Special Collections and Archives

Leslie P. Hardy papers

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Leslie P. Hardy papers
Inclusive Date(s): 1815-1990
Bulk Date(s): 1922-1986
Author: Finding aid prepared by Edith Serkownek, August 2008
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Edith Serkownek using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2008
Origination: Hardy, Leslie P.
Extent: 1.16 cubic feet (Four boxes = 2 document cases, 1 slim document case and 1 flat box)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0069
Abstract: This collection documents the activities and career of Kent State University alum and Athletic Hall of Famer, Leslie P. Hardy. It includes material relating to Hardy's years at Kent State College (1922-1928) as well as photographs, periodical clippings and documents recording his genealogical interests, civic activities and 40-year career as an administrator at the University of Akron.
Language(s): The records are in English

Biography of Leslie P. Hardy

Leslie Pettitt Hardy (1902-1992) was born in Summit County, Ohio. He attended Kent State College between 1922 and 1928, with periods off during which he worked as a teacher and coach at area schools. While at Kent, Hardy was active in athletics, lettering in basketball, track, and baseball. He served on the staff of both The Kentonian and The Kent Stater and was a Kappa Mu Kappa fraternity member. Hardy also served as president of his graduating class. Hardy went on to an administrative career at the University of Akron, where he worked for 40 years. He was an active member of many area civic and fraternal organizations throughout his life. He served as chairman of KSU's 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee in 1978 and was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981.

Scope and Content

This collection documents the activities and career of Kent State University alumus and Athletic Hall of Famer, Leslie P. Hardy. Hardy's papers include biographical information, copies of his public speeches and presentations, papers of membership and citation, periodicals and clippings, genealogical research, photographs and local ephemera such as Akron-area church and school programs. This collection also documents his career at Kent State College (1922-1928) and includes athletic ribbons and letters, photographs, correspondence and copies of some early campus newspapers, as well as later files relating to his 50th class reunion, alumni activities and his induction into Kent State University's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Statement of Arrangement

The Leslie P. Hardy papers are divided into series as follows:
Series 1: Kent State College/Kent State University Related Material
Series 2: Personal and Professional Papers
Series 3: Scrapbook
Series 4: Oversized Material
Series 5: Artifacts


Separated Material

Leslie P. Hardy's autobiographical book, One of the Hardy Boys, is shelved in the book collection and has been catalogued in KentLINK.

Preferred Citation

Leslie P. Hardy papers. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

Leslie P. Hardy gave this material to Special Collections and Archives in a series of donations from 1978 to 1991.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
College sports--Ohio--Kent--History
College sports--History.
Persons:
Brown, Clarence N.
Organizations/Corporations:
University of Akron
Kent State College
Kent State University
Occupations:
College athletes
College administrators
Material Types:
Memorabilia
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Correspondence
Sports--Collectibles
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)



Detailed Description of The Collection

Series 1: Kent State College/Kent State University Related Material, 1922-1986
Arrangement
Material organized by subject and then chronologically.
Box 1 / Folder 1
Academics: Transcripts and class credit cards, 1922-1928
Box 1 / Folder 2
Athletics: Track and Field ribbons and felt letter "O" for Kent State and Akron High Schools, 1922-1924
Box 1 / Folder 3
Athletics: Photographs and negative of Kent State sports scenes including Hardy's activities in baseball, track and tennis, 1922-1925
Box 1 / Folder 4
Athletics: Kent State/Mount Union football game program, September 30, 1922
Box 1 / Folder 5
Athletics: Certificate lettering Leslie Hardy in Track and felt letter "K", June 8, 1923
Box 1 / Folder 6
Athletics: Sectional Tournament of Northeastern Ohio program, March 2 and 3, 1928
Box 1 / Folder 7
Athletics: Correspondence and documents regarding Leslie Hardy's athletic career at KSU including Award of Merit and Athletic Hall of Fame, 1963-1983
Box 1 / Folder 8
Calendar: Kent State College calendar with photograph of front campus, 1928
Box 1 / Folder 9
Class Reunion: Correspondence and documents related to KSU's 1928 Class Reunion, chaired by Leslie Hardy, 1978-1980
Box 1 / Folder 10
Correspondence, 1927-1928 and 1934
Box 1 / Folder 11
Correspondence: Leslie Hardy/KSU correspondence regarding donations and support, 1978-1986
Box 1 / Folder 12
Graduation: Invitation, Baccalaureate, Class Day and Banquet programs, August, 1928
Box 1 / Folder 13
Periodicals: The Kentonian, miscellaneous issues, 1922-1925
Box 1 / Folder 14
Periodical: The Skull - Cross Bones: Kappa Mu Kappa Chapter, Kent State College, December 10, 1927
Box 1 / Folder 15
Periodical Clippings: Newspaper clippings regarding Leslie Hardy at Kent State, 1928
Box 1 / Folder 16
Photographs: Kent State College and Kent State College Summer School panoramic/group photographs, 1923 and 1927
Restrictions on Access
Research note: Photographs are rolled and researchers should seek faculty assistance when viewing

