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Wilson Thurston papers

Call Number: RH MS 470


Wilson Thurston (1918-2003) was a resident of Coffeyville, Kansas. An active member of the community, his experience included service on the USD 455 Board of Education. This collection of his papers is comprised primarily of materials relating to his family and the Coffeyville community.


  • Creation: 1900; 1960-1985


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Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Wilson Thurston

Wilson Thurston was born in Texas on December 15, 1918. He lived in Texas with his wife Ruth Chatman until 1945 when they moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. Thurston graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in civil engineering. Thurston was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, and a past Master of Enterprise Lodge #70 and was Secretary of Enterprise Lodge for thirteen years. Thurston worked for the Sherwin Williams Paint Company, the U.S. Post Office, the American Heart Association Kansas Affiliate. He was also a member of the Board of Education in Coffeyville for 8 years. Together the Thurstons had three sons, Charlie, Wilson Jr, and Joe. Thurston died on August 17, 2003.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Scope and Contents

The Wilson Thurston papers is comprised primarily of materials relating to family and community activities, though some professional correspondence is included. Like materials have been grouped together.

Physical Location

RH MS 470

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Wilson Thurston, 1987

Guide to the Wilson Thurston Collection
Wilson Thurston papers
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Wilson Thurston Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 470, 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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