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Rose Riste papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-24

Scope and Contents

Collection of materials from Dr. Rose Alma Riste, a 1920 graduate of the KU School of Medicine. The collection contains items from her missionary trips to India for the Methodist Episcopal Federation Mission Society, including correspondence, photographs, clothing and walking cane artifacts, oral history interviews, and assorted ephemera.


  • 1920 - 2002


Conditions Governing Access

Some folders are restricted because of their sensitive nature or because they contain personal or confidential information. These records are protected by federal laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Examples of restricted records are personnel files, medical records, financial records, and any materials containing personal information such as addresses and social security numbers. Restricted materials are identified at the box and/or folder level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Archivist. Access may be allowed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the KUMC Archives and only after a proposal has been reviewed and approved by the University of Kansas Human Subjects Committee. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of materials. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Rose Alma Riste was born on February 17, 1887, in Blue Springs, Nebraska, to Walter and Clara Riste. Rose’s father was a schoolteacher, and the family moved often, eventually winding up in Washington State. As a young adult, Rose attended the University of Washington in Seattle. She taught school for several years, and in 1916, at the age of twenty eight, matriculated at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Rose received her MD degree in 1920, and soon after joined the Methodist Episcopal Federation Mission Society. The Society sent her to India as a medical missionary, first in 1922, for five years. She served several five year missions to India, specifically Tilaunia and Ludhiana, interspersed with trips back to the United States for continuing education, over the next thirty years. During this time she became a specialist in both radiology and tuberculosis.

Dr. Riste retired around 1956 and settled in the Chicago area. She worked as a docent in a local science museum for many years. She died on March 24, 1975, at the age of eighty eight.


10.4 Cubic Feet (12 archives boxes)

Language of Materials


Preliminary Guide to the Rose Riste Collection
Rose Riste papers
Finding aid prepared by CAW. Finding aid encoded by CAW.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
2017 Robinson, Mail Stop 1025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160 United States