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Letter from Lee Radke (Russell, Kansas) to Laura Neiswanger (Library, University of Kansas, Lawrence),

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P657


This March 29, 1956 letter from Russell, Kansas resident Lee Radke was sent together with his book, The Living Dead, to University of Kansas librarian Laura Neiswanger. Radke's handwritten letter includes a brief description of his background and explains the purpose of his book.


  • Creation: March 29, 1956


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Biography of Lee Radke

Leon Lee Radke was born February 24, 1920 at Russell, Kansas. During World War Ii, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was wounded in service. He married Fern Ethel Ginther, with whom he had two daughters. In the 1950s, Radke and his wife operated the Star Cleaners in Russell. Radke authored the book, The Living Dead, published in 1954. He died on September 21, 1986 at Riverside, California.


1 folder (2 leaves)

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Scope and Contents

This 2-page handwritten letter from Lee Radke, written from Russell, Kansas on March 29, 1956 to University of Kansas librarian Laura Neiswanger accompanied Radke's copy of his book, The Living Dead. Radke's letter gives a brief biographical sketch of his life and describes what prompted him to write The Living Dead.

Physical Location

RH MS P657

Separated Materials

Letter found in and separated from book: The Living Dead, by Lee Radke.>RH C7671, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library

Guide to Letter from Lee Radke (Russell, Kansas)
Arleen Purcell biographical material
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Letter from Lee Radke (Russell, Kansas) to Laura Neiswanger (Library, University of Kansas), March 29, 1956, Kansas Collection, RH MS P657, 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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