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Clyde Bysom collection

Call Number: RH MS 1493


This collection contains photographs, letters, audiovisual files, books, magazines, diary entries, newspaper clippings and ephemera belonging to and relating to Clyde Bysom. Bysom was a jazz musician from Lawrence, Kansas.


  • Creation: 1925 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Clyde L. Bysom

Clyde Leon Bysom was born October 13, 1917, in Adrian, Missouri, the son of Walton and Edna Bysom. He graduated and attended Lawrence High School and the University of Kansas, both in Lawrence, Kansas. Bysom was a tailgunner in a B-29 in the Pacific Theater during World War II, serving under the command of Colonel Paul Tibbets, Jr.

After the war, Bysom returned to Lawrence and was a member of many different jazz bands, including the Lawrence City Band, New Horizons, and KU Alumni Band, all of which he helped found. He primarily played saxaphone and clarinet. He helped fund his music passion through working at the Westinghouse Jet Engine Division of Boeing Aircraft and later constructing pipe organs at Reuter Organ Company. He was also in his retirement an instrument repair technician with Hume Music.

Bysom married Pauline Moore in 1943; she passed away in 2012. They had one child, Terry (Bysom) Stringer. Clyde Bysom died June 1, 2015.


1 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 2 oversized folders)

Language of Materials



Photographs have been physically separated from textual materials in the collection and are located at RH MS-P 1493. Oversize items, including a copy of the Kansas City Star's entertainment magazine with Bysom on the cover and some photographs, have also been physically separated and are located at RH MS Q459.

Physical Location

RH MS 1493

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1493

Physical Location

RH MS Q459

Physical Location

KC AV 110

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Terry Bysom Stringer, 2017


Guide to the Clyde Bysom Collection
Clyde Bysom collection
Finding aid prepared by gem, 2019. Finding aid encoded by gem, 2019. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Clyde Bysom collection, RH MS 1493, 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