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Kansas Authors Club records and memorabilia

Call Number: RH MS 1397


This collection includes three membership record books, one treasurer's book, one account book, a sample poem, writing samples from a themed contest, award winners reviews and bookplates, and several pieces of memorabilia related to the Kansas Authors Club (KAC), a nonprofit organization devoted to helping writers share their experiences with each other and strengthen their writing skills.


  • Creation: 1904 - 2022


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Kansas Authors Club

The Kansas Authors Club was organized in Topeka, Kan. in 1903, adopting the organizational name Kansas Authors' Club in early 1904 (the apostrophe was dropped in the 1920s). Initially the organization met solely in Topeka but by early 1905 the group broadened its participation to membership outside that city. Early members included Eugene Ware (honorary member), who used the pen-name "Ironquill"; Thomas E. Dewey; Judge John Martin; Margaret McCarter; Albert T. Reid; Arthur Capper; and Mrs. H. O. Garvey, amongst others.

In 1913 the club incorporated as a nonprofit organization, by that time having 100 members. By its 25th anniversary in 1929 the club had 400 members.

The club has been organized into seven or eight districts, following the Kansas congressional districts, and the state organization meets once a year. The state meeting has grown to include workshops in addition to panels, an awards banquet and ceremonies, and board meeting.

Over the years the organization has held contests and awarded prizes for best fiction and other literary endeavors. These contests have been open to KAC members, high school students and younger authors, and other groups including all citizens of Kansas. Individual districts also hold literary contests.

The Kansas Authors Club continues to serve as a resource for its members in developing their writing skills and sharing experiences.


.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1397

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Kansas Authors Club, 1990, 2011, 2016, 2022; Miloche Kottman, 2022.

Separated Materials

Published volumes from the Kansas Authors Club have been cataloged separately and are available using "KAC" in the call number search in the University of Kansas Libraries' online catalog. The volumes are housed in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library's Kansas Collection.


Guide to the Kansas Authors Club collection
Kansas Authors Club records and memorabilia
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Kansas Authors Club records and memorabilia, RH MS 1397, 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