Series 2: Personal and Professional Papers, 1815-Circa 1981
Box 2 / Folder 1
Family History Documents: Deed and military service documents, with accompanying note that documents pertain to Leslie Hardy's wife's "first husband, John Maynard Chardon", 1815, 1830, 1844 and 1862
Box 2 / Folder 2
Scrapbook Pages (loose) and Ephemera: Newspaper clippings, programs and publications documenting Leslie Hardy's activities teaching and coaching at Deerfield, East Conneaut and Akron schools, 1923-1931
Box 2 / Folder 3
Manuscript: Hardy Ancestry, 1650-1980; Geneological information compiled by Leslie Hardy, 1980
Box 2 / Folder 4
Manuscript: A Collection of Speeches, Reports and Invocations Given on Public Occasions in the Promotion of Civic and Cultural Betterments in the Akron Area by Leslie Hardy, 1934-1974, Circa 1981

Series 3: Scrapbook, 1853-1990
Processing Information
The contents of this scrapbook were removed from a deteriorating album. Material was placed in folders in their original order with the exception of Kent State College athletic photographs which were placed with similar loose photographs in Series 1.
Box 3 / Folder 1
Scrapbook Content: Photographs and documents relating to the Brown and Pettitt families, 1853-Circa 1913
Scope and Content
Research note: Contains photographs of Clarence N. Brown, "great grandson of John Brown," abolitionist.
Box 3 / Folder 2
Scrapbook Content: Photographs of people and scenes, some identified, 20th century
Box 3 / Folder 3
Scrapbook Content: Programs for Bath, Boxwell and Richfield area school graduations and events, Late 19th-Early 20th centuries
Box 3 / Folder 4
Scrapbook Content: Recipes (periodical clippings and handwritten), Early 20th century
Box 3 / Folder 5
Ephemera including almanac, invitation, pamphlets, rewards of merit, Christian Temperance Union card and A Klansman's Creed, 1870-Early 20th century
Box 3 / Folder 6
Scrapbook Content: "Hardygrams," printed cards, Undated
Box 3 / Folder 7
Scrapbook Content: Periodical clippings related to Leslie Hardy and area history, 1989 and undated
Box 3 / Folder 8
Scrapbook Content: Correspondence, programs, certificates of membership/appreciation for Leslie Hardy in various organizations, 1927-1990

Series 4: Oversized Material, 1927-1938
Box 4 / Folder 1
The Kent Stater, miscellaneous issues, 1927-1928
Box 4 / Folder 2
Periodicals, miscellaneous, containing articles about Leslie Hardy, 1928 and 1938

Series 5: Artifacts, 1963 and 1981
Box 4 / Folder 3
Plaque: Kent State University Athletic Department Award of Merit for Leslie Hardy, May 27, 1963
Box 4 / Folder 4
Plaque: Athletic Hall of Fame Award for Leslie Hardy, February 7, 1981