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John D. Montgomery papers

Call Number: RH MS 961


These papers of Kansas journalist and political leader John D. Montgomery consist of clippings, correspondence, and photographs from his student years at the University of Kansas, where he was business manager of the University's student newspaper and captain of the boxing team. Included are photographs of Montgomery's boxing coach, Tommy Dixon, and a photograph of the "Ku Ku Klan," a 1920s pep club, of which Montgomery was not a member.


  • Creation: 1922 - 1925


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 John D. Montgomery, 1903-1985

John D. Montgomery was born June 9, 1903 at Junction City, Kansas. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1925. In 1931, he married University of Kansas graduate and journalist Mary Elizabeth Kennedy. Montgomery entered the newspaper business by publishing newspapers in Florida, Cuba, and Brazil before returning in 1952 to Junction City, where he became co-publisher with his father of the Junction City Daily Union--the newspaper founded by his grandfather in 1892. He was a member of the Kansas State Highway Commission from 1957 to 1961 and was state highway director from 1967 to 1973. He chaired the Democratic State Committee from 1960 to 1962, served as a member of the Democratic National Committee, and was twice a Democratic nominee for Congress. He was national director of the Association of the U.S. Army, receiving the Army's Outstanding Service Medal in 1964, and in 1974 was named to the Kansas Board of Regents. Montgomery died October 15, 1985 at Junction City. He was named to the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1988.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 2 folders)

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Physical Location

RH MS 961

Physical Location

RH MS-P 961

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, John D. Montgomery, 1977

Processing Information

Previously shelved at: RH MS 344

Guide to the John D. Montgomery Papers
John D. Montgomery papers
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2007; revised by, cl 2010; Finding aid encoded by mh, 2007.
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Preferred citation
Montgomery, John D, 1903-1985, Papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 961, 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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