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Alvin Daniel Dahlene papers

Call Number: RH MS 274


This collection deals principally with Alvin Dahlene's participation in the game of horseshoes.


  • Creation: 1906 - 1978


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Alvin Dahlene

Alvin Dahlene was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 2, 1906.

He moved with his parents, Daniel and Ella Dahlene, both natives of Sweden, to Lawrence in 1907. Dahlene continued to reside with his mother (d. 1973) (he never married) and work as an electrician in Lawrence his entire life. He is survived by one sister, Lucille, married to Clarke Phillipi, residing in Annandale, Virginia.

Dahlene was best known for his participation in the sport of horse shoe pitching. He was a member of the Lawrence Horseshoe Club for 54 years (1924-78), Kansas State Champion, 1941-42, and was nominated for the National Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame three times, 1976-78.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries (1965-1977), scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs (including slides), and published materials. Dahlene's numerous "Letters to the Editor" appearing in the Lawrence Journal-World and his work in organizing the 50th class reunion of Lawrence High School's class of 1925 is included.

Physical Location

RH MS 274

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mrs. Lucille Phillipi, 1978.


  • Reno, Otto W. The Story of Horseshoes.
  • Reno, Otto W. Pitching Championship Horseshoes.
  • Shaw, Naomi, ed. Writers Workshop, Lawrence, Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.: Lawrence Writers' Workshop, 1968. RH B2502
  • Bates, Julia L. and Darlene Warring, eds.Poetry Festival, 1978, Lawrence, Kan.: Kansas Author's Club, 2nd District, 1978. RH C10949
Guide to the Alvin Daniel Dahlene Collection
Alvin Daniel Dahlene papers
mrw 1978; mg 2004
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Alvin Daniel Dahlene Collection. Kansas Collection, RH MS 274, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States