Marion Ellet papers
This collection consists of several letters written to Marion Ellet, newspaper writer and editor in Concordia, Kansas, by William Allen White, newspaper editor of the Emporia Gazette between the years of 1921 and 1943. The collection also includes Ellet's collection of newspaper clippings ("paste-ups") of articles about her, or of which she is the author, as well as a yearbook from Smith College in 1921, a graduation commencement booklet, and an interview with Ellet and a documentary about her life. Further, the collection includes brief writing samples by Ellet, a scrapbook of miscellaneous undated art and advertisement clippings, and several scrapooks containing copies of Ellet's column "Mugwump Musings."
- 1921 - 2014
- Ellet, Marion, 1898-1996 (Compiler, Person)
- White, William Allen, 1868-1944 (Correspondent, Person)
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 Marion Ellet (1898-1996)
Marion Ellet was born December 9, 1898 at Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas. She worked for the Concordia-Blade Empire and was associated with the newspaper until her death, except for four years spent in New York.
In 1922, after graduating from Smith College in 1921, Ellet was a reporter for the Brooklyn Eagle in New York City. She also wrote book reviews for the New York Times.
After moving back to Concordia, Ellet's column "Mugwump Musings" appeared daily until 1994 in the Blade-Empire, as well as being picked up by several other Kansas newspapers. She was recognized as one of ten superior editors by the Kansas State Agricultural chapter of Sigma Delta Chi. Her column won the Kansas Press Association's Award for Excellence in 1986.
Ellet's writing was deeply influenced by her prairie roots and created a unique voice in Kansas for the greater part of the 20th century. She passed away on August 26, 1996 at Concordia.
.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 6 oversize boxes, 2 DVDs)
Language of Materials
RH MS 756
RH Video 59
RH MS Q501
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Lee Lowell; transfer from Cataloging, 2018.
- Guide to the Marion Ellet Collection
- Marion Ellet papers
- Finding aid prepared by aw, 2006. Finding aid encoded by aw, 2006. Finding aid revised by lc, 2017; mwh, 2018; cmp, 2022; mmj, 2023.
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- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
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- Preferred citation
Marion Ellet papers, RH MS 756, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States