappa women in education, and the National Education Association. She was also a life member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, serving 67 years. Vanlandingham also participated in and supported several local organizations including the Merriam Music Study Club, the Olathe branch of the American Association of University Women, the Olathe Historical Society, the Johnson County Retired Teachers Association, and the Shawnee Mission Indian Historical Society. She passed away in 2002.

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Performing Arts, Social Life and Customs


Education | Music

Size of Collection

.4 linear feet

Dates of Collection

1937-1938, 1967, 1988

Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0385

Vanlandingham, Nada Pauline, Collection, 1937-1938, 1967, 1988



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