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Guanetta Gordon literary manuscripts

Call Number: RH MS 14


The Guanetta Gordon Collection contains the work of a native Kansas poet and author, who was both that state's poet laureate and Arizona's Poet of the Year. The collection dates from 1953 to 1992 and is comprised of original manuscripts, worksheets, and drafts for the poems, articles, essays, and short stories written by Guanetta Gordon since 1953. The manuscripts in boxes 1-4 are arranged alphabetically by literary type.


  • Creation: 1953 - 1992


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 Guanetta Gordon

Guanetta Gordon was born in Kansas. She was educated at Baker University (Baldwin, KS) and the University of Kansas. Gordon wrote seven books of poetry: Songs of the Wind (1952), Under the Rainbow Arch (1965), Petals From the Moon (1970), Shadow Within the Flame (1973), Above Rubies: Women of the Bible (1976), Red are the Embers (1980), and A Time of Destiny (1987). She also wrote the historical novel The Aurora Tree as well as contributions to numerous anthologies, journals, magazines, and other publications, both foreign and domestic.

Guanetta Gordon is a member of many writing organizations, including: The Poetry Society of America, The World Poetry Society, the Academy of American Poets, and the National League of American Pen Women, on whose board of directors she served. Gordon was named poet laureate of Kansas and, in 1980, Arizona's Poet of the Year. She also received special honors from Baker University and an honory doctorate in literature from the World Academy of Arts and Culture. Guanetta and Lynell F. Gordon married circa 1923. The couple had two children: Stewart and Krista.


4.5 Linear Feet (7 document cases)

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Physical Location

RH MS 14

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Guanetta Gordon, 1962, 1983-1988.

Processing Information

Several magazines and other serials, containing published copies of Gordon's works, located in box 6 were formerly located at RH E159. One manuscript located in box 6 formerly located at RH MS D91.

Guide to the Guanetta Gordon Collection
Guanetta Gordon literary manuscripts
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Guanetta Gordon literary manuscripts, Kansas Collection, RH MS 14, 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