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Alfred M. Landon collection

Call Number: RH MS 3


This collection of speeches, correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, audiovisual material, and miscellaneous memorabilia was collected by historian Donald R. McCoy as a result of his research for the biography Landon of Kansas.


  • Creation: 1927-1963, 1966, 1980, 1983


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Alfred Mossman Landon

Alf Landon was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency in 1936. Before that presidential campaign, Landon was governor of Kansas from 1933 to 1936; he was a prominent Kansas Republican for much of his life. For a biography of Landon, see Donald R. McCoy, Landon of Kansas (Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1966).


2.5 Linear Feet (6 document cases + 6 audiovisual items)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection of speeches, correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, and miscellaneous memorabilia was collected by McCoy as a result of his research for the biography Landon of Kansas. Although most of the material relates to the unsuccessful campaign for the presidency in 1936, other materials, including letters, speeches, and clippings date from 1927 to 1963.

Also included in the collection are 125 pamphlets published by the Republican Party in support of the Landon presidential campaign.

The collection is arranged chronologically by type of format - speeches, pamphlets, correspondence, and clippings, in six boxes. Individuals who appear in the collection include U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Dwight David Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman, and Herbert Hoover; as well as Thomas Edmund Dewey, Felix Frankfurter, Paul Harvey, Harold LeClaire Ickes, Walter Lippmann, Ralph Emerson McGill, Hans Morganthau, Robert A. Taft, and William Allen White.

Audiovisual materials, including a copy of a film and some audio recordings, have been physically separated from the rest of the collection and are stored in offsite storage.

Physical Location


Physical Location

KC AV 48

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Donald R. McCoy, 1965; 1967

Related Materials

Alfred M. Landon oral interviews, Kansas Collection, RH MS 819, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

McCoy, Donald R. Landon of Kansas. Lincoln, Ne: University of Nebraska Press, [1966]. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH C573 and Ua C690 and at Watson, KU Law, and Robert J. Dole Archives Libraries at F686 .26.

Alfred M. Landon Campaign Records, State Archives, Kansas Historical Society.

Alfred M. Landon Papers, Mansucripts Collection 10, State Archives, Kansas Historical Society.

Guide to the Alfred Mossman Landon Collection
Alfred M. Landon collection
Finding aid prepared by mjb, 1967; lgg June 1974. Revised 2/83. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018.
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Alfred M. Landon collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 3, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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