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Lawrence Rotary Club records

Call Number: RH MS 657


The Lawrence Rotary Club is a local division of Rotary International. Service projects are their primary activity. The collection consists of club records, photographs, and newspaper clippings related to their activities from their founding until the present day.


  • Creation: 1917 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

This collection, other than items stored at RH MS R79-RH MS R81, RH MS D265, and RH MS EK2, 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.

History of the Rotary Club of Lawrence

The Rotary Club was organized in Lawrence on April 6, 1917, just 12 years after Rotary was founded by attorney Paul Harris and some of his business associates. Charter members of the Lawrence organization were Arthur Weaver and W. C. Simons, first president of the Lawrence club.

Over the years, Rotary clubs have split off from the original group started in 1917; there are now 3 clubs in Lawrence, Kansas - the Monday lunch group (whose records are located at Spencer Research Library), the breakfast group that started in 1994, and the Central Lawrence group that was chartered in 2003.

Rotary International was started as an organization allowing professionals with diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and form lifelong friendships. Rotary is a service organization; major projects for the entire organization have included helping to eradicate polio, helping to purify water around the world, and other humanitarian efforts. Local clubs also perform community service projects.


37.5 Linear Feet (42 boxes, 2 volumes, 1 oversize box)

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Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

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RH MS 657

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RH MS Q136

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RH MS 238

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RH MS D265

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RH MS 865

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RH MS 1068

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RH MS 1170

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RH MS 1233, RH MS 1247, RH MS 1264

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RH MS 1355

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RH MS R79 - RH MS R81

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KC AV 111

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Rotary Club of Lawrence, Kansas

Related Materials

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

Processing Information

Materials formerly located at RH MS 568 (2004 additions to the collection) were reprocessed and added to the RH MS 1355 call number with other additions to the collection.

Guide to the Rotary Club of Lawrence, Kansas Collection
Lawrence Rotary Club records
Finding aid prepared by sh, 2006, 2007; revised by imf, 2013. Finding aid encoded by sh, 2006, 2007; revised by imf, 2013; rr, 2016; gem, 2019.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Lawrence Rotary Club records, RH MS 657, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States