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Phyllis A. Lawton collection

Call Number: RH MS 1082


In this collection are books inscribed in the 1920s by William Allen White to Phyllis A. Hughes (Mrs. Keith) Lawton, whose father Bowmer Q. Hughes worked for thirty years as a linotype operator for White's Emporia Gazette. Included are letters from Phyllis's father to her mother in 1918, commenting on the influenza epidemic and Mr. White's departure with his son William Lindsay White for the Paris Peace Conference. Also included are a group photograph of William Allen White with his Gazette employees and letters to Phyllis and R. Keith Lawton from William Lindsay White in 1950 and 1951.


  • Creation: 1915 - 1951


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 Phyllis A. Lawton

Phyllis Ann (Mrs. R. Keith) Lawton was born in Emporia, Kansas to Bowmer Q. and Ruth Ann Spangler Hughes. Her father worked for thirty years as a linotype operator for William Allen White's Emporia Gazette. As a reviewer for Reader's Digest, White received several books each year, which he kept and gave as Christmas presents to children of his employees at the Gazette's annual Christmas ball. Phyllis received inscribed books from White on these occasions. While in high school, she was hired by White as a high school news reporter and street reporter with the Gazette, for which she also occasionally served as a proof reader and a substitute society reporter.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 folder)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 1082

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1082

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, R. Keith and Phyllis A. Lawton, 1994

Guide to the Phyllis A. Lawton Collection
Phyllis A. Lawton collection
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Preferred citation
Lawton, Phyllis A, Phyllis A. Lawton Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1082, 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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