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Personal papers of R. Keith Lawton

Call Number: PP 611


This collection includes R. Keith Lawton's work from when he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kansas/Director of Facilities Planning and Operations. It includes his correspondence with the Kansas government and advisors on campus regarding the development of KU.


  • 1951 - 1982


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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 R. Keith Lawton

R. Keith Lawton was born on June 4, 1919 in Americus, Kansas, the son of Henry B. and Edna Lowe Lawton. He graduated from high school in Kiowa, KS. He attended Emporia State University before entering the US Navy, where he served during WWII.

Following the war, Lawton was a 1947 graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Business Administration. He began his career with KU as the Director of Dormitories from 1948-1951. From 1952-1962, he was the Administrative Assistant to the Chancellor. He then became the Vice Chancellor of Operations and continued in that position until he became the Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning and Development. After his retirement in 1982, he remained as a Special Assistant to the Chancellor. He taught several courses in university campus planning in the Graduate School for many years.

Lawton was active in the creation of a campus master plan for KU. He believed in good "town and gown" relationships and instituted meetings with several local entitities affected by KU plans, including the city of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas City Power & Light, and the Kansas Highway Patrol. Before KU established a university counsel office, Lawton was the liaison with the Kansas Attorney General's office for all matters related to facilities, construction, and parking.

R. Keith Lawton passed away on August 17, 2012.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 2 oversize folders)

Physical Location

PP 611

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Phyllis Lawton, 2015.

Related Materials

University of Kansas Facilities Planning and Management records, RG 47, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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Personal papers of R. Keith Lawton, PP 611, 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