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William G. Clugston Papers

Creator: Clugston, W. G. (William George), 1889-1966

Date: 1928-1966

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 89

Unit ID: 40089

Biographical sketch: Newspaper publisher, author, social critic. Of Barry County, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.

Abstract: Correspondence, articles, and essays containing social commentary relating to Kansas and the United States. Included is a memorial address on W. G. Clugston by Walter A. Huxman, 1966, and an article on Clugston's political writings.

Space Required/Quantity: 2 ft. (5 boxes)

Title (Main title): William G. Clugston Papers

Titles (Other):

  • Papers
  • W. G. Clugston papers
  • William G. Clugston collection
  • Political writings of William G. Clugston


Biog. Sketch (Full): William George Clugston was born in Kentucky in 1889 and attended Lexington schools before earning his law degree from the University of Kentucky. During his studies he worked as a campus correspondent for a couple Lexington newspapers and helped found the first student publication at the university.

In the 1910s, after failing to find a job in Kansas City, Clugston became sports editor for the Topeka State Journal. He also served as political reporter and city editor with this newspaper. In 1919 he began working for the Kansas City Post as the Kansas correspondent.

In the early 1940s Clugston stopped working full-time as a regular staff writer for any newspaper, instead focusing his time on writing books, plays, and magazine and newspaper articles. Clugston died in 1966.

[Corporon, John R., "The Political Writings of William G. Clugston," thesis for University of Kansas Department of Political Science, 1953.]

Scope and Content

Contents: Box 1. Correspondence, 1935-1966 ; articles, 1963-1964 -- box 2. Articles, undated ; mss.: Democracy in Kansas, Democracy lives in Kansas, Ol' Jack's millions -- box 3. Mss. : Slideshows, Women on top, Your most vital problems, The people's revolution, Kansans corrupting America -- box 4. Ms. : This also is history ; articles ; The political writings of William G. Clugston / by John R. Corporon -- box 5. Misc. -- box 6. Ol' Jack's millions.


Locator Contents
004-02-07-03 to 004-02-07-07   
121-16-05-07  Ol' Jack's millions / by W. G. Clugston (1966 donation) 

Index Terms


    Barry County (Mo.)
    Kansas -- Politics and government -- 20th century
    Topeka (Kan.)
    United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century
    Clugston, W. G. (William George), 1889-1966
    Clugston, W. G. (William George), 1889-1966 -- Death and burial
    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Political and social views
    Authors, American -- Kansas -- Topeka
    Critics -- Kansas -- Topeka
    Journalists -- Kansas -- Topeka
    Newspaper editors -- Missouri -- Barry County
    Authors -- Kansas
    Newspaper editors -- Kansas -- Topeka
    Newspaper employees -- Kansas
    Reporters and reporting -- Kansas
    Social problems in literature
    Politics and literature -- Kansas
    Politics and literature -- United States
    Social problems -- Kansas
    Social problems -- United States
    Politics in literature

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Additional Information for Researchers

Use and reproduction: Information on literary rights available from the Kansas Historical Society (Topeka).