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Personal papers of John H. Nelson

Call Number: PP 274


Nelson taught English at the University of Kansas from 1925-1967. This collection consists of correspondence when Nelson retired as Dean of the Graduate School in 1963 and when he retired from the KU faculty in 1967, as well as when he received his Distinguished Service Award in 1972. It also contains awards, citations, and news clippings.


  • Creation: 1925 - 1967


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of John H. Nelson (1897-1981)

John H. Nelson received his A.B. from Wofford College in 1919 and his Ph.D. in 1923 from Cornell University. He joined the faculty in the Department of English at the University of Kansas in 1925. He reached full Professor status in 1930 and served as Dean of the Graduate School from 1946-1963. He retired in 1967 and died in 1981.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 274

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Kathryn Nelson, 1983.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the John H. Nelson Collection
Personal papers of John H. Nelson
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by skt, 2010; mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of John H. Nelson, University Archives, PP 274, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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