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Personal Papers of John Laurence Day

Call Number: PP 551


John Laurence Day was a professor of journalism at the University of Kansas from 1966-1988 years. The collection includes Day's personal and professional correspondence, journalism documents, newspaper articles, clippings, lectures, scrapbooks, short fiction, notes, and travel information.


  • 1828 - 2000


Language of Materials

English; 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 John Laurence Day

John Laurence Day (professionally, J. Laurence Day; personally, Larry Day) was born in Idaho in 1933. After earning a B.A. (1959) and M.A. (1963) in Journalism from Brigham Young University and a PhD (1966) in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, Day worked as a professor of journalism at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas from 1966-1988. He has won three senior U.S. Fulbright University lectureships (Argentina 1974, Colombia 1980, Colombia 1997) and was the director of a $420,000 anti-drug project for the U.S. Department of Education from 1989-1991. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of West Florida, where he taught for many years before retiring. Day worked extensively in South and Central America throughout his career, giving lectures and workshops on journalism. He has published books including Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados and Other Multilingual Types (2001) and Day Dreaming: Tales from the Fourth Dementia (2012).


11.75 Linear Feet (13 boxes + 3 oversize folders, 1 oversize box)

Scope and Contents

The collection includes University of Kansas Department of Journalism-related correspondence, lecture notes, travel information, newspaper articles, research, notebooks, and personal correspondence.

Physical Location

PP 551

Physical Location

PP 560

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, John Laurence Day, 2013, 2014; transfer from the KU School of Journalism records, 2017.

Related Materials

Falkland Islands Conflict Collection, 1970-1986, MS 309, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.


Guide to the John Laurence Day Collection
Personal Papers of John Laurence Day
Finding aid prepared by hc, 2014; revised by eear, 2015; revised by mmm, 2018.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of John Laurence Day, PP 551, 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