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Ruben Menendez papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: RH MS Q468


This collection consists of photocopied newspaper articles primarily from Winfield, Kansas between 1931 to 1938 relating to Ruben Menendez. Many articles are from the columns "Among Kansas Poets" and "The Observation Tower" written by Menendez, a Cuban who moved to Winfield by 1940. There are also clippings about the history of different community members and regarding events in which the Kansas Authors Club participated.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1884 - 1938


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 Ruben Menendez

Ruben Menendez, born in Cuba around 1912, moved to Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas by 1940 with his brother Raul. Ruben began publishing his poetry and editing a column in the Winfield Daily Courier titled "Among Kansas Poets," which featured poems from local authors. Menendez was a part of the Kansas Authors Club and also, according to census records, directed recreation at the Winfield State Hospital.

Prior to moving to Winfield, Menendez and his brother moved through the United States from Florida to Tennessee, where Menendez completed some college work (possibly at Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee). Menendez had his work featured in several daily and periodical newspapers and journals in the United States, including the Chattanooga, Tennessee Times and the Social Science magazine. In 1934 he received honorary mention in the Chattanooga Writers Club for his poem "The Spring is a Gypsy."


1.5 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS Q468

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Pablo Vera, 2018.

Processing Information

Due to the extreme deterioration of the original newspaper clippings that came with this collection, all were photocopied onto acid-free paper and the originals discarded.


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Ruben Menendez papers, RH MS Q468, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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