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Hester Buell papers

Call Number: RH MS 367


This collection contains the many poems and other writings of Tescott, Kansas librarian Hester Buell (1900-1993), which include her remembrances and memorabilia of her brother Harold and sister Helen. Within the collection correspondence are Miss Buell's letters from Wint Smith (U.S. Congressman from Kansas, 1947-1961).


  • Creation: approximately 1940s and 1979-1987


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 Hester Buell

Hester Elizabeth Buell was born February 1, 1900 at Blue Rapids, Kansas to Ernest and Virgie (Foose) Buell. The family lived in Ottawa County, Kansas in Hester's early years and then moved to Glascow, Missouri, where Hester graduated from high school. Hester attended the Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia and the University of Missouri. In 1933, she earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. After teaching school for several years, Hester returned to Ottawa County, where she lived at Tescott the remainder of her life. She was a prolific writer, whose many poems were widely published. She died December 29, 1993 and was buried in Tescott's Franklin Cemetery.


2.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 367

Physical Location

RH MS 1061

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Hester Buell, 1983, 1986-1988

Gift, Rob Melton, 1992

Guide to the Hester Buell Collection
Hester Buell papers
Finding aid prepared by rh, 2007; rev. by mh 2008; Finding aid encoded by rh, 2007; rev. by mh 2008
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Hester Buell Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 367, 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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