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Shelley Miller papers

Call Number: RH MS 637


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.


  • Creation: 1961 - 1993


Language of Materials

English; Spanish

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Shelley Miller

Shelley Jane Miller was born January 17, 1954 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Leland D. and Mary P. Miller. She attended school in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from high school in San Jose, Costa Rica before attending the University of Kansas, earning an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Social Welfare. She went on to do graduate work in Latin American studies at both KU and the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), and she earned her masters in library science from UCLA.

Shelley Miller was senior acquisitions specialist in the Hispanic Acquisitions program at the Library of Congress before returning to Kansas and the University of Kansas' libraries to serve as bibliographer and head of the Department for Spain, Portugal, and Latin America in the libraries.

Shelley Jane Miller passed away at the age of 40 on March 1, 1994 in Topeka due to a brain tumor.


26.5 Linear Feet (27 boxes + 2 oversize boxes + 21 oversize folders)

Scope and Contents

The collection provides a great deal of information about Shelley Miller's career and personal and professional interests. It includes materials from the organizations with which Miller was involved, both for social and political reform in the United States and in Latin America, as well as community organizations in Lawrence, Kansas such as the Community Mercantile, the East Lawrence Improvement Association (ELIA), and the Lawrence Association of Neighbors (LAN). The collection includes information dating from the civil war period for El Salvador as well as information on Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cuba, and several other Central and South American and Caribbean countries.

The collection also includes information about Miller's school work and her involvement with the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), as well as her work with the Library of Congress and University of Kansas libraries in the Department for Spain, Portugal, and Latin America (SPLAT).

Other topics in Miller's papers include elections and politics in the United States and Latin America, historic preservation efforts for buildings in Lawrence, feminism and women's rights, anti-war/nuclear energy concerns, and health and nutrition.

Physical Location

RH MS 637

Physical Location

RH MS R127

Physical Location

RH MS Q125

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Mary Miller, 1994-2000

Guide to the Shelley Miller Collection
Shelley Miller papers
Finding aid prepared by rlf, 2006; revised by cl, 2010; revised by mwh, 2017.
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Shelley Miller Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 637, 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