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Larry Winn Congressional papers

Call Number: RH MS 717


Edward Lawrence "Larry" Winn represented Kansas in the United States House of Representatives from 1967-1985. This collection of his papers is comprised predominately of his Congressional files, as well as scrapbooks and some photographs. These congressional files include records related to proposed legislation, subject and reference files, committee records from those committees Winn served on, publicity and press-related materials, and other related records.


  • Creation: 1965 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

Materials located at RH MS 717 and RH MS 884, the bulk of the collection, are stored at 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 Larry Winn

Larry Winn, Jr. was born August 22, 1919 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, earning a journalism degree from the University of Kansas in 1941. During his undergraduate career he served as sports editor for the University Daily Kansan.

Winn worked as an announcer for WHB radio for two years after graduation. During World War II, he worked in a B-25 bomber factory in Kansas City, KS. Thereafter he worked in his family's homebuilding business and served as Vice President of Winn-Rau Corporation for several years. Winn also served as national director of the National Association of Home Builders for 14 years and was a president of the Home Builders Association of Kansas.

In 1966 Winn was elected as a United States House of Representatives member to the 90th Congress. He retained his seat for the next 8 Congresses, deciding not to seek re-election after finishing his last term on January 3, 1985.

During his Congressional terms, Winn served on the House's Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Science and Technology Committee and the District of Columbia Committee. He was also a congressional ambassador to the United Nations in 1977.

Larry Winn married Joan Elliott after meeting her while studying at KU. Together they had 5 children: Larry Winn III, Douglas, Janet, Cynthia, and Robert. Winn's wife Joan died in 2015 after 73 years of marriage. Larry Winn, Jr. died December 31, 2017.


167 Linear Feet (168 boxes + 1 oversize box, 18 film reels)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 717

Physical Location

RH MS 884

Physical Location

Contact Spencer Library Public Services (Library Annex)

Physical Location

RH MS Q197

Physical Location

RH Movie 5

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Larry Winn, 1981-1985.

Processing Information

Previously shelved at RH MS 448.

Guide to the Larry Winn Collection
Larry Winn Congressional papers
Finding aid prepared by rh, 2006. Finding aid encoded by rh, 2006. Finding aid revised by tw, 2010; skt, 2010; mwh, 2017.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Larry Winn Congressional papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 717, 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