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Personal papers of Fletcher Flora

Call Number: PP 518


Fletcher Flora was a crime and mystery fiction writer with published novels and stories in anthologies and magazines. He attended the University of Kansas for his master’s degree and taught creative writing courses for the University of Kansas extension service. This collection includes newspaper clippings, legal documents and correspondence pertaining to his fiction works, unpublished and draft manuscripts, and published versions of his writing. It also includes letters and notes he wrote to his wife, Betty Flora.


  • Creation: 1939 - 1986


Language of Materials

English; German; Spanish

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 Fletcher Flora

Fletcher Flora was born in Parsons, Kansas in 1914. He received an associate’s degree at Parson’s Junior College, a bachelor’s degree at Kansas State College and did graduate work at the University of Kansas. He and Betty Ogden married in 1940. Betty became a librarian, and they had three children: Harrison, Timothy and Susan.

Flora taught high school English and history, coached basketball and track, and served as assistant county clerk in Fulton County, Missouri until he was drafted into the U.S Army in 1943. He served in the 32nd Infantry Division in New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon. After being honorably discharged in 1945, he became an Education Advisor of the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Leavenworth, Kansas until 1963.

Flora began writing soon after returning from World War II. His crime and mystery short stories and novels were published in magazines that included Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Mr., Cosmopolitan, and in Alfred Hitchcock’s mystery anthologies. He received the Cock Robin Mystery Award for his first hardcover novel, Killing Cousins, in 1960.

Flora wrote over 150 short stories and 13 novels during his writing career. Three of his works are published under the house name, Ellery Queen. Timothy Harrison was also a pseudonym for his work Hot Summer.


13 Linear Feet (13 boxes + 2 oversize boxes)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents related to Fletcher Flora and his crime/mystery novels and short stories. The bulk of the collection includes the unpublished and draft versions of his manuscripts as well as the published versions in novels, anthologies, or magazines. His works were published in many Alfred Hitchcock anthologies, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and others.

Also included are agreements and legal documents related to the copyright and royalties of Flora’s work, primarily from the Scott Meredith Literary Agency. The collection also includes newspaper clippings of book reviews, fan mail, and letters Flora wrote to his wife Betty.

Physical Location

PP 518

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Betty Flora, 2011

Related Materials

Consult reference staff for availability of corresponding artificial collections.

Guide to the Fletcher Flora Collection
Personal papers of Fletcher Flora
Finding aid prepared by acs, 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Fletcher Flora, PP 518, 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