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Illustrated Cold War Current Event Calendars

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: RH MS R441


Robert L. Wilderson was a civilian planner and operations officer/analyst who worked for the Department of Defense in Leavenworth, Kansas until his retirement sometime after 1989. He was a practicing Wiccan and a strong opponent of the Reagan Administration. This collection includes eight desk calendars for the years 1981-1987 and 1989, a typed letter from Wilderson and his wife to ABC Broadcast standards, and 10 pieces of pagan and Wiccan ephemera from the early 1990s, comprising primarily newsletters and articles.


  • 1981 - 1991

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 L. Wilderson

Robert L. Wilderson was a civilian planner and operations officer/analyst within the Department of Defense at the US Army's Combined Arms Combat Development Activities, based in Leavenworth, Kansas. He retired at a mid-level status (GS-11/12) sometime after 1989. Wilderson and his wife Elizabeth were practicing Wiccans.


2 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)

Scope and Contents

The desk calendars are elaborately illustrated and colorfully annotated in pencil, pen, and felt-tip pen (with the exception of 1989, which is annotated exclusively in graphite pencil). The annotations and illustrations record current events of varying degrees of international importance during the later years of the Cold War, as well as local weather conditions, University of Kansas sporting events, personal events, and pagan holidays.

Physical Location

RH MS R441

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Boston Rare Maps, 2018.


Guide to the Robert L. Wilderson Collection
Illustrated Cold War Current Event Calendars
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Illustrated Cold War Event Calendars, RH MS R441, 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