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Personal papers of Elmer Beth

Call Number: PP 369


Elmer Beth taught in the School of Journalism at the University of Idaho from 1932-1940 and the University of Kansas from 1940-1971. This collection consists of personal correspondence, diaries, class materials, and the obituaries of he and his wife. Much of the collection relates to his work while at the University of Idaho.


  • Creation: 1932 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

These materials 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.

Biography of Elmer Beth

Elmer F. Beth received his A.B in 1927 and his M.A. in 1928, both from the University of Wisconsin and both in Journalism. He began teaching at the University of Idaho in 1932. He joined the faculty of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1940, reaching full Professor status in 1946. He died in 1970.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 369

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the School of Journalism's Records, 2017.

Related Materials

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

Guide to the Elmer F. Beth Collection
Personal papers of Elmer Beth
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by bmd, 2017; mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Elmer Beth, University Archives, PP 369, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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