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Charles Stough papers

Call Number: RH MS 894


Charles D. Stough was a prominent member of the Lawrence, Kansas community. This collection consists of his papers from his time as city attorney, as well as material related to his leadership with the Kansas and Douglas County American Revolution Bicentennial Commissions and involvement with the Douglas County Historical Society, his work with Save the Tallgrass Prairie, In. (STP) and the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA), and materials related to the Lawrence Friends of the Library and the Northeast Kansas Library System. It also includes autographed photographs of four Kansas politicians, coal mining photographs, and a postcard from the Dickinson County Historical Museum.


  • Creation: 1919 - 1988


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 Charles D. Stough

Charles D. Stough was born in Mound Valley, Labette County, Kansas in 1914. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law and began practicing law in Chicago, Illinois but soon came back to Kansas, serving as the city attorney for Lawrence in Douglas County from 1947-1968. Stough also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Stough was active politically at the local, state, and national level beyond his public service as city attorney. He was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives for almost ten years, serving as majority leader of the Republican party in 1951-1953 and speaker of the house in 1953-1954. He also served on Lawrence's city council and was active with local American Bicentennial celebrations leading up to 1976. During the 1970s and 1980s, Stough was involved with Save the Tallgrass Prairie, Inc. (STP) and the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA). Additionally, he was on the board of directors and president of the Douglas County Historical Society throughout the 1970s when the Society took possession of, rehabilitated, and opened the Watkins Community Museum in downtown Lawrence.

Charles D. Stough died December 8, 1995.


14.5 Linear Feet (16 boxes + 2 folders, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection has been intellectually arranged into six series:

  1. City attorney papers
  2. Douglas County and Kansas American Revolution Bicentennial Commissions
  3. Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKL) and Lawrence Friends of the Library (FOTL)
  4. Save the Tallgrass Prairie (STP) and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
  5. Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS)
  6. Photographs

Physical Location

RH MS 894

Physical Location

RH MS 1486

Physical Location

RH MS-P 894

Physical Location

RH MS-P 894(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Charles Stough, 1988; Douglas County Historical Society, 1988.

Related Materials

Save the Tallgrass Prairie Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 670, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Prairie National Park Natural History Association Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 263, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Douglas County Historical Society Bicentennial Commission records, RH MS 1002, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Save the Tallgrass Prairie collection, Kansas State University, Richard L. D. & Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections.

Records of the Kansas American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, Kansas Historical Society, State Archives.

Guide to the Charles D. Stough Collection
Charles Stough papers
Finding aid prepared by jtf, 2007; revised by lc, 2017. Finding aid encoded by jtf, 2007; revised by lc, 2017. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019.
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Charles Stough papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 894, 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