Ann L. Hyde

Graveside memorial services for Ann L. Hyde, 83, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Saturday at Pioneer Cemetery on the University of Kansas campus. Miss Hyde died Thur., June 19, 2014, at Bridge Haven Care Cottage.

She was born Aug. 31, 1930, in New York City, the daughter of John B. and Helen Stranska Hyde.  Ann spent many days in her early life enjoying the resources of the Great Neck Public Library in Great Neck, NY. Those early experiences shaped her entire life.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at KU in 1960, a Diploma of Manuscript Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and in 1966 earned a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Minnesota.  Ann was the Manuscripts Librarian in the Department of Special Collections at KU’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library, retiring in 2000.  She spent more than forty years connected to KU. Ann’s early love of books became her life-long passion.   William Crowe, a former dean of KU Libraries, said “Ann left a lasting legacy by using her unique skills to create inspiring well-crafted finding aids which in turn inspired scholars worldwide to delve further into the vast resources held in the Spencer.”  Ann would keep up long term correspondence with scholars from across the world to help them discover and study  many of  KU’s important holdings. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and her lifetime friend, Alexandra Mason. Memorial contributions may be made to KU Endowment – Ann Hyde Fund, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at