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Alvin Forrest “Fritz” Grauerholz papers

Call Number: RH MS 1593


This collection includes Alvin Grauerholz’s correspondence, work with the American Legion, writing drafts, professional work with Septagon Incorporated, personal papers relating to the Grauerholz family, and information regarding the State of Kansas v. Alvin Grauerholz trial in the 1980s.


  • Creation: 1925 - 2009


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 Alvin Forrest Grauerholz (1919 - 2011)

Alvin Forrest “Fritz” Grauerholz was born on April 5, 1919, to Herman and Blanche Grauerholz as the second of three children. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Kansas State University in 1936.

He married Selda Paulk on September 7, 1941, and together they had a son, James Winston Grauerholz, born on December 14, 1953. Alvin and Selda eventually divorced, and Grauerholz later married Sandy Musick.

Grauerholz had an extensive military career, first volunteering with the Kansas National Guard before joining the war effort in 1941 with the United States Army and serving overseas. He would be awarded the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit for his conduct during the war.

After the war, Grauerholz went on to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Michigan in 1948 before beginning work as a lawyer in Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas. He was elected in 1951 to the Kansas House of Representatives.

Grauerholz moved to Odessa, Texas in 1981. Thereafter he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master's in business administration, later working with the Eckel Manufacturing Company. He was heavily involved with the American Legion in both Kansas and Texas, serving as a Post Commander in Kansas. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) honor guard and was a member of the Commemorative Air Force.

Alvin Forrest Grauerholz died December 29, 2011, survived by his wife Sandy and son James Winston Grauerholz.

[Information taken from Alvin F. Grauerholz’s obituary.]


17.5 Linear Feet (18 boxes + 4 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

While materials remain physically in the order in which they arrived at Spencer, this collection has been intellectually organized into several series, reflecting Grauerholz’s life in Kansas and in Odessa, Texas. These series include Correspondence and Personal Papers; Writing and Research; American Legion; Septagon Incorporated; Political Campaigns; Alvin Grauerholz Trial; and Oversize Materials.

The Correspondence and personal papers series contains correspondence to and from Grauerholz to various individuals. Materials in this series have been identified by the recipient or writer most prominently featured in this collection. The correspondence from his son James Grauerholz found in this collection mostly contains James' correspondence from childhood and adolescence. There are also materials relating to Grauerholz’s professional and personal life in this series, including some annotated volumes, textbooks and single volume books that Grauerholz heavily annotated during his studies or because of his personal interests.

The Writing and Research series covers Grauerholz’s work on a writing project titled Salamaua Soldiers: Americans in Australia's 'New Guinea Force' in 1943 and its related research and photographs. The American Legion series comprises materials Grauerholz collected or created during his time as a member of the American Legion.

The Septagon Incorporated series includes Grauerholz’s materials while working with Septagon Inc., an oil company in Eufala, Oklahoma. The Political Campaigns series contains campainging materials, either for Grauerholz's campaign for Lieutenant Governor or while campaigning for Harry G. Wiles for Governor of Kansas.

The Alvin Grauerholz trial series covers the State of Kansas v. Alvin F. Grauerholz trial, including materials that reference the trial and records from the trial itself.

Oversize Materials concern those materials which have been physically separated from the rest of the collection due to their special housing needs.

Terms and language used in the collection are representative of when the texts were created and have been replicated in this finding aid only when directly quoting from original captions and folder titles. Folder titles containing information in [brackets] is for additional information provided by Spencer staff beyond the folder titles provided by Grauerholz. Grauerholz frequently referred to himself by his initials, AFG; he and his son also referred to James Grauerholz by initials JWG.

Physical Location

RH MS 1593

Physical Location

RH MS R531

Physical Location

RH MS VLT 1593

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, James W. Grauerholz, 2019.

Separated Materials

Radford, Victoria. Meeting Mr. Lincoln: Firsthand Recollections of Abraham Lincoln by People, Great and Small, Who Met the President. Chicago: I.R. Dee, 1998. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH C12645.

Guide to the Alvin Grauerholz Collection
Alvin Forrest “Fritz” Grauerholz papers
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Preferred citation
Alvin Forrest Grauerholz papers, RH MS 1593, 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