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Personal papers of Samuel W. Williston

Call Number: PP 32


Samuel Williston taught Geology and Paleontology and was also the Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas from 1890-1902. This collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, research notebooks, skeletal diagrams, and a photograph album from Williston's professional career and personal life.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1902


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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 Samuel W. Williston

Samuel Wendell Williston received his B.S. in 1872 and his M.A. in 1875, both from the Kansas Agricultural College in Manhattan. He then went to Yale to receive his M.D. in 1880 and his Ph.D. in 1885.

Williston joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in 1890 as a Professor of Geology and Paleontology. In 1899 he was named Dean of the School of Medicine. He left the University in 1902 to take a position as Professor of Paleontology at the University of Chicago. He died in 1918.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Physical Location

PP 32

Related Materials

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Guide to the Samuel W. Williston Collection
Personal papers of Samuel W. Williston
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mes, mwh, 2019.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Samuel W. Williston, University Archives, PP 32, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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