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A River Running West literary archive

Call Number: RH MS 981


This collection consists of book page proofs and research materials related to Donald Worster's book, A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell, published in 2001. The book focuses on 19th century Western United States explorer and environmental conservationist John Wesley Powell, particularly on his 1869 Colorado River expedition.


  • [before 2001]


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 Donald Worster

Donald E. Worster was born in Needles, California on November 14, 1941. He recieved his B.A. and M.A. in English and Speech from the University of Kansas in 1963 and 1964. He earned his doctorate in American History and Literature from Yale University in 1971. He taught at multiple Universities: University of Maine (1964-66), Yale University (1969-71), University of Hawaii at Manoa (1975-84), and Brandeis University (1971-74, 1984-89) before coming to the University of Kansas as a Hall Distinguished Professor of American History in 1989. He became a Professor Emeritus at K.U. in 1995. His primary research interests have been in the developing field of environmental history and in the U.S. West. Worster is the author of numerous books, many of which have won awards, including A River Running West, Dust Bowl, and A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir. He has been involved in many organizations, serving as a Guggenheim Fellow from 1981-82, president of the American Society for Environmental History, and he was elected to the Society of American Historians in 1988. He is married to Beverley Marshall Worster and they have two children, William and Catherine.


12.25 Linear Feet (30 document cases + 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

Physical Location

RH MS 981

Physical Location

RH MS Q249

Physical Location

RH MS R201

Related Materials

Personal papers of Donald Worster, PP 453, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Reminiscences of the Dust Bowl, Kansas Collection, RH MS 271, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Don Worster Collection
A River Running West literary archive
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Repository Details

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

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