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The current Archivist for KAC is Don Pady of Topeka, Kansas. Don has a background in library science and accepted the job of archivist starting in 2006. Gail Martin was prior archivist.

The historical records of the Kansas Authors Club are officially housed in the Kansas Collection, Spencer Research Library, of the University of Kansas Libraries in Lawrence, Kansas. The collection includes about 450 books all authored by members of the club. Some of the books date back to the first decade of the 1900s, when the club was formed. Early members whose books are in the collection are Margaret Hill McCarter and William Allen White. Much other information can be found in the archives, including most of the Yearbooks published by the club over the past nearly 100 years, newsletters, conference announcements, information about writing awards, meeting notices etc.

A smaller but important collection of historical records of Kansas Authors Club is maintained by the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka. The collection includes Yearbooks dating from 1937 to the present, as well as newsletters, meeting notices, award announcements, correspondence etc. dating back to the very early 1900s.

The State Archivist of the Kansas Authors Club also maintains a collection of historical materials that are, in most cases, duplicates of some of the material contained in the official collection. These are readily available for inspection by the club members and other researchers at the State Archivist's home.

Kansas Authors Club State Archivist:
Bill Karnowski,
20500 Pauling Run Rd., Wamego, KS 66547-9372
785-456-7676, send email to Bill

Members are encouraged to send published books to Don


Sherry Williams
Curator, Kansas Collection
University Archivist
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
785 864-2027
E-mail: swilliam@ukans.edu

Kansas State Historical Society Library Collection:
Library Acquisitions
Library/Archives Division
Kansas State Historical Society

PO Box 3585
Topeka, KS 66601
6425 SW 6th Ave
Topeka, KS 66615

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