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Richard Keith Smith papers

Call Number: RH MS 1141


Richard Keith Smith (1925-2003) served in the U.S. Army (Company A., 169th Infantry). Smith enlisted in 1944 and completed basic training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas. This collection consists of letters Smith wrote primarily to his parents in Wichita, Kansas, from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Ord, California; Camp Robinson, Arkansas; the Solomon Islands; and Occupied Japan, as well as printed ephemera. Smith was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945. In the letters he is referred to as "Keith", to differentiate between he and his father, also named Richard.


  • Creation: 1944 - 1946


Conditions Governing Access

No access restriction

Conditions Governing Use

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


.5 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize box )

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Scope and Contents

The letters were originally mounted in a scrapbook, whose cover and pages are located at RH MS Q291. The envelopes, which are pasted to the pages, were numbered consecutively upon receipt of the scrapbook. The letters, removed to RH MS 1141, were numbered in processing to correspond with the original envelope on the scrapbook pages.

Physical Location

RH MS 1141

Physical Location

RH MS Q291

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, 2000

Guide to the Richard Keith Smith Collection
Richard Keith Smith papers
Finding aid prepared by sh, 2008; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010 Finding aid encoded by sh, 2008; revised by skt, 2010
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Richard Keith Smith Collection , Kansas Collection, RH MS 1141, 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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