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Coal Creek Library : the oldest continuous library in Kansas and the two families who helped organize it.

Call Number: RH MS 1274


The collection contains Letha Johnson's masters thesis in American history from Emporia State University in 2007 on the Coal Creek Library located in Vinland, Kansas and its history


  • Creation: 2007

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 Letha Johnson

Letha Johnson received a Ba in American History from Washburn University in 1997, a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University in 2001, and a Ma in American History from Emporia in 2007. From 1995 to 2008, Letha worked at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, Kansas. Her duties included serving as the primary archivist in the State Archives and serving as the Kansas History Day State Co-coordinator from 2000-2008. In 2008 Letha became the Assistant University Archivist at the University of Kansas. Since the summer of 2009, Letha has volunteered as the Executive Director and Affiliate Co-coordinator for the Kansas History Day Foundation.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Contains Letha Johnson's masters thesis on the Coal Creek Library and its history. Located in Vinland, Kansas, Johnson proposes that the Coal Creek Library is the oldest, continuously operating, library in the state of Kansas.

Physical Location

RH MS 1274

Guide to the Letha Johnson Collection
Coal Creek Library Thesis
Finding aid prepared by el, 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Letha Johnson Collection, RH MS 1274, 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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