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Mike Rundle papers

Call Number: RH MS 1571


This collection contains the papers of Thomas "Mike" Rundle, a former city commissioner and mayor of Lawrence, Kansas from 1987 to 1991 and 1999 to 2008. Collection includes correspondence regarding appointments to city boards and committees, meeting materials and agenda items on topics and issues regarding the running of the City of Lawrence, and architectural drawings and schematics. Collection also includes publications created by organizations within the City of Lawrence as well as annotated outside publications used as reference material.


  • Creation: 1981 - 2010


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 Thomas "Mike" Rundle

Thomas "Mike" Rundle, the son of Jack and Sylvia Rundle, graduated from the University of Kansas (KU) in 1976. After graduating, he worked for over 15 years at the University of Kansas as an administrative assistant to various departments before transferring to the Department of Publications.

In 1997, Rundle began working at the Mercantile Co-op (the Merc) in Lawrence. Starting as a Customer/Member Services Coordinator, he eventually became the Front End Manager as a grocery specialist and head cashier. He also served as a newsletter editor for the Merc for many years. Rundle retired from the Merc in May 2022 after 25 years.

Rundle was also heavily involved in local politics. He has been elected as a city commissioner for three four-year terms between 1987-1991 and 1999-2008. As part of the City Commission, Rundle was also elected to serve as mayor, a largely ceremonial post, from 2001-2002 and 2004-2005. In his capacity as mayor, Rundle ran commission meetings and, with the commission’s consent, made appointments to city advisory boards.

[Information retrieved from Rundle's LinkedIn profile and Lawrence Journal-World articles.]


51 Linear Feet (51 boxes + 3 oversize boxes, 37 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material representing Rundle's work on the City Commission during his three terms between 1987-1991 and 1999-2008. Records include correspondence regarding city board members, newspaper articles and other publications referencing city issues, audiovisual material, and oversize architectural drawings and publications that have been separated out from the rest of the collection. Further, the majority of the collection encompasses topical files regarding various city organizations and matters of city operation. These records have been loosely grouped around the three terms Rundle served on the City Commission. Duplicative materials may remain in the collection, and materials related to a particular topic may appear in more than one location in the collection.

The most notable boards and commissions represented in this collection, particularly in the Topical Files series, include the Alcohol Fund Advisory Board, Lawrence Arts Center, Aviation Advisory Board, Board of Zoning Appeals/Sign Code Board of Appeals, Conventions and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board, Economic Development Board, Fire Code Board of Appeals, Historic Resources Commission, Housing Trust Fund, Human Relations Commission, Land and Water Resources Subcommittee, Lawrence Alliance, Lawrence Housing Authority, Library Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Neighborhood Resources Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, Public Transit Advisory Committee, Recycling and Resource Conservation Board, Lawrence Sesquicentennial Commission, Sister Cities Advisory Board, and Traffic Safety Commission.


The collection has been organized into 6 series:

  1. Board and commission appointments (mostly in alphabetical order)
  2. Reference newspapers clippings (mostly in alphabetical order)
  3. Topical files (chronological by term; this is the bulk of the collection)
  4. Publications (alphabetical by title)
  5. Oversize materials
  6. Audiovisual materials

Physical Location

RH MS 1571

Physical Location

RH MS Q496

Physical Location

RH MS R512, RH MS R514

Physical Location


Physical Location

KC AV 127

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mike Rundle, 2010.

Related Materials

Numerous manuscript collections at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library relate to late 20th and early 21st century city governance and issues in Lawrence, Kansas. These include personal papers of other individuals who served in municipal government, records of local organizations, and records from Douglas County and the City of Lawrence itself. Below is a list of some selected collections; researchers should do additional research based on their specific interests and needs.

Some of these collections include

  1. Horizon 2020 records, RH MS 816
  2. Nancy Shontz papers, RH MS 553
  3. League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County records, RH MS 187
  4. Douglas County records, RH MS 451
  5. Lawrence Historic Resources Commission records, RH MS 1157
Guide to the Thomas (Mike) Rundle Collection
Mike Rundle papers
Finding aid prepared by cmp, 2022. Finding aid encoded by cmp, 2022.
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Thomas (Mike) Rundle papers, RH MS 1571, 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