Shelley died March 1,1994, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. The cause of death was a brain tumor. She was born January 17,1954, in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Leland D. and Mary P. Miller. She attended Lawrence schools and graduated from high school at Liceo de Senoritas Anastasio Alfaro in San Jose, Costa Rica. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Spanish and Social Welfare. She did graduate work in Latin American Studies at KU and at the University of California, Los Angeles, and received a Master of Library Science at UCLA.
At her death, she was a bibliographer and the head of the Department for Spain, Portugal, and Latin America at the University of Kansas Libraries. Previously, she had worked at the Library of Congress as Senior Acquisitions Specialist in the Hispanic Acquisitions Program. Her career also included teaching at the KU Center of Latin American Studies. She belonged to a number of professional organizations, devoting special attention to the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials and work on the Hispanic American Periodicals Index. She belonged to the Latin American Studies Association.
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These papers of lifelong Lawrence, Kansas resident Hannah O. Leibengood (1904-1993) include letters from her family and friends, as well as photographs and memorabilia. Also included are several journals of her grandfather, dentist Henry W. Howe (1842-1909), and many business records of her father, Loyd R. Howe (1869-1962), who operated a wallpapering, painting, and sign-making business in Lawrence for more than forty years.
Shelley Miller was a long-time Kansas resident, both attending the University of Kansas as a student and serving as head of the Department for Spain, Portugal and Latin America at the KU Libraries. Throughout her life, Shelley participated in social activism on the local and national level. This collection reflects her professional and personal efforts through newspaper clippings, informational pamphlets, scrapbooks, and personal correspondence.