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Chesterman C. Linley scrapbooks

Call Number: RH MS EK5


Chesterman C. Linley was a University of Kansas alum and lawyer in Kansas. His collection consists of personal scrapbooks chronicling the jazz movement in Kansas City during the 1960s and 1970s.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1979


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Chesterman C. Linley

Chesterman C. "Tim" Linley received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kansas in the 1930s and practiced law for much of his life in Cimarron, KS and at the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. in Liberal, KS. Starting in 1955, he was also the assistant general counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC).

Chesterman was an avid jazz enthusiast and closely followed the jazz movement in Kansas City as well as Topeka, Denver, New Orleans, and Europe. Linley attended countless shows in the Kansas City area and was a revered guest at many festivals and events. Due to his constant attendance and interest, he became close friends with renowned jazz pianist and vocalist Jay McShann.


24 Volumes ; Volume sizes vary, 33 x 41 cm or smaller.

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Scope and Contents

Chesterman C. "Tim" Linley was deeply interested in the jazz movement, particularly in Kansas City, during the 1960s and 1970s. This collection consists of 21 scrapbooks compiled by Linley and his family chronicling the jazz scene during that time in Kansas City, Topeka, Denver, New Orleans, and Europe. The scrapbooks contain newspaper articles, personal correspondence, signed cards from jazz musicians, and show and festival programs.

There is also in the collection one family photograph album and two volumes of his personal record inventory, listed alphabetically A-O.

Chesterman began numbering his scrapbooks himself but stopped after volume 15; Spencer Research Library continued that number sequence when processing the books.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from University of Kansas Sound Archive, 2012.



Guide to the Chesterman C. Linley Collection
Chesterman C. Linley scrapbooks
Finding aid prepared by skt and mes, 2014; revised by mhr, 2015; reivsed by mwh, 2017.
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Chesterman C. Linley scrapbooks, Kansas Collection, RH MS Ek5, 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