The University of Kansas Libraries
KU Libraries holdings featured in political discourse
A University of Kansas Libraries collection has been referenced in a recent New Republic article by James Kirchick entitled “Angry White Man: The bigoted past of Ron Paul.” The documents cited are part of the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, and are available for use in Spencer Research Library along with thousands of other political documents from 20th Century America.
KU Libraries’ Wilcox Collection is one of the largest collections of left- and right-wing American political literature. It includes nearly 10,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals and more than 100,000 fliers, brochures, mailings, clippings, bumper stickers and other pieces of ephemera. It was established in 1965 when the university purchased student Laird Wilcox's collection of pamphlets, books, periodicals and other materials on contemporary political activity.
The collection is national in its scope and includes holdings from the 1940s to the present day. It is among the largest and most heavily consulted collections of its kind in North America, attracting scholars from many countries.
The Spencer Research Library, KU's archival, manuscript, rare book and regional history library, is located at 1450 Poplar Drive, in the center of KU's Lawrence campus.