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Ronald D. Russell papers

Call Number: RH MS 1210


The Ronald D. Russell collection was assembled from 1952-2003 by Ronald D. Russell with the intent of donating the collection to the University of Kansas. The correspondence and date books in the collection pertain to Russell family affairs, day to day events, and topics on local, national and world events.


  • Creation: 1952 - 2003


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 Ronald D. Russell (1931-2003)

Ronald D. Russell was born January 30, 1931, in Emporia, Kansas, the son of Hal D. and Julia Foote Russell. He had one sister, Phyllis Russell Regan, who was married to Paul Regan. He married Sarah Anne Hays on November 30, 1996 and had two stepsons, Michael and John Hays.

Russell earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Emporia State University and was elected to two national honorary fraternities: Pi Omega Pi (focused on business education), and Alpha Epsilon Rho (focused on radio and television). He was a veteran of the Korean war, in which he became an expert marksman and an accountant stationed in Tokyo, Japan.

Russell was a teacher, accountant and computer programmer. He was employed by Beatrice Food Corp, Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. and Continental Oil Co. He taught in community colleges in El Dorado, Wichita, Topeka and LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and at the Employment Security Systems Institute (ESSI) in Topeka. He retired in 1991 from the State of Kansas, where he was affiliated with the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Transportation. In addition to his jobs he was an amateur writer, from writing an occasional short story, jokes sent to Reader's Digest and training manuals for ESSI. He was also an avid Disney fan.

Russell was a member of the American Legion, Loyal Order of the Moose, and Active Prime Timers. For many years he was active with and devoted to the Presbyterian Church and was both an ordained elder and a deacon.


6.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes + 1 oversize box)

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Scope and Contents

The correspondence and date books of Ronald D. Russell give the account of the activites of Russell, his family and friends over the years. Included are letters from the 1950s, including Russell's service in the Korean War, and the 1960s to the mid 1990s. Date books from the 1960s-1970s and 1990s-2000s describe Russell's day to day activity. The topics in the collection cover a broad spectrum from the personal and local to national and worldwide events. A family history of the Russell family with a short description of each person is located in Box 2 Folder 30. A resume for Ronald Russell is in Box 3 Folder 53.

Physical Location

RH MS 1210

Physical Location

RH MS R291

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Sarah Russell, 2003.

Guide to the Ronald D. Russell Collection
Ronald D. Russell papers
Finding aid prepared by cjn, 2010. Finding aid encoded by cjn, 2010. Finding aid revised by mab, 2020.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Ronald D. Russell papers, RH MS 1210, 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