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Nancy Shontz papers

Call Number: RH MS 553


Nancy Shontz served on the City Commission of Lawrence, Kansas, from 1981-1985, and worked actively with the Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the local chapter of the League of Women Voters. The collection contains her papers regarding these activities as well as other city- and county-related issues.


  • Creation: 1945 - 2000


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 Nancy K. Shontz

Nancy Ann Kimball Shontz was born November 14, 1927 in Akron, Ohio. Shontz earned her baccalaureate in psychology at Dennison University and completed 5 years of graduate study in clinical psychology at Case Western Reserve University.

She married Franklin C. Shontz in 1954, and moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1960. In 1981 she was elected to a four-year term on the Lawrence City Commission. Shontz's major interests in the community were regarding the control of urban development, storm water management, and historic preservation. She was responsible for restoring several residences in East Lawrence, particularly in her capacity as partner with Marci Francisco in First City LLP. She was Executive Director of the Shelley Miller Charitable Trust and Treasurer of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the Hobbs Park Memorial Fund.

A member of the Lawrence Chapter of the League of Women Voters for 39 years, she served as its president from 1975-1977 and continuously as a member of its land use committee. Other memberships included the Kansas Land Trust, the Community Development Advisory Board, the Douglas County Environmental Community Council, the Downtown Improvement Committee, the Douglas County Preservation Alliance, Horizon 2020, ACLU, and the Audubon Society. Shontz was associated with the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence from her arrival in Lawrence.

Shontz died February 1, 1999 in Lawrence, Kansas. Together with her husband, she had two daughters, Jennifer and Sally, and one son, Kimball.


32.75 Linear Feet (34 boxes + 5 oversize folders)

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Physical Location

RH MS 553

Physical Location

RH MS R 153

Physical Location

RH MS 725

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Franklin Shontz, 1999, 2000, 2002.

Processing Information

This collection has been minimally processed--some materials have been refoldered, but not all, and no additional arrangement to the collection was made after its receipt. Therefore folder "numbers" used in the inventory may not be accurate and an entire box should be pulled. Additionally, some items listed as "volume" may be a pamphlet, brochure, or binder of grouped material.

Guide to the Nancy Shontz Collection
Nancy Shontz papers
Finding aid prepared by jtf, 2006; revised by cl, 2010. Finding aid encoded by jtf, 2006. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018.
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Nancy Shontz papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 553, 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