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Personal papers of Burton Marvin

Call Number: PP 620


This collection consists of materials related to Burton Marvin's time teaching journalism at several different universities, and his time as the Dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas between 1948 to 1965. Correspondence, commencement programs, University of Kansas event invitations, and articles written by Marvin are also included throughout. Papers not relating to the Universty of Kansas include information on his involvement with the Lawrence, Kansas Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Rotary Club, and the First Methodist Church.


  • Creation: 1935 - 2002


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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 Burton W. Marvin (1913-1979)

Burton Wright Marvin received a Masters degree in journalism in 1938 from the Columbia School of Journalism. He went on to teach classes at Columbia, as well as at the Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois, and wrote for the Chicago Daily News.

Marvin served as the Dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas between 1948 and 1965. He was also the first director of the Wiliam Allen White Foundation, established in 1945. Marvin took part in international educational programs, including a trip to several African nations with a few other journalists in the summer of 1963.

Burton Marvin served as associate general secretary for communications with the National Council of Churches after leaving KU. In 1968 he joined the faculty at Syracuse University's School of Journalism and directed the religious journalism and mental health information programs there. He was assistant dean to the School at his death in 1979.

Marvin married Margaret Medlar Marvin (1914-2010) in 1938 in Lincoln, Nebraska. They had four children: Mary Louise (preceded both parents in death), Anne, Charles, and Robert.


3.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes )

Language of Materials



Materials are organized chronologically, with undated materials at the end of the collection.

Physical Location

PP 620

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Anne Marvin, 2019.

Separated Materials

Turner, Joseph Earl. Life Begins at Seventeen: A Streamlined Inventory. Lawrence, KS: Witan Publications, [1941]. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH C12392.

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Personal papers of Burton Marvin, PP 620, 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