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Larry K. Laird papers

Call Number: RH MS 1579


The Larry K. Laird collection contains articles and correspondence relating to his work as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), documents relating to his family history, and photographs. Some of the materials in this collection have been addressed to Eileen and Earl Laird, Larry's parents.


  • Creation: 1935-2006 (bulk 1980s-2000s)


Language of Materials

The collection primarily contains documents written in English, though a few folders contain materials written in Spanish.

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 Larry K. Laird

Larry K. Laird served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1974 – 2000, serving in Costa Rica and several other Latin American countries. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from Kansas State University in 1963 before going on to obtain his Master of Arts Degree in U.S. Diplomatic History in 1971 and his Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology, emphasis on Latin America, in 1974, both from the University of Kansas.

Laird is currently a horologist, having opened Global Time Wizard, a clock restoration shop, in 2005 in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Laird taught clockmaking and restoration at Denison University in Ohio and is a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the American Watchmaker’s Institute.

Earl and Eileen Laird lived in Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas. Eileen was born on August 1, 1920, in Decatur County, and married Earl on May 18, 1940. They had two sons, Larry and Micheal. She worked as a homemaker. She died August 30, 2010.

[Information taken from collection materials and Eileen Laird's obituary in the McCook Gazette.]


2.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 2 oversize boxes)

Physical Location

RH MS 1579

Physical Location

RH MS Q502

Physical Location

RH MS R517

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Larry Laird, 2010.

Separated Materials

Biesanz, John and Mavis Biesanz. Costa Rican Life. Costa Rica: Libería Lehmann, 1976. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH MS B2780.

LaBrucherie, Roger. Images of Barbados: an Island and Its People / Text and Photographs. California: Imágenes Press, 1985. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH MS B2781.

Skutch, Alexander F.Aves de Costa Rica: con cien fotografÍas en color. Photographs by John S. Dunning. San Jose: Editorial Costa Rica, 1980. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH MS D9922.

Guide to the Larry K. Laird Collection
Larry K. Laird papers
Finding aid prepared by mmj. Finding aid encoded by mmj.
Description rules
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Larry Laird collection, RH MS 1579, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States