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Original letters and manuscript copy of Paul E. Wilson's "Letters to Harriet"

Call Number: RH MS 1073


"Letters to Harriet" was produced by Paul E. Wilson in 1990, incorporating the content of letters that he wrote as a World War II serviceman to his wife Harriet who was living at Lyndon, Kansas. In this collection are Wilson's original letters to his wife, parents, and daughter Betsy, written from Army training camps and from combat zones in New Guinea and the Philippines. With Wilson's letters is his handwritten manuscript for his 1990 compilation, including his introduction, conclusion, and interspersed pages of explanatory narrative regarding his military service.


  • Creation: 1942-1946; 1990


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Biography of Paul E. Wilson

Paul E. Wilson was born in 1915 near Quenemo in Osage County, Kansas. In 1937 and 1938, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from the University of Kansas. In 1941, he married Harriet Stephens, with whom he had four children. Wilson earned a law degree from Washburn University at Topeka in 1942, and from 1942 to 1946 served in the U.S. Army. During World War II, he saw active duty in New Guinea and the Philippines.

After the war, Wilson served two terms as County Attorney for Osage County. He represented Kansas as Assistant Attorney General in the landmark Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education segregation case, argued before the Supreme Court in 1954. Wilson joined the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Law in 1957, served on the Kansas Judicial Council, and became a nationally known authority on criminal law. He retired from the University in 1981. His memoir regarding the Brown case was published in 1995 in the book titled A Time to Lose. Wilson died at Lawrence, Kansas on April 22, 2001.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1073

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Paul E. Wilson, 1992

Related Materials

Wilson, Paul E., Letters to Harriet: Paul E. Wilson, Army of the United States, 1942-1946, Law Library Rice Room (no call #), University of Kansas.

Wilson, Paul E., Paul Wilson research materials,, RH MS 746, Kansas Collection, Spencer Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to Paul E. Wilson's "Letters to Harriet"
Original letters and manuscript copy of Paul E. Wilson's "Letters to Harriet"
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Wilson, Paul E, Letters to Harriet, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1073, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

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