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Marion Ellet papers

Call Number: RH MS 756


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."


  • Creation: 1921 - 2014


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


Physical Location

RH MS 756

Physical Location

RH Video 59

Physical Location

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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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

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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