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Ault Family Papers

 Collection — Container: Ault Family Papers Box
Identifier: SC-035

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence between the Baker University Alumni personnel and several of the Ault family members. Much of the correspondence is between Warren Ault, who taught history at Baker University from 1911-1914, and the Baker University Alumni personnel between 1970-1987. It also contains Baker University student registration cards, major and minor forms, and Alumni Directory forms for several of the family members. As many of the family members in the collection graduated from Baker University, it also contains materials documenting each of the family member’s accomplishments post-graduation. Other materials include graduation photographs of several of the family members and photographs of Dr. Warren O. Ault Day at Baker University in 1987. Throughout the collection, there are several newspaper clippings documenting each of the family members. The majority of the newspaper clippings are obituaries; however, there is a significant amount of newspaper clippings related to Warren Ault’s 100th birthday and his status as Rhodes Scholar.

Other significant materials in this collection include a few of Warren Ault’s publications and documentation on James Percy Ault’s career with the Carnegie Institution of Washington, including his status as the captain of the non-magnetic research ship, the Carnegie.


  • Other: 1898-2007

Biographical / Historical

Mary McElwain married Addison Ault on April 6, 1876 and settled on a farm near Baldwin City, KS. Addison Ault and his wife had eight children, seven of whom graduated from Baker University. The Ault family papers include materials relating to several of those eight children.

Alvin W. Ault, Baker University class of 1901, was the eldest of Mary and Addison Ault’s children. After Mr. Ault graduated from Baker University, he became the superintendent of the Cottonwood Falls and Kingman, KS schools. After he finished his post-graduate work at the University of Southern California, he became a math teacher for the Los Angeles public school system for over 35 years.

Harley Addison Ault, Baker University class of 1906, was the fourth child of Mary and Addison Ault. He later served on Baker University’s Board of Trustees. After graduation, he attended Columbia Law School and settled in Kansas City, Missouri to practice law. He served as the city attorney for several years. In World War I, Mr. Ault also served as a First Lieutenant in Field Artillery.

James Percy Ault, Baker University class of 1904, continued his studies and graduated from Columbia University in 1909, where he studied Mathematics, Astronomy, and Physics. He became a magnetician for the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1909, and commander of the non-magnetic research ship, the Carnegie, in 1915.

Warren Ault, Baker University class of 1907, continued his studies at Oxford University in England, where he became one of the first Americans Rhodes Scholars in 1910. He taught history at Baker University from 1910-11. He then went on to receive his MA at Oxford University, in 1915. He then studied at Yale University, where he received a Fellowship in History, 1911–1913. He earned his Ph.D. in 1919. Dr. Ault authored several books and many articles in the field of history. In 1969, he spent on semester at Baker University as a Visiting Distinguished Professor of History.


1.00 boxes

16 folders

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This collection was created by Baker University Alumni personnel in order to document the relationship of the Ault Family with Baker University and to document the outstanding accomplishments of the family members. Martin H. Owens, Director of Alumni Relations and Jerald C. Walker, President (1974-1979) both played a role in trying to acquire materials for each of the Ault family members.


The collection is arranged alphabetically, by family members, into ten major series. One series represents the Ault Family as a whole while the other nine series represent individual Ault family members. Two of the series, James Percy Ault and Warren Ault, contain subseries. Each series and subseries is arranged in chronological order.

Ault Family Papers
Chanelle Swanson
April 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

518 8th Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006 US