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Robert B. Riss Collection

Call Number: MS 331


The collection includes several photographs, personal and professional letters, and other writings by authors, artists, American presidents, nobility, royalty, and other notable persons from the United States, British Isles, and Continental Europe, compiled by Robert B. Riss. English translations for some of the writings in other languages are included, as well as some labels and bookseller information. Links to digital versions for most items in this collection are also included.


  • Creation: approximately 1400-1949


Language of Materials

Most items are in English; some are in French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Latin.

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 Robert Bailey Riss

Robert Bailey Riss (1927-2005) of Kansas City, Missouri was a graduate of the University of Kansas and remained a lifelong supporter of the university. Most of his business career was spent accumulating and managing interests in real estate, commercial banking, transportation, and insurance. He devoted many years to building his collection of autographs of notable persons.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case + 2 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders)


This collection has been arranged by the author's geographical region and position in society. The series include United States of America: Presidents and other notable persons; British Isles: Royalty and other notable persons, Continental Europe: Royalty and other notable persons; America, British Isles, and Continental Europe: Authors and artists; and Miscellaneous.

Within each series, items are organized alphabetically by author's family or reigning name. Oversize materials are typically described at the end of each series and have been physically separated.

Physical Location

MS 331

Physical Location

MS Qa18

Physical Location

MS Q68

Physical Location

MS R17

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Loretta D. Riss, 2016.


Guide to the Robert B. Riss Autograph Collection
Robert B. Riss Collection
Finding aid compiled by ksc. Finding aid encoded by bas.
Description rules
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Robert B. Riss collection, MS 331, 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