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Nona Thompson papers

Call Number: RH MS 773


Nona Brown Thompson taught in Centralia, Nemaha County, Kansas for several years before working in Salina as a bank teller and retiring to Lawrence, Kansas. This collection includes photographs and records related to her teaching as well as letters and writings by Thompson from later in her life.


  • Creation: 1909 - 1996


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Nona Brown Thompson

Nona Brown was born December 9, 1909 in Centralia, Kansas, the daughter of Clyde and Lila Riley Brown. From 1927-1931 she taught at Globe School, a rural school in Nemaha County. In 1931 she married Glenn L. Thompson, with whom she had a son named Gary.

The family moved to Herrington and Salina, Kansas, where Mrs. Thompson worked as bookkeeper for the family's lumber yard and hardware store in Herrington and also as a bank teller. In 1975 the Thompsons retired to Lawrence, Kansas where she remained active in the First United Methodist Church, Chapter FZ of the PEO Sisterhood, Kansas Authors Club, and volunteered as an audio reader. Mrs. Thompson wrote poetry and was interested in researching Kansas history.

Glenn Thompson died in 1984. Nona Brown Thompson died in 1996.


.5 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 1 folder)

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Physical Location

RH MS 773

Physical Location

RH MS P421

Physical Location

RH PH 37

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Nona Thompson, 1981-1982; Katie Armitage, 1996.

Guide to the Nona Thompson Collection
Nona Thompson papers
Finding aid prepared by lt, 1982 and skt, 2006; revised by cl, 2010. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006 and rw, 2008; revised by cl, 2010 and mwh, 2017.
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Nona Thompson papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 773, 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