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Personal papers of Rusty Leffel

Call Number: PP 498


This collection contains student government documents from 1967-1969, records related to the Phantom Five organization from 1970-1971, newspaper clippings, campaign documents and materials from Leffel's unsuccessful 1984 political campaign, scrapbooks, t-shirts, and audio tapes from Rusty Leffel, a former University of Kansas student.


  • Creation: 1967 - 1984


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 Russell "Rusty" Leffel

Russell "Rusty" Leffel was a member of the University of Kansas student government from 1967-1969 and was a founding member of the Phantom Five organization in 1970. The Phantom Five was organized in response to violent student protests, which damaged the university's reputation and resulted in budget cuts. The organization sought to build responsible student involvement in university issues and advocate for higher education. Leffel campaigned for the 1984 Kansas 3rd District GOP nomination but lost in the primary election.


4.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 8 oversize folders)

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Physical Location

PP 498

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Rusty Leffel.

Related Materials

Students Concerned about Higher Education in Kansas, RG 0/14, part of the General Record Group records, University Archives, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Rusty Leffel Collection
Personal papers of Rusty Leffel
Finding aid prepared by brch, 2011. Finding aid encoded by brch, 2011. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Rusty Leffel, University Archives, PP 498, 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